In creating the American Dream series, Bob Taylor and Andy Powers wanted to use all the innovative tools and design lessons they’ve learned over the years. Their goal was to distill the essence of what makes an acoustic guitar sound, feel and play its best. It was important to them the guitars be made in the U.S. of solid woods that came from sustainable sources. Also important was that the guitars be easily affordable compared to other instruments of similar quality. This back-to-the-basics approach has resulted in a line of acoustic guitars that seem destined to be held as future classics.
Inspired by the Past
Named for the 1974 shop where Taylor Guitars was conceived, this series debuts with Taylor’s unique and extraordinarily comfortable Grand Pacific body shape. It’s available in two basic versions, the AD27 and the AD17. The basic design delivers a warm, round, rich tone that is well-balanced, with a very musical low-end response that avoids being muddy or “woofy.” This choice suits almost every style of acoustic player, whether they’re flat-picking bluegrass runs, playing intricate fingerstyle patterns or strumming rhythms.
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Tonewoods That Sing
The two debut versions are distinguished by Taylor’s choices in tonewoods. The AD17 features a solid spruce top and solid ovangkol back and sides. The quick attack and clean articulation of spruce has made it a primary wood choice for many acoustic guitars. It exhibits the right blend of stiffness and “give” to project well with an even tonal response. Ovangkol’s shimmering highs combine with a strong low-end and midrange response to reinforce the spruce. This delivers a lively, well-balanced overall tone with just the right amount of punch to cut through in performance or recording.
The AD27 combines a solid mahogany top with solid sapele back and sides. Mahogany’s strong midrange punch and warm, earthy quality make this a guitar that loves a strong attack. Mahogany also has what amounts to a natural compression that helps keep the sound smooth and balanced. The sapele body adds to the strong midrange, but brings a treble sparkle to the game that helps to naturally pop the guitar out, front and center, when you need it there.
Both the American Dream AD27 and AD17 share a number of features. The highly sustainable eucalyptus fingerboard, bridge and peghead are excellent replacements for rare tropical hardwoods. A simple, single-ring wood rosette adds a touch of reserved, organic elegance. Chamfered body edges add to the playing comfort. Taylor’s super-thin finish helps keep the response lively. Stepping beyond the cosmetic, all American Dream models feature Taylor’s revolutionary V-Class bracing.
Much has already been written about the advantages of V-Class bracing. A true innovation in acoustic design, it tunes and optimizes the response of an acoustic guitar. This helps the fundamental pitch hold strong and harmonics ring true. It also increases acoustic volume, making sure that all the guitar’s registers are heard strongly and accurately. The synergy of V-Class and the wood choices in the American Dream series make for instruments that will truly feel alive in your hands.
Both the AD17 and AD27 are available in both purely acoustic and acoustic-electric versions. The acoustic-electric models, the AD17e and AD27e, feature Taylor’s renowned Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics. This system moves the pickup from underneath the bridge saddle to just behind it. By doing so, the saddle is always in full contact with the bridge and couples immaculately to the top of the guitar, for the most efficient transfer of string vibrations. In concert with Taylor’s custom-designed, studio-grade preamp, the player is guaranteed an accuracy and immediacy that fully conveys the true tonality of the guitar to amplifier or console.
The old saying is that challenge and adversity build character. Bob Taylor, Andy Powers and the whole crew at Taylor guitars have proven, with these spectacular instruments, designed under challenging circumstances, that they can also make dreams become reality.