Quilted sapele is showcased in Taylor’s Grand Auditorium, Grand Symphony, Grand Concert and Dreadnought shapes, as well as 12-Fret and
Baritone 8-String models. This lot of quilted sapele, a rare find, was flatsawn and lightly stained to magnify the depth of the figure to maximum effect.
Paired with AA-grade European spruce tops, this combination makes for a tonal voice that Taylor guitar designer Andy Powers describes as “a little warmer and more powerful on the low end than normal…players will hear a darker, richer, more ‘broken-in’ sound than they might expect.” Appointments include “Solitaire” diamond fret inlays, a sapele and Ivoroid rosette, Ivoroid binding and a Venetian cutaway.
Taylor’s Macassar ebony/sinker redwood Presentation Series produces deep lows and clear highs, for an overall voice is a bit darker, yielding a mature, complex tone. Available in both the Grand Auditorium and Grand Symphony shapes, each model features exquisite details, including ebony binding with a contoured armrest, paua inlays and top trim, and on the interior, CV bracing to maximize projection and depth of tone.
Tasmanian blackwood sits in on the 400 Series. A cousin of Hawaiian koa, blackwood boasts a similar tone profile to koa, and joins this year’s offerings in a choice of a 410ce, 412ce-N, 414ce, 414ce-N, 416ce, or in a Baritone 8-String model. Each model features a three-piece back, with a Rock maple mini-wedge and is topped by Western Red cedar, while the Baritone Limited is offered with a Sitka top for clear response. Maple also graces the fretboard inlays, and a new “fishbone” rosette adorns the soundhole. Satin-finish back and sides preserve a natural, classic look, and a Venetian cutaway invites register.
Each Fall Limited is equipped with the Taylor Expression System® and arrives in a hardshell case.
Originally posted 2012-09-25 11:53:11.