A rich-grained tropical mahogany top paired with blackwood back and sides give the cutaway Grand Auditorium 366ce body plenty of tonal and visual appeal. This 12-string has a dynamic, all-around sound with deeper bass and thicker trebles with extra vole and low-end sustain, all of which sits well in a mix with other instruments. Solid appointments include black plastic binding along the body, fretboard and heel cap, plastic B/W/B/W/W/B purling, 3-ring rosette, Italian acrylic inlays and a tusq nut with micarta saddle. The guitar incorporates a Venetian cutaway and comes equipped with Expression System 2 electronics for a dynamic amplified acoustic sound.
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 you’re a dynamic player, this shape is a true contender. And the big voice doesn’t come at the expense of balance. The piano-like bass, meaty midrange, and thick, shimmering highs blend seamlessly. 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.
Harder, denser woods like mahogany and koa that are used on the back and sides of a guitar are sometimes used as tops. Their stiffness initially translates into a bright tone and tends to need more play-in time to open up, but the more a mahogany-top guitar is played, the more it develops overtones that contribute to a fuller, richer sound. A mahogany-top guitar might appeal to rootsy players who like a little extra punchiness in their tone.
Tasmanian blackwood is an acacia wood species that is sometimes compared to Hawaiian koa, another acacia species. Its tonal range is similar to both koa and mahogany, featuring a strong midrange focus that is dry, clear and warm, with a splash of top-end shimmer and richness comparable to Indian rosewood. The overall volume and projection are strong. Blackwood also is sourced from forests that are responsibly managed, making it a sustainable wood for guitar making.
Expression System 2
The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s patented 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 Taylor’s custom-designed “professional 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.
- Body type:Grand Symphony
- Top wood:TropicalMahogany
- Back & sides:Blackwood
- Bracing pattern:Standard III with relief rout
- Body finish:Satin
- Orientation:Right handed
- Neck shape:Info not available
- Nut width:1.69 in. (43 mm)
- Neck wood:Tropical Mahogany
- Scale length:25.5 in.
- Number of frets:20
- Neck finish:Satin
- Configuration:Behind-the-saddle piezo
- Preamp EQ:1-band
- Feedback filter:No
- Headstock overlay:Indian Rosewood
- Tuning machines:Taylor Nickel
- Saddle & nut:Micarta/Tusq
- Number of strings:12-string
- Special features:Tonewoods
- Case:Hardshell Case