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A beautifully built travel guitar produced by this other innovator in guitar building: Bob Taylor. Although the 22 3/4” scale is nowhere near a quarter shorter than a typical scale length, a guitar like this is still called a 3/4 model. According to one source the ‘GB’ means ‘Gig Bag’. This guitar came with the SKB style hardshell case with Taylor logo. The top is Sitka spruce, its sides and back are layered sapele. It has a mahogany neck connected to the body by 2 Phillips screws through the ebony fingerboard between the 15th and 16th fret. The headstock to neck joint demonstrates one of Taylor’s innovations: the Finger Joint. The guitar I take on the road to Kalaloch and other places. Although the 301-GB is no longer offered, more info on the equivalent model is available at: https://www.taylorguitars.com/guitars/acoustic/baby-taylor.

 

Taylor 301-GB Baby

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  2000

Serial number:    20000424309-3

Strings:               D’Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze Light (12-53)

Like described above, the perfect travel guitar. Only modification I made was upgrading the bridge pins to black buffalo horn with abalone inlay. The fact that you can no longer get them with a hardshell case was not known to me until recently. So I lucked out there I think. I tune this puppy a half step lower to reduce the tension on the neck. This improved the set-up and intonation quite drastically. But it makes this small treasure sound amazing: lots of sparkling highs and pronounced bass for balance. And when you hear something like that during a Guitar Center ‘Red Tag’ (or whatever their color du jour is), ...