New Taylor 717e Grand Pacific in stock--this one featuring a custom shade of their Wild Honey 'Burst and a tastefully aged saddle! In case you've missed the hype so far, here's what Taylor says:
"A Wild Honey Burst top and low-sheen finish heighten the old-soul aesthetic appeal of this Builderâ€™s Edition Grand Pacific, which builds on a long tradition of rosewood/spruce dreadnoughts but breaks new ground with an entirely new Taylor sound. The round-shoulder dreadnought shape, featuring Taylorâ€™s award-winning V-Class bracing, produces warm, seasoned acoustic tone in which individual notes overlap and blend smoothly together, while the low-end power common among dreadnoughts boasts greater clarity here. V-Class brings extra punch and sustain, along with improved intonation and musicality across the entire frequency spectrum. Together with rosewoodâ€™s harmonic complexity and the played-in sound of the torrefied spruce top, players can expect rich, luxurious tonal character from top to bottom. Itâ€™s a voice comfortably rooted in a traditional sound, yet updated to offer more expressive musical range. As a Builderâ€™s Edition model, the 717 also sports an array of premium, player-friendly features: chamfered body edges, rolled fretboard edges, and a new compound-carve neck profile, whose contours match the natural adjustments in the playerâ€™s hand position when moving up and down the fretboard. Even the bridge design was refined to add a more ergonomic feel for the playerâ€™s pick hand. Elegantly understated appointments include mother-of-pearl Arrowhead fretboard and peghead inlays, with sapele binding. It all adds up to a Taylor like youâ€™ve never seen, heard or felt before."
What do we think? Everything you've heard about these is true and then some. This a new sound for Taylor, and one that is likely to delight traditional dreadnought enthusiasts looking for that effortless Taylor playability. The 717e Grand Pacific Builder's Edition, with its solid Indian Rosewood back & sides and V-braced torrefied Sitka Spruce top, produces a low-end thunder and projection you probably wouldn't guess was coming from a Taylor if you played it blindfolded. This is an excellent strumming & flatpicking guitar (that also fingerpicks easily too); and with its newly contoured neck, it feels like an absolute dream to play. And it may go without saying, but get a load of the drop-dead gorgeous "Wild Honey" 'Burst! With "Western Floral" deluxe tooled leather case from Taylor.
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