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Taylor 500 Series 2014 526e Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Strong lower midrange with the perfect blend of power and articulation.

Taylor's bold-voiced Grand Symphony projects a strong lower midrange emphasis and pairs well with mahogany's strong, focused tone in the 500 Series 2014 526e Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar. Rootsy strummers and pickers will love the blend of power and articulation. A black pickguard, ivoroid binding, and a Century fretboard inlay tastefully convey mahogany's time-honored heritage. Taylor's Expression System 2 pickup.

Grand Symphony (GS)
Body Length: 20" / Body Width: 16-1/4" / Body Depth: 4-5/8"
The ultimate Taylor strummer.

The Grand Symphony shape joined the Taylor line in 2006 and delivers a rich, powerful acoustic voice. Think of it as a Grand Auditorium with a turbo boost, thanks to expanded physical dimensions, including a slightly wider waist and a bigger lower bout. Strummers and pickers with a driving attack will love the fullness, volume and sustain. Yet for such a robust voice, the GS is also clear and responsive to fast picking runs or a light fingerstyle touch, so if you're a dynamic player, this shape is a true contender. And the big voice doesn't come at the expense of balance. The piano-like bass, meaty midrange, and thick, shimmering highs blend seamlessly. If you like a lush, potent guitar tone that has the horsepower to compete with other acoustic cannons out there, the GS shape is a worthy choice.

Tropical Mahogany
Origin: Central and South America
Mahogany is a good wood to anchor a discussion of tones, as a lot of other wood tones can be described in relation to it. Its essential sonic profile is well represented in the midrange frequencies. Acoustic guitars in general tend to live in the midrange portion of the sound spectrum, but mahogany in particular displays a lot of midrange character. That thick, present midrange sound is sometimes described in guitar circles as meaty, organic or even "chewy" - wherever a player digs in on the fretboard, they're tapping into the core of the harmonic content of what a guitar produces. Those great midrange frequencies produce overtones that stack up and produce bloom, giving the sound extra girth. When one hears the resulting harmonics, the "chewy" tone serves up a big mouthful of midrange. As a popular tonewood for many decades, mahogany has been used on scads of old school acoustic recordings, and that sonic heritage carries across various strains of roots music, from blues to folk to slack key.

Expression System 2
The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor's ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor's proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup (patent pending), which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. Together with Taylor's custom-designed "professional audio"-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar.

Behind the ES2 Design: Rethinking the Piezo Pickup
For decades, piezo-electric transducers have been positioned under the saddle of a guitar based on the long-held belief that the string and top vibration cause the saddle to "bounce" up and down. But Taylor's electronics team, led by developer David Hosler, discovered that the vertical movement is actually heavily restricted, and that the saddle gets "locked down" due to the string tension's downward pressure. That's why a traditional under-saddle pickup with piezo-electric crystals often responds with a sound often characterized as thin, brittle, brash or synthetic, especially with more aggressive playing.

The saddle's natural range of movement as the guitar is being played is actually back and forth like a pendulum. That revelation led Taylor's design team to relocate the crystals from under the saddle to behind it. The new positioning enables the crystals to respond more naturally to the guitar's energy as it is transferred through the saddle. Three pickup sensors are installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, with three tiny Allen screws that calibrate the position of the sensors in relation to the saddle.

Like the original Expression System, the ES2 features the same volume and tone control knobs. The preamp is similar but with a slightly different gain structure. As a result it will be about 25 percent hotter, which is more in line with other pickups. This makes it plug-and-play friendly both for artists and live sound mixers.

FEATURES
  • Tropical mahogany body and top
  • Tropical mahogany neck and heel
  • Ebony fingerboard and distinctive appointments
  • Taylor Expression 2 electronics
  • Includes case

Enjoy improved Taylor tone with ES2 electronics. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Shape: Grand Symphony
  • Back/Side Wood: Tropical Mahogany
  • Scale length: 25-1/2"
  • Top Wood: Tropical Mahogany
  • Body Length: 20"
  • Electronics: Expression System 2
  • Body Width: 16-1/4"
  • Cutaway: None
  • Body Depth: 4-5/8"
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
  • Neck Width: 1-3/4"
  • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
  • Bracing: Forward Shifted Pattern with Relief Rout
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony
  • Fretboard Inlay: Century
  • Headstock Overlay: Ebony
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Bridge Inlay: None
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony
  • Tuners: Taylor Nickel
  • Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
  • Back/Side Finish: Gloss
  • Top Finish: Gloss
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Pickguard: Black
  • 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: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Medium
  • Buttons: Nickel
  • Edge Trim: None
  • Fingerboard Ext: None
  • Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid
  • Heel Cap Binding: Ivoroid
  • Heel length: 3-1/2"
  • Peghead Finish: Satin
  • Peghead Inlay: None
  • Peghead Binding: Ivoroid
  • Peghead Logo: Ivoroid
  • Peghead Type: Standard
  • Rosette Mat.: Ivoroid
  • Rosette Size: Single Ring
  • Stain/Sunburst: Medium Brown Stain
  • Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
  • Wedge: None
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Taylor500 Series 2014 526e Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (3)
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5.0

The sound I've always looked for.

By Mosiggy

from Fayetteville, AR

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Excellent Tone
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Playability
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • Looks Are Meh

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Taylor 500 Series 2014 526e Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I will start this review off by saying "No, I don't own this guitar" but I'm not nearly proficient enough to need a $2300 guitar. But I walked through the guitar store playing my way around the acoustic section. There were a few standouts that I really liked. Surprisingly there were a few top of the range washburns that really surprized me. Then the really pretty gibson, taylors and martins. They were nice as you would expect with a few QC blindspots thrown in the mix.
Then I came upon this guitar and WOW. It was like I heard the tone I had been wanting to hear my whole guitar playing life. I like the idea of a jumbo guitar for the added bass end accent. So that's what inspired me to pick up this particular guitar. The tone is really balanced, but not just balanced and weak like some of the other taylors I've played. In fact that's one of the things that has always bugged me about taylor. The sound while very balanced and clean is never full enough. It's like it lacks just a little and I couldn't quite put my finger on what was missing. Maybe it's a x factor thing that hasn't ever been named. But this guitar is the uncola of taylors. It sounds like you've taken all the tone knobs on an amp and turned them all up to give a thicker, more full sounding tone with extra everything.
It had a think rich bass tone without being overwhelmingly boomy, but just enough to announce itself as being present. Mids were as described above thick, meaty and the heart of the sound. The mid range tone gave the guitar's sound a genuine honesty in tone without over-coloring your playing. And the hardest part for guitars to pull off, a clean clear treble without being shrill or thin. It was like the guitar could enunciate it's words without exhagerating the consonants. It had plenty of what it should and none of what it shouldn't. In essence the perfect tone.
The feel fo the guitar was very good. I like that most manufacturers now are doing gloss bodies with satin necks. And as with all taylors this guitar had a thin, very playable neck. Tuners fit the bill nicely holding a good tune as expected. I also always like when the heastock is veneered in rosewood in taylor's customary style.
The only thing I wasnt in love with was the look of the mohogany body. I never really have been crazy about the look of an all mohogany guitar. but maybe a burst would've dressed it up a bit. Though all of that to say, that those looks are a miniscule trade off for a playability and tone like this guitar has. Hands down the best guitar I've played to date, better than martins and gibsons I've played that were listed for more next to this guitar. And given the opportunity and the money I would absolutely buy it.

Great guitar!

 
5.0

Taylor 524ec

By Egg

from Elkview wv

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound

Cons

  • Guitar of this price range lacked appointments

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Taylor 500 Series 2014 526e Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Play mostly at home do attend some open mic nights.

 
5.0

Beautiful sound and appearance

By Pluggy

from North Carolina

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Great appearance​
  • Rich Sound

Cons

  • Required full setup

Best Uses

  • Church, family, and friends
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about Taylor 500 Series 2014 526e Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

The guitar was discounted as the Stupid Deal of the Day. The one I received was new in the box and two years old. The action was quite high. I called Taylor and was advised to take it to a repair shop near Raleigh. The guitar was then set up to play beautifully, however it was at my own expense. It now plays as you would expect of a Taylor USA guitar. Any player would like it. This is one guitar you will keep forever. All who see and hear the guitar are impressed.

 
5.0

TAYLOR 526e GUITAR

By TERRY

from HUDSON, FL.

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Taylor 500 Series 2014 526e Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    VERY NICE GUITAR. ENJOYING IT ALOT.

     
    5.0

    this is the guitar by which I judge all others.

    By DKB 1

    from Alexandria Virginia

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune
    • THE Masters Guitar
    • the voice of Heaven

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Blowing away all others
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Taylor 500 Series 2014 526e Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      the other comments about this guitars voice and playability are SPOT ON. I OWN
      FIFTY GUITARS this is the Opera voice. Try it buy it I did. I would again. I am saving for the Koa wood, now.

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