Taylor GTe Urban Ash Grand Theater Electro Acoustic
Taylor GTe Urban Ash Grand Theater Acoustic
Smaller size. Bigger sound. Serious fun.
The Taylor GT introduces a new category of acoustic guitar in size, feel and sound - the Grand Theatre. Made in Taylor's California factory, the uniquely modern proportions of the Taylor GT's' body dimensions and scale length sit between the compact size of Taylor's ever-popular GS Mini and their delightful Grand Concert, the smallest of Taylor's full-size body shapes. The GTe adds Taylor's groundbreaking Expression System® 2 pickup system to this incredible new guitar, making it ready to record or gig at any time. The resulting guitar is exceptionally fun and easy to play, with a big sonic personality worthy of any player's toolbox.
How the Taylor GT Came to Be
With more and more players being drawn to the comfort of smaller acoustic guitar bodies but not wanting to sacrifice tone, Andy Powers - Taylor's master guitar designer - has worked his magic and designed a guitar that delivers both. Taylor have built a guitar that combines the inviting playability of a more compact instrument with the rich tones and sophisticated voice of a full-size, solid wood guitar.
The GT borrows the basic body curves of the Grand Orchestra (Taylor’s largest body style), but they’re scaled down. The width at the lower bout (15 inches) is nearly the same as the Taylor Grand Concert, but the GT’s body length is shorter. Solid-wood construction and ultra-thin finish optimize the tonal response.
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. String gauge: .012-.053 light-gauge strings 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). This 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 all 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.
The Taylor GT is voiced with 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 some of the functional benefits of Taylor’s V-Class™ bracing, including greater stability, yielding impressive volume, sustain and intonation that sonically helps the guitar punch above its weight.
Solid Urban Ash™ Back/Sides: First introduced on Taylor’s Builder’s Edition 324ce, Urban Ash is a tonewood Taylor has embraced both for its sustainability and tone. Responsibly sourced from Shamel ash trees scheduled for removal from municipal areas in Southern California, its tonal properties rival those of high-quality Honduran mahogany — dry, woody and clear, with pleasing midrange warmth. Solid Spruce Top: Together with C-Class™ bracing and the compact dimensions of the body and neck, the spruce top is responsive to a light touch yet capable of impressive tonal output, offering players a dynamic and expressive musical palette to explore. Eucalyptus fretboard, bridge and peghead overlay: The GT gives Taylor a platform to introduce another fretboard wood, eucalyptus, which offers great potential alongside ebony. Its comparable weight and density are ideal for holding frets.
Expression System® 2
The Taylor Expression System® 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the 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 “professional audio”-grade 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, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar.
- Fretboard Inlays: Italian acrylic “Pinnacle”
- Rosette: 3-ring koa
- Body Edge Treatment: Black top purfling
- Stain: Urban Sienna (Back/Sides)
- Finish: Matte 2.0 mil
- Tuners: Taylor nickel mini
- Pickup & Electronics: Taylor Expression System® 2
- Pickguard: Faux tortoise
- Case: Brown AeroCase™