On November 19 in Jamestown, California guitarist Corey Witt will demonstrate Taylor Guitars’ current line of instruments. Jim Holler announces renewed partnership with Taylor Guitars to raise funds for Haitian rebuilding effort
To help commemorate completion of the first year of Trinity Guitars’ location at 800 West Third Street in Jamestown, and his 15th year in business, Jim Holler will host the Taylor Guitars Road Show at 6 p.m. on November 19. The event, the forth in the series of workshops Holler has sponsored featuring prestigious American guitar manufacturers, will be held at the West Third Street location.
On-hand to demonstrate the latest product offerings from Taylor Guitars, and explain how the shapes and woods used in the construction of different models affect their tone, will be Taylor clinician Corey Witt. After 25 years of guitar playing, Corey finds a personal satisfaction in the Road Show experience through the people he meets along the way. The most gratifying part, he says, is “meeting the spouse, significant other, parent, grandparent — essentially the non-guitar player —who comes up to say that he or she had a great time and learned more about why guitars sound the way they do. Guitar players will show up for the romance and the chance to dream about new instruments, but at the Road Shows, I get the opportunity to demystify [guitar playing]”. What is his favorite Taylor model? “Probably a 516CE. I have an aggressive picking and strumming hand, so the cedar top and mahogany back and sides are a little more forgiving with their natural compression and midrange squish,” he explains. Attendees on November 19th will have an opportunity to play the instruments, pick up premiums provided by Elixir Strings (subject to availability) and, potentially, win a custom-designed Taylor guitar.
As he has done with his earlier workshops, Holler has arranged for the Road Show event to benefit an important community-oriented program. Proceeds from the sale of some 50 Taylor Guitars shirts will be donated to Allegany Region Missions for the Heart for Haiti fund. The contributions will be used to complete the construction of an orphanage and to build a school in earthquake-devastated Haiti. Recently back from his second trip to Haiti, Holler has seen funds donated by Trinity Guitars patrons put to use in the orphanage that he has helped to build. “Returning to Haiti last month was difficult to do after seeing the situation in April. Having two of the Haitian construction workers greet me using my name was awesome and alone made the trip a success. It was also heartwarming to see progress in this desperately poor nation ”
Holler added, “and, our workshops provide our customers with behind-the-scenes insights into the companies who build the products we offer, give them tools for improving the enjoyment of their music, and, have some fun in the process.”
Attendance at the Taylor Guitars Road Show is free, but space is limited and advance reservations are suggested. Persons interested in attending the November 19 event at 6 p.m. should phone Trinity Guitars at (716) 665-4490 or e-mail JimHoller@TrinityGuitars.com.
ABOUT TRINITY GUITARS (www.trinityguitars.com)
Jim Holler enjoys a well-earned international reputation for building, selling and repairing acoustic guitars. Home-based for 15 years, Trinity Guitars now is conveniently located at 800 West Third Street, across the Third Street Bridge from Downtown Jamestown.
A large selection of guitars from prestigious North American manufacturers including C.F.Martin, Jean Larrivee, Gallagher, National Resophonic, Taylor Guitars and Weber is complemented by quality instruments at lower price points manufactured by well-regarded brands such as Recording King and Morgan Monroe. In addition to acoustic guitars, Holler also offers mandolins and banjos, and a full array of accessories from strings and straps to tuners, cases, gig bags, picks and apparel. Expert luthier services are available, ranging from setups and re-fretting to pickup installation and major structural repairs.
The shop’s normal business hours are 11:00 - 5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 11:00 - 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and noon - 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Appointments for other hours can be scheduled by calling (716) 665-4490. Free off and on street parking is available.
ABOUT THE TAYLOR GUITARS ROAD SHOW
Now in its fourth year, the Road Show brings enthusiasts, Taylor clinicians and experts straight from the company’s factory in El Cajon, California together for a lively in-store gathering. At each event, Taylor’s Road Show team shares insights on the company’s guitar making process and invites players to take part in what Taylor Guitars calls its “Petting Zoo:” an opportunity to pick up and play a variety of different models.
In 2009, the company brought its Road Show to more than 170 in-store events in the United States and Canada, plus another 40 events throughout Europe. The Taylor Guitars Road Show was awarded the 2008 Supplier Excellence Award from Music Inc. magazine in the category of Events for putting “the excitement of the company’s factory tours into retail dealers across the country.”