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Guitar enthusiasts have this dream that someday they can possess an instrument built with this gorgeous tone wood combination of cocobolo and Adirondack spruce, exquisite inlay details and specific custom features. Maybe it's about a level of quality - or just a tone that's a cut above the rest. The vast resources of the Taylor factory with the combined expertise of Taylor's senior luthiers means you enjoy the complete experience of a custom built guitar.
Taylor’s unrivaled dedication takes both craftsmanship and quality to the next level. Once a Build-To-Order guitar like this one is commissioned, an elite team of luthiers oversees each step in the construction process. From hand-selecting wood, to inspecting every single part as it moves towards final assembly, Taylor’s elite luthiers ensure the guitar meets the company’s exceptional level of standards. To produce a one of a kind instrument, the creation of a Build-To-Order guitar requires an average time of 12 weeks.
Taylor’s signature Grand Auditorium Guitar Body shape is versatile and makes a great all-purpose guitar, equally suited for fingerpicking and strumming.
The Grand Auditorium guitar body is an original Bob Taylor design introduced in 1994, full in the lower registers, yet solid in the midrange, and sparkling highs, it is a good fit for any kind of music. The GA was designed straddle both worlds - finger-picking and flat-picking.
Taylor's most popular and versatile body shape to is still the mid-size Grand Auditorium. The Grand Auditorium arrived in 1994 bearing refined proportions that fell between the Dreadnought and Grand Concert shapes. While the bigger Dreadnought was traditionally considered a flatpicker’s 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 GA’s 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 really want a single guitar that can cover a variety of styles. As a single great all-purpose guitar, the multi-dimensional GA won’t let you down.
The Adirondack used on this model's top is also known also as Eastern red or Appalachian spruce, and it defined most guitars of the pre-WWII era. Its availability is beginning to increase slightly, as another generation of trees matures, although they’re still considerably smaller than their old growth forebears. Current supplies of Adirondack can lack a certain aesthetic purity of look - they are wider-grained and more irregular in color and grain pattern - but tonally, Adirondack is even more dynamic than Sitka spruce, with a higher ceiling for volume. The payoff is in the ability to drive the top hard, hearing it get louder and louder without losing clarity - it’s hard to outplay it and hard not to like.
Cocobolo is a dense, stiff tropical hardwood from Mexico capable of a fairly bright tone. Visually, it's appearance is reminiscent of a stunningly highly figured rosewood. Sonically there are some similarities to koa, but that's combined with a resonance nearly as deep in the low end as rosewood or ovangkol. It's fast, responsive and articulate with alot of note distinction. Cocobolo works out well for a player who'd likes the warmth of a rosewood but wants a little brighter sound. Although it has perhaps a little less low end than some rosewoods, it delivers a more pronounced treble edge that can punch through.