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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

Taylor GS-Ke Koa/Spruce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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    A bold rich voice with beautiful koa wood back and sides and Expression System electronics.

    Hawaiian koa’s captivating beauty is matched by a tone that blossoms over time, especially in the midrange. The 2012 GS-Ke Koa/Spruce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a voice that's bright and focused, with warm overtones that slowly emerge, adding sweetness and depth. Premium all-wood appointments, led by the Tropical Vine fretboard inlay, celebrate the wood’s natural appeal.

    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 line in 2006 and delivers Taylor’s boldest, richest 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.

    Hawaiian Koa
    Origin: The Big Island of Hawaii
    A tropical hardwood, koa's tone blends the midrange of mahogany with the top end of maple. Due to its density, a new koa guitar tends to start out sounding a little bright and tight, somewhat like maple. But the more a koa guitar is played, the more the sound opens up, expanding the midrange and rewarding the player with a richer, sweeter, more resonant tone. A common mistake is when a bright player buys a koa guitar in part for its visual beauty, finds it to be too bright, and doesn't play it enough to allow the wood to warm up.

    Expression System®
    Natural Sound Made Simple
    People love the clear, full acoustic tone of their Taylors. Why should it be any different when they plug in? That’s why Taylor spent several years developing our own onboard acoustic pickup and preamp. Taylor’s ground-breaking Expression System® (ES) was designed to naturally amplify the warm acoustic sound of your guitar.

    The ES is an all-magnetic acoustic guitar pickup system that works like a microphone to produce a pure signal and a warm, natural acoustic sound. When you plug in, you'll hear the sound of your guitar, not the sound of the pickup. No complicated controls. No tone simulators. Just a clean amplified acoustic guitar sound supported by three simple controls — volume, bass and treble.

    Breakthrough Technology
    Years of research brought us to a simple realization: Nothing sounds as true and musical as a microphone. With that as a starting point, Taylor’s David Hosler led the team responsible for the Expression System's breakthrough technology. Utilizing a unique Dynamic Body Sensor® mounted to the soundboard, a Dynamic String Sensor® embedded beneath the fretboard, and a discrete preamp, the advanced ES technology is unlike any other guitar pickup system.

    Integrated Design
    The ES was designed in-house, alongside our acoustic guitars, which allowed Taylor to build the ES seamlessly into the design of the guitar, for an integrated pickup system unlike any other. From the design and location of the body and string sensors to the voicing of the preamp, the ES is fully optimized for the Taylor sound. The elegant design, including the non-intrusive control knobs, also preserves the aesthetic of a Taylor guitar.

    Features
    • Shape: Grand Symphony
    • Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
    • Electronics: ES
    • Back/Side Wood: Hawaiian Koa
    • Neck Width: 1-3/4"
    • Number of Strings: 6
    • Fretboard Radius: 15"
    • Top Finish: Gloss
    • Tuners: Taylor Gold
    • Back/Side Finish: Gloss
    • Fretboard Wood: Ebony
    • Number of Frets: 20
    • Neck Finish: Satin
    • Scale length: 25-1/2"
    • Fretboard Inlay: GA-LTD
    • Binding: Ivoroid
    • Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid
    • Heel Cap Binding: Ivoroid
    • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
    • Peghead Finish: Gloss
    • Headstock Overlay: Ebony
    • Bridge Pins: Ebony with Abalone Dots
    • Nut & Saddle: Tusq
    • Buttons: Gold
    • Edge Trim: Abalone
    • Rosette Size: Three Ring
    • Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
    • Heel length: 3-1/2"
    • Peghead Logo: Taylor Mother of Pearl
    • Peghead Type: Standard
    • Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
    • Taylor hardshell case

    Enjoy signature Taylor tone and playability. Order today.

     
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    5.0

    Great tone and setup

    By Dave

    from Kauai, Hi

    Pros

    • Balanced Tone
    • Balanced Tone Out Of The
    • Great fit and finish
    • Great Fitfinish
    • Great projection
    • Perfect Setup From Factor

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        Comments about Taylor GS-Ke Koa/Spruce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        45 years of playing and 6 Taylors later, this is my favorite Taylor for tone, finish, aesthetics, and playability. The factory setup was perfect for me. Kudos Taylor.

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