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Taylor K24ce Koa Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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    All koa for unrivaled beauty and singular tone.

    The Taylor K24ce Koa Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar is alluring to the eyes and ears with its Hawaiian Koa back, sides, and top. This rare and exotic tonewood is prized for its stunning golden hues, bold grain figure, and sweet tone. Hawaiian Koa’s captivating beauty is matched by a tone that blossoms over time, especially in the midrange. Its voice is 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. The K24ce acoustic electric guitar is performance-ready, with a Venetian cutaway and Taylor's Expression System electronics.

    The grand auditorium is Taylor's most versatile and popular shape, excelling at both light-touch fingerstyle to full-blown strumming. Great for miking and recording, The grand auditorium's balanced mid-range and bright tone exemplify the Taylor voice. The Venetian cutaway of the K24ce offers maximum playability.

    Designed to faithfully reproduce true acoustic guitar tone, the Expression System utilizes patented Dynamic Sensors to capture top and string vibration like never before. Created in partnership with renowned audio pioneer, Mr. Rupert Neve, the Taylor Expression System is seamlessly integrated into the design of the guitar from the ground up. Onboard tone controls provide added flavor, or set flat for an uncolored, exceptionally clean amplified sound.

    The finish used to create the lustrous gloss top, back, and sides of the K24ce guitar was developed at Taylor for maximum durability and resistance to cold-checking. This ultra violet-cured finish is also more environmentally friendly than traditional lacquer finishes.

    Features
    • Shape: Grand Auditorium
    • Back/Side Wood: Hawaiian Koa
    • Top Wood: Hawaiian Koa
    • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
    • Electronics: ES®
    • Bracing: CV Bracing with Relief Rout
    • Binding: Indian Rosewood
    • Fretboard Wood: Ebony
    • Fretboard Inlay: Island Vine
    • Headstock Overlay: Ebony
    • Bridge Inlay: None
    • Bridge Pins: Ebony
    • Nut & Saddle: Bone
    • Tuners: Taylor Gold
    • Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
    • Back/Side Finish: Gloss
    • Top Finish: Gloss
    • Neck Finish: Satin
    • Cutaway: Venetian
    • Pickguard: None

    The guitar with "special k" - gorgeous koa wood construction. Order yours today!

     
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    TaylorK24ce Koa Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar
     
    4.5

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    5.0

    An absolutely amazing guitar!!!!

    By Loves_Expression

    from Mammoth Lakes, Ca.

    Verified Buyer

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          Comments about Taylor K24ce Koa Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I have been playing guitar for more then 20 years. This by far is the most amazing guitar I have ever owned. Out if the box it looks like a piece of art. When I played it the sound and the action are absolutely amazing. I play on the worship team at my church and when I took it to practice and plugged it in I think I blew every bodies mind. The new Taylor ES pick up system is incredible. The tone is the sweetest thing I've heard in a long time. It's amazing for use live or in the studio. Than you Taylor!

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          4.0

          Taylor K24CE GA Koa

          By Geetarfan032

          from Destin, Fl

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Beautiful finish
          • excellent craftsmanship
          • Incredible Electronics
          • Stays in tune
          • Well Balanced Voicing

          Cons

          • Price
          • Quiet

          Best Uses

          • Collectors item
          • Live Acoustic Instrument
          • Quiet Playing

          Comments about Taylor K24ce Koa Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          This guitar is everything it should be, as you are paying for it in the price tag. It impresses the moment its removed from its box (before even opening the case), to the feel of the finish, and the clarity in the first strum of the guitar. The craftsmanship that was used to create the guitar drips from every tuner, fret, inlay, and joining to present a truly remarkable-looking instrument that is just as pleasurable to play. The guitar is literally so beautiful that I was hesitant to play it upon first looking at it. Upon finally mustering up the courage to play it I found that it was a complete joy to play; easily finding and holding its tune and then the smooth feel of the neck and frets underneath the strings don't make you work to find the neck position you want. The clarity of the guitar is its most fantastic aspect. The bass strings do not drown out the high e and b but rather compliment and sing together; as if you were playing two instruments.

          The only disappointment that I found within the first week of owning this guitar was the projected sound of it: its a quiet guitar. It is not like larger auditorium style guitars or dreadnaughts, which can be beaten and attacked to create a large sound. This guitar is designed to be played and I have not found any better projection in attacking the guitar vs. simply playing it. Do not mistake the quietness of this guitar with a sound that is not full, or rich, or clear as the guitar presents all of these qualities, but doesn't seem to project them the way a spruce top does. I tried a humidifier to see if I could get any more projection out of it but no real change in the overall tone (which, as far as tones go (and not volume) was already brilliant).

          The surprise came when the guitar was plugged into my Fender Blues Deluxe and cranked... The clarity, brilliance, lack of hum, and distinction between the highs and lows was so impressive that I have been playing this guitar over my PRS custom 24 for the passed 3 weeks as both an acoustic and electric. The guitar's wiring around the koa top picks up all of the minor resonant sounds that are hardly heard with the guitar unplugged and expresses them with unexplainable clarity through its expression system. If effects or distortion pedals are to be used you can roll off the expression system and use the bridge pick up (the expression system picks up the vibration of the amp's distortion in the koa top and gives bass feedback) to play heavy through your stomp boxes. The guitar is just easy to play, rewards you with this brilliant acoustic, rich tone, and does not present any of the obstacles that lesser acoustic electrics present in finding the right combination between pick up and microphone in order to avoid feedback or muffled acoustic sound.

          In summary, a well built, beautifully crafted, excellent playing instrument that is extremely versatile as a performing guitar, even if it doesn't thump like a Martin Dreadnaught When its plugged in the guitar separates itself so definitively from other acoustic electrics it leaves you wondering why all guitar makers don't use Hawaiian Koa exclusively for their premier acoustic electric offerings; or maybe its the brilliant expression system.

          A caveat: I shopped for this guitar and searched for reviews tirelessly for months in wonder at whether or not I was going to get a "rogue" hawaiian koa that was flat sounding. When I first played the guitar I thought that's exactly what I had purchased, as I had never played the guitar before buying it from Musician's Friend. After plugging this guitar in, I realize that it is not made to be played as a floor stomping bluesmaker that you have to struggle to sing over; it's an acoustic electric for a reason and the moment you plug it in you hear all of the sounds you didn't hear unplugged. I purchased with confidence in the Taylor name as a quality instrument maker and was not disappointed. I am completely satisfied with my purchase, but the four star review instead of five is because this review is for those that are considering purchasing this after my purchase, and they should know that the only caveat to this quality instrument is its quiet sound in comparison to spruce top offerings of comparable quality. But spruce tops don't sing plugged in the way this thing does.

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