The Taylor GA4 Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar has traditional styling that creates an elegant, understated look. Exotic Ovangkol is paired with a Sitka spruce top for a beautiful meeting of tone and... Read More
The Taylor GA4 Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar has traditional styling that creates an elegant, understated look. Exotic Ovangkol is paired with a Sitka spruce top for a beautiful meeting of tone and looks. The GA4's appointments include a bound neck, chrome-plated tuners, and an Indian rosewood headstock overlay.
When people talk about "the Taylor sound," knowingly or not they're probably describing the Grand Auditorium. Introduced in 1994 as a limited edition to commemorate Taylor's 20th Anniversary, the GA would go on to establish itself as a definitive Bob Taylor original.
Tonally, the guitar embodied the signature qualities of balance, clarity, and versatility that became hallmark Taylor traits. Visually, the shape gave the world an equally balanced and refined aesthetic of smooth curves. In both respects, the GA was at once big enough and small enough to cover a lot of ground.
The goal, he says, was simply to make a guitar that was big like a dreadnought, but without a dreadnought's traditionally boomy sound. "I was looking for a good, clear tone that had volume when you played fingerstyle, but then when you strummed didn't have too much bass."
The GA has the width and depth of a Dreadnought, but its tapered waist and contours give it the appearance of a smaller instrument, making it comfortable to play. The tonal balance means it's full in the lower register, present in the midrange, and sparkling on the treble strings.
The GA's tonal balance has made it a favorite among artists AND engineers. "You put a mic in front of the guitar and set everything to zero, you turn on the tape, and you play," Bob continues. "We had a lot of studio owners and engineers buy those guitars just to put in the studio, because when things started going bad with players' guitars during a session, the engineer would say, 'We can get this job done today if you just play this guitar.' So that was sort of what we had in mind with that. And a lot of it was the shape. We made a few bracing changes, but we depended on the shape to change that tone."
Play a GA if: You want the Swiss Army Knife of acoustics, capable of handling everything from fingerpicking to medium strumming to moderate flatpicking.
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I've had my GA4 for two years now, and have let many friends try it out as well. Everyone loves it!! It is very good for picking and for strumming without a pick. Strumming with pick sounds higher than a dreadnought which scared me at first but now I really enjoy it. This guitar is so smooth and easy to play and holds its shape no matter what the environment(I travel all over the world). It is a wonderful guitar, especially for its price compared to others. I'm thrilled with my Taylor and play more than ever.
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