Mahogany's focused midrange is elevated to new heights with a mahogany top, especially in the form of Taylor's Grand Auditorium body style, known for its superb tonal balance. The tone of this GA is m... Read More
Mahogany's focused midrange is elevated to new heights with a mahogany top, especially in the form of Taylor's Grand Auditorium body style, known for its superb tonal balance. The tone of this GA is meaty yet clear, and translates into a great amplified sound with Taylor's Expression System 2 electronics. Appointments include a black pickguard, ivoroid binding and rosette, and a Century fretboard inlay. Ships in a deluxe hard shell case made by Taylor for optimal fit and protection.
A Taylor original, the Grand Auditorium helped establish the Taylor acoustic sound. The popular body style makes for a versatile guitar that yields ample volume in response to light fingerpicking, and reacts to medium strumming and flatpicking with a clear, balanced sound across the tonal spectrum. If you want a great all-purpose guitar, the GA is an excellent choice.
Tone Wood Pairing
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. Tropical mahogany is known for a meaty midrange featuring a strong fundamental without adding a lot of ringing overtones. It responds well to players with a strong attack who like dry, earthy, lo-fi sounds. It has a natural compression that smooths out strumming and picking technique. Mahogany's clear and direct tonal character makes it a great option for playing and standing out among other instruments.
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. 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. The Taylor Expression System 2 operates through a proprietary 9-volt battery compartment and easy-to-use volume, bass and treble controls.
Building remarkable 12-strings is part of Taylor's heritage. Their ease-of-play, their neck stability, their intonation and their overall tone has made them the most popular 12-strings on the market. Taylor's slim neck profile and New Technology ("NT") neck system allow precise and low action, resulting in the most comfortable "handfeel" possible in a 12-string guitar.
What sets Taylor Guitars apart? Unmatched build quality, the most stable and playable necks, a vast array of tonal options, eco-conscious and ethically-sourced raw materials, and a lifetime of service and support.
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Comments about Taylor 500 Series 524ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
I am far from being new to the world of Taylors, or Martins, or Gibsons, for that matter. I have had this 524 for just over a week and I can easily say this is at the very top of the list of Taylors I have owned. What you can say about this Taylor you can say about all Taylors: the set up is terrific, the fit and finish is excellent and the guitar just vibrates quality when you strum it. But the coolest part? The mahogany top. This guitar sounds like it's ten years old already. I play mostly fingerstyle/blues/slide,and this guitar was made for that kind of playing. (Slide on a Taylor? You betcha'. Smooth as silk.) I only have two comments that might be seen as negative: the guitar comes shipped with Elixer strings, with a heavier top end that has supposedly been tested by Taylor to give the guitar better sound overall. I'm not a big Elixer fan, and if you are, more the better, but the heavier gauge strings inhibit my blues bending just enough to make a difference, so I changed them out for a set of John Pearse Nickel strings. The difference was amazing. This also has the Expression 2 system, which is VERY hot-every squeak and slide is very evident when you are playing through an amp. The nickel strings helped a great deal with that, but it is something to be aware of. Those two things aside, the guitar is excellent and a real pleasure to play. Its response to open tunings and slide playing is equal to any guitar I have ever played. Good luck with yours!