Brook Taw Custom

  • This deep-bodied custom build of the Taw is something of a signature Shoreline piece. It was originally built to a customer's specifications, years ago when our shop was in San Diego. On the day it arrived, I was at the Pacific Beach post office to pick up my shipment of guitars, when I ran into my friend Wayne Preis, the owner of, an accomplished musician in his own right. I had been bragging to him about Brook guitars, and he insisted that I open the boxes right there in the parking lot, just so he could get a chance to play one. The other guitar was a lovely walnut Torridge, but when he picked up the deep-bodied Taw and played it for a few seconds, he looked me straight in the eye and said, "This is the best guitar I have ever played."

    Now, guitars are like wines or cars or anything else; one man's "best" is another man's "meh". But Wayne certainly had a point. This guitar takes the best of what Brook offers—the unique sweetness, solid intonation, and refined aesthetic—and fills it out with just a little bit more breathing room (an extra 1/4") and tone in the body. Needless to say, we went on to order many more of this build, and when we're lucky enough to have one on the wall in the shop, it is invariably one of the 2 or 3 favorites among the best players who walk in. I'm tempted to say it's Brook's best guitar, but either way, it's a remarkable instrument.

  • • Back and Sides:  East Indian Rosewood
    • Top:  Engelmann Spruce
    • Nut and Saddle: Bone
    • Scale length:  24 3/4" (630mm)
    • Nut width: 1 3/4" (44mm)
    • Lower Bout:  15 3/8" (390mm)
    • Upper Bout:  11 5/16" (287mm)
    • Tailblock Depth: 4 5/16" (110mm)

    Ships with Hiscox LiteFlite case

  • Every US order is shipped free. It does not matter the size, weight, or value of the shipment. It all ships free to any US ZIP code. This includes Alaska, Hawaii, APO/FPO and territories like Guam and Puerto Rico.

    If you choose not to keep this guitar for any reason, we will pay for you to ship it back to us. For more details, visit our Shipping and Returns page.

    Please note that because of the rosewood in this guitar, we cannot ship it to overseas addresses.

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Warren Denning
Brook Taw Custom - Wonderful guitar!

II Have had my Brook Taw Custom for three months now and I can say, without, question that it is one of the finest guitars I have owned. I have owned many during my 50 years of playing, including many small builder customs. The Taw has enormous presence and dynamic range. It is nicely balanced across the strings and is warm and lush sounding from the lowest volume to the highest, with nice overtones, but not so many as to get in the way of the melody. The setup, when I received it, was absolutely perfect, with low action and .004” neck relief. It almost plays itself and sounds as good as or better than many guitars at twice the price.

I love it.

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