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    Sweet warmth and sultry beauty.

    The rounded warm tones of the solid Western red cedar top on this Taylor GS Series Rosewood/Cedar Top Acoustic Guitar are given gentle definition by the solid Indian rosewood back and sides, which happen to be breathtakingly beautiful. Likewise the inky bound ebony fretboard with abalone microdots, the iridescent abalone rosette, and the gold-plated Taylor tuning machines. The unique Grand Symphony body style was designed to produce lots of volume and deeper bass response than other Taylor designs while having well-balanced highs and a narrow waist for comfort.

    Bob Taylor personally designed the Grand Symphony body style for a unique sound. A higher, wider waist and a rounder lower bout result in distinctive tone with deep piano-like bass, rich mids, and clear, balanced highs--all with plenty of volume.

    Features

    • Solid Western red cedar top
    • Solid Indian rosewood back and sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Ebony bridge
    • Abalone rosette and dots
    • Gold-plated Taylor tuners
    • Scalloped X bracing
    • 25-1/2" scale
    • 16-1/4" body width
    • 20" body length

    The most beautiful guitar you'll never want to put down. But you have to pick it up first. Order now!

     
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    TaylorGS Series Rosewood/Cedar Top Acoustic Guitar (2010 Model)
     
    5.0

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          5.0

          Sheer joy

          By smcoho

          from Eastsound, WA

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          Pros

          • Balance
          • Lush Tone
          • Playability
          • Volume

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fingerpicking
            • Strumming

            Comments about Taylor GS Series Rosewood/Cedar Top Acoustic Guitar (2010 Model):

            After 4 months with this gorgeous guitar, I am completely smitten. Although the design is simple and (relatively) unadorned, it is beautiful to behold, with its magnificent straight-grain cedar top and the expected flawless finish of a high-end Taylor instrument. The sound began to get smooth and mellow after only an hour or two of being played, and of course it continues to improve (albeit not at quite the dramatic pace of the first day).

            The neck is a tad thicker than I'm used to on my other guitars (and than on other Taylors, I'm told), which took a little getting used to, but I found that I adapted quickly and don't even notice a difference now.

            The balance on this guitar is incredible. The mid-range and high end sings, as one would expect on a Taylor, but the bass is a bit more robust on this largish GS body than on Taylor's smaller sizes. Although slightly less boomy than the bass on a Martin dreadnought, the volume is about the same and the tone more defined and articulated.

            When played with picks, this guitar is LOUD! Still, when one backs off and plays delicately with fingers only, its voice becomes sweet and lyrical.

            When I bought this guitar, I expected it to be a back-up to the standby 1951 Martin D-28 that I've owned for over 50 years. But now I find myself reaching for the Taylor. The jury is still out on how the two will compare over time, but I know it will be fun going back and forth between them.

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            5.0

            Beautiful guitar, incredible sound

            By NashGuitar

            from Nashville, TN

            Pros

            • Build Quality
            • Great action
            • Perfect Build Quality
            • Sound
            • Stays in tune

            Cons

            • No Pickguard

            Best Uses

            • Finger Picking
            • Strumming

            Comments about Taylor GS Series Rosewood/Cedar Top Acoustic Guitar (2010 Model):

            I love the Taylor sound, and this guitar does it beautifully. It is the first guitar that I named, Emma. I can't find a single imperfection on the entire guitar. I wish it came with a pickguard from the factory, but it is very pretty without one.

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            5.0

            Taylor GS7

            Pros

            • Added warmth
            • Excellent construction
            • Excellent Playability
            • Excellent Woods
            • Good clarity
            • Perfect fit and finish
            • Solid wood construction
            • Very Stable Tuning

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Great For Fingerstyle

            Comments about Taylor GS Series Rosewood/Cedar Top Acoustic Guitar (2010 Model):

            I have owned a Taylor GS5, two Taylor GS6, a Taylor GS8, an R Taylor Style 1 (Engelmann Spruce/Indian Rosewood) and an R Taylor Style 1 (Sitka Spruce / Maple)... so I consider myself well qualified to talk about the GS body style from Taylor guitars.

            Besides these, I've owned many other Taylors as well which include 110, 214, 314, 414RCE, 614ce, DDSM, and DN3.

            For GS guitars, I've found that you can't expect one guitar to do everything. The brightest were the maple guitars and the warmest sounding was the GS5 and this GS7. The GS5 was cedar with mahogany back and sides. This GS7 has a cedar top with East Indian Rosewood back and sides.

            I had expected that the GS7 would be a warmer tone than the other guitars and I was right. It is very similar sounding to the GS5, but has more bottom end and depth. The EIR wood is the factor here. Definitely a deeper sounding guitar than the GS5.

            Recently, a friend had purchased a GS8 which I played for comparison. It has better clarity overall in the upper ranges and upper mid-range. The GS7 however, has a warmer tone but still retains the typical Taylor clarity.

            If you are looking for a guitar that doesn't give up detail, but can also add the warmer tones, give the GS7 a try. If you strum hard, you'll find this is not the guitar for you. It does not have the impact or volume you'll need. But if you like to play it a bit softer and like to play fingerstyle, this is perfect.

            Don't get me wrong, you can strum this guitar. Just don't expect it to have the same impact as one with a Sitka Spruce top. It will not project as loud and it will compress when driven hard. But average strumming is just fine.

            Doing fingerstyle with good articulation with a thumpick and longer fingernails on the right hand, you can't beat it. Definition is just the right amount this way. Even with just a bare thumb, you can get great clarity and detail. But for me, I use a Fred Kelly speedpick to define the bottom strings and rely on longer fingernails for the upper strings. It works great!

            As with all Taylors, you can expect the fit and finish of the guitar to be perfect. Taylors are the most consistent sounding guitars out there. Use Elixir Nanoweb Medium 80/20's and you will get a great tone. Move to Phospher Bronze versions if you want an even mellower tone. As the best compromise though, I'd suggest 80/20's and that's what is normally installed on Taylor GS guitars anyway.

            Buy one of these guitars if you are looking for a warmer toned Taylor!

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            5.0

            I like it...but...

            By Thumb Picker

            from Shirley, AR

            Comments about Taylor GS Series Rosewood/Cedar Top Acoustic Guitar (2010 Model):

            I'm a lover of the Chet Atkins style, picker and I like the quality and sound of this guitar, but...there is also something about this guitar that bothers me and I find myself spending to much time trying to identify the "bother" rather than just enjoying my playing time.I now will first reach for my old 314ce before picking the CS. I truly regret selling my older 614ce and buying this CS7. It's probably just a goofy personal thing with me, As I have always loved the Taylor products.

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            5.0

            Priority Placed on Tone

            By kimoo

            from Edmonton, AB

            Comments about Taylor GS Series Rosewood/Cedar Top Acoustic Guitar (2010 Model):

            I've owned this guitar for about two years now. At times it can be awkward to get around. And at times I've had complaints from other friends that 'the guitar hurts' their left hand. Admittedly, the neck feels a little bit thicker than other Taylors. However, the tone both for studio and live application has never failed me. It has an especially rich quality in its low end, and a long lasting resonance. It is bright, clear and overall a comparably louder guitar. I enjoy it - I'd be keen to try something a little bit smaller down the road.

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            5.0

            Amazing Guitar

            By Tyler Emond-I4FG2

            from Franklin, TN

            Comments about Taylor GS Series Rosewood/Cedar Top Acoustic Guitar (2010 Model):

            This is an amazing guitar. I own it with the expression system. I love the sound of it. It is the nicest guitar I have ever played! I've played a 914ce in a guitar center and the GS7 sounds better than it, IDK if it was the strings on the 914 but even with older strings it still sounds really nice, Hope this review helped try one out, Peace =]

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            5.0

            Awsome Guitar I'm Getting it

            Comments about Taylor GS Series Rosewood/Cedar Top Acoustic Guitar (2010 Model):

            Well this Guitar blows me away. I played it in Littleton NH. They have the Largest Taylor in the Northeast. I fell in love with it and I put a down payment on it. This one has an Expression System in it also so its even better. This Guitar has a beautiful sound in it. You get the Warm Low Ends and The Bright High Ends in it. I would Suggest any GS Series Acoustics to any Giging Musicians because of the Sound of them. If you want something cheaper, than go with a GS3 or a GS4, God Bless.

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            5.0

            Love My GS

            By Heath Landers

            from Guntersville, AL

            Comments about Taylor GS Series Rosewood/Cedar Top Acoustic Guitar (2010 Model):

            The Taylor GS is an awesome instrument. It has a warm tone that holds sustain forever. I is very comfortable to play. The action was a little low so I took it to a Taylor authorized service person and he adjusted it to my liking. The only complaint I have with this guitar is the Expression electronics. Mine crapped out on me after about 2 months of playing. My lead guitarist plays a taylor 815 and after a month of light playing, his gave him problems as well. My GS is in the shop being repaired right now. Taylor guitars are too expensive to have electronic issues! Besides that I love it!

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            5.0

            Beutiful Sound

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Taylor GS Series Rosewood/Cedar Top Acoustic Guitar (2010 Model):

            I played this guitar at a local shop, it was great. I will be trading up from my 414 soon. I played the GS-8 with the spruce top too, but the GS-7 with Cedar top has it beat hands down

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            5.0

            Wow

            By O58CUt2i5

            from Chicago, IL

            Comments about Taylor GS Series Rosewood/Cedar Top Acoustic Guitar (2010 Model):

            I replaced a Taylor 514CE with this if that tells you anything. This guitar really has a perfect balance of piano like bass, balanced mids, and sparkling highs. If you worry about dinging the wood, I suggest getting a pickguard to put on it. You won't regret buying a GS!

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