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Taylor Koa Series GS-K Acoustic Guitar

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The Taylor GS-K Koa Grand Symphony Acoustic guitar has a Sitka spruce top and exotic Hawaiian Koa back and sides. Hawaiian koa is a rare and exotic t...Click To Read More About This Product

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A stunning original design from top to bottom.

The Taylor GS-K Koa Grand Symphony Acoustic guitar has a Sitka spruce top and exotic Hawaiian Koa back and sides. Hawaiian koa is a rare and exotic tonewood is prized for its stunning golden hues, bold grain figure, and sweet tone. Other features of the GA-S include abalone trim around the top and soundhole, figured Ivoroid binding, and gold-plated tuners.

Introduced in 2006, the Grand Symphony body style marked an innovative new direction for Taylor guitars. Though there are similarities to the grand auditorium, the grand symphony is unique in both sound and shape. Significant changes in its geometry yield a deeper, more piano-like bass. A wider lower bout and higher, wider waist return ample low-end sustain, in symphony with fuller mids and balanced highs ” and plenty of volume.

When people talk about "the Taylor sound," knowingly or not they're probably describing the Grand Auditorium. Introduced in 1994 as a limited edition to commemorate Taylor's 20th Anniversary, the GA would go on to establish itself as a definitive Bob Taylor original.

Tonally, the guitar embodied the signature qualities of balance, clarity, and versatility that became hallmark Taylor traits. Visually, the shape gave the world an equally balanced and refined aesthetic of smooth curves. In both respects, the GA was at once big enough and small enough to cover a lot of ground.

The goal, he says, was simply to make a guitar that was big like a dreadnought, but without a dreadnought's traditionally boomy sound. "I was looking for a good, clear tone that had volume when you played fingerstyle, but then when you strummed didn't have too much bass."

Play a GS-K if: You want the Swiss Army Knife of acoustics, capable of handling everything from fingerpicking to medium strumming to moderate flatpicking.

FEATURES
  • Type/Shape: 6-String Grand Symphony
  • 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: Gold-plated Taylor Tuners
  • Strings: Elixir Medium Gauge Strings with Nanoweb Coating
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2 Inches
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Neck Width at Nut: 1-3/4 Inches
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Fretboard radius: 15 inches
  • Bracing: Standard II (Forward Shifted Pattern W/Relief Rout)
  • Finish: Gloss Natural
  • Body Width: 16-1/2 Inches
  • Body Depth: 4-5/8 inches
  • Body Length: 20 inches
  • Overall Length: 40-1/2 inches
  • Case: Grand Symphony Deluxe Hardshell
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Expensive, yes. But worth every penny!

By VAC52

from Tinley Park, Il.

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Just recieved my Koa Grand Symphony yesterday.One word. WOW! This work of art is absolutely stunning to look at, and a dream to play.I was about to pull the trigger on purchasing a Martin J-40, when at the last moment I thought I'd better look into the Taylor line. I'm a fan of the "Jumbo" acoustic body style. I have a Gibson J-180ec which I love, but this GS body style sounds incredible. I can't put it down!I gave it 5 stars for value, because although expensive, the craftsmanship is impeccable.

 
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A Chiming cannon

By Rock Doc

from East Texas

Jumbo-sized, spectacular sounding guitar with breath-taking, radiant, wavy, golden-brown koa back and sides. Deep, rich, piano-like bass, reasonable mid-range and chiming, sparkling trebles. It's loud ("what a cannon", said my bandmembers), but responds to the slightly touch -- breathe on it and music leaps out. Sustains forever -- fingerpick some notes and the music swirls around you. The sound of the spruce top has already opened a good bit in the few months I've been playing it. Koa is supposed to open slowly and get progressively more mellow. It already sounds spectacular, so I'm looking forward to it getting even better. The thing is built like a tank -- solid and heavy. Can produce a BIG sound when flat picked. Beautiful abalone purfling. Just enough bling to be luscious, but not gaudy. Only downside, it is plenty expensive, but you might find it for less.

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