Taylor Builder's Edition 324ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric in Tobacco Kona Burst has arrived! Like Most Builder's Edition Acoustic Guitars from Taylor, this will probably be the only one of these we get our hands-on. WIth a tropical mahogany top and reclaimed Urban Ash back and sides, this non-traditional acoustic-electric offers a unique tone, is ultra-comfortable, and is made with an eco-friendly mentality.
Urban Ash is relatively new to the tonewood mix. Bob Taylor has never shied away from bringing new ingredients into time-tested recipes and while Ash is firmly rooted in the guitar world, it's typically thought of as an electric guitar wood. The Ash sourced for these guitars is reclaimed from utility poles in California. This is such a cool and forward-thinking approach that we can't help but champion these guitars!
The top is made from Tropical Mahogany. This lovely tonewood really warms up an acoustic guitar. Compared to spruce, it's less bright, less voluminous, and perfect for the player looking for subtlety, nuance, warmth, and richness. It's finished in Tobacco Kona Burst, which looks dark and sultry over the mahogany top.
The neck is made from mahogany, as well, and is carved to the classic Taylor neck profile. The fingerboard is made from African Ebony which is inlaid with Italian Acrylic Compass inlays. 25.5" scale length and 1.75" scale length offer a familiar feel with taut strings. Taylor's necks are exceptionally consistent so if you played one and loved it, chances are that most Taylor Guitars will elicit that very same response!
Featuring a never-before-used tonewood and a host of player-focused design enhancements, the Builder’s Edition 324ce acoustic guitar represents Taylor’s ongoing marriage of innovative acoustic design with forward-thinking strategy toward a more sustainable future. The star here is Urban Ash™, a tonewood sourced from city trees that have been selected for removal from urban settings due to weather or disease damage, public safety concerns, disruptive root systems, and simply reaching the end of their life cycle. Instead of allowing this beautiful, functional wood to end its life cycle in a landfill, we’ve reclaimed it for use in the backs and sides of this 324ce, offering a tonal response similar to high-tier mahogany: dry and woody, with a fundamental-strong response that produces clear notes largely free from ringing overtones. Paired with a mahogany top, this Grand Auditorium produces clear midrange presence and crisp highs over a rich low end that will satisfy strummers and fingerstyle players alike. V-Class bracing offers its trademark blend of power and resonance, emphasizing this guitar’s robust midrange while producing a more in-tune, musical sound. In keeping with the Builder’s Edition philosophy, this 324ce features an array of enhancements designed to provide the ultimate playing experience, including chamfered body and fretboard edges, a beveled armrest, and cutaway, and a Curve Wing bridge. Other appointments include Compass inlays in faux pearl and Italian acrylic, Gotoh 510 tuners with a super-precise 21:1 gear ratio, a Silent Satin finish with a dark edgeburst treatment for an ultra-clean, noise-free sound, and ES2 electronics. It ships in a deluxe Taylor hardshell case.
Taylor Guitars has been around since 1974 and Bob Taylor has been there every step of the way. Taylor Guitars changed the entire Acoustic Guitar industry making them more playable, easier on the fingers, and more and more tuneful. From incorporating modern manufacturing techniques that have allowed for much easier repairs to developing great sounding but easy-to-use electronic systems, Taylor Guitars as always been THE player-driven acoustic guitar manufacturer. The Music Gallery always has a wide selection of Taylor Guitars in stock. From the Academy Series up to the Presentation Series we try to have something from every level of the product line on hand. Ours are professionally inspected and set up so you know they are all playing great! Stop by the shop and experience Taylor Guitars at The Music Gallery!