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Taylor DN4 Ovangkol/Spruce Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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The Taylor DN4 Acoustic Guitar was crafted with classic dreadnought design in mind. This Taylor guitar combines back and sides of beautiful ovangkol, which many find reminiscent of rosewood. A Sitka s... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Taylor DN4 Acoustic Guitar was crafted with classic dreadnought design in mind. This Taylor guitar combines back and sides of beautiful ovangkol, which many find reminiscent of rosewood. A Sitka spruce top gives the DN4 guitar the punch to create a rich tonal tapestry. The Taylor DN4 has a booming bass and articulate mid tones that dare you to dig in and challenge your flatpicking prowess. Appointments include a bound ebony neck, chrome plated tuners, and an Indian rosewood headstock overlay.

The traditional shape and sound have been refined to blend power with a more balanced response

Bob Taylor launched his career crafting Dreadnoughts, working with shapes he inherited from Sam Radding, the owner of the American Dream guitar shop, where he and Taylor co-founder Kurt Listug got their start.

The legacy of this shape carried a powerful, traditional sound that Bob gradually reworked into a refined Taylor tone and more smoothly contoured look. The rosewood/spruce 810 became a Taylor stalwart and was for many years Bob's preferred model, favored for its robust tone and understated, workmanlike aesthetic.

In 2003 the Dread underwent a major revoicing to give it a more competitive identity among old school flatpickers. A cannon, it boasted 50 percent more volume (which also meant more dynamic range), yielded an appreciably stronger bass response, and let out a hearty growl when pickers dug in, all without upsetting Taylor's sonic balance. As Bob put it during the revoicing process: "I want to be able to play a Dreadnought on the bass strings and then on these middle D and G strings and have it sound like the same guitar."

Bob later applied some of his ideas to the 710ce-L9 limited in 2005, and it proved to be a winner. Like the short-scale GC, the slinkier feel allowed players to lighten up on their attack and play up the neck. It gave the Dreadnought more versatility than it had ever seen. The Taylor Dreadnought delivers a vintage sound for the 21st Century.

Play a Dreadnought if: You're a flatpicker or strummer looking for a potent, traditional sound.


  • Body Style: 6-String dreadnought
  • Back & Sides: Ovankol
  • Top: Sitka spruce
  • Rosette: Plastic
  • Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony with Binding
  • Fretboard Inlay: Small Pearl Dots
  • Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Binding: Cream Plastic
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Nut and Saddle: Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Chrome Plated Taylor Tuners
  • Strings: Elixir Medium Gauge Strings with Nanoweb Coating
  • Scale Length: 25 1/2"
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Neck Width at Nut: 1-3/4"
  • No. of frets: 20
  • Fretboard Radius: 15"
  • Bracing: Standard II (Forward Shifted Pattern W/Relief Rout)
  • Finish: Satin with Gloss Top
  • Cutaway: None
  • Electronics: None
  • Body Width: 15"
  • Body Depth: 4-5/8"
  • Body Length: 20"
  • Overall Length: 41"
  • Case: Taylor Hardshell
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TaylorDN4 Ovangkol/Spruce Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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Amazing deal

By Sam

from Long Beach, Ca

Comments about Taylor DN4 Ovangkol/Spruce Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

This guitar is beautiful, to the sound, look, and feel. Even the smell. It plays easily, and is loud! I play soft stuff and some harder strumming, and it handles both amazingly. The ovangkol is really a cool wood. You get the feel of rosewood, for a great deal. I highly recommend.

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Amazing tone and a Canon!

By Keith Barrette

from Pembroke Pines, FL

Comments about Taylor DN4 Ovangkol/Spruce Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I recently traded in a couple of my guitars (Martin DC1E and Dean Exotica) and purchased a slightly used DN4 from GC. The first thing that struck me was the tone and the volume. The tone is amazingly smooth and balanced. The volume is like a canon going off. Plenty of low end, and all the mid range and high end that Taylor is known for. Easy to play and can compete with and beat out others, Martins, Gibsons, at much higher price points. Amazing guitar.

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DN4 taylor acoustic guitar

By jake moyer

from IL

Comments about Taylor DN4 Ovangkol/Spruce Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I purchased my DN4 taylor acoustic a month ago through mail order which i wasn't to thrilled about doing. you always want to play an instrument b4 you buy it. i went out on a limb and order a brand new one. i play bluegrass music and i'm a flatpicker. that being said i've always been told that Martin and Gibson would be the best for the music i play. i've played Gibson's which i didn't care for and i've played Martin's that i liked. i've play a D-28 Martin that i really thought sounded good but like alot of folks didn't have that kind of cash. people say that taylor are not really a flatpicking type of guitar but i don't put alot of thought into what people say because it's just there opinoin. although there are different types of taylor's for different types of playing. i chose the DN4 for flatpicking and i'm very happy with it. it was easy to play and sounds great. i like a deep bass sound for bluegrass picking and it was a bit brighter sounding that i'd hope for but all in all i'm not disappointed. i took off the elixer strings that came on it and put on D'Addario phosphor bronze "bluegrass" strings on it and it took some of the brightness out of it. also i but on a pickguard on it and it seemed to get a little more bass, although i think it killed the volume a bit but not much. i think it sounds perfect now. i played at a bluegrass show saturday night and i had my Taylor and there was a guy that had a Martin D-15, i put it up against the Martin and i think the taylor smoked it. i played his and it diden't play or sound near as good as the Taylor. i do not regret getting this guitar and i believe i'll have it for years to come. on the taylor site they say they sound better with time as well. it came with a Taylor case the is really durable. i didn't get the ES system in it cause i play bluegrass and i didnt want holes drilled in my new guitar. i never plug in anyways so no worries. it looks sharp, well put together, balanced tone, perfect intonation, ovangkol wood looks cool, play like a dream. i will have it for years and never will trade it. if i ever decide to upgrade to rosewood i will still keep this one. i highly recomend this guitar, the price is a steal i think. plays like a $3,000 guitar.

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