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BABY    A ¾-scale Dreadnought that's big on tone.

A ¾-scale Dreadnought, the Baby Taylor is designed to yield a ton of volume for its small size. A layered sapele back is pressed into a slight arch, providing strength and helping produce the Baby's full, rich tone. It's also remarkably versatile for special applications, whether played in alternate tunings or high-strung; with a capo or a slide. And it's the perfect travel companion or starter guitar for young kids.

  • Body Length: 15 3/4"
  • Body Width: 12 1/2"
  • Body Depth: 3 3/8"
Baby Taylor
BIG BABY    

Slightly bigger than a Baby Taylor but just shy of a full-size guitar, the Big Baby Taylor is ideal for easy-playing, great-sounding guitar fun. The overall size keeps you in the "portable" category, yet with an extra dose of volume and fullness. Like the Baby, the Big Baby has an arched back that provides strength and contributes to its big tonal output.

  • Body Length: 19 1/2"
  • Body Width: 15"
  • Body Depth: 4"
Big Baby Taylor
DREADNOUGHT    "The Throwback Performer"

The Dreadnought is perhaps the most traditional and recognizable shape in the acoustic guitar world. The Taylor Dreadnought delivers a vintage sound for the 21st Century. The DN has a loud, full sound with low-end power and a snappy midrange, yet retains that balanced "Taylor Sound." The DN will appeal to flatpickers and lovers of traditional guitar shapes and tones.

  • Body Length: 20"
  • Body Width: 16"
  • Body Depth: 4 5/8"
Taylor Dreadnought
GRAND AUDITORIUM    "The Jack of All Trades"

The Grand Auditorium is the most recognized and most popular of all the Taylor shapes. For many, it defines the "Taylor sound." Introduced in 1994, the GA is an original Bob Taylor design, delivering a very even and balanced tone. Thanks to its versatility, a GA is well-suited to handle many playing styles. It's a perfect place to start when exploring the Taylor line, especially for someone who seeks versatility or who is still discovering their own sound.

  • Body Length: 20"
  • Body Width: 16"
  • Body Depth: 4 5/8"
Taylor Grand Auditorium
GRAND CONCERT    "The Comfortable Friend"

The Grand Concert produces an intimate sound that is ideal for recording and stage work. Fingerstyle players will love the balance between bass and melody notes, and because of its smaller size (and lighter string tension) the GC is a very comfortable guitar to play. A Grand Concert always seems to fill just the right amount of "sonic space" and offers a surprising and unique playing experience. All Grand Concert models feature a shorter-scale (24-7/8-inch) neck, which reduces the string tension. Some Grand Concerts are also offered as 12-fret models.

  • Body Length: 19 1/2"
  • Body Width: 15"
  • Body Depth: 4 3/8"
Taylor Grand Concert
GRAND ORCHESTRA    "The Gentle Giant"

The Grand Orchestra is the newest (2013) Taylor shape. Designed as a successor to the Taylor Jumbo, it redefines the playing experience of a big acoustic guitar by blending power and complexity with balance and responsiveness. The GO features a wider, deeper body than any of the other shapes in the Taylor family. The body dimensions create a lower resonance, which produces a big, full, powerful guitar voice. A new bracing system optimizes the soundboard movement, which complements the tonal depth and complexity with signature Taylor balance and clarity across the entire tonal spectrum. Unlike other large-bodied guitars, the GO not only welcomes strong strumming, but also responds readily to players with a lighter touch. The GO won the award for "Best Acoustic Guitar" of 2013 from The Music & Sound Retailer magazine.

  • Body Length: 20 5/8"
  • Body Width: 16 3/4"
  • Body Depth: 5"
Taylor Grand Orchestra
GRAND SYMPHONY    "The Big, Bold Strummer"

The GS is another original Bob Taylor design. It earned Guitar Player magazine's "Players' Choice" award for best acoustic in 2008, shortly after its debut. The GS body yields a powerful sound with a robust low end. Because its power is balanced by clear articulation, it welcomes an aggressive flatpicking or strumming style. The GS derives its sound from its bigger overall boundary edge, including a wider waist and bigger lower bout than the GA. The GS is the choice for a player who likes to hit hard and prefers a full-sounding guitar with strong volume.

  • Body Length: 20"
  • Body Width: 16 1/4"
  • Body Depth: 4 5/8"
Taylor Grand Symphony
GS MINI    

The award-winning GS Mini was designed to be the ultimate musical companion, wherever you go — or stay. Inspired by the big, bold sound of Taylor's GS body shape, the Mini scales things down without skimping on sound, packing a ton of tone into a comfortable travel size and giving you a guitar that's full-voiced and incredibly fun to play. Think of the Mini as a modern-day parlor guitar, perfect for playing around the house but also built to fit an active lifestyle.

  • Body Length: 17 5/8"
  • Body Width: 14 3/8"
  • Body Depth: 4 7/16"
Taylor GS Mini
100 Series

Taylor's layered sapele/solid Sitka spruce 100 Series makes a great playing experience broadly accessible without compromising on fundamentals like playability, tonal clarity, and workmanship. These qualities make all the difference, especially to players near the front end of their guitar journey or those looking to progress to the next level. Two body styles, the versatile Grand Auditorium and traditional Dreadnought, are available, either with or without a cutaway, and models come equipped with Taylor's Expression System 2 pickup. The series also features a 12-string Dreadnought 150e, which might just be the best-playing 12-string you'll find for the money. All 100 Series models feature black binding, an all-matte finish, and come with a Taylor gig bag.

Taylor 100 Series
200 Series

Taylor's 200 Series packs the essentials of a great Taylor experience — smooth playability, clear and balanced tone, and high-end craftsmanship — into appealing model options designed to lift your playing to the next level. Resilient layered rosewood back and sides are paired with a solid Sitka spruce top, and the neck width is slightly narrower (1-11/16 inches) than the 1-3/4-inch necks of Taylor's steel-string models in the 300 Series and up. Body styles include the Grand Auditorium and Dreadnought, with both featuring a soft Venetian cutaway and Taylor's performance-ready Expression System 2 electronics. The 200s incorporate white binding, satin-finish back and sides with a gloss top, and ship in a Taylor hardshell gig bag.

Taylor 200 Series
300 Series

Taylor's 300 Series marks the gateway to the tonal complexity of an all-solid-wood guitar experience. Sapele back and sides respond with a tone similar to mahogany, with a splash of extra top-end chime. Soundboard choices include Sitka spruce or mahogany, the latter of which produces a slightly warmer, darker sound compared to spruce's more brilliant response. The 300s also sport Taylor's Expression System® 2 acoustic electronics for an amplified tone that's articulate, balanced and responsive to a player's touch. Appointments include a black pickguard, Italian acrylic dot inlays, and black binding with white purfling. Model options include a soft Venetian cutaway and Taylor's Expression System 2 onboard pickup and preamp, with Taylor's deluxe hardshell case included.

Taylor 300 Series
400 Series

For years, Taylor's popular 400 Series guitars, featuring African ovangkol paired with a Sitka spruce top, have given players a lively, versatile musical voice that delivers a broad range of tones comparable to rosewood. A gloss finish beautifully highlights ovangkol's golden brown colors and rich variegation, while white binding and Italian acrylic dot inlays supply clean, crisp counterpoints that complete the contemporary look of the series. Taylor's onboard Expression System 2 electronics project a reliably balanced amplified tone that's both dynamic and detailed, and perfect for anyone thinking of plugging in. An optional Venetian cutaway gives players an expanded playing range up the neck. All models include a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.

Taylor 400 Series
500 Series

Taylor's mahogany 500 Series guitars pack a meaty midrange punch without adding a lot of ringing overtones. That fundamental focus, especially models featuring a mahogany top, responds well to players with a strong attack, including pickers and strummers who like a dry, earthy, low-fi sound. Mahogany's clear and direct tonal character makes it a great option for playing with other instruments. The smaller Grand Concert (standard or 12-Fret) is a good match for blues fingerpicking, while bigger-body models will appeal to bold strummers and flatpickers. The wood's earthy personality is enhanced visually by the deep, richly grained mahogany top, a full-gloss body, and understated vintage appointments like contrasting grained ivoroid binding, ivoroid Century inlays, and a black pickguard. An optional Venetian cutaway offers upper fretboard access, while Taylor's proprietary Expression System 2 electronics deliver clear, balanced amplified acoustic tone. All models include a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.

Taylor 500 Series
600 Series

Taylor has brought a sweeping makeover to its maple 600 Series models, broadening their musical range and refining their visual aesthetic. As with Taylor's rosewood 800 Series, nearly every aspect of these guitars has been optimized. The result is maple like you've never heard it before: rich and warm, with a multi-dimensional musical voice that responds wonderfully to every playing style. Tone-enhancing design details include custom-voiced bracing and wood thicknesses; torrefied (specially roasted) tops that produce a played-in sound from day 1; and ultra-thin finish that improves the sustain. A hand-rubbed Brown Sugar stain gives the figured maple a deep, luxurious look without adding any material thickness. Fresh appointments include grained ivoroid Wing fretboard inlays; a gloss-finish ebony backstrap with a matching inlay; ebony binding with grained ivoroid purfling; and a striped ebony rosette. In every way, the 600s reveal the finest a maple guitar can offer.

Taylor 600 Series
700 Series

Rosewood has enjoyed such a rich acoustic guitar heritage and cast such a broad net among players that it deserves several different aesthetic treatments, and Taylor has obliged. Rosewood fans who crave a vintage acoustic aesthetic will be naturally drawn to Taylor's 700 Series. The rosewood selected for these models leans toward rich chocolate hues that feature a slightly wider grain structure. The aptly named Vintage Sunburst finish on the top and neck saturates the top in a warm, gradual fade that blends well with the rosewood sides and faux tortoise shell pickguard. Grained ivoroid outlines the body, fretboard, headstock and soundhole, and also is used for the neo-traditional Heritage Diamonds fretboard inlay. Think of a guitar that's an old soul at heart, but with all the modern Taylor touches — effortless playability, clear, balanced tone — that make a Taylor guitar so rewarding to play.

Taylor 700 Series
800 Series

Taylor has reconceived its flagship rosewood/spruce 800 Series, infusing it with a sweeping array of tone-enhancing refinements. Virtually every element of the guitar's material construction was optimized: bracing, wood thicknesses, glues, finish, strings and acoustic electronics, topped off with a refreshed design aesthetic. The end result is an incredibly musical, responsive sound that gives each body shape its own well-defined voice. The series showcases beautiful "smoky" ebony from Taylor's mill in Cameroon, while other aesthetic details include maple binding with rosewood purfling, a rosewood pickguard, and a mother-of-pearl Element fretboard inlay. Model options include a Venetian cutaway and Taylor's natural-sounding Expression System 2 pickup and preamp. All models come with a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.

Taylor 800 Series
900 Series

The lavish redesign of Taylor's ultra-premium class of rosewood/spruce guitars boasts a comprehensive package of tone-enhancing refinements, plus a refreshed design aesthetic that showcases the finest in Taylor craftsmanship. Highlights include a hand-carved ebony armrest for added playing comfort, along with an exquisite appointment scheme featuring ebony binding and koa purfling, complemented by abalone/mother-of-pearl inlays and abalone top trim. Custom-voiced bracing and optimized wood thicknesses for each body style yield a more powerful bass response and a warmer, sweeter midrange, giving each 900 Series model a more expressive tonal range. Most models include a Venetian cutaway, while Taylor's Expression® System 2 acoustic electronics round out the sound with world-class amplified tone. All guitars include Taylor's deluxe hardshell case.

Taylor 900 Series
Baby

Over the years, Taylor's perky travel-size mini-Dreadnought has proved to be a versatile musical tool. While its design was inspired by a desire to provide a smaller, starter-size guitar for kids and a legitimate musical companion for travelers, players have adapted it for their needs in all sorts of creative ways, from high-stringing it to setting it up to play lap slide, to embracing alternate tunings that add unique acoustic flavors to recordings. Each standard model is now available with an optional acoustic electronics package, featuring the Expression System Baby™ (ES-B) pickup, which incorporates piezo design elements from the Taylor Expression System 2. The pickup is powered by an onboard preamp that boasts a handy feature: a built-in digital chromatic tuner. The preamp/tuner unit features an LED display for tuning and low battery indication, along with Tone and Volume controls. The extra utility makes it easier than ever to sound your best, both unplugged and amplified. The guitar includes a gig bag for easy portability.

Taylor Baby Series
CUSTOM & LIMITED

In addition to Taylor's standard lineup of guitar models, they periodically craft special runs of limited edition guitars. These series allow Taylor to offer customers premium guitars with unique aesthetic appeal, and may be inspired by any number of circumstances, from the acquisition of a rare batch of striking tonewoods to special occasions like a Taylor anniversary or annual tradition of Fall Limiteds. With each offering of LTDs Taylor enjoys the freedom to design a model from scratch in a way that integrates the woods and appointments into a cohesive whole that gives each LTD series a truly unique identity. In some cases Taylor's limiteds embody their latest guitar-making ideas; in others they allow Taylor to offer value-added models at an appealing price point. Always a showcase of their latest inspiration, Taylor limited editions give Taylor enthusiasts a chance to own a model of great distinction that only a select group of owners will share. Taylor also is known for their custom guitars. At Musician's Friend we regularly collaborate with Taylor on the design and specifications of truly astounding custom instruments with premium appointments in combinations you won't find in core offerings.

Taylor Custom and Limited
GS MINI

Arguably no other Taylor guitar has enjoyed the broad groundswell of popularity as the lovable GS Mini. Taylor's next-generation travel-size guitar locates the sweet spot where compact design and full-voiced acoustic sound converge, giving players of all stripes a pleasantly accessible guitar that fits everyday life, whether you're on the go or on the couch. The smaller Grand Symphony footprint and shorter 23-1/2-inch scale length deliver plenty of playing comfort, while the full-size soundhole helps the Mini sing out to its fullest, wrapping players in a blanket of great tone.  Choose from two pairs of model options. The original Mini models feature layered sapele back and sides with a choice of a solid spruce or mahogany top, and come pre-fitted for Taylor's easy-to-install ES-Go® pickup. Two premium Mini models bring extra aesthetic and performance appeal to the family: the GS Mini-e RW, featuring layered rosewood back and sides with a solid spruce top; and the GS Mini-e Koa, which boasts layered Hawaiian koa back and sides with a solid koa top. Both models come equipped with Taylor's ES-T® pickup for clear amplified tone, and all models include a GS Mini hardbag.

Taylor GS Mini
KOA

The figured Hawaiian koa used for Taylor's Koa Series channels the natural beauty of its Island homeland, awakening the senses in a special way. That beauty is honored with beautifully refined wood-rich appointments. The maple/blackwood Island Vine fretboard (and headstock) inlay scheme incorporates Hawaiian plumeria flowers that double as fret markers — think of them as a lei for your guitar neck — while rosewood and maple are paired for the rosette and binding/top trim tandem. A shaded edgeburst adds the perfect vintage touch. Whether you slip into some classic slack key tunings or follow your muse in another direction, a koa guitar has a way of sweetly drawing out the music in you. Model options include a Venetian cutaway and Taylor Expression System® 2 electronics. All models include a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.

Taylor Koa
PRESENTATION SERIES

The entrancing appeal of Taylor's new Presentation Series begins with premium sets of richly variegated Macassar ebony sourced from Indonesia, paired with a premium Sitka spruce top that boasts consistently even grain structure. Each guitar demands the highest levels of craftsmanship, and it shows in the harmony of intricate appointments that adorn them. Ebony binding flares smoothly into a beveled, hand-carved armrest that heightens playing comfort. Other high-end details include colorful paua edging (along the top, sides, back, fretboard extension, fretboard and peghead), a Macassar ebony backstrap, and an elaborate Nouveau vine fretboard inlay in colorful paua abalone, complemented by elegant headstock torch and bridge inlays. Presentation Series guitars also feature Gotoh Gold tuners, a bone nut and saddle, an optional Venetian cutaway and Taylor Expression System® 2 electronics, and include a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.

Taylor Presentation Series
Sitka Spruce Top, Indian Rosewood
Back and Sides
Sitka Spruce Top,
Maple Back
and Sides
Sitka Spruce Top,
Layered Sapele
Back and Sides
Sitka Spruce Top,
Layered Rosewood
Back and Sides
Sitka Spruce Top,
Ovangkol Back
and Sides
Koa Top,
Koa Back
and Sides
Tropical Mahogany
Top, Tropical Mahogany
Back and Sides
Tropical Mahogany
Top, Sapele Back
and Sides
Sitka Spruce Top,
Sapele Back
and Sides
Sitka Spruce Top,
Tropical Mahogany
Back and Sides
Sitka Spruce Top,
Brazilian Rosewood
Back and Sides
Western Red Cedar Top,
Tropical Mahogany
Back and Sides
Sitka Spruce Top,
Macassar Ebony
Back and Sides
Tropical Mahogany
Top, Layered Sapele
Back and Sides
Sitka Spruce Top, Indian Rosewood Back and Sides

Sitka Spruce: Most Taylor models use Sitka spruce for the top. Sitka's dynamic range is very broad, allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking. Indian Rosewood: One of the most popular and traditional guitar woods, rosewood takes that basic sonic thumbprint of mahogany and expands it in both directions. Rosewood sounds deeper on the low end and brighter on the top end than mahogany. If you look at its frequency range visually, rosewood would appear to be more scooped in the middle, yielding less midrange than mahogany. Also like mahogany, rosewood is a very versatile tonewood. You can fingerpick it, strum it, and flatpick it, making it suitable to present to a wide range of players. Guitarists looking for more highs and more pronounced lows than a mahogany guitar will be very pleased with Indian rosewood. Its high-end sizzle and clear articulation will benefit players who typically have a dark playing tone.

sitka spruce top, maple back and sides

Sitka Spruce: Most Taylor models use Sitka spruce for the top. Sitka's dynamic range is very broad, allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking. Maple: Maple is often described as having a focused tone with a fast note decay that cuts through a mix. Taylor revoiced its maple guitars for 2015 to produce greater warmth, complexity, volume, sustain and responsiveness, while retaining maple's naturally clear, linear qualities. The clarity of the high end is still there, but the bottom end has been extended from what we've been used to hearing. It's as though all the notes got taller. The result is a more multi-dimensional sound that gives players the kind of musical versatility of other classic tonewoods, making our maple models a compelling choice as a primary guitar, not just a stage guitar. Taylor's maple guitars are voiced to be very reflective of the player's technique, so a player with a dynamic playing style or someone who likes to vary their picking attack will appreciate how easily those playing nuances come through in the tonal response.

Sitka Spruce Top, Layered Sapele Back and Sides

Sitka Spruce: Most Taylor models use Sitka spruce for the top. Sitka's dynamic range is very broad, allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking. Layered Sapele: While the rich tones of solid wood remain unmatched, a layered wood construction can yield great sound in a beautiful, durable and affordable instrument. Such is the case with layered sapele, in which we use interior and exterior veneers of sapele with a core layer of poplar between them. One of the benefits of layered wood for guitars is extra resilience in the face of fluctuating humidity conditions. This comes in handy for guitars like the GS Mini and Baby Taylor models, which are travel-friendly guitars that may be more directly exposed to different environments. All Taylor layered-wood models feature a solid wood top to optimize the tonal response.

Sitka Spruce Top, Layered Rosewood Back and Sides

Sitka Spruce: Most Taylor models use Sitka spruce for the top. Sitka's dynamic range is very broad, allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking. Layered Rosewood: Like layered sapele, layered rosewood features an all-wood laminated construction, in this case with interior and exterior layers of beautiful Indian rosewood veneer separated by a middle core layer of poplar. Though the tonal properties of layered wood aren't as complex as solid wood, the construction method enables us to conserve tonewood resources and offer attractive, durable instruments at a more inviting price. A solid spruce top and Taylor craftsmanship ensure a clear, balanced tonal response.

Sitka Spruce Top, Ovangkol Back and Sides

Sitka Spruce: Most Taylor models use Sitka spruce for the top. Sitka's dynamic range is very broad, allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking. Ovangkol: An African relative of rosewood, ovangkol shares many of rosewood's tonal properties. You'll notice a slightly fuller midrange from ovangkol (when compared to rosewood) and a top end that's not quite as bright as maple. Ovangkol fits most applications, making it a good selection for a player who does not have a predefined tonal preference, or a "generalist" type of player.

Koa Top, Koa Back and Sides

Koa: Hardwoods such as Koa are another top option. Koa tends to produce a natural compression, so it won't yield as quick a response as a spruce-top guitar will. Because of its slightly denser nature, an all-koa guitar will have touch more shimmer and chime in the upper register. Koa: 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. Goes Well With: Fingerstylists who play more with the pads of their fingers and tend to have a meatier touch. Bright players need to be careful because of koa's existing brightness (one might try experimenting with different pick materials).

Tropical Mahogany Top, Tropical Mahogany Back
and Sides

Tropical Mahogany: Hardwoods such as mahogany are another top option. Mahogany tends to produce a natural compression, so it won't yield as quick a response as a spruce-top guitar will. A mahogany-top guitar will produce strong fundamentals, with clear and direct focus. Tropical Mahogany: Mahogany has a well-balanced, traditional acoustic guitar sound. Its sonic profile is well represented in the midrange frequencies, making for a guitar with thick and present midrange tones. Mahogany is a great options for players of varied musical styles. Blues and other rootsy players tend to respond well to mahogany's midrange character. A smaller-body mahogany guitar such as a 512ce might appeal to fingerstyle players, whereas more aggressive flatpickers might opt for a larger body, such as the 516ce.

Tropical Mahogany Top, Sapele Back and Sides

Tropical Mahogany: Hardwoods such as mahogany are another top option. Mahogany tends to produce a natural compression, so it won't yield as quick a response as a spruce-top guitar will. A mahogany-top guitar will produce strong fundamentals, with clear and direct focus. Sapele: Sapele is another versatile tonewood that joined the Taylor line over a decade ago. Sapele is a highly sustainable, relatively fast-growing wood, making it one of the most environmentally-friendly choices available. Tonally, it does everything that mahogany does, with a little extra treble zing. Sapele is a great all-purpose tonewood that will deliver a consistent, balanced tone in a variety of playing applications, from fingerstyle to strumming.

Sitka Spruce Top, Sapele Back and Sides

Sitka Spruce: Most Taylor models use Sitka spruce for the top. Sitka's dynamic range is very broad, allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking. Sapele: Sapele is another versatile tonewood that joined the Taylor line over a decade ago. Sapele is a highly sustainable, relatively fast-growing wood, making it one of the most environmentally-friendly choices available. Tonally, it does everything that mahogany does, with a little extra treble zing. Sapele is a great all-purpose tonewood that will deliver a consistent, balanced tone in a variety of playing applications, from fingerstyle to strumming.

Sitka Spruce Top, Tropical Mahogany Back and Sides

Sitka Spruce: Most Taylor models use Sitka spruce for the top. Sitka's dynamic range is very broad, allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking. Tropical Mahogany: Mahogany has a well-balanced, traditional acoustic guitar sound. Its sonic profile is well represented in the midrange frequencies, making for a guitar with thick and present midrange tones. Mahogany is a great options for players of varied musical styles. Blues and other rootsy players tend to respond well to mahogany's midrange character. A smaller-body mahogany guitar such as a 512ce might appeal to fingerstyle players, whereas more aggressive flatpickers might opt for a larger body, such as the 516ce.

Sitka Spruce Top, Brazilian Rosewood Back and Sides

Sitka Spruce: Most Taylor models use Sitka spruce for the top. Sitka's dynamic range is very broad, allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking. Brazilian rosewood remains a prized tonewood in the guitar world based on a hallowed heritage that traces back to the much-celebrated pre-war era of guitar building along with its scarcity due to longtime legal restrictions on its harvesting and export. The dense hardwood boasts striking visual appeal and a richly musical tone profile. Attributes include a crisp, clear, often bell-like ringing tone, especially in the treble frequencies; a warm and resonant low end; luxurious overtones that yield a wonderful complexity and sustain; and strong volume and responsiveness.

Western Red Cedar Top, Tropical Mahogany Back and
Sides

Western Red Cedar: Fingerstylists and players with a light touch often favor a cedar top, which is extremely responsive and is generally described as having a softer, warmer sound. Tropical Mahogany: Mahogany has a well-balanced, traditional acoustic guitar sound. Its sonic profile is well represented in the midrange frequencies, making for a guitar with thick and present midrange tones. Mahogany is a great options for players of varied musical styles. Blues and other rootsy players tend to respond well to mahogany's midrange character. A smaller-body mahogany guitar such as a 512ce might appeal to fingerstyle players, whereas more aggressive flatpickers might opt for a larger body, such as the 516ce.

Sitka Spruce Top, Macassar Ebony Back and Sides

Sitka Spruce: Most Taylor models use Sitka spruce for the top. Sitka's dynamic range is very broad, allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking. Macassar Ebony: Another dense hardwood, Macassar boasts a lot of presence and is typically clear and loud with a broad dynamic range. It seems to be a wood that is uniquely responsive to different playing styles. It has a strong bass and lower mids; clear and transparent highs that respond like an accelerator pedal as you move your right hand closer to the bridge and dig in a bit; and a slightly scooped midrange. Macassar likes to be played hard, and tends to take a slightly longer period of playing time to open up. When it's used with a softer top wood like cedar or redwood, it makes a balanced instrument. Some players tend to pull more brightness out of the wood; others, like Bob Taylor, tap into its darker side.

Tropical Mahogany Top, Layered Sapele Back and Sides

Tropical Mahogany: Hardwoods such as mahogany are another top option. Mahogany tends to produce a natural compression, so it won't yield as quick a response as a spruce-top guitar will. A mahogany-top guitar will produce strong fundamentals, with clear and direct focus. Layered Sapele: While the rich tones of solid wood remain unmatched, a layered wood construction can yield great sound in a beautiful, durable and affordable instrument. Such is the case with layered sapele, in which we use interior and exterior veneers of sapele with a core layer of poplar between them. One of the benefits of layered wood for guitars is extra resilience in the face of fluctuating humidity conditions. This comes in handy for guitars like the GS Mini and Baby Taylor models, which are travel-friendly guitars that may be more directly exposed to different environments. All Taylor layered-wood models feature a solid wood top to optimize the tonal response.

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