Today, I’m focusing on the definitive showdown between Martin guitars and Taylor guitars. While both companies make excellent guitars, there’s been a battle between the two that needs to be put to rest.
In order to create the Martin vs. Taylor definitive showdown, I created seven categories that the two companies will be evaluated on. Each category, I’ll do a holistic study of both Taylor and Martin to determine who wins in that category.
To decide which company is better, I’ve picked the following categories:
- Standard model lineup
- Custom shop
- Artist roster
At the end of this showdown, there will be only one winner…and I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it! As always, be nice in the comments — I know you will, but I just have to say it!
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This Week on Acoustic Tuesday
Instead of doing a recap for each segment on Acoustic Tuesday, I’m going to leave you just with the links for the full videos, interviews, and factory tours.
I’d hate to spoil the surprise of who wins this week.
Round 1: History
https://youtu.be/2u67TlkokZY – Visit the Martin Museum with The Fretboard Journal
https://youtu.be/ONB7n-WYTQg – Watch me interview Chris Martin CEO of Martin Guitars!
https://youtu.be/JRTWMH1T0zI – A Martin History Retrospective
Round 2: Sustainability
https://youtu.be/Eq86nmvrk0s – Watch part 1 of my interview with Bob Taylor, CEO of Taylor Guitars
https://youtu.be/UKOiqQ9y0_8 – Watch part 2 of my interview with Bob Taylor, CEO of Taylor Guitars
https://youtu.be/T5eGe_NB2Tk – Watch part 3 of Tony’s interview with Bob Taylor, CEO of Taylor Guitars
https://youtu.be/ZDZAHjFK1Gk – See some of the sustainability initiatives within the Taylor factory
Round 3: Manufacturing
https://youtu.be/g7HtRsi-CCc – See inside the Taylor guitar factory
Round 4: Model Lineup
https://www.taylorguitars.com/guitars/acoustic/series/overview – Checkout Taylor’s standard model offerings
Round 5: Innovation
https://youtu.be/qwx7jv33hvk – See one of Martin’s biggest innovations: The Dreadnought
https://youtu.be/_Hy6dy82l1M – See one of Taylor’s biggest innovations: V-Class bracing
Round 6: Custom Shop
https://youtu.be/8bLWyvih60E – Meet the Martin Custom shop
Round 7: Artist Roster
https://youtu.be/6kbWnWClsoE – Watch John Moreland play his Martin D28
https://youtu.be/nu5gDk97pFQ – Watch Billy Strings play a 1950 Martin D28
https://youtu.be/P__g0NWR0Y0 – Watch Molly Tuttle play a 1941 Martin D45