Taylor XXXV-P Parlor




Natural Gloss


Solid Sitka Spruce top


Solid Madagascar Rosewood


Taylor XXXV-P
Taylor XXXV-P

Back in 2009, Taylor guitars celebrated their 35th Anniversary with the release of a limited edition parlor guitar, the XXXV-P. These days, the XXXV-P is going to be hard to come by, especially with its limited run of only 35 guitars. Still this rare gem deserves a spot here at Parlor.Guitars, and I hope that Taylor will consider having a regular production parlor guitar in their lineup soon.

Interestingly, this guitar is designed by Larry Breedlove, the founder of Breedlove guitars. That explains the natural finish look and shape of the guitar which really has a Breedlove vibe into it, yet still having the distinct Taylor "roundness". As a bit of trivia, Breedlove guitars is now being run by Larry's brother, Kim Breedlove, and it is said that Bob Taylor helped the Breedlove brand when it was starting - now that's a genuine nice guy!

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Being a limited run commemorative instrument the XXXV-P is built using premium tonewoods. The most distinct being the back and sides which are crafted from Madagascar rosewood. Because of its denser properties, the Madagascar used on this guitar is milled thinner that how it would have been done on a normal Indian rosewood. This thinner body results in improved resonance and makes the guitar lighter, complementing it's compact parlor guitar shape.

The guitar's wide grain solid Sitka spruce top features Bob Taylor's adirondack CV bracing. This special bracing features shortened ends and scalloped contouring, designed to allow for enhance top movement and tone. As the company says, "More top movement, more tone."

Following traditional neck configuration, the mahogany neck joins the body at the 12th fret. Scale length is said to be 24 7/8", fretboard radius is 15" and nut width is 1.75". The headstock features vintage slotted pegheads that are topped by ebony. The bridge and fretboard are crafted from ebony, matching the headstock plate.

The company based the bridge of this parlor guitar on the Taylor Nylon Series bridge, featuring shortened ends and scalloped contouring that also helps in improving the flexibility and movement of the top wood. Other features include bone nut and saddle, three-ring green heart abalone rosette, and abalone dotted ebony bridge pins.

Finally, you can plug-in this parlor guitar into an amp or PA via the built-in Expression System. Check out one of the 35 XXXV-P guitars in action:

The SRP for the Taylor XXXV-P is $5,998, while I saw one listed online for just under $4,000. For more information, visit Taylor Guitars.



Why hasn't his guitar been

Why hasn't his guitar been included in the best parlor guitars?

While the Taylor XXXV-P is a

While the Taylor XXXV-P is a really good guitar, from what I'm seeing in retailers, Taylor has stopped production of this guitar. Since we want to help people pick the best parlor guitars that they can actually buy, we have to feature those that are available.

Luckily for me, I toured the

Luckily for me, I toured the Taylor factory in 2011 and had the opportunity to visit with Bob Taylor. He told me about the 35 Taylor parlor guitars and advised me to try to find one and buy it. I took his advice and am now the very proud owner of 1 of 35 Taylor Parlor guitars!

I got one shipped to the UK

I got one shipped to the UK upon release (still have it) so we account for 2 x of the 35 :)

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