TAYLOR
Guitar Player|Holiday 2021
TaylorSense Guitar Health Monitoring System
JIMMY LESLIE

WHAT WOULD YOUR guitar tell you if it could talk? Taylor Guitars’ TaylorSense facilitates that proposition by gathering vital information about your instrument and sending updates to your phone. I tested it on a trip from the San Francisco Bay Area to Wawona, California, in Yosemite National Park. As it turned out, the guitar had a lot of the same things to say that other family members might, like “It’s hot,” “I’m thirsty,” “Energy is low” and “Ouch, be more careful!” It was actually quite surprising to realize how much happens to one’s six-string travel companion on such an adventure.

TaylorSense is a “smart” battery box, plus an app for iOS or Android devices, that uses sensors to provide guitar health information to the phone via Bluetooth. It monitors humidity, temperature, battery level and impact incidents, and can send push notifications when issues arise as well as links to handy fix-it videos created by the tech team at Taylor. TaylorSense replaces any “current” Taylor nine-volt battery box, which means guitars featuring the proprietary Expression System 1 or 2, ES-T or ES-N onboard pickup and preamp systems.

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