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The Taylor Grand Pacific Story with Master Builder Andy Powers

The Taylor Grand Pacific Story with Master Builder Andy Powers

Taylor Guitars' master luthier Andy Powers is constantly looking for new ways to craft acoustic guitars that feel great in your hands and sound great to your ears. His latest achievement is the Taylor Grand Pacific dreadnought line. Bolstered by Taylor's innovative V-Class bracing, Grand Pacific guitars are round-shoulder dreadnoughts offering a new tone that redefines the Taylor sound. They are warmer and more seasoned than traditional dreadnoughts, allowing individual notes to blend more organically.

V-Class Bracing for the Future

In 2018, Taylor introduced V-Class bracing. It breaks free of the traditional X shape, featuring a V that frames the soundhole and ends at the lower bout with fanned bracing on both sides. This new bracing pattern ensures better intonation, increased volume and enhanced sustain, and also allows Taylor a broader platform for creating new body shapes.

A New Tone For Taylor

Taylor guitars have always been known for their articulation and vibrant tone. However, dreadnoughts, by nature, tend to get muddier on the low end.  A Grand Pacific Dreadnought acoustic guitar features a slightly wider waist than traditional dreadnoughts. While this increases the power and presence of its bass response, V-Class bracing causes the lower notes to blend more naturally with the mid- and high-registers for a sound that is smooth throughout the frequency range.

Get 'Em at Guitar Center

The initial launch of Taylor Grand Pacific dreadnought guitars includes three base models: the 317, 517 and 717. Each has an acoustic-electric option, and you can find them all at Guitar Center.

Like all 300 Series Taylor guitars, the 317e Grand Pacific Dreadnought is the entry-point model. It pairs a Sitka top with a sapele body for a voluminous guitar that responds well to any playing style. The 317 and 317e acoustic-electric guitar both feature a natural gloss top finish (satin sides) and are available in a left-handed model.

The Builder's Edition 517e Grand Pacific and Builder's Edition 717e Grand Pacific offer player-friendly enhancements like a compound neck carve that accommodates your natural hand position as you move up and down the neck, plus a comfortable rolled fretboard edge and chamfered body edges. Both feature a torrefied Sitka spruce top for a broken-in, aged tone that offers more resonance and responsiveness right out the box. If you prefer the sound of mahogany, choose a 517. If rosewood is more your style, the 717 will surely please. Aesthetic touches include a "curve wing" bridge, ivoroid (517) or mother-of-pearl (717) inlays, and a satin finish with your choice of natural or Wild Honey Burst top. The 517e and 717e come equipped with Taylor's Expression System 2 electronics. All ship with a tooled leather hardshell case.

Visit Guitar Center today to experience the Grand Pacific dreadnought revolution from Taylor Guitars.

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