Designed by guitarist Martin Taylor and built by Peerless the Martin Taylor Maestro and the Martin Taylor Virtuoso guitars seek to set a new standard in archtop guitars. With a pedigree in manufacturing Archtop, Acoustic and Hollowbody guitars spanning over 40 years, Peerless Guitars is one of the world’s leading guitar makers.
The Martin Taylor Maestro is the higher spec model with blonde carved solid spruce top, antique sunburst carved solid maple back and solid maple sides. The guitar is complimented in perfect contrast with ebony fretboard, bridge, tailpiece and pickguard and sports a black Kent Armstrong floating mini-humbucker. An abalone orchid is inlaid on the 12th fret and the volume control is located under the pickguard for discreet adjustment. A 381mm wide, 70mm deep body and 59mm neck width makes this a stunningly compact guitar.
The Martin Taylor Virtuoso also comes with a 381mm wide, 70mm deep body and 59mm neck but is fabricated in laminated antique sunburst spruce top and laminated flame maple back and sides. The fretboard, bridge, tailpiece and pickguard come in Indian Rosewood and a gold effect floating mini-humbucker which compliments the guitar beautifully. Once again, the volume control is discreetly located under the pickguard for an overall understated but classy look.
The Martin Taylor Maestro and the Martin Taylor Virtuoso are truly stunning guitars visually, acoustically and in playability with both models being fully designed by multi award winning guitarist and composer Martin Taylor. Dr Martin Taylor MBE has established a unique musical career as an internationally acclaimed musician, and his inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing.