The AD11e-SB is part of Taylor’s new American Dream series, which are made of all solid tonewoods in El Cajon, California. This particular guitar has a Sitka spruce top and walnut back and sides. The fretboard and bridge are made of eucalyptus. The AD11e-SB has Taylor’s new Grand Theater body shape and is fitted with Taylor’s own ES2 Expression System pickup.
We've been wishing Taylor would offer an all-solid wood smaller guitar for years and when they finally released the Grand Theater size, it was even better than we hoped it would be. This style has lots of new and different features, but here's the short description: At 24.125” the scale length is more than half an inch shorter than the scale on a Taylor Grand Concert, so it plays like butter, yet it doesn't sound like a smaller shorter-scale guitar at all. This is partly because while the body is shorter, the lower bout is almost the same width as their Grand Concert. The shortened upper bout puts the bridge in the optimum position in the lower bout, while retaining 14 frets clear. The Grand Theater features C-Class bracing, a new bracing pattern that uses an asymmetrical, cantilevered design that balances stiffness and flexibility. To our ears, this new model holds up well in any comparison to an 812 model Taylor, but is both easier to play and more comfy to hold.