Taylor NS74ce Grand Auditorium Cutaway Nylon-String Acoustic“Electric Guitar (2011 Model) Natural

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The Taylor NS74ce Grand Auditorium Nylon-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar boasts increased power, projection, and a haunting bell-like sustain with exceptionally smooth tone. The Taylor NS74ce has a we... Read More

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The Taylor NS74ce Grand Auditorium Nylon-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar boasts increased power, projection, and a haunting bell-like sustain with exceptionally smooth tone. The Taylor NS74ce has a western red cedar top and Indian rosewood back and sides in a grand auditorium body style.

The NS74ce is the premier Taylor take on the classical guitar design, but with a bit of twist. Think of it as classical tone meets Taylor playability, beginning with a slim and fast 1 7/8" neck, and a cutaway body.

Taylor's ES-N piezo system offers high-fidelity amplified tone, unprecedented dynamic range, and extraordinary resistance to feedback and distortion. It enables all of the expressive subtleties of your playing to come through, just the way you intended.

When people talk about "the Taylor sound," knowingly or not they're probably describing the Grand Auditorium. Introduced in 1994 as a limited edition to commemorate Taylor's 20th Anniversary, the GA would go on to establish itself as a definitive Bob Taylor original.

Tonally, the guitar embodied the signature qualities of balance, clarity, and versatility that became hallmark Taylor traits. Visually, the shape gave the world an equally balanced and refined aesthetic of smooth curves. In both respects, the GA was at once big enough and small enough to cover a lot of ground.

The goal, he says, was simply to make a guitar that was big like a dreadnought, but without a dreadnought's traditionally boomy sound. "I was looking for a good, clear tone that had volume when you played fingerstyle, but then when you strummed didn't have too much bass."

The GA has the width and depth of a Dreadnought, but its tapered waist and contours give it the appearance of a smaller instrument, making it comfortable to play. The tonal balance means it's full in the lower register, present in the midrange, and sparkling on the treble strings.

The GA's tonal balance has made it a favorite among artists AND engineers. "You put a mic in front of the guitar and set everything to zero, you turn on the tape, and you play," Bob continues. "We had a lot of studio owners and engineers buy those guitars just to put in the studio, because when things started going bad with players' guitars during a session, the engineer would say, 'We can get this job done today if you just play this guitar.' So that was sort of what we had in mind with that. And a lot of it was the shape. We made a few bracing changes, but we depended on the shape to change that tone."

Play a GA if: You want the Swiss Army Knife of acoustics, capable of handling everything from fingerpicking to medium strumming to moderate flatpicking.

Features
  • Body Style: 6-String Grand Auditorium
  • Back & Sides: Indian Rosewood
  • Top: Western Red Cedar
  • Rosette: Mexican Cypress
  • Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Fretboard Inlay: None
  • Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Binding: Indian rosewood
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Nut and Saddle: Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Ping Classical Gold with Ivoroid Buttons
  • Strings: D'Addario Pro-Art Extra Hard Tension
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2"
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Neck Width at Nut: 1-7/8"
  • No. of frets: 20
  • Fretboard Radius: 15"
  • Bracing: Nylon Series Bracing
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Cutaway: Venetian
  • Electronics: Taylor's ES-N piezo system
  • Body Width: 16"
  • Body Depth: 4-5/8"
  • Body Length: 19-1/2"
  • Overall Length: 41"
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell
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4.9

(based on 27 reviews)

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sounds Great!

By Bev Eilerman

from Sidney, Ohio

Has a remarkable tone! I will never trade or sell this guitar. It's the best acoutic I own!!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awesome

By jacob

from pomona ca

im no authority on guitars but my first guitar was a nylon and i love there sound over other aucostics and this guitar takes the cake as the best ive ever played

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5.0

Amazing!

By Libby

from Indianapolis, Indiana

I got this guitar as a christmas gift a few years back, and besides a few scratches, (from myself) It works amazingly well. I love the beautiful sound it makes, and I wouldn't trade this guitar for anything.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Taylor NS74-CE

By Troy Gomillion

from Midland, MI

It has definately pro audio quality. It's frame is well constructed. It is designed for a comfortable fit.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Taylor NS74-CE Nylon String Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar

By Troy Gomilliom

from Midland, MI

The Taylor NS74-CE Nylon String Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar boasts increased power, projection, and bell like sustain with an exceptionally smooth tone. It offeres high-fidelity amplified tone, unprecedented dynamic range, and extraordinary resistance yo feedback and distortion. Its design is comfortable for playing. It is highly recommendable.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautifully made

By Hunter

from Farmington, Utah

I love this guitar!! All of the sound that a taylor brings. It may be expensive but think of it as an investment. It is very beautifully made, and every time I pick a song it makes me shiver. One of the best guitars I have ever owned!

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Taylor NS74-CE

By Thomas McElroy

from Seattle Washington

The Taylor NS74 is a great guitar. Beautiful to look at, beautiful to play. This instrument has a sweet tone and is easy to play. For those of you who are small handed (like me) I was able to grab complex chord forms, walk bass lines, play tremolo easily. The sound that emanates from the inside of the guitar sans amp is gorgeous, with an amp the guitar really opens up. I cannot even begin to put into words the sounds that I was able to get to on this guitar

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW

By Jared Breeding

from Medina,Ohio

This guitar was fantastic for that nice warm classical sound. great for those acoustic rock riffs, it will realy give a whole new depth and tone to your playing

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow! what amazing tone!

By Robert

from New York, New York

I recently bought this beautiful instrument and was blown away from the first note I plucked. It has unmatchable tone that helps the quality of the sound immensely.

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5.0

Great guitar

By Ahmed

from herndon, virginia

I've always liked martins, but once i got my own taylor guitar i could never stop playing it. its the perfect guitar for people who love playing

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