Taylor 326ce Grand Symphony Electro Acoustic
Taylor 326ce Grand Symphony
326ce Grand Symphony ‘Soundport’ with a solid Mahogany top, solid Urban Ash back & sides, V-class bracing, fitted with an ES2 pickup and supplied with a hardshell case.
The Grand Symphony is a refined larger ‘jumbo’ shape that projects dynamically without being too bass-dominant. It has been nicely matched as a Baritone and as the bearer of the new ‘soundport’ cutaway.
Taylor soundports act to open out the guitar’s sound in another location on the instrument and augment both the player and the listener’s experience.
As an option for a top, Mahogany has made a big comeback in recent years. This may be the continuing influence of pickups as mahogany lacks the volume of spruce but has a remarkably sweet sound and responds very delicately to a lighter touch with a natural compression. Urban Ash is reclaimed wood from California. It is especially suited to use with acoustics guitars and emphasises the fundamental note overall enhancing clarity.
The scale length is 24 & ⅞”. This is called ‘short scale’. Short scale lengths cause the strings to be held under a lower tension at concert pitch. This means slightly less volume but the strings are more forgiving. The fundamental note rings very clearly with less overtones. The nut width is a broad 1 and ¾ inches, allowing a little more space for fingering and picking.
Taylor has used various voicings based on the classic ‘X’ pattern embraced throughout the industry. The big breakthrough has been Andy Powers’ creation of the V-class bracing. Traditional X bracing has been the mainstay for steel strung guitars- it works very well. The sound is complex and brings out overtones, especially as you play further up the neck, that both blend and clash. One quality of X bracing is that the very strong sound one gets from playing closer to the nut and especially using the open strings can be diminished further up the neck. It’s just a tradeoff. However, the V class bracing works differently. Andy Powers first imagined it as water running either side of a post holding up a jetty. The V shape channels the energy through the guitar in a way that holds the centre of the top more rigidly than the sides, which respond with a rocking motion (not actually visible to the eye, of course). The result is an improvement in volume up the neck, better intonation, an audible change in the way notes blend further up the ‘dusty’ end of the fretboard and one assumes a more stable area behind the bridge. It is a tremendous innovation to have been introduced to the modern guitar and demonstrates Taylor’s good sense in promoting Andy Powers as the new Master guitar Designer.
The ES2 pickup is different from the standard under saddle piezo system, which is under constant tension from the strings. This tension has a negative effect on tone, according to Taylor, and so they place their pickup on the side of the saddle, tensioned by 3 hex bolts which can be adjusted to calibrate the pickup response.
Taylor guitars come with a 12-year warranty with 2 years covering the electronics. This is activated by registering your details to Taylor’s site. Once this is done you will also receive Wood & Steel, Taylor’s quarterly gazette.
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- Body size - Grand Symphony
- Woods - Solid Mahogany spruce top, solid Urban Ash back & sides, Ebony fretboard and bridge
- Cutaway - ‘soundport’
- Bracing - V Class
- Nut width - 1 ¾’’’
- Scale length - 24 ⅞”
- Neck to body join - Taylor NT neck
- Neck type - Standard
- Finish - Gloss
- Electronics - Expression System 2
- Case - Taylor Deluxe Hardshell (Included)