Taylor Guitars has named Andy Powers as its newest partner, alongside co-founders Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug.
The award-winning luthier has been with the California brand since 2011. He is the brains behind Taylor’s V-Class architecture, which represented a bold step away from the classic X-bracing design.
“I’m thrilled to build guitars and continue this fascinating work I’ve been pursuing since I was a young boy,” said Powers in a statement. “It’s a genuine pleasure to be able to design the best instruments I can and, within the context of Taylor Guitars, have an opportunity to serve musicians around the world.”
Alongside his work pioneering the V-Class design, Powers is also noted for his role in a handful of Builder’s Edition acoustics as well as the newly released Grand Pacific models.
“What’s unique about Bob and me, and our partnership, is that one of us is a guitar maker and engineer, and the other is a businessman and sales and marketing person,” said Kurt Listug. “Since Bob identified Andy Powers as the person to lead the company’s guitar design into the future, we’ve all witnessed Andy’s amazing talents and seen the improvements he’s made to our guitars, as well as his advancements to acoustic guitar design.”
Bob Taylor, on the other hand, is focusing his time on conservation and sustainability efforts, such as The Ebony Project. Watch our interview with Bob to find out more about the initiative here: