Taylor Guitars says that, celebrating the rich musical heritage of mahogany, it is pleased to expand its popular mahogany 500 Series with several new all-mahogany models. Offered in all five Taylor body shapes, the models are making their debut as part of a special First Edition offering at Musikmesse. Here's the full details in their own words...
Mahogany has been prized by instrument makers for decades for its beauty and tonal strength, offering players a meaty midrange character with a strong emphasis on the fundamental frequencies, especially with the inclusion of a mahogany top. "It's a strong, direct sound," says Taylor master builder Andy Powers. "Mahogany acts as a natural compressor, so once a note has been played and the frequency set in motion, you hear the pure note without complex overtones." With its dry, crisp projection, mahogany lends itself to a variety of playing applications. "It works well in a live setting, amplified, on a recorded track with other guitar parts," Andy elaborates. "Musically, mahogany offers a lot of versatility. Whether it's someone who is playing with other musicians or a solo fingerstyle player, it will amplify well and make an amazing stage guitar."
The new all-mahogany guitars will be released in a limited run of First Edition models in each of Taylor's body shapes: the Dreadnought (520), Grand Concert (522), Grand Concert 12-Fret (522-TF), Grand Auditorium (524), Grand Symphony (526) and Grand Orchestra (528). Each guitar features special appointments, including ivoroid binding, a black pickguard, and a new "Century" inlay, which incorporates a retro-inspired progressive fretboard pattern and headstock detail. Each guitar will be available with optional Expression System® electronics and/or with a cutaway and available at Authorized Taylor Dealers.
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