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Taylor Koa Series K26ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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The Koa Series K26ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar with a single cutaway features a Hawaiian koa back, sides and top. As you can see in the...Read More
Special bracing and electronics enhance the naturally gorgeous tone of Hawaiian koa.
The Koa Series K26ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar with a single cutaway features a Hawaiian koa back, sides and top. As you can see in the images above, the koa's woodgrain gives it a darker, captivating beauty. Premium all-wood appointments, led by the Island Vine fretboard inlay, celebrate the wood's natural appeal. This naturally aesthetic deliciousness 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. And when you need to plug in, Taylor's Expression System 2 will give you the clear boost you need.
Comes with a Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown case.
The Grand Symphony shape joined the line in 2006 and delivers a rich, powerful 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. These traits also make the GS a great vehicle for 12-strings. 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.
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.
CV with Relief Rout
This version incorporates the relief rout and additional refinements, including subtle contouring differences in the scalloping. In general, guitars with CV bracing sound fuller and fatter without giving up articulation. They are also slightly louder. Taylor's patented relief rout is a tone-enhancing voicing technique in which a groove is carved along the inside edges of the top. This groove is similar in function to the re-curve on a violin - it "loosens up" the edges of the top, generating extra flexibility without sacrificing structural integrity. The result is increased bass and volume with a balanced tone.
Expression System 2
The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor's ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor's proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup (patent pending) which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. Together with Taylor's custom-designed "professional audio"-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar.
- Number of Strings: 6
- Back/Side Wood: Hawaiian Koa
- Scale length: 25-1/2"
- Top Wood: Hawaiian Koa
- Body Length: 20"
- Electronics: Expression System 2
- Body Width: 16-1/4"
- Cutaway: None
- Body Depth: 4-5/8"
- Nut & Saddle: Bone
- Neck Width: 1-3/4"
- Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
- Bracing: CV Bracing with Relief Rout
- Fretboard Wood: Ebony
- Fretboard Inlay: Island Vine
- Headstock Overlay: Ebony
- Binding: Indian Rosewood
- Bridge Inlay: None
- Bridge Pins: Ebony
- Tuners: Taylor Gold
- Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
- Back/Side Finish: Gloss
- Top Finish: Gloss
- Neck Finish: Satin
- Pickguard: None
- Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
- Number of Frets: 20
- Armrest Binding: None
- Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
- Backstrap Wood: None
- Backstrap Finish: None
- Brand of Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Medium
- Buttons: Gold
- Edge Trim: Maple
- Fingerboard Ext: None
- Fretboard Binding: Indian Rosewood
- Heel Cap Binding: Indian Rosewood
- Heel length: 3-1/2"
- Peghead Finish: Gloss
- Peghead Inlay: Island Vine
- Peghead Binding: Indian Rosewood
- Peghead Logo: Taylor Maple
- Peghead Type: Standard
- Rosette Mat.: Rosewood/Maple/Rosewood
- Rosette Size: Single Ring
- Stain/Sunburst: Shaded Edgeburst
- Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
If you want a guitar that will grow with you, order this Taylor today!
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Comments about Taylor Koa Series K26ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
I admit I've always been a Martin guy, simply based on how playable I find the Martins. I went into the store to purchase a new Martin, and I left with this amazing guitar instead. I took it off the wall on a whim. It plays JUST like the Martins I'm used to, but it sounds OH so much more incredible. It sounds like it's plugged in when it's simply being played acoustically - the resonance, volume, and sustain are incredible. The Koa has a really unique tone to it. If you haven't heard it, it's worth playing one in person. I've also read that it gets better with use, but mine is too new to be able to say.
It's obviously an expensive guitar but it's worth every penny. I think the best analogy would be, this guitar is a Navy Seal, and the others I looked at are traffic cops. Sure, both carry a gun, but one has a lot more to offer than the other.
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