The 517’s rosewood sibling shares the same player-friendly refinements and serves up a heaping earful of tonal power, warmth and complexity.
Taylor's V-Class bracing is a game-changing internal voicing framework—a new sonic engine—that improves the way the guitar top responds to the vibrating strings, producing more volume and sustain. V-Class also improves the guitar’s intonation, creating more harmonic agreement between notes all along the fretboard. The result is unmatched tonal clarity, power and uniformity.
Guided by the idea that the better a guitar feels, the better we tend to play (and sound), our Builder’s Edition guitars boast premium, player-friendly details that provide a naturally smooth feel. Ergonomic features offered with different models include chamfered body edges, a carved armrest, a beveled cutaway, a compound carve neck profile, and more. The comfortable contouring will bring out the best in your playing.
Part of Taylor’s inaugural class of Grand Pacific guitars, the Builder’s Edition 717e builds on a long tradition of rosewood/spruce dreadnoughts but breaks new ground with an entirely new Taylor sound. The round-shoulder dreadnought shape, featuring Taylor’s award-winning V-Class bracing, produces warm, seasoned acoustic tone in which individual notes overlap and blend smoothly together, while the low-end power common among dreadnoughts boasts greater clarity here. V-Class brings extra punch and sustain, along with improved intonation and musicality across the entire frequency spectrum. Together with rosewood’s harmonic complexity and the played-in sound of the torrefied spruce top, players can expect rich, luxurious tonal character from top to bottom. It’s a voice comfortably rooted in a traditional sound, yet updated to offer more expressive musical range. As a Builder’s Edition model, the 717e also sports an array of premium, player-friendly features: chamfered body edges, rolled fretboard edges, and a new compound-carve neck profile, whose contours match the natural adjustments in the player’s hand position when moving up and down the fretboard. Even the bridge design was refined to add a more ergonomic feel for the player’s pick hand. Taylor’s noise-reducing Silent Satin finish displays the muted sheen of an older guitar, while elegantly understated appointments include mother-of-pearl Arrowhead fretboard and peghead inlays, with sapele binding. This edition also features our stage-ready ES2 electronics.