*From 1993 until the end of 1999, each Taylor guitar featured a nine-digit serial number that precisely pinpoints when work was begun on that guitar.(As of 2000, the serial number expanded to 11 digits to accommodate the four-digit year designation.) Reading left to right, the first two digits (or four starting in 2000) represent the year; the second pair of digits represents the month; and the third pair of digits represents the calendar day that work was begun.That's why we have a staff of guitar experts ready to help with any questions you might have about your guitar.It's an easy way to keep your guitar sounding great.In January, Taylor Guitars’ website goes online; guitar line expanded to 61 models, including three new series (300, Koa, and Walnut), revamped 400, 600, 700, 800 Series, introduction of Baby-M and AB-3 maple/spruce bass; release of , a CD featuring numerous artists playing Taylor guitars and basses; in August, begin moving into new factory/office building; introduce re-designed label and begin affixing them to the back of the interior of each guitar, where they’re easily visible., a sequel to the 1998 CD collection; introduce new gig bag for the Baby Taylor; open 8,000-square-foot storage facility next to Taylor factory; enter agreement to factory-install Elixir strings, featuring Polyweb coating, on all Taylors.In January, we introduce the Gallery Series of guitars, featuring original, thematic artwork inlays (for 2000 it was “sea life”); also create our first new Signature Models in a decade, making guitars with Clint Black, Jewel, Kenny Loggins, Richie Sambora, Doyle Dykes, John Cephas, and Chris Proctor, and create a Limited Edition version of the Pallet Guitar; in April, the U. Patent and Trademark Office grants Bob Taylor his first-ever patent for his revolutionary new neck design; we add Taylor-branded guitar and bass gig bags; extend our Limited Warranty to Canadian Taylor owners and to owners of Baby Taylors, both retroactive, and establish our first official warranty repair center in Canada; on August 24, Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug sign a five-year lease agreement on a 22,000-square-foot building in Tecate, Mexico, where Taylor will make its hardshell cases; in September, we open an in-house production training room equipped to introduce prospective employees to a full range of guitar-making processes; re-design the Grand Concert and Jumbo bodies to bring them into aesthetic alignment with the proprietary Grand Auditorium and the re-designed Dreadnought; transform our former mega-storage facility into a full-time Baby Taylor factory, and add maple-, koa-, and rosewood-veneer Babys and a 15/16-size Big Baby to the line; launch a program to provide Baby Taylors to elementary schools that have guitar programs, beginning with a donation of 28 Babys to Emerson-Bandini Elementary School in an economically disadvantaged area of San Diego; make significant advancements in technology, including the implementation of a robotic buffing machine; push past 350 employees for the first time.It takes days to make each Taylor guitar, and the serial number indicates only the day a particular guitar was started in assembly.
In August, move into 25,000-square-foot plant in El Cajon, California; guitar #16250 (a 712) is a “transitional” instrument (built in Santee plant, strung-up in the new El Cajon facility); 400 series ending number: 3152.Learn more about sustainability Doing so will ensure that you get all the benefits of Taylor ownership, including a free subscription to our quarterly magazine, Wood&Steel.Plus, registering will allow us to quickly access information about your guitar should it ever need service, and will keep you updated about new Taylor products and events in your area.The seventh digit indicates whether the guitar is a 300 or 400 series (“0”) or a higher series (“1”); and the last two digits denote the guitar’s position in that day’s production sequence.So, for example, if the serial number were 980103004, it would break down as follows: 98: It should be emphasized that the serial number does not indicate when a guitar was finished, or when it was shipped.