What do you see? It’s nothing more than a forklift pallet, right? They are sold for anywhere from $10.00 to maybe $45.0o for a really nice one, because the wood is beat up, unfinished and abused. It’s use was for nothing more glamorous than to have heavy stuff stacked on it, so a forklift could pick it up and stack it on another pallet of heavy stuff. It could have been anything that was stacked on there, the pallet is non-dicriminatory. Great books? Sure! Ramen Noodles? You bettcha! They could also stack rice, dirt, porn, steaks, seeds, wood, computers, tile, washing machines, pencils, car parts…you get the idea. There is nothing special about them at all in the least.
That is, until someone with the right set of skills comes along and takes that pallet and turns it into something that sells for $10,000.00.
From the Taylor Guitars Website:
Inspired by the now-infamous guitar the Bob Taylor made in 1995 to prove that it’s the design and the builder, and not the wood, that define a great guitar, the Limited Edition Pallet Series Grand Auditorium 6-string boasts the same features as the original — back and sides of “pallet-grade” oak, and a top of pine fir, or hemlock (who knows? it’s a two-by-four). The fingerboard inlay depicts a factory forklift in yellow Formica Color Core, aluminum, and two kinds of mother of pearl.
These guitars are hard to come by, but are literally made of a few of the pallets that were out back in the guitar factory. Now, that same $10.00 pallet, with the addition of some steel, glue and formica, will sell to discerning collectors for 1o grand. I love that you can still see the nail holes and scuffs on the wood. I don’t think this was an easy guitar to build. The materials are rough and difficult to form, didn’t bend well, and not in the best shape even in their prime. They’re 2×4′s for crying out loud. But, Bob Taylor was able to turn that pallet into an instrument of great worth and value.