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Taylor Koa Series GC-K Acoustic Guitar
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The Taylor GC-K Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar features a Sitka spruce top and Hawaiian koa back & sides. Hawaiian koa is a rare and exotic tonewood i...Read More
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"Taylor-made" for fingerstyle and recording.
The Taylor GC-K Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar features a Sitka spruce top and Hawaiian koa back & sides. Hawaiian koa is a rare and exotic tonewood is prized for its stunning golden hues, bold grain figure, and sweet tone. Other appointments include abalone trim around the top and soundhole, figured maple binding on the body, fingerboard, soundhole, peghead, and Heelcap. The slotted headstock and tuners add a traditional folk touch.
The Grand Concert is the quintessential small-bodied guitar and defines intimacy in its size and sound. The scaled-down proportions and short scale make the Grand Concert ideal for fingerstyle playing. With clarity and balance it's also perfect for miking and home recording.
Bob Taylor introduced the small-bodied Grand Concert in 1984 as an alternative to the boomier tonal tendencies of traditional, larger-bodied guitars. The GC spoke to the evolving styles of acoustic guitarists at that time, as solo instrumental fingerstyle music was growing in popularity.
Bob developed the GC with input from Chris Proctor, the 1982 National Fingerpicking Champion, who would go on to be Taylor's first guitar clinician. Proctor wanted a comfortable body shape with clarity and balance from bass to treble, a cutaway, and a wider neck than the 1-11/16" then used on the Taylor Dreadnought and Jumbo.
Beyond its compatibility with fingerstyle players, the GC's smaller body and tapered waist made it the ultimate studio and stage guitar. With its controlled overtones, it doesn't take up too much sonic space ” an important consideration if other instruments are being recorded, and it records well with a microphone. The GC also curbed the kind of sonic bloom that often caused feedback with bigger guitars on stage.
The GC body geometry and sound have continued to evolve in recent years. In 2004, the body depth was expanded by a quarter-inch, and it was revoiced to add volume and bass response, giving the GC a tone that belies its intimate size. In 2007 a slotted headstock was added, and the guitar was made as a short scale, which proved to be a wonderful match for the body shape. It paid dividends both in terms of its "soft touch" feel (less string tension), enhanced playability (less stretching across the frets), and a deeper, richer tone.
Play a GC if: You prefer a guitar with controlled overtones for recording or performance, and like the physical comfort of a smaller-bodied guitar.
- Type/Shape: 6-String Grand Concert
- Back & Sides: Hawaiian Koa
- Top: Sitka Spruce
- Soundhole Rosette: Abalone
- Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ebony with Binding
- Fretboard Inlay: Abalone Koa Series
- Headstock Overlay: Ebony
- Binding: Ivoroid
- Bridge: Ebony
- Nut & Saddle: Tusq
- Tuning Machines: Taylor Slot-Head tuners
- Strings: Elixir Light Gauge Strings with Nanoweb Coating
- Scale Length: 24-7/8 Inches
- Truss Rod: Adjustable
- Neck Width at Nut: 1-3/4 Inches
- Number of Frets: 20
- Bracing: Standard II (Forward Shifted Pattern W/Relief Rout)
- Finish: Gloss
- Body Width: 15 Inches
- Body Depth: 4-1/8 Inches
- Body Length: 19-1/2 Inches
- Overall Length: 40-1/2 Inches
- Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell
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