Taylor Custom Aged Maple Grand Auditorium Acoustic Electric Guitar New
This Custom Taylor was designed by our own Richard Johnston. Here's what he has to say about it.
I've always liked the combination of a red cedar soundboard on a maple body, as the cedar warms up the treble response and the guitar responds to the lightest touch. I chose a set of maple with tight grain and significant dark striping for this Grand Auditorium. The top bracing is V-class, and the result is a very balanced response with great sustain. The binding on the body, neck and headstock is cocobolo, with a matching cocobolo soundhole rosette. The neck inlays, both fingerboard and headstock, are koa and boxwood as I wanted as many different varieties of wood as possible on this particular model. There's no pickguard on it now, but Taylor included a clear pickguard that can be installed at no charge. You usually see these cutaway Grand Auditoriums with a pickup installed. I chose to order this custom without one because there are so many pickup systems available now. Talk to Brian or Alfred in the Repair Dept. about your options, and remember that we offer a nice discount on both the pickup you choose and its installation. I hope you like this new-with-old-maple custom Taylor.
About Gryphon’s Aged Maple:
The back and sides were milled from big slabs of figured maple Gryphon's co-founders bought fifty years ago when they were making a lot of banjo necks. This was before the retail store was opened, and once that happened repairs and restoration quickly put most building projects on the back burner, where they stayed as demand for repairs changed Gryphon's direction. This maple has been stored in Gryphon's attic ever since, but Andy Powers and the crew at Taylor has helped us finally put it to good use.