This stunning Custom No. 3 Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric is a gorgeous example of the extraordinary Taylor craftsmanship and build quality that goes into each Taylor instrument. Its body is constructed of East Indian rosewood and features an attractive bearclaw Lutz spruce top. Like many of the world's finest instruments, this custom guitar us... Click To Read More About This Product
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This stunning Custom No. 3 Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric is a gorgeous example of the extraordinary Taylor craftsmanship and build quality that goes into each Taylor instrument. Its body is constructed of East Indian rosewood and features an attractive bearclaw Lutz spruce top. Like many of the world's finest instruments, this custom guitar uses the perfect combination of rosewood and spruce. Lutz spruce is used for its unique voice of having the sound of old-growth Adirondack spruce. Combined with Taylor's revolutionary V-Class bracing, this custom build produces a sound that is truly magical. It is appointed with a Byzantine fingerboard inlay pattern, made of mother-of-pearl and green abalone. The East Indian rosewood beveled armrest and binding has chamfered edges for added comfort and playability. Wood fiber inlays, a rosewood pickguard and ES-2 pickup add the final touch to this magnificent instrument. Standard specs for this model include a 25-1/2” scale length, a 1-3/4” nut width and a Venetian cutaway.
The Custom No. 3 Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric guitar comes with a Taylor hardshell case.
Lutz spruce is a naturally occurring hybrid of Sitka and white spruce. Sitka is the most prevalent guitar top wood of the modern era because it blends stiffness and elasticity in just the right proportions, which translates into broad dynamic range with crisp articulation. Lutz spruce takes these attributes and blends them with those of white and Engelmann spruce, with the result resembling old-growth Adirondack spruce. When combined with Taylor's bracing architecture, guitars are more powerful, richer and louder. Solid East Indian rosewood back and sides complement the Lutz top with sound that's made it one of the most popular tonewoods ever. Rosewood produces the strongest bass response among the common tonewoods, with a slightly scooped midrange. Rosewood's sweeping frequency range—deep lows that assert a throaty growl with sparkling highs—rings out with bell-like, high-fidelity clarity. It yields a full-range acoustic voice with complex overtones and extended sustain.
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. For players seeking a great all-purpose guitar, the GA is an excellent choice.
Taylor's V-Class bracing marks an important evolution beyond traditional X-bracing, introducing an entirely new platform for acoustic performance. It is essentially a "sonic engine" that optimizes the response of an acoustic guitar in three key ways: by boosting volume, sustain, and by largely resolving the intonation issues that have long plagued acoustic guitars. V-Class bracing creates purer, more orderly notes that don't cancel each other out or sound "off". They have clearer, more consistent response, and the whole fretboard is brought into greater sonic alignment for a more musical playing/listening experience.
Guitars with V-Class bracing are easier to tune; the pitch sounds purer and more solid, and electronic tuners can more easily locate notes for quick, precise tuning. Other benefits: harmonics ring more uniformly down the neck, notes are louder with more projection and sustain, and notes are more consistent, i.e., upper register notes don't get choked out or swallowed. Fewer "sour" sonic qualities exist with chords; a more agreeable relationship is created between notes as they ripen, bloom and decay.
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 acoustically 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.
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