A distinctive steel-string guitar with Cocobolo body wood and a Sitka spruce top.
One of the heaviest, densest rosewoods around, Mexican cocobolo yields a bright, articulate voice. For the Taylor LTD Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar, cocobolo was also incorporated visually into the inlays on the front of the guitars. A band of cocobolo trim traces the top, while the rosette motif features cocobolo as an S-curve that contrasts with buttery boxwood, a slow-growing wood with a density comparable to ebony. Boxwood was also used for a new Split Diamond fretboard inlay, which visually references the rosette's S-curve. Other wood-rich appointments include a cocobolo backstrap and figured maple binding. Tonally, cocobolo's density translates into a beautifully clear, bell-like tone, with a piano-like quality to the low notes.