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Taylor Body Shapes Buying Guide
Taylor guitars are known for their clear and balanced tone, supreme playability, truly innovative designs and heirloom-quality craftsmanship. With several distinct body shapes to choose from, each offering its own unique tonal flavors, finding your dream Taylor guitar has never been easier. zZounds is here to guide you to the Taylor guitar that's the perfect fit for you. Start by choosing the Taylor body shape that best suits your playing style.
Taylor Grand Auditorium Body Shape
Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar Body Shape • The most popular of the Taylor body shapes, delivering the unique design and modern sound for which Taylor is known • Highly adaptable body shape that is well-suited for fingerpicking and strumming • Rich, harmonic bass with clear midrange projection and a sparkling high end • If the model number ends with a 4, it's a Grand Auditorium. For example: 814ce See all Grand Auditorium guitars »
Taylor Dreadnought Body Shape
Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Body Shape • Traditional body shape that's well-suited for flatpicking and rhythmic playing • Bob Taylor's innovative redesign of the iconic body shape produces a more balanced rhythmic and harmonic integrity • Balanced sound and even feel with rich, low-end bass response that is never overpowering • If the model number ends with a 0, it's a Dreadnought. For example: 810 See all Taylor Dreadnought guitars
Taylor Grand Symphony Body Shape
Grand Symphony Acoustic Guitar Body Shape • Deeper low-end response than the Grand Auditorium, due to a wider waist and lower bout • Harmonically rich, piano-like bass, with strong midrange and glistening treble • Delivers a wide range of tones to suit either fingerstyle or more aggressive playing styles • If the model number ends with a 6, it's a Grand Symphony. For example: 816e See all Grand Symphony guitars »
Taylor Grand Concert Body Shape
Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar Body Shape • Supreme clarity and tonal balance in a small body design • Tapered waist offers incredible playing comfort either standingor sitting for long periods of time • Shorter-scale length and reduced string tension offer easeof playing feel • If the model number ends with a 2, it's a Grand Concert. For example: 812e See all Grand Concert guitars »
Taylor Grand Orchestra Body Shape
Grand Orchestra Acoustic Guitar Body Shape • The newest and largest of the Taylor body shapes, offering power, detail, and balanced tone • Amazingly even tonal response and feel for a jumbo body style guitar • Brand new innovative bracing pattern further accentuates responsiveness and even dynamics • If the model number ends with a 8, it's a Grand Orchestra. For example: 618e See all Grand Orchestra guitars »
Taylor T5z Body Shape
Taylor T5z Electric Guitar Body Shape • A more compact body, compared to the original T5 • 12-inch radius fretboard with jumbo frets to make bending strings easier • 3 pickups: acoustic body sensor, concealed neck humbucker, and visible bridge humbucker • 5-way switching and onboard tone controls let you shift instantly from shimmering acoustic to screaming electric See all Taylor T5z guitars »
Taylor GS Mini & Baby Body Shapes
GS Mini & Baby Acoustic Guitar Body Shapes • Taylor tone and playability in compact sizes • Baby Taylor models are 3/4-size guitars -- perfect for beginners, kids and travel • Big Baby Taylor (BBT) models are 15/16 scale -- just shy of a full-size guitar • GS Mini models are similar to a "parlor guitar" with shimmering highs and surprising volume See all GS Mini and Baby Taylor Guitars »
Grand Auditorium Body Shape Review
Grand Auditorium Body Shape Review

The most popular of the Taylor body shapes, delivering the unique design and modern sound for which Taylor is known

Dreadnought Body Shape Review
Dreadnought Body Shape Review

Traditional body shape that's well-suited for flatpicking and rhythmic playing

Grand Symphony Body Shape Review
Grand Symphony Body Shape Review

Deeper low-end response than the Taylor Grand Auditorium, due to a wider waist and lower bout

Grand Concert Body Shape Review
Grand Concert Body Shape Review

Supreme clarity and tonal balance in a small body design

Grand Orchestra Body Shape Review
Grand Orchestra Body Shape Review

The newest and largest of the Taylor body shapes, offering power, detail, and balanced tone

Tonewoods
Tonewoods work in concert with an acoustic guitar's construction and body shape to help form its fundamental acoustic properties. Each wood speaks with its own distinct voice. When choosing a guitar to accentuate your own unique playing style, consider the sonic signature of these tonewoods.
Mahogany Guitar Tonewood Review
Mahogany Guitar Tonewood Review

Found in Taylor's 500 Series, tropical mahogany is a good place to start a tonewood discussion. With its thick, present midrange, mahogany offers a well-balanced, traditional sound well-suited to blues and other "rootsy" styles. It's an an ideal starting point for players who aren't sure what tone they're looking for.

Indian Rosewood Guitar Tonewood Review
Indian Rosewood Guitar Tonewood Review

Indian rosewood is found in Taylor's 700, 800, and 900 Series. This classic tonewood takes the sonic signature of mahogany and expands it in both directions, yielding deeper lows and brighter highs with a more scooped midrange. Its high-end sparkle will benefit players who naturally have a darker playing tone.

Maple Guitar Tonewood Review
Maple Guitar Tonewood Review

Big Leaf Maple lends a bright sound to Taylor 600 Series guitars. A dense hardwood with an extremely focused tone, maple-bodied guitars cut through a mix well, making them well-suited for live performance with a band. Maple is a great choice for lead players who require clean articulation with a somewhat quick note decay.

Koa Guitar Tonewood Review
Koa Guitar Tonewood Review

Prized for its spectacular patterned appearance, Hawaiian koa delivers a tonal blend between maple and mahogany. Koa is employed as a top wood or body wood on Taylor's Koa series -- models that start with K. This tropical hardwood initially produces a bright tone that becomes richer and warmer the more it's played.

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