I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.


John Cage


Tao Guitars

Feb 6 2018  “Han’s Harbour”

“Villa d’este”


Soundboard European Spruce Picea abies

Back, Sides Honduran Mahogany Swietenia macrophylla

Neck Spanish Cedar Cedrela odorata

Bridge, Fretboard Ebony Diospyros



Polished “vintage style” CTS pots, WCR push – push pots, 3 way Switchcraft with custom made button & ring, Russian paper in oil caps, polished electro – socket output jack. Benedetti ribbon pickup.

*To celebrate our new partnership, Tao Guitars and Symphontree Music will be offering confidential deals on Tao’s new inventory. We would like to remove any barriers possible to get theses guitars in your hands. It is my pleasure to be able to introduce you to Tao’s extraordinary instruments.


1.Chordal Response:  a fast-warm energetic-lively response, balanced- thick chordal weight with crisp developed spectrum, warm productive, intimate bass, tender  4.95
𝑑1 = 4.95   ( 5-n) +1 =1.95 )
2.Individual note decay as well as blended in a chord:  14 secs  superb sustain with upper/ lower partials, both wet and dry note phrasing possible    4.95
𝑑2 = 4.95 ( 5-n) +1 =1.95 )
3. Basic volume and presence: a loud intimate, tender and sensual voice, rewarding and balanced blend of “open” responsive tone     4.9
𝑑3 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.9 )
4. Individual note separation and focus: excellent note separation and focus, full bodied  -rich highs, airy and decadent bass, wet and dry notes, possible, excellent balance and articulation     4.9
𝑑4 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.9)

5.Systematic sustain: warm full bodied sustain, wet and dry response possible, versatile sustain from flat picking to finger-style, toasty malleable sustain, capable of building amplitude, dry notes just as versatile  4.9
𝑑5 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.9)
6. Response compliance: energetic, lively response with balanced finish, active and defined call and response, intimate, pleasing      4.9
𝑑6 = 4.9 ( 4.85 -n) +1 =1.9 )
7. Balance and quality of tone: very well balanced with a crisp round acoustic note , a dynamic voice, superb sustain and balance when over driven, Chirping harmonics, effortless playability, extraordinarily melodic guitar,         4.95
𝑑7 = 4.9 ( 4.8-n) +1 =1.95)
8. Even strength and balance of each string: strings are very well balanced, refined sound with expert articulation, great fundamental  4.9
𝑑8 = 4.9 ( 4.75-n) +1 =1.9 )
9. Tone projection: nervous stiff box, radiated sound full box breaths, crisp-sharp-radiant-highs      4.9
𝑑9 =4.95 ( 5-n) +1 =1.9)
10. A large dynamic range: a superb array of dynamics, soft an elegant mellow, rich, dark, shimmering, brassy, metallic and husky  4.9
𝑑10 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 = 1.9 )

11. Tonal bloom: full bloom cycles, almost unnoticeable due to massive sustain   4.9
𝑑11 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.9 )


Quality Of Tone

An upbeat deign with incredible musical potential.  Vila d’este is mellow, rich, dark, shimmering, brassy, metallic and husky. The sound can be raspy, edgy, rough, smooth, pretty, soulful, warm, dark, light, harsh, or any one of dozens of other descriptions including combinations of descriptions and an infinite number of nuances. There is a tremendous amount of clear articulate sustain to manipulate in the box and can be drawn out for wet phrasing or drained for bone dry cutting.



∑𝑑 = (𝑑1+𝑑2+𝑑3+𝑑4+𝑑5+𝑑6+𝑑7+𝑑8+𝑑9+𝑑10+𝑑11)= 20.08
𝐏= ∑ 𝐅 ∕ T ∑𝐅=∑𝑑⧹𝐀
P = 20.08 / T
𝐏= 20.08/ 22 ≅9.5 /10 ≅ 95%

The Ecstatic Guitar Theorem


This project started out in 2009 as a cure for a friend & customer who was diagnosed with a very acute form of the G.A.S (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome). We offered to make him a unique masterpiece that would both calm his illness and at the same time bring us the opportunity to build our dream guitar with a “carte blanche”. The whole idea was to build a hollow jazz – guitar that could handle high volume feedback in a more compact rounded ergonomic body with a solid body style sustain…

Notion of Design

This particular Phaeton is more on the jazz/archtop side kind of Orville meets D’aquisto into Raymond Loewy strealine style specially made for the show so it’s quite unique compare to our previous ones, we’ve call it “villa d’este” because it kind of bears the aesthetics of the Alfa Romeo from 1949 6 C 2500  “Villa D’este”, the place called Villa D’este on the lake Como is also known from all collector cars enthusiasts as being the ultimate ” Concorso d’eleganza” from the 30’s.(see pic) Apart from being an aesthetically striking piece, it’s also a real player, a smooth operating jazz guitar wearing our brand new Ribbon pick up with a clear and articulate sound with a 3 position switch that gives you more sounds options than the standard jazz neck pup, neck side bobbin clear and warm, both more clarity and last a weaker bobbin close to those classic Italian sought after “Wandré” guitars from the sixties.

An exhilarating guitar to play and see. Villa d’este offers a tender, sensual tone capable of purring into an angry cats tail. The diversity of the instruments sound and simplistic electronics offer the player effortless control of voicing and chording. Pair that with Tao’s effortless play-abilty and a super fast neck and you have a guitar that is a players dream come true.




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MM (1 of 1)

Feb 6 2018  Han’s Harbour

“Vill d’este”

“In music, as I find myself forever saying, things don’t get better or worse: they evolve and transform themselves”

Luciano Berio