Winner of the Mastercam Innovator of the Future Competition

With Taylor Guitars, a leading manufacturer of acoustic and electric guitars, as our guest judge, the 2012 Mastercam Innovator of the Future competition challenged students to design and machine a bridge and saddle for an acoustic guitar, adding their own creative twist. The judges were faced with the predicament of choosing a winner from a pool of exceptional entries.

We would like to extend our gratitude to all of the entrants and their instructors for all of the work they put into competing. We would also like to thank the staff at Taylor Guitars for all of their help with this competition. Working with the staff at Taylor to make this competition a success has been a pleasure.

Zachary Roy, E.C. Goodwin Technical High School, New Britain, Connecticut

Larry Breedlove, Chief Engineer of Product Development at Taylor Guitars says, “There were several entries that exhibited a high level of technical abilities, and it was interesting to see the variety of approaches to satisfying the design question. In the end, it comes down to how elegantly any given design interacts as a component of the guitar ‘package.’ Zack’s entry was an obvious winner for us, in that it is a simply handsome bridge that we can easily see as that component.”

Even though he found out about the competition not long before the deadline, Zack decided to take a shot at it. After creating his fixture, Zack started designing his bridge with the “W” shape he saw on a lot of the Taylor bridges. Then he decided to add an arch on top to add wow factor. In the end, he successfully crafted an elegant design that the Taylor judging team could easily see as part of a guitar.

Zack’s proud teacher, Mr. Langdon, says, “Zack is a very dedicated student who has great attendance, drive, and want to produce great quality products. Having a student like Zack is one of the main reasons why I continue to teach and help young manufacturers and adults.”

Zack has won a $1,000 scholarship and a trip for him and his instructor to El Cajon, California to tour the Taylor Guitars Factory, where over 500 guitars are produced each day.

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About Taylor Guitars

Taylor Guitars co-founders Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug know a thing or two about humble beginnings and the value of innovation and determination. Founded in 1974, Taylor Guitars has grown from a two-man shop to a world-class manufacturer, producing over 500 guitars per day. In fact, , Taylor and Listug have become the only American luthiers in the last 100 years to take an acoustic guitar company to a production-level manufacturer without relinquishing ownership or creative control.
One of the first things to set Taylor Guitars apart in the market was their bolt-on neck that allowed guitars to be adjusted quickly, easily, and, most importantly, inexpensively. Taylor soon earned a reputation as pioneers in the industry. They were among the first to integrate computer technology, lasers, and other high-tech tools and machinery. A unique blend of technology and traditional craftsmanship earned Taylor guitars a reputation for being the best sounding and easiest to play in the world.

Today, Taylor is the guitar of choice for many leading musicians including Zac Brown, Taylor Swift, and Jason Mraz.

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