Martin Taylor: “There are some guitars I play a few notes on and just put down. The sign of a good guitar is one you really want to play and don’t want to put down”

Martin Taylor
(Image credit: Jo Hanley)

In this instalment of Bought & Sold, the jazz guitar phenom Martin Taylor joins us to discuss his greatest gear hits and misses, his go-to instruments, buying philosophy, and confesses to not having much need for an amp.

But as he says, don’t let the lack of wattage fool you – he’s a lot more rock ’n’ roll than you might think.

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.