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Taylor Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Taylor's burly all-mahogany Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar is a dynamic powerhouse that responds well to lively strumming. A brawny bass and potent mids support a rich depth of tone, while c... Click To Read More About This Product

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Taylor's burly all-mahogany Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar is a dynamic powerhouse that responds well to lively strumming. A brawny bass and potent mids support a rich depth of tone, while clear treble notes add to the full-spectrum sound. Appointments include a black pickguard, ivoroid binding and rosette, and a Century fretboard inlay. This model comes equipped with stage-ready Expression System acoustic electronics.

Grand Orchestra (GO)
Body Length: 20-5/8" / Body Width: 16-3/4" / Body Depth: 5"
The GO shape features a slightly bigger footprint and a deeper body, which helps produce a potent low-end response. Under the hood, a new bracing scheme optimizes the movement of the soundboard to produce louder, more complex tone with incredible sustain. What separates the Grand Orchestra from other big-bodied guitars is how balanced the tone is from top to bottom, especially given its brawny bass. And unlike other big-body guitars that require an aggressive attack to get the top moving, the GO is responsive to a light touch, rewarding players who have a dynamic playing style. If you crave a guitar sound that™s brimming with power and rich detail, the Grand Orchestra won™t disappoint. From big cowboy chords to lush fingerstyle arrangements, the Grand Orchestra might be the most expressive and versatile big guitar you ever play.

Tropical Mahogany
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 œchewy ” 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 œchewy 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.

Expression System
People love the clear, full acoustic tone of their Taylors. Why should it be any different when they plug in? That™s why Taylor spent several years developing their own onboard acoustic pickup and preamp. Taylor™s groundbreaking Expression System (ES) was designed to naturally amplify the warm acoustic sound of your guitar.

The ES is an all-magnetic acoustic guitar pickup system that works like a microphone to produce a pure signal and a warm, natural acoustic sound. When you plug in, you'll hear the sound of your guitar, not the sound of the pickup. No complicated controls. No tone simulators. Just a clean amplified acoustic guitar sound supported by three simple controls ” volume, bass and treble.

Breakthrough Technology
Years of research brought Taylor to a simple realization: Nothing sounds as true and musical as a microphone. With that as a starting point, Taylor™s David Hosler led the team responsible for the Expression System's breakthrough technology. Utilizing a unique Dynamic Body Sensor mounted to the soundboard, a Dynamic String Sensor embedded beneath the fretboard, and a discrete preamp, the advanced ES technology is unlike any other guitar pickup system.

Integrated Design
The ES was designed in-house, alongside their acoustic guitars, which allowed Taylor to build the ES seamlessly into the design of the guitar, for an integrated pickup system unlike any other. From the design and location of the body and string sensors to the voicing of the preamp, the ES is fully optimized for the Taylor sound. The elegant design, including the non-intrusive control knobs, also preserves the aesthetic of a Taylor guitar.


  • Model 528e
  • Grand Orchestra body shape
  • Tropical mahogany body and top
  • Tropical mahogany neck
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Century fingerboard inlays
  • Taylor Expression System electronics
  • Includes hardshell case
  • Shape: Grand Orchestra
  • Number of Strings: 6
  • Back/Side Wood: Tropical Mahogany
  • Scale length: 25-1/2"
  • Top Wood: Tropical Mahogany
  • Body Length: 20-5/8"
  • Electronics: ES
  • Body Width: 16-3/4"
  • Cutaway: None
  • Body Depth: 5"
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq
  • Neck Width: 1-3/4"
  • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
  • Bracing: Grand Orchestra Bracing
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony
  • Fretboard Inlay: Century
  • Headstock Overlay: Ebony
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Bridge Inlay: None
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony
  • Tuners: Taylor Chrome
  • Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
  • Back/Side Finish: Gloss
  • Top Finish: Gloss
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Pickguard: Black
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Armrest Binding: None
  • Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
  • Backstrap Wood: None
  • Backstrap Finish: None
  • Brand of Strings: Elixir Medium
  • Buttons: Chrome
  • Edge Trim: None
  • Filler (Body): Brown
  • Filler (Neck): Brown
  • Fingerboard Ext: None
  • Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid
  • Heel Cap Binding: Ivoroid
  • Heel length: 3-7/8
  • Peghead Finish: Satin
  • Peghead Inlay: None
  • Peghead Binding: Ivoroid
  • Peghead Logo: Ivoroid
  • Peghead Type: Standard
  • Rosette Mat.: Ivoroid
  • Rosette Size: Single Ring
  • Stain/Sunburst: Medium Brown Stain
  • Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
  • Wedge: None
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By andrew hundley

from Tallahassee Florida

Comments about Taylor Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have been looking for this guitar since 1975, they don't know it at Taylor, but they made this guitar for me!! Each time I saw a photo of the Taylor 528e I felt as if it was calling to me and when I first saw it I couldn't stop looking at it. This guitar is Beautiful!! When finger picking it doesn't seem to project as well as some of the other Taylors maybe that's due to the natural compression of the mahogany top. When you start strumming that's where she comes to life. I haven't had this long enough to break it in. I love the way it looks, I love the way it feels, I love the way it plays and I love the way it sounds. This guitar was made for me!!

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Nothing can touch it!

By Donny Lovette

from La Mesa Ca

Comments about Taylor Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I am talking about the new Taylor Grand Orchestra 528e I just purchased! I had ordered this guitar about the 20th of November. It was on back order (now i understand why). I have always been searching for that perfect sounding guitar...and I am quite particular...I have been playing guitar since I was about 12 years old, although not professionally. And have previously own 3 other Taylors, Martin etc. Since the store did not have a Grand Orchestra in stock, the next best thing I could play was a Grand Symphony 526e that the store got in the day I ordered the 528. This guitar was awesome in looks and sound...and I almost bought it...mostly because I didn't want to wait on the GO...But I didn't...I forced myself to have some patience...I felt that if this GS sounded so great...then the GO would be better (Im looking for quality sound here in all ranges with great projection). So I went ahead and ordered the 528e without having played one...and I just new it would be fantastic...The evidence was there! David Zimmerman is my sales person. he has sold me several guitars in the last couple of well as lots of used gear including trading used gear for new gear. David knows acoustic guitars...He knows the different wood tones and all other info I have ever needed to know on the subject(he told me once that he owns over 30 guitars).He is also a very nice guy! And although it took over 3 weeks to get the guitar it was well worth the wait! Just as I had counted on this guitar is the most beautiful sounding guitar I have ever heard in my life! And I am 60 years old. Please..I invite you to try one and see if you don't agree with me! Tonal perfection and huge volume...and..this guitar is beautiful! Thank you David and Guitar Center...Love you guys

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