Taylor has been crafting baritone guitars for about eight years now, almost exclusively featuring a Grand Symphony body. The only baritone dreadnought offered (outside its Custom program) was a limited run in the spring of 2014, featuring sapele back and sides and a mahogany top. It was loaded with husky-voiced baritone character, and the natural compression of the hardwood mahogany top helped spread the sonic warmth and woodiness evenly across the tonal spectrum. But Taylor has never made a spruce-top baritone dreadnought — until now. This 400 Series Limited Edition 410e-Baritone-6 pairs African ovangkol with Engelmann spruce. Master Guitar Designer Andy Powers enjoyed working with the woods and the dreadnought form to forge a baritone with no shortage of personality, as he explains. “Ovangkol is similar to rosewood in its tonal characteristics, with a little more control and midrange balance, which fits the baritone’s personality,” he says. “Paired with a spruce top, the guitar has a powerful attack, and a complex voicing. Formed as a dreadnought body, which tends to emphasize a strong lower midrange presence, this recipe serves up one of the most powerful baritone guitars that we’ve made. It’s got a lot of gusto.” To match the guitar’s deeper, rumbling sonic register (it’s tuned B to B), Andy chose a dusky, neo-vintage aesthetic treatment featuring a tobacco sunburst top with color-matched tobacco shading on the ovangkol back and sides. A gloss finish heightens the rich appearance of the deep brown color, reflecting subtle hints of ovangkol’s variegation to add visual depth. The mahogany neck also received the tobacco color treatment to match the back, with a satin finish for a smooth handfeel. White binding accents the dreadnought’s contours and adds a crisp counterpoint against the tobacco shading.
The dreadnought is one of the most traditional acoustic guitar shapes. Taylor's version has been refined to blend its trademark robust low-end tone with a snappy midrange and brilliant treble notes, producing a pleasing balance of power and articulation. If you're a flatpicker or strummer who likes to dig in on lead or rhythm, the dreadnought should serve you well.
A guitar's top is the primary filter and distributor of vibrating string energy through the guitar, which means it has a huge impact on its sound. Sitka spruce is the most prevalent guitar top wood of the modern era. It blends stiffness and elasticity in just the right proportions which translates into broad dynamic range with crisp articulation. Solid ovangkol back and sides complement the top with a sound that's comparable to rosewood. Ovangkol is an African relative of rosewood that shares a wide tonal spectrum from lows to highs, but with a slightly fuller midrange and a bright treble that resembles koa.
Taylor's 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. Because the pickup doesn't sit under the saddle, the bottom of the saddle comes in full contact with the bridge, allowing all the nuance of the guitar's tone to come through clearly whether playing acousticly or plugged-in. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before while playing plugged-in. 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. The Taylor Expression System 2 operates through a proprietary 9-volt battery compartment and easy-to-use volume, bass and treble controls.
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- Rare dreadnought baritone
Solid ovangkol body with solid Engelmann spruce top
High-quality ES2 electronics