Taylor K24ce Koa Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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Words fail to adequately convey what might be referred to in Hawaiian as the nani ko-kı- (supremely beautiful) appearance of Taylor's Hawaiian koa guitars, especially those featuring an all-koa body. ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Words fail to adequately convey what might be referred to in Hawaiian as the nani ko-kı- (supremely beautiful) appearance of Taylor's Hawaiian koa guitars, especially those featuring an all-koa body. Taylor celebrates that beauty with an all-wood appointment scheme that features their fluid Island Vine fretboard inlay in blackwood and maple, along with rosewood binding and maple top trim. A hand-sprayed shaded edgeburst enhances koa’s rich blend of color, figure and grain structure, adding a tasteful vintage aura. The best part: With time and extended play, a koa guitar’s voice will only grow sweeter and warmer, especially in the midrange.

Grand Auditorium
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. Taylor's K24ce offers players the ultimate all-purpose guitar. Its balance, warmth and articulation are great for fingerstyle, it has enough punch as a strummer to front a band, and the top-end power will fuel lead runs without getting shrill. It's a great choice for a gigging player looking for one guitar that can cover it all.

Tonewood 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. Think of the top as a speaker driver. It's also one reason why the sounboard bracing architecture is important - it helps orchestrate the movement of the top and the voice of the instrument. The back and sides help flavor the overall sound. Koa is a fairly dense tropical hardwood with a strong midrange focus similar to mahogany, with a bit of extra top-end brightness and chime. The more koa is played and has a chance to open up - especially when the back and sides are also solid koa - it promises to grow warmer and sweeter, especially in the midrange.

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. Because the pickup doesn't sit under the saddle, the bottom of the saddle comes in full contact with the bridge, allowing all the nuance of the guitar's tone to come through clearly whether playing acousticly or plugged-in. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before while playing plugged-in. 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, and active bass and treble controls.

Other Features
Maple top trim, blackwood/maple "Island Vine" fingerboard inlay, peghead inlay, single ring rosewood/maple rosette, Indian rosewood binding.

The Taylor Difference
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.

Features Body
  • Body type:Taylor Grand Auditorium
  • Cutaway:No
  • Top wood:Solid Hawaiian Koa
  • Back & sides:Solid Hawaiian Koa
  • Bracing pattern:Taylor Standard III with Relief Rout
  • Body finish:Gloss 6.0 with Shaded Edge Burst (Entire Guitar)
  • Orientation:Right-Handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape:Taylor Standard Profile
  • Nut width:1.75 in. (44.5 mm)
  • Fingerboard:Genuine African Ebony
  • Neck wood:Tropical Mahogany
  • Scale length:25.5 in.
  • Number of frets:20
  • Neck finish:Satin
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp:Yes
  • Brand:Taylor
  • Configuration:Behind-the-Saddle Transducer with Adjustable Sensors
  • Preamp EQ:2-Band
  • Feedback filter: Phase
  • Tuner:No
  • Other
  • Headstock overlay:Genuine African Ebony
  • Tuning machines:Taylor Gold Tuners with Gold Buttons
  • Bridge:Genuine African Ebony
  • Saddle & nut:Bone
  • Number of strings:6
  • Special features:See "Other Features" above
  • Case:Taylor Deluxe Hard Shell Case
  • Accessories:None
  • Country of origin:United States
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TaylorK24ce Koa Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


An absolutely amazing guitar!!!!

By Loves_Expression

from Mammoth Lakes, Ca.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Taylor K24ce Koa Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have been playing guitar for more then 20 years. This by far is the most amazing guitar I have ever owned. Out if the box it looks like a piece of art. When I played it the sound and the action are absolutely amazing. I play on the worship team at my church and when I took it to practice and plugged it in I think I blew every bodies mind. The new Taylor ES pick up system is incredible. The tone is the sweetest thing I've heard in a long time. It's amazing for use live or in the studio. Than you Taylor!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A "must-have" for the serious musician!


from Temecula CA

Comments about Taylor K24ce Koa Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have owned Taylors before and know that they are amazing instruments. When I saw this guitar on their website it was amazing! If this was anywhere near the tone and quality of my Taylor 414ce I was determined to get it. The wood, the tone, the island vine inlay, not too over-the-top or excessive. Still, it was an expensive guitar and I had to play one before parting with the Benjamins (and Grovers). Not all stores had this guitar because it was high-end but I found a GC that had one. I drove out to the location and met with the manager (that I spoke with earlier by phone; great guy, professional). The store was busy so he allowed me to go into his office (away from people playing "Joke on the Water" and "Stairway To Boredom" cranked to "11") to examine and play the guitar. From the first glance it was absolutely beautiful and beyond words. When I played it, it was like absolute magic. After a few songs I was in shock but tried to maintain my composure in front of the manager. (It was like selling a puppy: get it into the consumers' hands and they sell themselves) I then had to once again turn the guitar over to look at the wood grain and craftsmanship. The top was unique, one of a kind, grainy, flamey, ultra-deep clear finish, gorgeous. I had three words for the manager: "Ring me up." Since then not a day goes by that I regret the purchase. It gets daily exercise and is on the wall of my studio with other guitars but I catch myself staring at it often and thinking, "I own the world's most beautiful guitar!"

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Taylor KOA Rocks and Rolls

By Lori Pastore

from Yonkers, NY

Comments about Taylor K24ce Koa Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is built to perfection, it's smooth, your fingers just glide across the strings it is effortless! If you want a beautiful guitar that plays as well as it looks I highly recommend this beauty. I like finger style, blues, rock, and strumming along and this guitar does it all. Plug it in and the Fishman electronics kick in and you can kick it up a notch. Do not think about any other guitar this is it, this is the best out there. I've played Martin, Fender, PRS, etc and this acoustic/electric out does them all. If you can buy it do it and you will be in heaven like I am.

(24 of 25 customers found this review helpful)


Taylor K24CE GA Koa

By Geetarfan032

from Destin, Fl

Verified Buyer


  • Beautiful finish
  • excellent craftsmanship
  • Incredible Electronics
  • Stays in tune
  • Well Balanced Voicing


  • Price
  • Quiet

Best Uses

  • Collectors item
  • Live Acoustic Instrument
  • Quiet Playing

Comments about Taylor K24ce Koa Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is everything it should be, as you are paying for it in the price tag. It impresses the moment its removed from its box (before even opening the case), to the feel of the finish, and the clarity in the first strum of the guitar. The craftsmanship that was used to create the guitar drips from every tuner, fret, inlay, and joining to present a truly remarkable-looking instrument that is just as pleasurable to play. The guitar is literally so beautiful that I was hesitant to play it upon first looking at it. Upon finally mustering up the courage to play it I found that it was a complete joy to play; easily finding and holding its tune and then the smooth feel of the neck and frets underneath the strings don't make you work to find the neck position you want. The clarity of the guitar is its most fantastic aspect. The bass strings do not drown out the high e and b but rather compliment and sing together; as if you were playing two instruments.

The only disappointment that I found within the first week of owning this guitar was the projected sound of it: its a quiet guitar. It is not like larger auditorium style guitars or dreadnaughts, which can be beaten and attacked to create a large sound. This guitar is designed to be played and I have not found any better projection in attacking the guitar vs. simply playing it. Do not mistake the quietness of this guitar with a sound that is not full, or rich, or clear as the guitar presents all of these qualities, but doesn't seem to project them the way a spruce top does. I tried a humidifier to see if I could get any more projection out of it but no real change in the overall tone (which, as far as tones go (and not volume) was already brilliant).

The surprise came when the guitar was plugged into my Fender Blues Deluxe and cranked... The clarity, brilliance, lack of hum, and distinction between the highs and lows was so impressive that I have been playing this guitar over my PRS custom 24 for the passed 3 weeks as both an acoustic and electric. The guitar's wiring around the koa top picks up all of the minor resonant sounds that are hardly heard with the guitar unplugged and expresses them with unexplainable clarity through its expression system. If effects or distortion pedals are to be used you can roll off the expression system and use the bridge pick up (the expression system picks up the vibration of the amp's distortion in the koa top and gives bass feedback) to play heavy through your stomp boxes. The guitar is just easy to play, rewards you with this brilliant acoustic, rich tone, and does not present any of the obstacles that lesser acoustic electrics present in finding the right combination between pick up and microphone in order to avoid feedback or muffled acoustic sound.

In summary, a well built, beautifully crafted, excellent playing instrument that is extremely versatile as a performing guitar, even if it doesn't thump like a Martin Dreadnaught When its plugged in the guitar separates itself so definitively from other acoustic electrics it leaves you wondering why all guitar makers don't use Hawaiian Koa exclusively for their premier acoustic electric offerings; or maybe its the brilliant expression system.

A caveat: I shopped for this guitar and searched for reviews tirelessly for months in wonder at whether or not I was going to get a "rogue" hawaiian koa that was flat sounding. When I first played the guitar I thought that's exactly what I had purchased, as I had never played the guitar before buying it from Musician's Friend. After plugging this guitar in, I realize that it is not made to be played as a floor stomping bluesmaker that you have to struggle to sing over; it's an acoustic electric for a reason and the moment you plug it in you hear all of the sounds you didn't hear unplugged. I purchased with confidence in the Taylor name as a quality instrument maker and was not disappointed. I am completely satisfied with my purchase, but the four star review instead of five is because this review is for those that are considering purchasing this after my purchase, and they should know that the only caveat to this quality instrument is its quiet sound in comparison to spruce top offerings of comparable quality. But spruce tops don't sing plugged in the way this thing does.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Truly a fine instrument.

By Daniel Haught

from Concord, NC

Comments about Taylor K24ce Koa Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

My younger brother got one of these and let me play it and I was really blown away by it. After that I had to have one. The local GC had one in stock and I ended up getting a killer deal on it. This is truly the nicest acoustic guitar I have ever played. It is beautiful to look at and is constructed extremely well. The Koa wood is really a thing of beauty and it definitely sets the guitar apart from the basic spruce or maple top acoustics that fill the walls of the GC acoustic room. I had liked other Taylors that I had played in the past but now I really feel like Taylor has got to be one of the finest modern guitar makers out there when it comes to this type of guitar. After a few weeks of playing I still notice more of the nuances to the sounds coming out of this thing. It really seems to have a resonance to it that I've never heard in any other acoustics. It has a beautiful, almost feedback quality to it when you let certain notes ring. Very musical and different kind of a blossoming effect that is really dependent upon your picking style and attack. It is a very bright sounding guitar especially when compared to the dreadnought or bigger body style guitars from martin or gibson. It suites my taste and playing style but probably isn't appropriate for some types of music. The electronics in this thing are killer. I only had it plugged in once when I was trying it out at GC but it sounded really great through an amp and the eq works really well.

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