The Acoustic Guitar Forum

Go Back   The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > General Acoustic Guitar Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 01-23-2005, 06:34 AM
charliep charliep is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 43
Default Taylor 420

Like to hear from you Taylor experts...why did Taylor discontinue the 420 and what is your opinion of them? I have an opportunity to buy one and I just don't know a lot about them. It sounds and plays great. Just need some educated input please
Thanks!!!
charliep
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-23-2005, 07:29 AM
mdunn mdunn is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Chicago Suburbs
Posts: 4,014
Default

I had one for several months. They were the entry level full size Taylor at the time. The 300 series was not produced. At least in 95 and 96. There were 412's in Mahogany and 420's in Maple. They were both dreadnaught bodies. The one I owned had lots of volume. I strung it with lights. Accorinding to the Taylor catalog (which came with the guitar) the guitar would handle medium strings. I believe the 420 had an 2 11/16th nut width. At least mine did. I used it as a travel guitar last year as I spent several months on the road.

Because they were the entry level guitar they were very plain jane in appearance.

I traded mine as part of the purchase of an 810 from another forum member.

Just my $.02 on the subject.
__________________
1957 Gibson RB-150 5 string banjo. Bought it new & I still have it. Yes I am that old!
1983 Yairi - Alvarez DY 73
1992 Taylor K-20
1993 Yair - Alvarez DY99A
2001 Yairi-Alvarez DY-91
2002 Taylor Stock 810 Ltd.
2003 Taylor 855e
2003 Taylor 814ce Fall Ltd
2003 Tradition Jerry Reid Sig. Telecaster
200? Esteban American Legacy (New Owner Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center)
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-23-2005, 01:46 PM
minnesotamoon minnesotamoon is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: minnesota
Posts: 122
Send a message via AIM to minnesotamoon Send a message via MSN to minnesotamoon
Default

I have a 420 rosewood or what i've been told is pau ferro. anyways i love it. such huge volume and great aged sound. mine was made back in '93 and doesnt' have any bells or whistles but great sound.
__________________
'03 Taylor 414ce-L2 (For Sale)
'93 Taylor 420
'02 Alvarez RD8
'99 Fender 60's reissue strat
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-24-2005, 09:48 AM
charliep charliep is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 43
Default

Thanks guys. This 420 that I played is a pretty plain looking guitar which is fine with me, but does have a great sound and plays really good too. I do appreciate the assistance.
charliep
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-24-2005, 10:43 AM
cpmusic's Avatar
cpmusic cpmusic is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Behind the Orange Curtain
Posts: 10,968
Default

Just to clarify: From '91 to '98, all 400s had Sitka spruce tops, and the standard models had back and sides of mahogany (replaced by sapele around '95 or so). Along the way, Taylor built limited runs of 400 models with back/sides of rosewood, maple, or koa, probably because they had lots of those woods that didn't meet the cosmetic standards of their regular series. Some of these limited model numbers were 42x, while others were 41x with a letter suffix indicating the wood type (R, M, or K). There may have even been some that had both, like 420-R, but I'm not sure. I've seen examples in the dread, GA, and GC shapes.

On the whole, these were excellent guitars and great values. Their main differences from the rest of the line were a full satin finish and a pinless bridge, but neither did anything to detract from their quality. A 420 in rosewood is like a poor-man's 810, so if you like the guitar and the price is right, I say go for it.
__________________
Chris
We all do better when we all do better.

Last edited by cpmusic; 01-24-2005 at 03:26 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-24-2005, 03:25 PM
charliep charliep is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 43
Default

You've all been a great help!
Thanks for all the info I really do appreciate it!
charliep
Reply With Quote
Reply

  The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > General Acoustic Guitar Discussion

Thread Tools



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:27 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, The Acoustic Guitar Forum
vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=