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Taylor 300 Series 324ce-SEB Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar Shaded Edge Burst

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Taylor's 300 Series has introduced countless players to the pleasures of the all-solid-wood acoustic experience; it's the entry point to Taylor's USA-made instrument line. Players who step up to a 300 Series instrument, like the 300 Series 324ce-SEB Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric, will be rewarded with a guitar-for-a-lifetime that will only...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Taylor's 300 Series has introduced countless players to the pleasures of the all-solid-wood acoustic experience; it's the entry point to Taylor's USA-made instrument line. Players who step up to a 300 Series instrument, like the 300 Series 324ce-SEB Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric, will be rewarded with a guitar-for-a-lifetime that will only sound better with age. It doesn't take but a few strums to learn how the mix of tonewoods, construction and appointments combine to make Taylor's famous playability, intonation and tone. The 300 Series has everything you need and nothing you don't need in a fantastic sounding and playing instrument. All 300 Series instruments ship in a deluxe hard shell case made by Taylor for optimal fit and protection. 

Body Shape
A Taylor original, the Grand Auditorium helped establish the Taylor acoustic sound. The popular body style makes for a versatile guitar that yields ample volume in response to light fingerpicking, and reacts to medium strumming and flatpicking with a clear, balanced sound across the tonal spectrum. If you want a great all-purpose guitar, the GA is an excellent choice. 

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. Mahogany is a hardwood that produces a natural compression, yielding more "roll-in" effect to a note. The compression evens out a lively attack for a more linear response. Mahogany tops deliver strong fundamentals with clear and direct focus. Tonally, blackwood behaves somewhere in the middle of rosewood and mahogany, with a little extra shimmer and chime that shows its family resemblance to koa. Pairing blackwood with the mahogany top not only gives you that roll-in effect associated with a mahogany top - really smooth attack and balance - but extra complexity as the note decays. It's a great combination. 

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. 

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: Grand Auditorium
  • Cutaway: Single
  • Top wood: Solid Tropical Mahogany
  • Back & sides: Solid Blackwood
  • Bracing pattern: Taylor Standard III with Relief Rout
  • Body finish: Satin 5.0
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Taylor Standard Profile
  • Nut width: 1.75 in. (44.45 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 Nickel with Nickel Buttons
  • Bridge: Genuine African Ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Micarta "Wave"/Tusq
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Taylor New Technology (NT) Neck System
  • Case: Hardshell Case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States
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Taylor300 Series 324ce-SEB Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 4 reviews)

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  • Good audio (4)
  • Stays in tune (4)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great hog-top guitar with a unique tone

By Alex

from Winter Park, FL

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Balanced Tone
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • None found yet

Best Uses

  • Anything you would need an acoustic for

Comments about Taylor 300 Series 324ce-SEB Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I am a long-time player but novice shopper and had been stuck with a Washburn D10S for a long while. I really like the D10S but I felt it was time for an upgrade. So I decided go big or go home and checked out the Martins, Taylors and Gibsons at the local GC. Gibsons and Martins weren't quite my style so I quickly gravitated to Taylors. The Grand Auditorium body was easily my favorite. It is very comfortable in your lap but doesn't lack the projection nor the versatility a dreadnought shape would bring. The ebony finger board on Taylors feels really nice and plays great and the construction keeps the guitar in tune really well. I was also pleased with how well the guitar plays down-tuned. I can tune the low-E to a C without any loss in tone or buzz. The ES2 electronics sound great too, and I like that there are three small knobs visible on the outside of the guitar instead of a big electronics block on the side.
The big question for the 324 is how the mahogany top sounds compared to the standard spruce. For other brands, hog-tops lacked the dynamic sound and projection I could get from spruce-tops. However, hog-tops and Taylor construction turned out to be a great match. One of my few complaints about Taylors is that the treble is a bit intense. The mahogany mellows this out nicely, and provides a lot of powerful mid-range tones. I really like the Blackwood back and sides on the 324 because it keeps the highs bright and the lows strong. I actually prefer the blackwood over an all-mahogany guitar. The guitar sounds great whether I am strumming, picking or finger-styling.
If you like Taylors but think the treble on spruce-tops is too intense, or you just like mahogany tops in general, I highly recommend giving this one a shot. If mahogany is not your style, I recommend giving this one shot anyway ;)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Perfect Guitar For Me

By Guitar Performance Student

from Milwaukee, WI

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Great Preamp/Pickup (ES2)
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune
  • Visually Stunning
  • Warm

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Taylor 300 Series 324ce-SEB Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I spent a good solid three months researching and playing guitars to decide what I wanted to get as my "forever" guitar, and after two (barely) missed attempts, I've found the acoustic guitar I've always dreamed of. The neck feels better than any other high end acoustic that I have played (both higher model Taylors, as well as Martin and Gibson) and the setup out of the box is perfect. It has no trouble staying in tune, even when tuned to odd tunings frequently (DADEBA, DADF#AD, etc..) and back to standard again, and there is no pitch variation up the fretboard. I always knew that I was a sucker for the sound of mahogany, and before getting to hear one, I first ordered the 326ce. This guitar was beautiful, and sounded huge acoustically, but playing fingerstyle amplified had too much low end for my tastes. I then discovered that the 322ce 12-fret had wider string spacing, which was designed to be easier for fingerstyle players (as I am studying Fingerstyle guitar at UWM) and that the 12 fret design made a small Grand Concert body sound large. I exchanged the 326 for the 322 and I'd be lying if I said I didn't love the sound of the 322ce. Every note was articulate and resonant, and there was a sparkle and it's size was as comfortable as I could have ever asked. Allegedly, as a shorter scale guitar (I believe it was 24.75", if my memory serves me), it was supposed to have a slinkier handfeel. This was not my experience with the guitar, and I even took it to a guitar tech to see if the action could be lowered, and he told me it was perfect. In addition, the neck is more of a curved V shape than a C, which may have contributed to one of the two reasons I ended up exchanging that for this guitar. 1. Holding chords was extremely fatiguing for my left hand. And 2. The slotted headstock tuning pegs were hard to fine-tune and difficult to constantly switch turnings. For those reasons, the 324ce, having the best of everything, is the perfect guitar. Warm, rich, clear..beauty.

     
    5.0

    The One for me

    By Lova

    from Houston TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Taylor 300 Series 324ce-SEB Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I looked for 2 months before deciding on a guitar to purchase, moving around the Houston Area GC's trying to find the right feel and sound for what i was hoping to use it for. I literally got goosebumps the first time I picked up this guitar. The resonance in the low to mid range, its tone and composure when challenged with multiple styles, even its unique finish (its shaded edge burst, and not a light top!) all contributed to me purchasing this guitar. I truly believe that this guitar will grow as i grow in my skill to play guitar. It is played everyday, and is brought in front of an audience weekly. Check this one out. Seriously.

       
      5.0

      The Perfect Guitar for Me

      By Robert

      from Simi Valley, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Taylor 300 Series 324ce-SEB Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I did lots of research before making this purchase. After taking the Taylor Factory Tour over the summer, I was very impressed with workmanship and philosophy of Taylor Guitars. I did however test out guitars from other manufacturers but kept coming back to Taylor. I've had the guitar for about a week now. It holds tune better than any of my other guitars...electric or acoustic. The 324ce has a very full voice and it resonates for days. The neck is one of the nicest acoustic necks I've ever played. Sometimes after making a big purchase I worry if I made the right choice or not. That is NOT the case with this guitar. I could not be happier with my choice. This is an awesome guitar. It looks and sounds amazing.

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