El Cajon, CA

Circa 74 Acoustic Amps

Designed by Bob Taylor and a handpicked team, this new two-channel acoustic/vocal amp combines warm sound, simple controls, and elegant woodworking craftsmanship.

The idea was simple: Build a great-sounding acoustic guitar amp you can also sing through; make it compatible with a wide range of acoustic guitar pickups and playing environments; make it practical and easy to use, without over-engineering it with too many controls or effects; make the cabinet from an acoustic guitar tonewood to bring an extra warm, smooth sonic character to the amplified tone; give it the elegant aesthetic appeal of a finely crafted piece of furniture; and, finally, add Bluetooth connectivity to stream music and play or sing along.

Working on the project reminded Bob of the creative, free-wheeling spirit of a startup, like the earliest days of Taylor Guitars, circa ’74 — which gave birth to the name.

Ultimately, the group’s labor of love produced an amp that serves up an ear-pleasing range of acoustic sounds and brings out the very best in musicians looking to be heard.


The Circa 74 amp was designed to dial down the high-end harshness found in many acoustic amps and produce a warm, analog musical character. The sound is smooth, yet without sacrificing articulation. One important material choice was to build a mahogany cabinet for the amp, leveraging Taylor’s tonewood voicing expertise to contribute to the amp’s smooth sound palette and room-filling sound.


The warm sonic characteristics are matched visually by the mahogany cabinet, with clean lines and rich wood texture reminiscent of mid-century modern furniture design. The aesthetic is enhanced by the modern-retro fabric grill cloth and an equally gorgeous wood stand designed to complement the amp.

Feature Highlights

Two input channels

The amp features convenient 1/4" and XLR (mic) inputs,
each with independent channel level, volume and EQ controls
that let you play and sing at the same time and mix acoustic
guitar and vocals on the fly.

Compatible with all major pickups and vocal mics

The amp was designed and tested with an array of acoustic pickups to offer broad appeal. The user guide includes helpful pre-sets for pickups from Fishman, LR Baggs, K&K, and Taylor’s Expression System, plus microphones from Shure, Electro-Voice, and Telefunken.

Bluetooth connectivity

Bluetooth connectivity also alows you to play along, sing along, or just listen to your favorite tunes.

Mahogany amp stand included

The stylish furniture-quality mahogany amp comes with a matching mahogany stand that gets your amp off the floor and your audience engaged. The surface is slightly angled for optimal projection with routed footholds that secure the amp.