Taylor GT K21e Grand Theater Electro Acoustic
Overview by GAK
Combining their decades-long experience of crafting superb acoustic instruments with the finest tonewoods and components, Taylor have produced a true masterpiece - the GT K21e. This is a guitar with an undoubtedly premium sound and gorgeous looks to match.
Compact Size, Full-Bodied Sound
The K21e is part of the second wave of Taylors that use their GT (Grand Theatre) body shape, which falls inbetween the GS Mini and Grand Concert in terms of size, with the body curves of the Grand Orchestra model. This provides a highly comfortable playing experience in a more compact package, whilst retaining the sonic weight and depth of a full-sized guitar. The new GT models feature Taylor’s C-Class bracing, which coaxes additional warmth from the guitar’s bass response.
Featuring solid Hawaiian Koa top, back and sides, the K21e has luxurious look and distinctive sound that seperates it from the rest. Thanks to its all-Koa construction, the K21e has a lovely mid-range focus with pristine high-end chime and warm lows. The K21e’s hardwood top adds a natural “compression”, which lends a controlled roll-in effect to the notes you play. This is a guitar that sounds better the more its played, rewarding you with a rich warmth and sweet overtone “bloom” as it opens up.
The K21e’s neck boasts a smooth satin finish and lower string tension due to the shorter scale length, resulting in a slinky feel and effortless playability. The 1-23/32” nut width promotes easy fretting whilst giving fingerstyle-oriented players plenty of string space. The West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard features an ornate Spring Vine inlay pattern, which has been crafted from maple.
Lustrous Visual Character
A bonus of the Taylor K21e’s tonewood is its stunning wood grain, which is enhanced by the sleek gloss treatment and shaded edgeburst. This guitar’s striking aesthetics are completed by the maple binding with black and koa edge trim, single-ring maple rosette and antique gold Gotoh Mini 510 tuners (with precision tuning catered for by the 21:1 gear ratio).
Incredible Pre-amp Tech
With Taylor’s powerful Expression System 2 under-the-hood, the K21e is ready for the stage. This system utilises a state-of-the-art pickup that’s located behind the saddle, with three seperately positioned and uniquely calibrated pickup-sensors. Combined with their pro-grade preamp, the ES2 system truly conveys the K21e’s tonal characteristics when plugged in - with a wonderful responsive and wide dynamic range.
The included AeroCase blends supreme durability with a light carry weight, helping you keep the K21e pristine and protected on the way to the stage or studio.
If you’re looking for an acoustic guitar that offers something special, in both the sound and visual department, as well as comfy playability - you cannot go wrong with the K21e.
Overview by Taylor
Tone Profile from Andy Powers:
“Tonally, this guitar is the perfect demonstration of the midrange balance and sweetness koa is known for. It has a vibrantly focused sound, with a smoothly rounded attack. The balanced response is broadly useful for a player who will use it as a rhythm instrument, a fingerstyle guitar, or for an electric guitar-oriented playing style".
More and more players crave the comfort of smaller acoustic guitars but don’t want to sacrifice tone. This idea spurred Taylor master builder Andy Powers to design a new guitar that delivers on both fronts — combining the inviting playability of a compact instrument with the rich voice of a full-size, solid-wood guitar.
The GT introduces a new category of acoustic guitar in size, feel and sound. Made in Taylor’s California factory, the GT’s uniquely modern proportions — both in body dimensions and scale length — sit between the size of Taylor’s compact GS Mini and its Grand Concert, the smallest of Taylor’s full-size body shapes. The result is a guitar that’s fun and easy to play, with a big sonic personality worthy of any pro player’s toolbox.
The GT borrows the body curves of Taylor’s Grand Orchestra (Taylor’s largest body style), but the dimensions are scaled-down. The width at the lower bout (15 inches) is nearly the same as Taylor’s Grand Concert, but the GT’s body length is shorter. It’s made exclusively as a non-cutaway.
Scale length: For an acoustic guitar, the GT’s 24-1/8” scale length is in the mid-length range. (The GS Mini’s scale length is 23-1/2”. The Grand Concert’s scale length is 24-7/8".) The GT’s scale is the equivalent of playing with a capo on the first fret of a 25-1/2”-scale guitar.
Nut width: 1-23/32”. This is wider than 1-11/16" but narrower than 1-3/4”, making it comfortable for fretting.
Tension profile: It has the same string tension as if you tuned a guitar with a 25-1/2” scale length down a half step (E flat to E-flat). The tension feels like it’s strung with a set of 11s (Custom Light). The slinky feel makes the guitar easier to play.
Neck-to-body relationship: Between the compact body and string length, the design has the effect of bringing your hands closer together, which adds to the playing comfort.
Fret spacing: The scale length condenses the fret spacing slightly, creating a more agile playing experience.
All-around playing experience: For the reasons above, it’s a lot easier to get around the fretboard. In fact, the GT delivers the most comfortable playing experience Taylor offers among its solid-wood, US-made guitars.
GT models are voiced with Taylor’s new C-Class™ bracing architecture. The “C” refers to the cantilevered, asymmetrical design, which combines stiffness and flexibility in a way that helps accentuate the lower frequencies to produce a surprisingly warm bass response for its compact dimensions.
This bracing borrows functional benefits of Taylor’s V-Class™ bracing, including greater stability, yielding impressive volume, sustain and intonation that sonically help the guitar punch above.
- Back/Sides: Solid Hawaiian Koa
- Top: Solid Hawaiian Koa
- Fretboard: Crelicam ebony
- Inlays: Maple “Spring Vine”
- Rosette: Maple
- Body Edge Treatment: Maple binding, maple/black koa top purfling
- Finish: 4.5-mil gloss-finish body, shaded edgeburst body and neck
- Tuners: Gotoh Mini 510, antique gold
- Pickguard: None
- Electronics: Taylor Expression System 2
- Case: AeroCaseTM