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Taylor American Dream AD17e Acoustic-Electric Guitar - Blacktop SN 1212010114
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Built with solid ovangkol back and sides and a black, solid spruce top, Taylor Grand Pacific AD17e Blacktop asserts itself with a bold throwback aesthetic that complements its vintage-inspired tone. Ovangkol brings warmth and pleasing midrange focus, which in concert with V-Class bracing architecture delivers a stunning tonal blend of power, sustain and musicality. Chamfered body edges and the trademark comfort of the Taylor neck make this Grand Pacific dreadnought a dream to play, offering guitarists of all styles and musical needs a versatile solid-wood option at a more accessible price. Simple appointments highlight this model's musical focus, featuring a black top treatment with a black pickguard, single-ring rosette, 4mm dot fretboard inlays and an ultra-thin matte finish. It comes with built-in ES2 electronics and ships in a light yet strong Taylor AeroCase.
Grand Pacific shape
This round-shoulder dreadnought delivers a new flavor of warm, rich Taylor tone. Thanks to the contours of the shape (especially the wider waist) and the tone-shaping power of Taylor's V-Class bracing architecture, the notes are rounder and broader, overlapping to create a more blended sound with a warm, seasoned personality. Grand Pacific guitars also produce stunning power in the bass range without the muddy, woofy characteristics that create sonic problems, making for a more musical, usable tone in virtually every application. Together with the other fundamental sonic improvements of V-Class – more volume and projection, longer sustain, cleaner intonation and more tonal consistency from top to bottom – Grand Pacific brings broader versatility to a dreadnought-style guitar, promising to satisfy players across many genres and musical styles.
Sitka spruce top wood
As a guitar soundboard, Sitka spruce is the tonewood standard of the modern era. Its combination of strength and elasticity translates into a broad dynamic range, yielding crisp articulation and allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking.
Ovangkol body wood
An African relative of rosewood, ovangkol is a great-sounding wood that shares many of rosewood's tonal properties, with a slightly fuller midrange and a top end that's not quite as bright as maple. Being lesser known than rosewood, ovangkol has been a sleeper hit over the years, asserting itself as an instant contender among unsuspecting players who test drive a variety of Taylor models.
V-Class guitar bracing controls the top's flexibility, creating a more orderly rocking motion across both sides of the top. The controlled flexing movement produces greater volume. V-Class bracing also maintains stiffness along the middle of the guitar, in the direction of the strings. That rigidity keeps the strings in motion, producing notes that resonate longer before fading out. Finally, V-Class bracing makes the top more in tune with the vibrating strings. This eliminates much of the interference that causes some notes to waver and sound slightly out of tune. As a result, notes and chords played anywhere on the neck are more consistent and in tune with each other.
Expression System 2 electronics
The heart of Expression System 2 is Taylor's patented behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. Together with Taylor's custom-designed preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier or direct into recording software, Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar.
|Included from Manufacturer||Taylor AeroCase guitar bag|
|Acoustic Body Style||Grand Pacific|
|Number of Strings||6-Strings|
|Top||Solid Sitka spruce|
|Number of Frets||20|
|Bridge Saddle Material||Micarta|
|Electronics||Taylor Expression System 2|
|Tuner Built In||No|
|Nut Material||Graph Tech Tusq|
|Finish||2mm satin matte finish on top|
|Unique Features||V-Class bracing
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Taylor warrants solely to the original purchaser of this Taylor musical instrument that the instrument purchased shall be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use for as long as the instrument is owned by the original purchaser, and until the ownership of the instrument is transferred to another (unless otherwise noted by Taylor). Taylor further warrants solely to the original purchaser that all Taylor pickups and pickup systems – including Taylor solid body electric guitar pickups, installed acoustic pickups and pickup systems and pickup systems sold separately – shall be free from defects in workmanship and materials and shall function for a period of two (2) years from the date of purchase.
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