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Taylor NS74ce Grand Auditorium Cutaway Nylon-String Acoustic“Electric Guitar (2011 Model)

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The Taylor NS74ce Grand Auditorium Nylon-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar boasts increased power, projection, and a haunting bell-like sustain with ex...Click To Read More About This Product

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For amplified flamenco, folk, or smooth jazz excursions.

The Taylor NS74ce Grand Auditorium Nylon-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar boasts increased power, projection, and a haunting bell-like sustain with exceptionally smooth tone. The Taylor NS74ce has a western red cedar top and Indian rosewood back and sides in a grand auditorium body style.

The NS74ce is the premier Taylor take on the classical guitar design, but with a bit of twist. Think of it as classical tone meets Taylor playability, beginning with a slim and fast 1 7/8" neck, and a cutaway body.

Taylor's ES-N piezo system offers high-fidelity amplified tone, unprecedented dynamic range, and extraordinary resistance to feedback and distortion. It enables all of the expressive subtleties of your playing to come through, just the way you intended.

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."

The GA has the width and depth of a Dreadnought, but its tapered waist and contours give it the appearance of a smaller instrument, making it comfortable to play. The tonal balance means it's full in the lower register, present in the midrange, and sparkling on the treble strings.

The GA's tonal balance has made it a favorite among artists AND engineers. "You put a mic in front of the guitar and set everything to zero, you turn on the tape, and you play," Bob continues. "We had a lot of studio owners and engineers buy those guitars just to put in the studio, because when things started going bad with players' guitars during a session, the engineer would say, 'We can get this job done today if you just play this guitar.' So that was sort of what we had in mind with that. And a lot of it was the shape. We made a few bracing changes, but we depended on the shape to change that tone."

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

  • Body Style: 6-String Grand Auditorium
  • Back & Sides: Indian Rosewood
  • Top: Western Red Cedar
  • Rosette: Mexican Cypress
  • Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Fretboard Inlay: None
  • Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Binding: Indian rosewood
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Nut and Saddle: Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Ping Classical Gold with Ivoroid Buttons
  • Strings: D'Addario Pro-Art Extra Hard Tension
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2"
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Neck Width at Nut: 1-7/8"
  • No. of frets: 20
  • Fretboard Radius: 15"
  • Bracing: Nylon Series Bracing
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Cutaway: Venetian
  • Electronics: Taylor's ES-N piezo system
  • Body Width: 16"
  • Body Depth: 4-5/8"
  • Body Length: 19-1/2"
  • Overall Length: 41"
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell
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Taylor NS74ce

By Mo

from Deep South

Comments about Taylor NS74ce Grand Auditorium Cutaway Nylon-String Acoustic–Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I own one. Beautiful workmanship, great tone. The "hybrid" really is an appropriate description.. the playability of an acoustic, with the tone of a classical. Bought initially to record with, but now play it all the time. Not for the purist "classical" player, but if your tastes run to jazz/ bossa/ brazillian you'll love it. Sounds incredible plugged in. I record direct from the fishman electronics, and they're quiet and clean. The prefix pro blend sounds incredible. If you are looking for a Nylon string guitar, but don't hanker for the wide fretboard of a traditional classical, this is the one to get.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Know your woods before ou buy.

By Mojoman-lnqw1

from NB, Canada.

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Comments about Taylor NS74ce Grand Auditorium Cutaway Nylon-String Acoustic–Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

Played it in store quite a few times as I'm planning to purchase soon.With cedar you have to work at getting the sounds you like but it is perfectly balanced between lows and highs.Not recommended for students as it is usually only appriciated by more experienced players.Cedar is my favorite top wood for nylon or steel strings.40 year hobbyist and love the quality of taylor guitars.

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Not a lively guitar by any means

By Fred-vKN6-

from Mount Vernon

Comments about Taylor NS74ce Grand Auditorium Cutaway Nylon-String Acoustic–Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

THis guitar has no punch whatsoever. It is a very dull sounding guitar for the price. My local music store has had the same guitar hanging for a fw years, no one wants it because you can spend half as much and get a better sounding guitar. The playability is very nice, but it sounds like a cheaper guitar.

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