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Taylor Koa Series K26ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar Shaded Edge Burst

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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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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

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. The K26ce 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. 

Includes hardshell case.

Grand Symphony
Compared to the Taylor Grand Auditorium, the Grand Symphony has a bigger, rounder lower bout and slightely wider "waist" area, and the bigger sound board (top) means more tonal output. Expect a meaty lower midrange and strong treble shimmer. A GS is best if you want a guitar with a robust low end, strong volume when strumming or flatpicking, and clear articulation in response to light fingerpicking attack.

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.

Electronics
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 Symphony
  • Cutaway: Single Cutaway
  • 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: Deluxe Hardshell Case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States
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TaylorKoa Series K26ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 3 reviews)

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  • Good feel (3)

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5.0

BUY THIS GUITAR!!!

By emilycoale

from santa clarita

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Taylor Koa Series K26ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is all around beautiful. When played acoustically it is wonderful, when plugged in it is wonderful. I have wanted this guitar for 5 years, after finally getting it it was well worth the wait! You will not be disappointed!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Instrument

    By Tom

    from Kodiak, Alaska

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Taylor Koa Series K26ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I've been pining over a Taylor koa guitar for years. I bought my first (and until recently only) Taylor in 1995 (a 310ce) and love the sound a Taylor can create, even after all these years. Maybe five years ago I played a Taylor Koa in a guitar shop and realized the amazing the sound, feel, and look that Taylor puts out in the Koa series. Finally, as a 40th birthday present for myself, I bought it and had it shipped (yikes!) because we live in Alaska. It arrived in perfect condition. The tone is perfect in every way - deep but not muddy, crisp but not tinny. Yes it's expensive - and I still can't believe I bought it. But playing this instrument is fantastic. Period.

         
        5.0

        Is it a guitar or a work of art, or both?

        By Steve Wanty

        from Topeka, KS

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Taylor Koa Series K26ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            This was a guitar that I had my eye on for about five years. Obviously, the price is a huge barrier to overcome, and it was for me. However, I could not believe the sound of the guitar when playing it in the store, as a new instrument. To know that the tone will get richer over the next few years just feels like icing on a cake. If you can stomach the price, or refinance a mortgage, I would highly recommend this instrument if you love playing acoustic guitar. For me, there are no improvements to the instrument that I could recommend. I guess I just wished my actual ability was a high-enough standard for this guitar.

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