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      Taylor DN5-L Mahogany/Spruce Dreadnought Left-Handed Acoustic Guitar (H80156)
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A robust and articulate guitar made of Tropical mahogany and Englemann spruce.

The heralded Dreadnought is the most traditional of all acoustics. By definition, it’s a battleship of a guitar, and the models in Taylor's non-cutaway DN Series pay tribute to that legacy — while also refining that potent sound. The 2012 DN5-L Mahogany/Spruce Dreadnought Left-Handed Acoustic Guitar's robust bass and articulate mids dare you to dig in and challenge your flatpicking prowess. If you’re a mahogany-loving picker, you’ll want to take this DN5 for a spin.

Dreadnought (DN)
Body Width: 16" / Body Depth: 4 5/8" / Body Length: 20"
The potent tone flatpickers and strummers love.

The most traditional of guitar shapes, Bob Taylor has evolved the Taylor Dreadnought over time to honor its enduring sonic heritage yet also refine the look and sound into a more modern package. The Taylor Dreadnought still boasts that powerful dreadnought tone that old school pickers expect, with deep lows and crisp highs, but with a voice that, like every Taylor, is more evenly balanced across the entire tonal spectrum. Perhaps more than any other shape, the Dreadnought remains linked with roots music like bluegrass and folk, in part because of its traditional role in defining those sounds. Pickers and strummers with an aggressive attack will love our Dreadnought’s blend of power and articulation, which allows for clear lead lines and crisp, driving rhythms.

Tropical Mahogany
Origin: Central and South America

Mahogany is a good wood to anchor a discussion of tones, as a lot of other wood tones can be described in relation to it. Its essential sonic profile is well represented in the midrange frequencies. Acoustic guitars in general tend to live in the midrange portion of the sound spectrum, but mahogany in particular displays a lot of midrange character. That thick, present midrange sound is sometimes described in guitar circles as meaty, organic or even “chewy” — wherever a player digs in on the fretboard, they’re tapping into the core of the harmonic content of what a guitar produces. Those great midrange frequencies produce overtones that stack up and produce bloom, giving the sound extra girth. When one hears the resulting harmonics, the “chewy” tone serves up a big mouthful of midrange. As a popular tonewood for many decades, mahogany has been used on scads of old school acoustic recordings, and that sonic heritage carries across various strains of roots music, from blues to folk to slack key.

Goes well with: A broad range of players and musical styles; people who like a well-balanced tone, nice dynamic range and a healthy serving of overtones. Blues and other rootsy players tend to respond well to mahogany’s midrange character. A smaller body mahogany guitar (GC or GA) might appeal to fingerstyle players, whereas more aggressive flatpickers might opt for a mahogany Dreadnought or GS. For versatility, a mahogany GA is a good bet. Because of mahogany’s midrange, a player with “dark hands” will tend to sound darker on a mahogany guitar. A bright player will sound slightly less bright.

Taylor DN5-L Mahogany/Spruce Dreadnought Left-Handed Acoustic Guitar Features:

  • Shape: Left-Handed Dreadnought
    Back/Side Wood: Tropical Mahogany
    Top Wood: Engelmann Spruce
    Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
    Electronics: None
    Bracing: Forward Shifted Pattern with Relief Rout
    Binding: Ivoroid
    Fretboard Wood: Ebony
    Fretboard Inlay: 4mm Abalone Dots
    Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
    Bridge Inlay: None
    Bridge Pins: Ebony with Abalone Dots
    Nut & Saddle: Tusq
    Tuners: Taylor Gold
    Truss Rod Cover: Indian Rosewood
    Back/Side Finish: Gloss
    Top Finish: Gloss
    Neck Finish: Satin
    Cutaway: None
    Pickguard: None
    Taylor hardshell case




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