The Taylor Guitars Expression System is a series of proprietary electronics designed from the ground up to maintain the unique sound and aesthetics of Taylor Guitars. The expression system is fully optimized for the Taylor sound and is unlike any other guitar pickup system.
When strung to standard tuning, a set of light gauge acoustic guitar strings exerts about 160 lbs worth of tension across the instrument. Since the strings are attached to the bridge, this pulling force is partially transferred to it. Though guitars are designed to resist that force, if there is any weakness in the glue joint connecting the bridge to the top, it can fail.
Many acoustic guitars manufactured from the late 60’s through the mid 80’s utilize acetate or celluloid plastic pick guards glued directly on top of bare wood. An unfortunate concern with this technique is that, with age, the pick guards have begun to shrink and degrade. This is similar to another common affliction of vintage instruments: The breakdown of plastic tuner buttons. As many of these instruments have attained a degree of collectability far above the manufacturers wildest expectations, expert repair is often warranted to save these fine instruments.
The saddle is a crucial part of an acoustic guitar. The thin white strip protruding from the top of the bridge serves several functions. Not only is it responsible for transmitting the vibration of the strings to the guitar top, but it also helps to control the instrument’s string action and intonation.
Altering the guitar neck angle of a traditional neck assembly can require invasive surgery to remove the neck and reshape the joint. However, since the neck angle of a Taylor NT neck is created by spacers and requires no glue, adjustment simply requires a nut driver, an Allen key, and a new set of spacers.
An instruments string nut, commonly called simply “the nut”, is a piece of hard material used to support and position the strings.
It is located at the end of the fingerboard, closest to the headstock. It marks one end of the vibrating length of the strings. (The saddle serves a similar function on the opposite end.)
In addition to supporting the string, the nut sets the spacing of the strings across the neck and typically holds them at the proper distance above the fingerboard.
The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) pickup design is the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors is designed with the intent of capturing more dynamic range vs other pickup types.
The Pure Pickup is K&K’s award-winning, signature pickup for acoustic guitars. Installed on the guitar’s bridge plate, the Pure Pickup is the the best choice for achieving a rich, natural guitar sound. Our customers tell us that it’s the best passive pickup on the market. Which means it’s the perfect plug-and-play solution for the musician who wants a warm, full-range signal.