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“Guitar making at it's finest” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Taylor Guitars

Taylor Guitars
1980 Gillespie Way, El Cajon, CA 92020
(619) 258-1207
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Ranked #2 of 14 Attractions in El Cajon
Type: Factory Outlets, Factory Tours, Shopping
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Tucson, Arizona
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Guitar making at it's finest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Took the free tour and was very impressed with this company. The story of how this company started was interesting. Great tour guide. Clean facility. I was amazed at the steps that go into making a guitar. It was a lot to absorb, I would take this tour again and highly recommend it. I don't know how they keep track of all these guitars.

Visited May 2014
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California
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“Taylor Guitar Factory”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

This was my first time coming here and it was great the tour guide explained things clearly and showed us every step in the process of making guitars starting from the stack of wood to the garnish and designs on the fret board. It was an awesome experience. After the tour we were allowed to go into the showroom and play around with the guitars.There was also a little store with t-shirts and cups in the main building.

Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“A truly great tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

The Taylor tour is one of the most informative and interesting guitar tours around. You learn so much!!
It's FREE!! and they'll even give you free coasters.

Seriously, I traveled a long way to visit here and the tour itself in no way lets that travelling feel you came too far.

I heartily recommend a visit here even if you're not a guitar player

Visited January 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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36 attraction reviews
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Guitar Nerds Unite!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This is an outstanding tour filled with information, fun facts and some pretty cool guitars. Our guide was Sheila and she could not have been more pleasant and fun. It is clear she sincerely is proud of the company and works very hard to make her tours fun.
I was amazed at the amount of access given to visitors and the fact that the employees still act as though they work for a little mom and pop shop.
Great time for everyone, even kids.

Visited October 2013
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La Jolla, California
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“Taylor Guitars Factory Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

What do Jason Mraz, Jewel, Taylor Swift, Dave Matthews and Clint Black all have in common? They play Taylor guitars. Whether you are a serious musician or an amateur guitarist or just curious about how guitars are made, a tour of Taylor Guitars Factory is well worth the drive out to El Cajon (about 16 miles east of Downtown San Diego).

The factory has a FREE daily 1-hour guided tour at 1:00 pm. Just show up 10 minutes before it starts and sign in. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and informative. Their enthusiasm for their company is infectious. Guests wear head phones while the guide shows and explains the entire process such as selecting and drying/curing exotic woods, cutting and shaping the soundboard, fretboard and neck, making inlays, cut-outs and abalone rosettes, varnishing, and final assembly. The final inspection decides whether the guitar will be shipped or land up in the recycling bin. The tour goes right through the factory floor and through several buildings. You will see workers as well as robots doing dozens of different precision jobs. Many of the machines were designed and developed specifically for Taylor Guitars. You will gain an appreciation for the workmanship that goes into each instrument.

You can also try out the different instruments and buy a Taylor Guitars shirt or mug after the tour.

This tour is recommended for teens and adults. Since the tour goes through active manufacturing, this would not be good for young children. It is also not wheelchair accessible.

Visited June 2013
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