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Exclusive Video Interview: Bob Taylor and Taylor Guitars' 40th Anniversary

It's been 40 years since Taylor started making guitars.

That's quite a milestone.

From a small shop in Southern California to a large factory hand creating some of the most beautiful looking and sounding guitars out there, Taylor has not only survived, but thrived.

In celebration, we took a trip to El Cajon to visit Taylor's impressive production facility and to sit down with co-founder Bob Taylor and master-luthier Andy Powers. We talked about Taylor's origins, its present and its future.

As part one of our interview series, here Bob Taylor tells us how the company and his love of guitar making began.

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Laura B. Whitmore is a music industry marketing veteran, music journalist and editor, writing for (opens in new tab), Guitar World, and others. She has interviewed hundreds of musicians and hosts the She Rocks Podcast. As the founder of the Women’s International Music Network (opens in new tab), she advocates for women in the music industry and produces the annual She Rocks Awards. She is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Positive Grid, making the world safe for guitar exploration everywhere! A guitarist and singer/songwriter, Laura is currently co-writing an album of pop songs that empower and energize girls.