Hey everybody! There is a Taylor Road Show scheduled by me on October 18th, at the Guitar Center in West Palm Beach from 6:30-8:00 PM. I am planning to go, and was wondering if anyone has been to one before and, if so, what I should expect. Specifically, I'd like to know if there is a presentation of some sort, or a more informal kind of "check out the Taylors, man" situation. Should I plan to be there right at 6:30 expecting something to "start"?
Thanks for your replies!
Go early and get a good seat up front. In addition to answering any and all questions from the audience, the formal presentation will encompass a demo of how the different tone woods and the different body sizes affect the sound ... very enlightening.
They will have a guy play the same tunes back-to-back on a Grand Concert, a Grand Auditorium, a Grand Symphony, and a Dreadnought (and maybe a Jumbo). Then they will do a similar demo using guitars of various wood combinations to show how spruce differs from cedar and how rosewood differs from mahogany, etc., etc.
Midway through the evening, they will take a nice long break and open the "Petting Zoo" during which you can play any and all of the guitars on hand. The size of the crowd and the size of the venue will determine exactly how much you are able to get out of this particular activity. Once again, being up front will help you make a dash for the guitar that most interests you.
They will have drawings for all sorts of nice stuff like Elixir strings, T-shirts, hats, coasters, and such. Pretty much everybody wins something.
And you'll be entered into the nationwide drawing for a Taylor BTO (Build-to-Order) guitar that you design yourself from the ground up! How cool would that be?? :-)
I'd like a 12-fret, please - 1.75" nut - perhaps a short scale - tonewoods to be determined after I win... ;-)
I agree with everything Jud said and would add that the guys from Taylor were real good guys. They really knew their stuff, and the fellow that did the playing was very good. They aren't making a sales pitch (although I'm sure they want to make sales) as much as it is a demonstration of what Taylor makes and what makes each tone wood and body shape unique. I attended my first road show this past spring (I think) and I will go again if one returns to this area.
I attended the Taylor Road Show in Omaha and loved it. It's well worth your time, and offers great info. I also got some of the Elixir strings they gave away.