MUSIKMESSE: Taylor Introduce Spring Limited Edition Guitars
Spring abounds with exotic tonewoods and fresh
inspiration in Taylor's line of Spring Limited Edition guitars.
Celebrating the heritage of the 600 and 400 Series, Taylor is
offering fresh voicing with the inclusion of two exotic tonewoods
to the mix: African ebony and granadillo.
Beautiful sapwood-infused ebony makes a striking
impression with two models, the 614ce-LTD and 616ce-LTD. The ebony
was sourced from a sustainably managed forest in Congo, and each
set is visually unique, as swaths of light-colored sapwood and dark
heartwood play off each other with stunning effects. Compared to
Macassar ebony, the African species has a slightly higher density,
which yields a ringing, overtone-rich character with a linear
quality across the tonal spectrum.
European spruce was chosen for the top because of the
way it matches ebony's sonic personality. "It has a strong attack
with a lot of headroom, making for rich, saturated notes," says
Taylor master builder Andy Powers, who designed the guitar. The
effect is intensified with Adirondack spruce bracing. Because of
the rich overtones, this wood pairing is likely to appeal to
fingerstylists and other players who favor a complex acoustic
voice. Unique aesthetic touches include an ivoroid/koa "Spiked
Ovals" fretboard inlay, ivoroid binding, curly koa top edge trim,
an ivoroid/ koa rosette, and gold Gotoh 510 tuners.
In the 400 Series Limiteds, players are treated to
granadillo, a native wood to Central America. Granadillo is often
compared to rosewood, but with a sonic crispness that resonates
well with players of all styles. Paired with a Sitka spruce top,
these guitars boast an impressive sustain and are available in four
different body styles: Dreadnought, Grand Concert, Grand Auditorium
Symphony, all with a cutaway. Granadillo was also
used for the bridge and headstock overlay, and complementary
appointments include rock maple binding, rosette and Progressive
The 600 and 400 Series Spring Limiteds both ship with
a deluxe hardshell case and come equipped with Taylor Expression
System® acoustic electronics. The models are currently available in
the United States at Authorized Taylor Dealers.
To experience the new Spring Limiteds while at
Musikmesse, please visit the Taylor Guitars stand in Hall 3.1 E80
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