New Taylor 300 Series solid Tasmanian blackwood


After years of waiting Taylor Guitars have finally included Tasmanian blackwood into their standard line of guitars!!

This is the first time a major international guitar manufacturer has incorporated Tasmanian blackwood into its standard production.

This is farm-grown Tasmanian blackwood.


Taylor Guitars master guitar designer Andy Powers explains why the refinements applied to the new Taylor 300 Series make the guitars the most dynamically responsive, expressive instruments the series has ever offered. He also talks about the addition of Tasmanian blackwood to the series…

…. and why it’s one of his all-time favorite tonewoods, from its warmth and dynamic range to its sustainable sourcing outlook.

You can’t ask for a better recommendation than that now can you?

Nonetheless, blackwood has been attracting an ever-growing following among guitar makers and players. The supply is also sustainable, with a healthy sourcing outlook for the future.

Ok that’s enough! You can stop now!!

The 300 series are Taylor’s lowest price solid wood guitars.

How do you introduce a relatively new unknown tonewood into the American market?

You bring it out at a low price so the market is better able to experience the magic of Tasmanian blackwood.

My only request to Andy Powers!

Please also include Tasmanian blackwood as a top wood option in the 300 series!!!

Please let us have a Taylor 300 that speaks 100% Tasmanian blackwood.

Now we want guitar buyers to stampede these new Tasmanian blackwood models from Taylor guitars.

Tasmanian blackwood – the profitable, sustainable quality tonewood.


15 responses to “New Taylor 300 Series solid Tasmanian blackwood

  1. Malcolm Mackenzie

    I’ll have to see if Taylor Guitars will source their blackwood from New Zealand where it is grown much more sustainably!! Tee-hee.

    • Malcolm, Taylor guitars are already supplied from Tasmania with sustainable farm grown blackwood, I see Gordon forgot to mention that.
      Regards Robert

      • I’m only aware of a tiny handful of Tasmanian farmers who are actually growing commercial blackwood. The vast majority of blackwood timber that comes off Tasmanian farms is salvage of unwanted trees. Can this be classed as sustainable? I don’t know. I don’t have a problem with salvaged wood, but personally I wouldn’t class it as sustainable. But I fully support what you are doing Bob.

        I also fully support what Malcolm and other NZ blackwood growers are doing.

        The way I see it NZ and Tassie blackwood growers are all in the same boat. NZ farmers are a long way ahead of us in the blackwood business so if they can open up and develop markets for plantation blackwood all credit and profit to them I say. It will do us in Tasmania more good than harm.

        In a few years time most blackwood timber in Australia will come from NZ anyway!!

        So how will the blackwood industry (including Tasmanian Tonewoods) in Tasmania survive?

        I wish I knew the answer? I have plenty of ideas, but under the current political and industry regime it’s headed for guaranteed extinction.

        A few of us are doing our bit to rescue the industry but far too many people are actively destroying it. And I’m not talking about “greenies”!!

        In this particular instance I think we all need to support Taylors in their efforts to build market acceptance of Tasmanian blackwood in the US market.


      • So what do I class as “sustainable”? To me there can be no sustainable timber without their first being profitable timber.

        “Sustainable” to me means that the farmer grew a tree and sold it and made a profit such that they were encouraged to plant more trees. Profitable tree growing is the only basis for a successful forest industry.


  2. Hi Malcolm,
    If you can offer Taylors the right quality blackwood at the right price then go right ahead. It’s business after all. The profitability and sustainability of New Zealand blackwood is decades ahead of us here in Tasmania.
    If you do succeed it will be a magnificent win for plantation grown blackwood.


    • Gordon, I can see that you are an x Forestry Tasmania employee no moral’s.

    • It is not just offering blackwood at the right price Gordon, there is more to it than that.

    • Gordon, I know many farmers that are growing blackwood far more that what you know of, as for salvaged old growth blackwood this is always going to be available, as you would know blackwood’s self seed so I can not see any problems.

      • Bob,

        That’s great! I’d like to meet them some day. Maybe we could form a blackwood growers coop.

        Yes there will always be salvage blackwood timber available as new trees sprout all the time.

        As I said I don’t have a problem with salvage blackwood, but we should call it “salvage” not “sustainable”. There is a very good market for salvage wood. It’s perfectly fine! Hydrowood is another example of salvage wood, but it has nothing at all to do with “sustainable”.


    • Gordon, farmers that I do business with are paid well so that do make a profit and they are encouraged to replant and as far as I know only one farmer that I have done business with has not done this.

      • Bob,
        It sounds like there are some good news stories here. I’m always after good news stories.

        The forest industry desperately needs good news stories.

        Anytime you want to share some good news with me I’ll be here waiting.


  3. Would be interesting to know the tonal qualities of fast grown plantation blackwood, there will on average be a considerable density gradient across a quarter sawn board.

  4. Gordon, as I explained if I only select old growth large diameter blackwood trees and leave the small trees for the future plus replanting and self seeding can you please explain why this is not sustainable hydrowood from lakes is salvaged wood once gone it is gone for ever.

    • Hi Bob,

      If you’re comfortable what you are doing is sustainable then I’m comfortable.

      We just need some clarity/understanding about using the terms “salvage” vs “sustainable”. It sounds to me that what you are doing is not salvage. It is sustainable harvesting. And it’s all good.


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