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Old 02-23-2019, 02:42 PM
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Default R Taylor Style 1 2006 Cocobolo w/ Engelmann Top!

This is a 2006 R Taylor Style 1 Acoustic with highly figured Cocobolo back and sides and an Engelmann Spruce Top. They literally aren't making R Taylor guitars anymore and this is an excellent example of some of their great guitars.

Here are the facts:
This guitar was built in 2006 and is their Style 1 model
Cocobolo back and sides with Engelmann spruce top with Rosewood binding
Tropical mahogany neck with Ebony fingerboard
Modified X bracing
65' radius top geometry
1 3/4" nut
Standard neck shape
Gotoh 510 Tuners
25 1/2" scale
K&K Pure Mini acoustic pickup installed
Only one ding and that is shown of picture of lower top edge. Other wear is minor.
Guitar is in excellent condition for a 13 year old piece.
Original hard shell R Taylor case is included. Excellent condition.

R Taylor was a boutique shop in a corner of the Taylor factory, using selected personnel, custom build techniques where appropriate, and premium materials from Bob's wood stash. It was like the custom shop for Taylor at the time.

This piece is one of my favorite acoustic guitars. R Taylor guitars are very comfortable and easy to play. Everything about them feels at home when you pick them up. The cocobolo on this guitar gives it that deep, rich tone with good sustain. Yet it also tightens the response for better clarity and note definition. Expect rich tone from across the entire spectrum with this guitar. It is great for many styles from finger picking to vigorous strumming. Another reason why it is one of my favorites - it is just a great and versatile guitar.

$3495 plus shipping. PayPal ok, but you pay fees. No trades please.

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Old 02-23-2019, 04:01 PM
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Worth posting again. Beautiful RT1! Hope this helps...

R.Taylor was a COMPLETELY SEPARATE COMPANY from Taylor guitars.

Bob Taylor selected Head Luthier Tim Luranc, and the half dozen luthiers of RT to show what they could do in a small shop.
Think Bourgeois, Santa Cruz, Goodall, or maybe the Martin Custom Shop, etc! I toured the shop on the edge of the enormous Taylor campus in El Cajon, when custom ordering, and it was about the size of a four car garage.

R.T guitars took about three times longer to make than ANY Taylor, due to extensive individual voicing, tap tuning, and A LOT of handwork. Unfortunately they turned out to be in competition with Taylor's Build To Order and custom guitar programs. They ceased production at the end of 2011. I have it on good authority from the folks I know who worked at R.T. that if they ever start up production again the guitars will be a lot more expensive!

R.Taylor only made about 200 guitars a year for six years. In contrast the two Taylor factories turn out about 400 guitars per day!

R.T.s have significant structural differences from any other Taylors. Among them, solid Kerfing resulting in extremely rigid sides, which allowed the top to be made lighter and braced lighter. That needs to be done by hand, resulting in more volume, and better tone!
Also, the "snake head" headstock yields smoother tuning due to a straighter string angle over the nut. The different bridge design has quite a bit less mass. And the Gotoh 510 tuners cannot be beat!

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Thanks for the detailed information. It is a big help!
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I would love to play /hear this guitar. I have an Indian Rosewood with Adirondack Spruce R Taylor style 1 and it is the most wonderful guitar I have had the privilege to own. Second best to my R Taylor was a Cocobolo 814 fall limited with an Engelman top. I can only imagine sweet tone of your R Taylor.
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Wow oh wow! I love RTs and love mine. My Style 2 with an engel top is amaaazing, and its big, deep voice completely defies its smaller body shape. This big boy RT build with coco has got to be amazing with the Engelmann. Truly wish I had the discretionary dough ...superb!

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Thanks for the comments. Yes this guitar has that rich Cocobolo tone.

Can I tell you something about how I ended up with this particular guitar? I have always liked the tone of Cocobolo on acoustic guitars. I have had a few over the years, a Santa Cruz, a Lowden F 35 and some others. One of the attributes I like to find in acoustic guitars I keep is great tone that will still sound alive after the strings have been on there for a while. If a guitar sounds great with a very live tone even after the strings are old I take that as a sign of great materials and an acoustic build process that has naturally great tones built in to the piece and I end up keeping these pieces when I encounter them. This guitar has that attribute. It sounds good at all times and is always a pleasure to pick up and play. When you add the tone and comfort of this guitar to the stunning looks of the Cocobolo it is a pretty impressive combination of elements.

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Wow that is beautiful! I rarely comment on guitars for sale but that one was worth it.
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Thanks! Good interest, but still available. A few more pictures for you.
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I have a 2006 RT with the exact same tonewoods & specs. I can tell you mine is a keeper, magnificent tone! GLWS..
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Beautiful, performance ready guitar at a great value of a price. K&K mini installed. Questions?
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trades possible?
Thanks for asking, but right now I am just looking for an outright sale. I will keep you in mind if that changes.
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