Catch of the Day: Tut Taylor’s Personal “Tutbro”

Tut Taylor, the legendary flatpicking Dobro player, passed away last April at the age of 91. Over the years, Taylor has been mentioned in the pages of The Fretboard Journal numerous times. He was profiled by Orville Johnson in issue 21, he was featured in a documentary we shot accompanying that piece and he continues to get namechecked by folks who were either influenced by him or otherwise crossed paths with him (last we heard, Johnson is currently working on a project of some of Tut’s last arrangements). So, when we stumbled across one of his cherished “Tutbro” creations on Reverb, how could we not feature it as a Catch of the Day?

This example was built for Tut himself by his son David just last year (2014) and is, needless to say, a singular instrument: old growth Brazilian rosewood (most Tutbros were made of Birch plywood or maple), Tut-designed artwork and some serious inlay on the back. Its cover plate and tailpiece are gold-plated, too. The listing includes a link to a video of the instrument in action and sure enough it sounds pretty darn good.

It’s never easy to put a value on such a highly customized instrument. This particular piece of Dobro history is available at the now discounted price of $4,950. For more information, check out the listing.