The Taylor Grand Orchestra, the newest body shape in
the company's guitar line, debuted earlier this year at the Winter
NAMM Show to rave reviews from dealers and players. As part of a
year-long rollout, Taylor is pleased to introduce the latest Grand
Orchestra model, the all-koa K28e, at the Musikmesse trade show in
The K28e boasts the bold yet balanced voice of its
Grand Orchestra body shape, while koa's appealing tonal flavors
blend the midrange of mahogany with a splash of high-end sparkle.
The koa top tends to impart a more controlled attack to the
guitar's sound compared to spruce, explains Taylor master builder
Andy Powers, who designed the guitar. "The koa top makes a more
subtle entrance," he says. "The notes have a graceful, 'fashionably
late' quality, giving the player a smooth and sweet-sounding
sustain." The Grand Orchestra's proprietary bracing is a hybrid
parabolic and scalloped design that produces unprecedented balance
and responsiveness for a big-bodied guitar.
Like other Grand Orchestra models that have been
introduced this year (the 518e, 618e and 918e), the K28e makes its
debut with a special release of 100 First Edition models. In
addition to the beautiful wood-rich appointments that characterize
other Koa Series models - Indian rosewood binding, a rosewood and
maple rosette, and Island Vine inlay - premium touches include
AA-grade koa and tone-enhancing Adirondack spruce bracing. Each
First Edition model K28e comes with a custom label and ships in a
Deluxe "First Edition" hardshell case. Once the guitar is
registered, the owner will receive a custom GO First Edition guitar
strap, a numbered certificate of authenticity, and a special
commemorativebooklet. All models are equipped with Taylor's
proprietary Expression System® acoustic electronics. The K28e will
eventually become a standard model with the Koa Series.
The Grand Orchestra was born from Taylor's passion
for innovation and desire to revoice the Taylor Jumbo. Rethinking
what a modern big-bodied guitar could be, Taylor's team of luthiers
experimented with new body dimensions. One of the goals was to
capture some of a Dreadnought's robust tonal personality to produce
big, round, richly solid notes. The resulting Grand Orchestra shape
is slightly longer than a traditional Dreadnought, features a
tighter waist and a wider bottom bout to heighten the tonal
properties, and a deeper body depth to increase volume output. Its
voice is strong and complex, with the kind of tonal balance that
fits perfectly into Taylor's family of shapes and sounds.
The Grand Orchestra is the fifth body shape in
Taylor's acoustic guitar line, joining other proprietary Taylor
shapes including the Grand Concert, Grand Auditorium and Grand
Symphony, along with the Dreadnought. Grand Orchestra models are
designated within each Taylor series by ending with the numeral "8"
(e.g., 618e). GO models will be available at Authorized Taylor
Dealers around the world.
To experience the new Grand Orchestra models while at
Musikmesse, please visit the Taylor Guitars stand in Hall 3.1 E80
For additional information, visit
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