Some guitarists pick a brand of guitar and stick to it. Think of Johnny Cash and Neil Young and their Martin Guitars or Bruce Springsteen and his Fenders and Takamines. But there has always been something different about Dave Matthews and it extends to the way he moves between manufacturers of guitars.
In a 1999 interview with Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Matthews said his main axe while on tour with Tim Reynolds was a Martin HD-28. In fact, at one point Martin even released a Dave Matthews signature guitar. But now it appears something has happened.
Here we are ten years later and Matthews is all Taylor all the time (when playing acoustic). According to AGM’s 2009 interview with Matthews, his primary acoustic guitar is now a Taylor 914ce (and he has a few). According to the article, Matthews also uses Taylor 714′s and Taylor W65 12-strings.
What made Matthews switch from Martins to Taylors? Do guitarists like Taylors more as they get older? If anybody can help solve this mystery we’d sure love to hear from you in our comments.
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