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Taylor 2012 Fall Limited Grand Auditorium Quilt Sapele Nylon String Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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    Limited Editon tonewoods, a popular body shape and Taylor ES-N electronics.

    The Taylor 2012 Fall Limited Grand Auditorium Quilt Sapele Nylon String Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a great tone profile from its evocative wood pairing. Not only is the rare quilted sapele used for this series visually different from the sapele used elsewhere in the Taylor line, its tonal response is also distinctive. These flatsawn sets have more flex, which translates into greater power and warmth on the low end. A premium European spruce top is the perfect complement, blending elements of Adirondack spruce’s robust output with a hint of cedar’s warmth. Quilted sapele and ivoroid appointments, including a diamond “Solitaire” inlay scheme, add elegant sophistication to the presentation.

    Grand Auditorium (GA)
    Body Length: 20" / Body Width: 16" / Body Depth: 4-5/8"
    Taylor's most popular and versatile body shape, the mid-size Grand Auditorium, arrived in 1994 bearing refined proportions that fell between a Dreadnought and Grand Concert. While the bigger Dreadnought was traditionally considered a flatpicker’s guitar and the smaller Grand Concert catered to fingerstylists, the GA was designed to deliver on both fronts. The shape produced an original acoustic voice that was big enough to handle medium-strength picking and strumming, yet with impressive balance across the tonal spectrum, especially in the midrange, producing clear, well-defined notes that suited both strumming and fingerstyle playing. The GA’s overall presence tracks well with other instruments both in a studio mix and on stage, and singer-songwriters have embraced its utility both for composing and traveling with one guitar. Many people want a single guitar that can cover a variety of styles, which is why the GA continues to be the bestselling shape. If you want a great all-purpose guitar, the multi-dimensional GA won’t let you down.

    Quilted Sapele
    Origin: West Africa
    In contrast to the relatively straight-grained sapele used for backs and sides in Taylor’s 300 Series, quilted sapele is an extremely rare and precious find. Rare enough that years can pass between appearances. While standard sapele is normally quartersawn, which contributes to its overall stiffness, quilted sapele is often flatsawn. This not only allows the beautiful figure to be showcased to maximum effect, it also produces more flex in the wood. This translates tonally into slightly more power and warmth than standard sapele, which typically has a mahogany-like tone with a more pronounced treble zing.

    Goes Well With: Most playing styles. Like standard sapele, it’s a great all-purpose tonewood that will respond well to a variety of playing styles. If you like mahogany, you’ll like this tone profile. Strummers will appreciate the extra power in the lower midrange, while fingerstylists will enjoy the warmth.

    ES-N
    Like the the ES-T, The ES-N is a single-source, undersaddle transducer, but the preamp design and tone controls were customized to complement the nylon-string voice. Our standard ES control knobs enable plenty of tone-shaping and preserve the natural design aesthetic. Installed on nylon-string models.

    Features

    • 6-string Grand Auditorium body shape
    • European Spruce top
    • Quilted Sapele back and sides
    • Taylor ES-N electronics

    Enjoy signature Taylor style and sound. Order today.

     

    2012 Fall Limited Grand Auditorium Quilt Sapele Nylon String Acoustic-Electric Guitar Specifications:

    • Shape: Grand Auditorium
    • Number of Strings: 6
    • Back/Side Wood: Quilted Sapele
    • Scale length: 25-1/2"
    • Top Wood: European Spruce
    • Body Length: 20"
    • Electronics: ES-N®
    • Body Width: 16"
    • Cutaway: Venetian
    • Body Depth: 4 5/8"
    • Nut & Saddle: Bone
    • Neck Width: 1-7/8"
    • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
    • Bracing: Nylon Bracing
    • Fretboard Wood: Ebony
    • Fretboard Inlay: Solitaires
    • Headstock Overlay: Ebony
    • Binding: Ivoroid
    • Bridge Inlay: None
    • Bridge Pins: None
    • Tuners: Classical Gold with Synthetic Ivory Buttons
    • Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
    • Back/Side Finish: Gloss
    • Top Finish: Gloss
    • Neck Finish: Satin
    • Pickguard: None
    • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
    • Number of Frets: 20
    • Armrest Binding: None
    • Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
    • Backstrap Wood: None
    • Backstrap Finish: None
    • Brand of Strings: D'Addario Classical Extra Hard Tension
    • Buttons: Ivoroid
    • Edge Trim: Sapele
    • Filler (Body): Brown
    • Filler (Neck): Brown
    • Fingerboard Ext: None
    • Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid
    • Heel Cap Binding: Ivoroid
    • Heel length: 3-1/2"
    • Purfling Material: Plastic
    • Peghead Finish: Gloss
    • Peghead Inlay: None
    • Peghead Binding: None
    • Peghead Logo: Ivoroid
    • Peghead Type: Slot Head
    • Rosette Mat.: Ivoroid/Sapele
    • Rosette Size: Single Ring 900 Series Bound
    • Stain/Sunburst: Medium Brown Stain
    • Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
    • Wedge: None
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