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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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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(7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Taylor Acoustic!

By Kurt Kipler

from Beverly Hills, California

This Taylor Acoustic guitar contains beautiful rich sounds when played. I recommend this for the classical guitar players. The action on the guitar, basically meaning if its easy to play or not easy, is amazing. Therefore, it's very easy to play. Your fingers will slide smoothly along the neck and will produce magnificent sounds.This guitar is a high end guitar, so I recommend it to those who are serious about playing.

(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.

(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!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

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

By Jesus Lopez

from Orlando,FL

this is a guitar that produces a pure tone with nylon strings.It a log lasting guitar witch can be used for many different genres of music.It has a unique classical tone with its rich vibrant body.

(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

(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.

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Extremely good sound

By Steven Lyons

from Harrodsburg, Ky

This Taylor ns74 has perfect tone and harmony for any song you want to play between the soft pitch of pink ployd to the hard tones of pantera and all around good giutar with easy worky tunners and great feeling neck for speed.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Crystal Clear Tone

By Kalpesh Shah

from Chatham NJ

The tone of this guitar is amazing although a little pricey. This guitar is very easy to finger pick and has incredibly fast action. No regrets

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Taylor NS74-CE Nylon String

By Victor Mendoza

from Union City, New Jersey

If you are a song writer or you like the real sound of Acoustic-Electric the best guitar ever for me its the Taylor NS74-CE, something i looking for before to do any purchase is to see the best sound and how comfortable i feel with my guitar with Taylor i was just smiling like crazy like this my guitar long time ago, its an amazing sound. 5 star.

(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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

NS74ce

By Ken S

from Taylors, SC

This instrument delivers the smooth playability that Taylor has come to be known for, and will have a very familiar feel for steel-string players which makes it a great cross-over guitar. The tone it produces will satisfy a number of musical styles including, but not limited to: Classical, Jazz, Folk, Flamenco, Pop and Ethnic. Another winner from Taylor.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Hybrid On The Market!

By Ben

from Buena Park, CA

I've owned a NS32ce for about 7 years, and decided to try out a Nylon Series with rosewood back and sides. Mahogany with nylon strings was a nice idea, with quick response and subtle harmonies, but I was looking for a little more bass response - without it completely ruining the gentle balance (as with some classical guitars). The NS72ce is the perfect balance between the traditional classical sound, and the acoustic guitar's playability. The Grand Auditorium shape ensures that the rosewood back and sides doesn't drown out the high overtones. Playing this NS72ce, you never once think to yourself about what's lacking in sound, quality or performance. Instead, all you can hear is the potential for where this nylon hybrid can take you. As with the other guitars in the Taylor family, the NS72ce opens doors for the player to discover new melodies and harmonies.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great sound!!

By Al Germann

from Hummelstown, PA

This guitar has a wonderful sound! This first time I picked it up, I knew i had to have it. The guitar has clear volume, but not all the low boomy, bass sounds when strumming. The fretboard is a great size for finger picking style of playing. A great guitar to find your own personal style on.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Taylor NS74-CE Nylon String Grand Auditorium Acoustic - Electric

By Grayson

from Fresno, CA

I may already be biased since Taylor is my favorite brand among acoustic guitars, but this guitar is made of some of the best materials I've seen. The action and fretboard make it easily maneuverable ranging from highest to lowest frets. It rings so clear and crisp, which makes it really attractive for my taste in guitars. I also am a fan of cutaway nylons because its easier to reach the highest frets on the board. Everything about this guitar makes me want to recommend it to anyone.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Acoustic Amaze

By Eddie

from San Benito, Texas

Sounds amazing! And the harmony just sounds pretty but other thing i loved was the design of how it is made and no strings attached as they like to say but man the strings that came with it were smooth from the beginning i started automatically playing .....but then i have gave it to my cousin because he knows guitar more than me.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING

By Nate Shultz

from pennsylvainia

Amazing i used to be all about martin but when i played this it totally changed that now I'm forever a taylor player. This guitar is amazingly built for a musician you want to reach his/her maximum potential.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Taylor Made

By casey craft

from Columbia, SC

I own a taylor, and let me tell you, the quality and sound is above all else. The warranty that comes with these guitars really is what is says it is, 100 % free. I had a rattle in my taylor, I took it back to the place where I bought it and they took care of me and gave me some great pointers as well.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

wow

By michelle

from manassas va

this guitar sounds amazing. both plugged in and not. it's got a real nice vibrant sound.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very warm and smooth sounding nylon string!

By Billy V

from Easton PA

Most nylon strings sound either tinny or muddy, making both choices undesireable. The Taylor NS74-CE changed all that. The guitar is warm, yet cuts through a mix. The cedar top gives it that "already broken in tone" Do you self a favor and play one, I dare you to set it down!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Est guitar yet!!!

By Markanthony Rizzo

from Lancaster

This is truly the best guitar I have played yet with beutiful sound and really nice strings. This is a must buy for every musician

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