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Taylor Koa Series K26e Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar Shaded Edge Burst

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An eye-catching model that's bright-sounding and beautiful.

Words fail to adequately convey what might be referred to in Hawaiian as the nani ko-kı- (supremely beautiful) appearance of Taylor's Hawaiian koa guitars, especially those featuring an all-koa body. The K26e celebrates that beauty with an all-wood appointment scheme that features their fluid Island Vine fretboard inlay in blackwood and maple, along with rosewood binding and maple top trim. A hand-sprayed shaded edgeburst enhances koa’s rich blend of color, figure and grain structure, adding a tasteful vintage aura. The best part: With time and extended play, a koa guitar’s voice will only grow sweeter and warmer, especially in the midrange.

Grand Symphony
Compared to the Taylor Grand Auditorium, the Grand Symphony has a bigger, rounder lower bout and slightely wider "waist" area, and the bigger sound board (top) means more tonal output. Expect a meaty lower midrange and strong treble shimmer. A GS is best if you want a guitar with a robust low end, strong volume when strumming or flatpicking, and clear articulation in response to light fingerpicking attack.

Tonewood Pairing
A guitar's top is the primary filter and distributor of vibrating string energy through the guitar, which means it has a huge impact on its sound. Think of the top as a speaker driver. It's also one reason why the sounboard bracing architecture is important - it helps orchestrate the movement of the top and the voice of the instrument. The back and sides help flavor the overall sound. Koa is a fairly dense tropical hardwood with a strong midrange focus similar to mahogany, with a bit of extra top-end brightness and chime. The more koa is played and has a chance to open up - especially when the back and sides are also solid koa - it promises to grow warmer and sweeter, especially in the midrange.

Electronics
Taylor's 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 patented behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. Because the pickup doesn't sit under the saddle, the bottom of the saddle comes in full contact with the bridge, allowing all the nuance of the guitar's tone to come through clearly whether playing acousticly or plugged-in. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before while playing plugged-in. 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. The Taylor Expression System 2 operates through a proprietary 9-volt battery compartment and easy-to-use volume, and active bass and treble controls.

Other Features
Maple top trim, blackwood/maple "Island Vine" fingerboard inlay, peghead inlay, single ring rosewood/maple rosette, Indian rosewood binding.

The Taylor Difference
What sets Taylor Guitars apart? Unmatched build quality, the most stable and playable necks, a vast array of tonal options, eco-conscious and ethically-sourced raw materials, and a lifetime of service and support.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body type: Taylor Grand Symphony
  • Cutaway: No
  • Top wood: Solid Hawaiian Koa
  • Back & sides: Solid Hawaiian Koa
  • Bracing pattern: Taylor Standard III with Relief Rout
  • Body finish: Gloss 6.0 with Shaded Edge Burst (Entire Guitar)
  • Orientation: Right-Handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Taylor Standard Profile
  • Nut width: 1.75 in. (44.5 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Genuine African Ebony
  • Neck wood: Tropical Mahogany
  • Scale length: 25.5 in.
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Satin
Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Expression System 2 Professional Audio-Grade
  • Brand: Taylor
  • Configuration: Behind-the-Saddle Transducer with Adjustable Sensors
  • Preamp EQ: Volume, Active Bass and Treble
  • Feedback filter: Onboard Phase Switch
  • Tuner: None
Other
  • Headstock overlay: Genuine African Ebony
  • Tuning machines: Taylor Gold Tuners with Gold Buttons
  • Bridge: Genuine African Ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Bone
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Special features: See "Other Features" above
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hard Shell Case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States

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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Shape: Grand Symphony
  • 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
  • Wedge: None
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Exceptional guitar

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      Comments about Taylor Koa Series K26e Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Tone: very rich right out of the box. The guitar has dual personality, bright when strummed, but becomes dark and mellow when fingerstiled. The bass response is much stronger than I expected, I suppose it's from the Grand Symphony body shape. The ES2 pickup is absolutely fantastic, a great improvement from ES. The plugged in sound is very natural, as if you had a mic inside the guitar, unlike the twangy ultrabright sound of the previous generation.
      Playability: excellent, with low action and very smooth neck.
      Look: No need to say anything here, the picture speaks for itself.

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