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Please note lots marked with a square will be move… Read more TAYLOR GUITARSBob Taylor began his career as a luthier in 1972 at the age of 18 while working in the San Diego guitar making shop of Sam Redding. Within two years Taylor had purchased the business from Redding with two other employees and launched Westland Music which would quickly become Taylor Guitars. By 1976, Taylor Guitars were selling their instruments through retail stores and building a name for themselves for quality instruments that were tonally superior to most other guitars on the market at that time. While pursuing his passion for acoustic guitar making, Bob Taylor would become an innovator in American guitar design and manufacturing. Early on, Taylor was one of the first makers to employ a bolted-on neck rather than the traditional dovetail and glued neck joint. This allowed easier removal of the neck when repairs or adjustments were necessary. By 1999 Taylor had introduced a patented bolt on neck system called the NT neck. This new system allowed for more consistent results in the neck angle set during manufacture and an easier removal than other systems. Taylor guitars use their own amplification system called the Expression System that utilizes both a humbucking pickup and soundboard transducers. Today Taylor boasts a global presence in the manufacture and sale of high-end acoustic guitars and has been self-driven to develop sustainable sourcing practices for the exotic tone woods required in fine guitar construction. Taylor Guitars are both extremely popular in the retail market and well regarded by celebrity musicians.


Labeled TAYLOR GUITARS / MODEL No. 712-CE, SERIAL NUMBER 20010430124 / MADE IN EL CAJON, CA / ESTABLISHED IN 1974, inlaid Taylor at the headstock, with original hardshell case bearing a label inscribed TAYLOR 712CE #20010430124; accompanied by a facsimile copy of the sales invoice from Sound Technology plc to David Gilmour Music Ltd, dated 31st May 2001, the original warranty registration card from Taylor Guitars, and a live concert DVD David Gilmour in Concert
Length of back 19 ½ in. (49.5 cm.)
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David Gilmour purchased this guitar from UK professional audio distributor Sound Technology Ltd., Letchworth, in May 2001, in advance of his upcoming solo show at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 21st June 2001 as part of the South Bank Centre’s annual artist-curated Meltdown Festival. The Taylor 712-CE served as Gilmour’s main guitar for an eclectic showcase that included solo acoustic versions of old favorites Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Wish You Were Here, as well as the rarely heard Fat Old Sun from Atom Heart Mother, Syd Barrett’s Terrapin, the aria Je Crois Entendre Encore, from Georges Bizet’s opera The Pearl Fishers, and an encore of Hushabye Mountain, from the 1970 film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In a 2003 interview, Gilmour told Guitar Player magazine how he came up with the material for the shows: I went through the entire Pink Floyd catalogue, and I picked the tunes I liked. Then, after I figured out which ones would work with the instrumentation I had in mind, I spent about three months fiddling around in my home studio mocking up the arrangements. The acclaimed performance, backed by a double bass, cello, piano and vocal choir, was recorded for the live concert DVD David Gilmour in Concert, released in October 2002 with Gilmour wielding this guitar on the front cover.

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