The pairing of Taylor's bold-voiced Grand Symphony body shape with an all-koa wood configuration adds up to blend of tonal depth, focus, and upper-end treble zing thanks in part to the hardwood koa to... Click To Read More About This Product
The pairing of Taylor's bold-voiced Grand Symphony body shape with an all-koa wood configuration adds up to blend of tonal depth, focus, and upper-end treble zing thanks in part to the hardwood koa top. Lively strummers will love the punchy quality, which translates into a dynamic amplified voice with Taylors Expression System 2 electronics. Appointments include a satin-finish body, a pickguard-free top to showcase the koa soundboard, and standard 300 Series appointments, featuring black binding, 4mm mother-of-pearl dots, and a 3-ring rosette. The guitar ships in a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.
A tropical hardwood, koa's tone blends the midrange of mahogany with the top end of maple. Due to its density, a new koa guitar tends to start out sounding a little bright and tight, somewhat like maple. But the more a koa guitar is played, the more the sound opens up, expanding the midrange and rewarding the player with a richer, sweeter, more resonant tone. A common mistake is when a bright player buys a koa guitar in part for its visual beauty, finds it to be too bright, and doesn't play it enough to allow the wood to warm up.
The Grand Symphony shape joined the line in 2006 and delivers a rich, powerful acoustic voice. Think of it as a Grand Auditorium with a turbo boost, thanks to expanded physical dimensions, including a slightly wider waist and a bigger lower bout. Strummers and pickers with a driving attack will love the fullness, volume and sustain. Yet for such a robust voice, the GS is also clear and responsive to fast picking runs or a light fingerstyle touch, so if youre a dynamic player, this shape is a true contender. And the big voice doesnt come at the expense of balance. The piano-like bass, meaty midrange, and thick, shimmering highs blend seamlessly. These traits also make the GS a great vehicle for 12-strings. If you like a lush, potent guitar tone that has the horsepower to compete with other acoustic cannons out there, the GS shape is a worthy choice.
Expression 2 Electronics
The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylors ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylors proprietary 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 Taylors custom-designed œprofessional 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.