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Hand's Off! Review
Taylor Classic SC (Single Coil) Solidbody Electric Guitar
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THE SOUND

I don't have the guitar to run through its paces, which is why this is a blogpost and not an actual review.  I have gone out of my way to listen to as many demos as i could find and while i didn't find much with the Taylor Classic SC (i think it's still too new) i have to say that i didn't hear anything that didn't sound good.
Ultimately, it's always VERY hard to get a feel for what something really sounds like when it's via a YouTube video or mp3's that somebody in Nashville posted for his buddies.

The best video on YouTube is David Hosler putting a Classic SC through a quick demo first on a Vox and then a Marshall.  His playing style and choice of material lends itself more to the clean sounds of the Vox than to the distorted sounds he has dialed in on the Marshall.
The first time i watched this video i hadn't yet read anything about the Classic SC (i've already seen plenty with Taylor's dual humbucking guitars) and the very first thing that came to mind was that this guitar sounded like it had stacked humbuckers along the lines of the now mega-popular DiMarzio HS3.  Especially through that Marshall.

Taylor believes that what they have achieved with this pickup is a "vintage single-coil sound with the power and dynamic range of modern pickups".

Ok so you could increase the power of a vintage single-coil pickup and while it will change the way it drives a tube preamp, it'll still basically sound the same.  But to change the dynamic range of a single-coil pickup??

The sound of every pickup IS its dynamic range and so to alter the dynamic range of a pickup is to alter the way it sounds.  Period.  I don't care what kind of pickup you're talking about - vintage; modern; whatever.

Let's say we compared the dynamic range of a stock 1974 Gibson humbucker to a stock 1974 Fender single-coil and figured out exactly in which ways they differed sonically.  If you could magically add to the single-coil whatever the double-coil has that the single-coil is lacking (not even considering noise) without detracting in any way from what the single-coil is already capable of, what you would end up with is a pickup that DOES NOT SOUND like it did before the alteration.

The biggest difference between a stacked dual-coil single-pole pickup and an actual single-coil pickup is that the single-coil sound is thinner.  You could give that stacked pickup all the bite and high end that the single-coil has, but if it sounds thicker in the low and/or midrange, it's different.

Presumably the Taylor design team had one ore more vintage single coils around during the process in order to achieve their goal and then to state their claim.  I'd really love to know which vintage pickups they're directly comparing these dual-coil single-pole pickups to.

I will say this again though: i liked the way all of the pickup combinations sounded with the Classic SC through both a clean amp and a distorted one.  I would be perfectly happy with those tones from what i can gather via internet videos and mp3s.  But i don't believe that these pickups would be at all sonically indistinguishable from a vintage set (noise excluded of course).

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