New Taylor Builder’s Edition Models On The Way!
We are always thrilled to see what’s new and exciting at the NAMM Show in Anaheim and this year, Taylor has come up with a quartet of very interesting guitars. They have expanded the Builder’s Edition collection to include four new models: the 324ce, the 912ce, the 652ce (12-string) and the 816ce. Designed by Andy Powers, these guitars are focused on combining comfort and ease of play with maximum responsiveness and tone. We’ve been very happy with the previous editions and we expect these will keep their winning streak going. We have examples of all four of these on order and they should start arriving late March. Call us at (888) 493-2131 or email us at [email protected] if you would like us to alert you when the model of your choice arrives.
324ce Builder’s Edition
This 324ce has a mahogany top, V-Class bracing, a beveled armrest and cutaway (our favorite Builder’s Edition exclusive feature). The back and sides are made of Urban Ash, a native to Southern California. The wood is sourced from trees growing in municipal areas that have been cut down due to age or safety reasons. This is a sustainable resource that, happily sounds very good. (Matt and Alex have both played this guitar at the NAMM and say it’s a fine sounding guitar,)
912ce Builder’s Edition
The 912ce is a 14-fret Grand Concert Indian rosewood back and sides and a Lutz spruce top. This guitar has all the now-classic Builder’s Edition features like a beveled armrest and cutaway, chamfered body and fretboard edges, which, when combined with the shorter 24-7/8-inch scale length and smaller body makes for an extremely comfortable guitar to play. The 912ce is available with a natural top or a sunburst finish.
912ce Builder’s Edition
The 652ce is the first 12-string to get the Builder’s Edition treatment. This 12-fret Grand Concert is made from Big Leaf maple and torrefied Sitka spruce. Interestingly this guitar is reverse-strung like a Rickenbacker electric 12-string, which emphasizes the lower octave of the paired strings,which create meatier, less jangly sound. Also, each string pair shares the same bridge pin hole, a building technique that was common on 12-string made in the 1920s and 1930s. This reduces the weight on the top making for a more responsive tone.
816ce Builder’s Edition
The 816ce Builder’s Edition features a redesigned Grand Symphony body with V-Class Bracing. It has Indian rosewood back and sides paired with a Lutz spruce top. It also has a unique soundport cutaway. Crafted to resemble a partial Florentine cutaway, the design keeps the guitar’s full back intact while still allowing easy access to the high-register frets. The port’s sloped position produces a unique acoustic dispersion pattern that adds depth and richness to the guitar’s tone.