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Taylor Guitars: Spruce Torrefaction Process

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Torrefaction helps accelerate the natural aging process of tonewoods. Watch Taylor's process for baking Sitka spruce tops for their new 600 series guitars.

by Taylor Guitars
May 12, 2015

One of the most appealing characteristics of an acoustic guitar is the way its tone “opens up” as a result of the wood’s natural aging process and from being played. Torrefaction is a roasting process that helps accelerate the natural aging effects to give a new guitar a played-in sound. The process causes a natural chemical reaction in the cell structure of the wood, crystallizing the sugar content in a way that normally happens over a period of years. The result is less resistance in the wood, which means the top can be set in motion more easily from the vibrating strings.

We’re baking Sitka spruce tops for our new 600 Series in the Milling Department. Watch as Tyler gives us a glimpse into this Taylor Factory process.

Learn more about our newly redesigned 600 series here.

Check out the Peghead Nation demo of the Taylor 614ce.


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Posted by David McCarty on
So what is the difference in weight before and after?
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