A solid Western red cedar top on the Taylor GS5 Grand Symphony acoustic guitar produces a uniquely warm and complete tone that's perfect for fingerstyle and vocal accompaniment. The tropical American ... Read More
A solid Western red cedar top on the Taylor GS5 Grand Symphony acoustic guitar produces a uniquely warm and complete tone that's perfect for fingerstyle and vocal accompaniment. The tropical American mahogany back and sides add projection without brittleness while ivoroid body and fretboard binding provide visual pizzazz. Abalone on the rosette and fretboard microdots is truly sublime. Ebony bridge and rosewood headcap.
Bob Taylor personally designed the Grand Symphony guitar body style for a unique sound. A higher, wider waist and a rounder lower bout result in distinctive tone with deep piano-like bass, rich mids, and clear, balanced highs--all with plenty of volume.
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I just received this guitar from guitar center. Here is my ranking: Sound: What I have always admired about Taylors is the clarity and projection in their treble and mid-range. Bob Taylor specifically designed the GS series to add a more defined bass, which added to the signature Taylor highs and mids should make a perfectly balanced guitar. Or so I thought. Here is the strange thing though - the GS5 doesn't really sound like a Taylor! The bass is very powerful and loud, but what happened to the sparkling highs? They are nonexistent! I feel like I purchased a Martin with a comfortable Taylor neck. 8 out of 10 Playability: Yes, it has the Taylor playability. 10/10 Looks: While I was underwhelmed by the sound of the GS5, I really admire it's beautiful cedar top with straight, detailed grain. The hog back and sides are so-so, the red staining makes them look like a laminate. 8/10
This is an unusual review in that I sold my GS5 several months ago and I now have sellers remorse. I have tried several other Taylors, but I am simply going to have to get another GS5. I grade a guitar mostly on sound and most Taylor guitars have a bright and thin sound in the trebles that sound great when strumming chords. However, when I play them fingerstyle the trebles just don't have that rich tone I love so much. The GS5 that I had had this, and I should have kept it. Dumb guy! Since I have been playing a Martin OMC Aura for the last several months I have to say that if I had to chose between the Martin and a Taylor GS5 I would be hard pressed. There is a difference in the way both of them sound but they both sound harmonically rich and full and not thin or excessively bright. I will keep them both. So, now the search begins at the Guitar Center for a new GS5 where I buy all of my guitars now. They are the best!
I purchased the Taylor GS5 from the Guitar Center about a year ago. First let me say that the Guitar Center provides a wonderful purchase experience and gives the priority to your complete satisfaction through their 30 day return policy. I have owned many top of the line classical and acoustical guitars over many years of playing and lately have played and or owned Larivees, Martins, Taylors, Washburns and several other brands. It is difficult to evaluate any guitar without living with it for awhile. I have owned several Taylors and found them to be just a little bright for my taste. After playing the GS5 in the store, I was taken by the openess and dare I say mellowness with a strong and well defined mid range and treble. It responds to light or heavy strumming as well as light fingerstyle. A quality missing in most guitars I have played. The bass is deep and well balanced. It can be very loud while never sounding muddy. I also have a Martin OMC Aura that I like, and while they have subtle differences in sound, I have to admit the Taylor would be the one I would keep if I had to get rid of one of them. This would be a hard choice I must admit. I have the ES system, and I can only agree with other reviewers that it is excellent. Since I have played and owned so many other Taylors, I am amazed that this guitar sounds so different. Since many fine classical instrument have cedar tops, I always wanted to try an acoustic with one. And this is it for me. Our worship leader at church also, I discover this week, has a GS5 , so I can listen to it plugged in all the time. It really sounds very special. Taylor makes a lot of great guitars, and is a first class company if you ever need service. They are always helpful on the phone and eager to please you. I might close in praising the neck and playing ease of this guitar. It is perfect in every way. Taylor has a real winner in the GS5