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Taylor K24e Grand Auditorium ES2 Acoustic Electric Guitar Shaded Edgeburst

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Hawaiian koa's captivating beauty is matched by a tone that blossoms over time, especially in the midrange. Its voice is bright and focused, with warm overtones that slowly emerge, adding sweetness an... Read More

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Overview

Hawaiian koa's captivating beauty is matched by a tone that blossoms over time, especially in the midrange. Its voice is bright and focused, with warm overtones that slowly emerge, adding sweetness and depth. Premium all-wood appointments, led by the Island Vine fretboard inlay, celebrate the wood's natural appeal.

Grand Auditorium (GA)
Body Length: 20" / Body Width: 16" / Body Depth: 4 5/8"
Taylor's signature shape embodies the ultimate all-purpose acoustic.

Our most popular and versatile body shape, the mid-size Grand Auditorium arrived in 1994 bearing refined proportions that fell between a Dreadnought and Grand Concert. While the bigger Dreadnought was traditionally considered a flatpicker's guitar and the smaller Grand Concert catered to fingerstylists, the GA was designed to deliver on both fronts. The shape produced an original acoustic voice that was big enough to handle medium-strength picking and strumming, yet with impressive balance across the tonal spectrum, especially in the midrange, producing clear, well-defined notes that suited both strumming and fingerstyle playing. The GA's overall presence tracks well with other instruments both in a studio mix and on stage, and singer-songwriters have embraced its utility both for composing and traveling with one guitar.

Hawaiian Koa
Origin: The Big Island of Hawaii
A tropical hardwood, koa's tone blends the midrange of mahogany with the top end of maple. Due to its density, a new koa guitar tends to start out sounding a little bright and tight, somewhat like maple. But the more a koa guitar is played, the more the sound opens up, expanding the midrange and rewarding the player with a richer, sweeter, more resonant tone. A common mistake is when a bright player buys a koa guitar in part for its visual beauty, finds it to be too bright, and doesn't play it enough to allow the wood to warm up.

Expression System 2
The Taylor Expression System 2 (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 proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup (patent pending), which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. 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.

Behind the ES2 Design: Rethinking the Piezo Pickup
For decades, piezo-electric transducers have been positioned under the saddle of a guitar based on the long-held belief that the string and top vibration cause the saddle to "bounce" up and down. But Taylor's electronics team, led by developer David Hosler, discovered that the vertical movement is actually heavily restricted, and that the saddle gets "locked down" due to the string tension's downward pressure. That's why a traditional under-saddle pickup with piezo-electric crystals often responds with a sound often characterized as thin, brittle, brash or synthetic, especially with more aggressive playing.

The saddle's natural range of movement as the guitar is being played is actually back and forth like a pendulum. That revelation led Taylor's design team to relocate the crystals from under the saddle to behind it. The new positioning enables the crystals to respond more naturally to the guitar's energy as it is transferred through the saddle. Three pickup sensors are installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, with three tiny Allen screws that calibrate the position of the sensors in relation to the saddle.

Like the original Expression System, the ES2 features the same volume and tone control knobs. The preamp is similar but with a slightly different gain structure. As a result it will be about 25 percent hotter, which is more in line with other pickups. This makes it plug-and-play friendly both for artists and live sound mixers.

Features
  • Hawaiian koa body and top
  • Tropical mahogany neck and heel
  • Ebony fingerboard island vine inlays
  • Taylor Expression 2 electronics
  • Includes case
Specifications
  • Shape: Grand Auditorium
  • Back/Side Wood: Hawaiian Koa
  • Scale length: 25-1/2"
  • Top Wood: Hawaiian Koa
  • Body Length: 20"
  • Electronics: Expression System 2
  • Body Width: 16"
  • Cutaway: None
  • Body Depth: 4-5/8"
  • Nut & Saddle: Bone
  • Neck Width: 1-3/4"
  • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
  • Bracing: CV Bracing with Relief Rout
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony
  • Fretboard Inlay: Island Vine
  • Headstock Overlay: Ebony
  • Binding: Indian Rosewood
  • Bridge Inlay: None
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony
  • Tuners: Taylor Gold
  • Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
  • Back/Side Finish: Gloss
  • Top Finish: Gloss
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Pickguard: None
  • 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 Phosphor Bronze HD Light
  • Buttons: Gold
  • Edge Trim: Maple
  • Fingerboard Ext: None
  • Fretboard Binding: Indian Rosewood
  • Heel Cap Binding: Indian Rosewood
  • Heel length: 3-1/2"
  • Peghead Finish: Gloss
  • Peghead Inlay: Island Vine
  • Peghead Binding: Indian Rosewood
  • Peghead Logo: Taylor Maple
  • Peghead Type: Standard
  • Rosette Mat.: Rosewood/Maple/Rosewood
  • Rosette Size: Single Ring
  • Stain/Sunburst: Shaded Edgeburst
  • Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
  • Wedge: None
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