Taylor™s all-mahogany 500 Series 520 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar pairs a traditional acoustic body style with a classic tonewood, resulting in an extra punchy midrange (especially the upper mids) that... Click To Read More About This Product
Taylor™s all-mahogany 500 Series 520 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar pairs a traditional acoustic body style with a classic tonewood, resulting in an extra punchy midrange (especially the upper mids) that will respond well to assertive strummers and pickers. A black pickguard, grained ivoroid binding and rosette, and a neo-vintage Century fretboard inlay add old-school aesthetic appeal.
Taylor™s refined take on the classic Dreadnought shape produces a robust voice with low-end power, a snappy midrange, and strong, clear treble notes, retaining the essence of the balanced Taylor sound. The guitar will appeal to flatpickers and lovers of traditional guitar shapes and tones.
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'e 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.