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Taylor DN4 Ovangkol/Spruce Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar   

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The Taylor DN4 Acoustic Guitar was crafted with classic dreadnought design in mind. This Taylor guitar combines back and sides of beautiful ovangkol,...Click To Read More About This Product

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A true strummer that will impress in any pickers circle.

The Taylor DN4 Acoustic Guitar was crafted with classic dreadnought design in mind. This Taylor guitar combines back and sides of beautiful ovangkol, which many find reminiscent of rosewood. A Sitka spruce top gives the DN4 guitar the punch to create a rich tonal tapestry. The Taylor DN4 has a booming bass and articulate mid tones that dare you to dig in and challenge your flatpicking prowess. Appointments include a bound ebony neck, chrome plated tuners, and an Indian rosewood headstock overlay.

The traditional shape and sound have been refined to blend power with a more balanced response

Bob Taylor launched his career crafting Dreadnoughts, working with shapes he inherited from Sam Radding, the owner of the American Dream guitar shop, where he and Taylor co-founder Kurt Listug got their start.

The legacy of this shape carried a powerful, traditional sound that Bob gradually reworked into a refined Taylor tone and more smoothly contoured look. The rosewood/spruce 810 became a Taylor stalwart and was for many years Bob's preferred model, favored for its robust tone and understated, workmanlike aesthetic.

In 2003 the Dread underwent a major revoicing to give it a more competitive identity among old school flatpickers. A cannon, it boasted 50 percent more volume (which also meant more dynamic range), yielded an appreciably stronger bass response, and let out a hearty growl when pickers dug in, all without upsetting Taylor's sonic balance. As Bob put it during the revoicing process: "I want to be able to play a Dreadnought on the bass strings and then on these middle D and G strings and have it sound like the same guitar."

Bob later applied some of his ideas to the 710ce-L9 limited in 2005, and it proved to be a winner. Like the short-scale GC, the slinkier feel allowed players to lighten up on their attack and play up the neck. It gave the Dreadnought more versatility than it had ever seen. The Taylor Dreadnought delivers a vintage sound for the 21st Century.

Play a Dreadnought if: You're a flatpicker or strummer looking for a potent, traditional sound.

  • Body Style: 6-String dreadnought
  • Back & Sides: Ovankol
  • Top: Sitka spruce
  • Rosette: Plastic
  • Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony with Binding
  • Fretboard Inlay: Small Pearl Dots
  • Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Binding: Cream Plastic
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Nut and Saddle: Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Chrome Plated Taylor Tuners
  • Strings: Elixir Medium Gauge Strings with Nanoweb Coating
  • Scale Length: 25 1/2"
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Neck Width at Nut: 1-3/4"
  • No. of frets: 20
  • Fretboard Radius: 15"
  • Bracing: Standard II (Forward Shifted Pattern W/Relief Rout)
  • Finish: Satin with Gloss Top
  • Cutaway: None
  • Electronics: None
  • Body Width: 15"
  • Body Depth: 4-5/8"
  • Body Length: 20"
  • Overall Length: 41"
  • Case: Taylor Hardshell

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Amazing Live Guitar

By chrisburchmusic

from Indianapolis, IN

I've owned a used 2007 DN4 Electric Acoustic for awhile now and I have to say it can't be beat as a live guitar playing with a band. The electronic system in this guitar is clean and pure. I've cranked the volume on the guitar and PA without a soundhole plug with no feedback at all. With volume up on the guitar, however, it pickup picks up a lot of room noise, which is to be expected. Unplugged, it sounds great too, just not a lot of personality. I've never been a huge Taylor fan, I much prefer my Gibson Song-Writer for recording and home use, but live, my Taylor is lighter and cuts through much better in the mix.



By RisnShine7

from Alabama

I have been playing guitar on and off for 21 years and I have owned a lot of guitars. I was searching for a good acoustic and I was set on buying a Martin. I happened to wander into the used acoustic room at GC and they had a Martin CEO1 there and I was debating on buying it. While I was thinking I decided to play some of the other guitars and a DN4 was right in there. I picked it up and played it for a while and I was very impressed with the bell like tone that this guitar has. I bought it and had it set up by a luthier and I am sure that this will be a keeper. Good job Taylor!!!

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Just Wonderful

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I recently bought a Dn4es which has the taylor pickup system. This guitar caught my ear the first time I played. The ovangkol sounds so much like expensive brazilian rosewood that its almost unable to tell apart. This guitar still gives me chills every time I play it, the tone is amazing. Taylor has really done an excellent job with their guitars and this will not be my last purchase with them. Its not cheap but you get what you pay for and this is definately plays like a guitar three times its price. Great Purchase!


A Fingerpicking Dreadnaught

By GaryK-9sRN-

from Honolulu

While it's great for strumming (even hard strumming), it shines as a great fingerpicking guitar. Great sustain, full even tone all the way down the fretboard. I would heartily recommend it. The fit, finish, and playability are superb.


Solid guitar with EXCELLENT balance

By Taylor Groupie

from Bay Area

After about 6 months of heavy playing I feel this guitar is worthy of a good review. I'm normally pretty harsh when it comes to reviews, especially if I'm not satisfied with something. I can honestly say this guitar was a HUGE blessing in disguise and I'm extremely happy with my purchase. I was originally eyeing a DN3 and a Martin D16RGT. The DN4 was a bit more pricey but I decided to give it a shot and WOW -- heavy bass for a Taylor and very, very well-balanced. I own a few Taylors and the most accurate of the tonal range would be my GS6 (Maple) but this DN4 really competes. I still dream of one day owning an 800 series, but realistically I can't justify the price. The DN4 offers great range with solid low-end, *superb mids, and bright highs. Very similar to rosewood, but less bass and more mid-range. It's a perfect strummer and can handle some fingerstyle as well. I actually lucked out and found a DN4 with factory installed Expression System, so it's a DN4e. Great price, solid mid-level guitar. Worthy of gigging but one of many oustanding Taylors that El Cajon has to offer this season. Well done Taylor Guitars!


Good guitar

By Rimbaldo

from Milwaukee

I primarily play fingerstyle so my review is slightly left of center. The DN4 is a well made dreadnaught as per most Taylors but this guitar lends itself so much better to strumming than fingerpicking. The Ovangkol is balanced and clean but not particularly deep or rich in tone. I like this guitar for strumming and flatpicking but not so much for fingerstyle. For new or intermediate players it is a great first Taylor.




from Gary, Texas

The particular DN4 that I own is Superb. My Dad owned a Martin D-45 and a Martin D-35. It's been years since I've played them...but this guitar is Superb. I said I would NEVER own a Taylor...it would be unAmerican...but guess what? I'm now the very proud owner of a Taylor DN4 and 'tis a Superb instrument like I said. My son also owns a brushed aluminum Martin. Martins are wonderful...and I traded in my Martin D-15 towards the purchase of this guitar. No regrets about this trade up! I recommend this guitar without a doubt.


Sweet sounding, sweet playing dreadnought

By Blues Heron

from near Seattle, WA

I was searching for the perfect higher-end gigging guitar. My criteria were, in this order: (1) it must sound fantastic through an amp/PA; (2) it must be comfortable and a joy to play; (3) it must have a great unamplified sound too; and (4) must look cool. My new Taylor DN4e fits this bill perfectly.I was not looking for a Taylor - I'm a Martin player. But after playing every guitar in sight in several stores, I stumbled upon this beauty. It's a dreadnought and lacks a cutaway, so it doesn't look like most Taylors you'll see. It has the most balanced, lovely unamplified tone, great sustain, and through an amp it sounds absolutely fantastic. The fingerboard is comfortable, the neck a bit wide but fast, and the action is perfect - don't even need to take it in for a setup.The guitar is also beautiful in an understated way. The gloss spruce top is lovely, and the ovangkol back and sides are really stunning, although I wish the back and sides were gloss finished too (hence the 4.5's). My only other complaint is that the Taylor hardshell case has a cheap, flimsy feel to it. Other than that, this is a fantastic guitar and I can't wait till my next gig to play it!

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Sweet Guitar

By dreadsRus247

from Washington, DC

Just purchased the Taylor DN4 with Expression system three weeks ago. I played several of the more standard Taylors with the cut away but kept coming back to this classic Dread. Non of the other Taylors' in the price range sounded as full and rich as the DN4. The spruce top is tight so, as you would expect, the mids and highs are brilliant but the Ovangkol back and sides really allow serious bass to power through. It is not muddy at all, very clean and perfect for strumming and / or pickin' as well! I could not be more pleased, unless it was less expensive!!! (I opted for the Expression system to run through the PA and it is great). My other pickin' machine is the Martin DC Aura -- WOW is all I can say about her! She is a bit more pricey but worth every penny if you are looking for a Bluegrass / Country guitar with first rate electronics so you can retire the ol' Shure SM 58.


DN4 Delivers

By Melody Ridge

from Arizona

The first thing I noticed about this guitar was the clear bell like tone. It has a lot of treble and mid range. It sounds like that acoustic that you heard on that special album and you were not able to duplicate. The second is the 1 3/4" neck which feels and plays for all the world like a 1 11/16. I own a CFM HD28 and this Taylor cannot hold with the bass, but it is better on treble and equal on mid's. It is completely different in a good way. I have no adverse comments at all. Great workmanship!

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