R.Taylor guitars are not being built right now and may never be built again from what I hear. As such, those examples that remain in circulation are quite precious to my way of thinking.
Offered here is a particularly rare R. Taylor Style 2 guitar with a Florentine cutaway which was built in 2009. The Style 2 is a short scale (24-7/8"), 14-fret model with a 15" wide lower bout and a depth of 4-3/16". Other specs for this incredible acoustic include: a 65' radius Sitka Spruce top with light, forward shifted top bracing and solid Koa edge kerfing for a freely vibrating sound board; premium AAA grade Koa for the back and sides; a Cocobolo and multi-color Abalone rosette; Cocobolo for the binding, purfling, backstrip, heelcap and wedge; a 24-7/8" scale, 14-fret, tropical Mahogany neck with R. Taylor's standard low profile carve; an Ebony fretboard with 15" radius, 1-3/4" bone nut and MOP side dots; an Ebony belly bridge with bone saddle and 2-3/16" string spacing; Koa for the headstock overlay and truss rod cover; and Gotoh 510 tuners with 1:21 ratio and Ebony buttons.
The Style 2 was designed primarily for fingerstyle players, but is large enough for flat pickers as well. It is voiced for note to note clarity and definition and chords ring with rich complexity and overtones. With it's fast, low profile neck and great setup, it plays with the ease of an electric guitar, with 12th fret string heights of 6/64" on the high E side and 4/64" on the high E side.
This one-owner guitar is in near mint condition with virtually no flaws of any significance for me to point out. It appears to have never seen a flat pick and the frets show no observable wear. It comes in it's original Ameritage case with R.Taylor embroidered logo.
It is impossible to estimate the replacement cost of a guitar model that is no longer being built, but whatever the number, you can be sure that it would be at least 50% higher than the price of this exquisite, pre-loved R.Taylor. Make it yours!
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