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Taylor All New V-Class Bracing Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic Electric Guitar Mahogany Top Sapele Back

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Taylor All New V-Class Bracing Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic Electric Guitar Mahogany Top Sapele Back W/Case

The  all new 300 Series has introduced countless players to the pleasures of the all-solid-wood acoustic experience. Players can now choose between two different, equally vibrant wood pairings: sapele back and sides with a spruce top or blackwood back and sides with a mahogany top. Sapele and spruce produce a wonderfully clear and balanced voice. Blackwood and mahogany are similarly clear and focused with pronounced midrange power and warmth, and the hardwood mahogany top creates a natural compression effect that helps even out a lively strumming attack. All models feature satin-finish back and sides; spruce tops sport a rich gloss finish, while the dark-hued mahogany tops display a more vintage look with a shaded edgeburst and satin finish. Other aesthetic details for all models include black binding and our Small Diamonds inlay scheme in Italian acrylic. 

 

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This darkly alluring cutaway Grand Auditorium boasts unique visual appeal thanks to its mahogany top, and there’s sonic magic under the hood as well. Our groundbreaking V-Class bracing enhances the volume, sustain and projection, bringing out even more of the natural midrange focus of its Tasmanian blackwood back and sides. While the natural compression of the hardwood mahogany top tends to even out the response across the tonal spectrum, the V-Class design boosts the dynamic range, especially in the upper register, and the in-tuneness of the notes everywhere along the fretboard is wonderfully consistent. All of these nuances add up to a versatile choice for gigging, practicing or recording across multiple playing styles. The dusky hues of the mahogany top project a rootsy vibe, accented by a shaded edgeburst, black binding, a matching pickguard, and muted satin-finish sheen. The guitar ships with ES2 electronics in a deluxe hardshell case.

 

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 patented behind-the-saddle pickup, 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.

Behind the ES2 Design: Rethinking the Piezo Pickup

 

For decades, piezo-electric transducers have been positioned under the saddle of a guitar based on the long-held belief that the string and top vibration cause the saddle to “bounce” up and down. But Taylor’s electronics team, led by developer David Hosler, discovered that the vertical movement is actually heavily restricted, and that the saddle gets “locked down” due to the string tension’s downward pressure. That’s why a traditional under-saddle pickup with piezo-electric crystals often responds with a sound often characterized as thin, brittle, brash or synthetic, especially with more aggressive playing.

 

The saddle’s natural range of movement as the guitar is being played is actually back and forth like a pendulum. That revelation led Taylor’s design team to relocate the crystals from under the saddle to behind it. The new positioning enables the crystals to respond more naturally to the guitar’s energy as it is transferred through the saddle. Three pickup sensors are installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, with three tiny Allen screws that calibrate the position of the sensors in relation to the saddle.

 

Like the original Expression System, the ES2 features the same volume and tone control knobs. The preamp is similar but with a slightly different gain structure. As a result it will be about 25 percent hotter, which is more in line with other pickups. This makes it plug-and-play friendly both for artists and live sound mixers.

 

 

Highlights

 

  • Scale Length: 25-1/2"
  • Nut & Saddle: Black Graphite, Micarta saddle
  • Bracing: V-Class with Relief Rout
  • Truss Rod Cover: Black Plastic
  • Pickguard: Black
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Tuners: Taylor Nickel
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
  • Brand of Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light
  • Body Length: 20"
  • Body Width: 16"
  • Body Depth: 4 5/8"

 

Body

 

  • BodyBinding/Edge Treatment: Black
  • Top Finish Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
  • Backstrap Finish: None
  • Rosette Size: Three Ring
  • Bridge Inlay: None
  • Back/Side Finish: Satin
  • Armrest Binding: None
  • Backstrap Wood: None
  • Rosette Mat.: Plastic
  • Stain/Sunburst: Blackwood Stain Back/Sides, Medium Brown Stain Top/Neck, Shaded Edge Burst Top
  • Wedge: None
  • Armrest: no

 

Neck

 

  • Neck Width: 1-3/4"
  • Fretboard Inlay: Gemstone, Italian Acrylic
  • Fretboard Binding/Edge Treatment: Black
  • Heel Cap Binding: Black
  • Type of Neck Joint: Taylor Neck
  • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
  • Fretboard Wood: West African Ebony
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Heel Length: 3-1/2"

 

Peghead

 

  • Peghead Finish: Satin
  • Peghead Binding: None
  • Peghead Type: Standard
  • Peghead Purfling: None
  • Headstock Overlay: West African Ebony
  • Peghead Inlay: Gemstone, Italian Acrylic
  • Peghead Logo: Italian Acrylic

 

Other

 

  • Bridge Pins: West African Ebony
  • Buttons: Nickel
  • Fingerboard Ext: None
  • Edge Trim: None

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Taylor All New V-Class Bracing Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic Electric Guitar Mahogany Top Sapele Back W/Case

A rich-grained mahogany top paired with African sapele back and sides give our medium-size Grand Auditorium body plenty of tonal and visual character.

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Location of this item San Francisco, CA
Name Taylor All New V-Class Bracing Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic Electric Guitar Mahogany Top Sapele Back
SKU 324CE
GTIN 887766089193
Condition new
Manufacturer Taylor