The world of yowhatsshakin


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 hard-shell 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:


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 hard shell 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), ...