Few woods can match cocobolos assertive visual beauty, expressed through bold, fiery hues and dramatic variegation. Some of the sets selected for the Taylor 2012 Spring Limited Edition Cocobolo Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar pack an even more dramatic punch with a swath of contrasting blond sapwood. Tonally, cocobolo is known for its vol... Click To Read More About This Product
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Few woods can match cocobolos assertive visual beauty, expressed through bold, fiery hues and dramatic variegation. Some of the sets selected for the Taylor 2012 Spring Limited Edition Cocobolo Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar pack an even more dramatic punch with a swath of contrasting blond sapwood. Tonally, cocobolo is known for its volume and a deep low end thats balanced by an overall brightness, making it a favorite among players. Normally used for our Presentation Series and Build to Order guitars, here it guest stars with Taylor's premium 800 Series appointments, featuring curly maple binding and their popular pearl inlay design.
Grand Auditorium (GA)
Body Width: 16" / Body Depth: 4 5/8" / Body Length: 20"
Taylors signature shape embodies the ultimate all purpose acoustic.
Taylor's 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 flatpickers 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 GAs 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. Many people want a single guitar that can cover a variety of styles, which is why the GA continues to be our bestselling shape. If you want a great all-purpose guitar, the multi-dimensional GA wont let you down.
Natural Sound Made Simple
People love the clear, full acoustic tone of their Taylors. Why should it be any different when they plug in? Thats why Taylor spent several years developing our own onboard acoustic pickup and preamp. Taylors ground-breaking Expression System (ES) was designed to naturally amplify the warm acoustic sound of your guitar.
The ES is an all-magnetic acoustic guitar pickup system that works like a microphone to produce a pure signal and a warm, natural acoustic sound. When you plug in, you'll hear the sound of your guitar, not the sound of the pickup. No complicated controls. No tone simulators. Just a clean amplified acoustic guitar sound supported by three simple controls ” volume, bass and treble.
Years of research brought us to a simple realization: Nothing sounds as true and musical as a microphone. With that as a starting point, Taylors David Hosler led the team responsible for the Expression System's breakthrough technology. Utilizing a unique Dynamic Body Sensor mounted to the soundboard, a Dynamic String Sensor embedded beneath the fretboard, and a discrete preamp, the advanced ES technology is unlike any other guitar pickup system.
The ES was designed in-house, alongside our acoustic guitars, which allowed Taylor to build the ES seamlessly into the design of the guitar, for an integrated pickup system unlike any other. From the design and location of the body and string sensors to the voicing of the preamp, the ES is fully optimized for the Taylor sound. The elegant design, including the non-intrusive control knobs, also preserves the aesthetic of a Taylor guitar.
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