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Boasting rich midrange and warm, articulate tones, tropical mahogany has established itself among the tonewood elite. Many consider these striking all-gloss guitars the ultimate fingerpickers — especially the cedar-topped 514ce and 512ce — while bolder strummers and flatpickers may lean toward the bigger-bodied 510ce and 516ce. Guitarists of all styles will enjoy recent expansions to the 500 Series, headlined by the new Grand Pacific 517, a round-shoulder dreadnought that blends the inimitable clarity of a Taylor with greater warmth and low-end response. The 517, along with Grand Auditorium and Grand Concert models in the 500 Series, also feature V-Class bracing, a tone-enhancing innovation that pushes greater volume and sustain from our acoustic guitars while eliminating many common intonation problems. With a more musical tone and new options across the Series, our mahogany guitars have never given guitarists more creative space to thrive. Visually, engraved Deco Diamond inlays and faux tortoise shell binding honor mahogany's classic heritage.
Like Taylor’s other 12-fret models, this all-mahogany Grand Concert takes playability to another level with a slinky handfeel on the strings and a surprisingly warm and powerful voice. The 24-7/8-inch scale length condenses the fret spacing and reduces the string tension, and the more central bridge position on the lower bout enables the top to pump out a stronger response. This year, we’ve added V-Class bracing, which boosts the projection and sustain and brings out more of mahogany’s natural warmth, while adding a touch of extra headroom for more aggressive playing. The V-Class architecture also improves the intonation in a noticeable way, creating more harmonic agreement between notes. Aesthetic refinements include a shaded edgeburst body and neck, faux tortoise shell binding, a rosette of faux tortoise shell framed by grained ivoroid, and a grained ivoroid Century fretboard inlay. A Venetian cutaway gives you more access to the upper register, while Taylor’s stage-ready ES2 electronics capture the guitar’s tonal nuances in amplified settings.