SOURCE: Taylor Guitars

October 15, 2008 18:43 ET

Let Freedom Rock: Taylor Guitars and Jason Mraz Rally for the Liberty Tree Guitars

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - October 15, 2008) - World-renowned Taylor Guitars is proud to announce its partnership with platinum-selling artist Jason Mraz for the release of the limited-edition (only 50; one for each state) Liberty Tree T5 Guitar.

The Taylor Liberty Tree Guitar

The beginning of the Liberty Tree T5 dates back to the Revolutionary War. Patriots chose trees in each of the colonies to hold secret rally meetings to discuss freedom from the rule of England and individual liberty. The last standing "Liberty Tree," a tulip poplar in Annapolis, Md., succumbed to natural forces in 1999. Bob Taylor, owner of Taylor Guitars and long-time American History buff, bought the wood and manufactured 400 Taylor Liberty Tree limited-edition acoustic guitars. These collectors' items sold out in record time. Unlucky music aficionados lamented the lost chance to own a piece of American and music history.

Taylor could not bring himself to throw away the remaining wood. In 2005, Taylor introduced the T5, built from the Liberty Tree tulip poplar.

Each T5 is identified by the name of a state, with a serial number to designate the order in which the state entered the Union. Each features a hand-inlaid Revolutionary-period battle banner, mother-of-pearl star inlays, and other details. Suggested list price is $10,000.

About Taylor Guitars

Founded in 1974, San Diego-based Taylor Guitars has grown from a small venture between co-founders Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug into the world's leading manufacturer of high-end acoustic and electric guitars. Taylor has distinguished itself as an innovative force in the guitar industry by blending a pioneering use of modern tools and technology with a master craftsman's attention to detail. Many of today's most popular musicians play Taylors, including Dave Matthews, Prince, Mick Jagger, Taylor Swift, the Goo Goo Dolls and Sarah McLachlan. Visit the company online at

About Jason Mraz

Like the Taylor Liberty Tree Guitar, singer-songwriter Jason Mraz is an American original. His new hit single, "I'm Yours," was a fan favorite even before it was officially released on his new album "We Sing. We Dance. We Steal." The song was Jason's first Billboard Top 100 hit -- the song placed #10 on the list -- and his international fans can be treated to live versions as he continues his current world tour.

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