Taylor Guitars Builder's Edition 324ce Mahogany/Ash Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Featuring a never-before-used tonewood and a host of player-focused design enhancements, the Builder's Edition 324ce represents Taylor's ongoing marriage of innovative acoustic design with forward-thinking strategy toward a more sustainable future. The star here is Urban Ash™, a tonewood sourced from city trees that have been selected for removal from urban settings due to due to weather or disease damage, public safety concerns, disruptive root systems, and simply reaching the end of their life cycle. Instead of allowing this beautiful, functional wood to end its life cycle in a landfill, Taylor has reclaimed it for use in the backs and sides of this 324ce, offering a tonal response similar to high-tier mahogany: dry and woody, with a fundamental-strong response that produces clear notes largely free from ringing overtones. Paired with a mahogany top, this Grand Auditorium produces clear midrange presence and crisp highs over a rich low end that will satisfy strummers and fingerstyle players alike. V-Class bracing offers its trademark blend of power and resonance, emphasizing this guitar's robust midrange while producing a more in-tune, musical sound. In keeping with the Builder's Edition philosophy, this 324ce features an array of enhancements designed to provide the ultimate playing experience, including chamfered body and fretboard edges, a beveled armrest and cutaway, and a Curve Wing bridge. Other appointments include Compass inlays in faux pearl and Italian acrylic, Gotoh 510 tuners with a super-precise 21:1 gear ratio, a Silent Satin finish with a dark edgeburst treatment for an ultra-clean, noise-free sound, and ES2 electronics. It ships in a deluxe Western Floral hardshell case.

Specifications
Body Shape: Grand Auditorium
Bracing: V-Class Bracing
Scale Length: 25-1/2"
Body: Tropical Mahogany top, Urban Ash back/sides
Stain/Sunburst: Tobacco Kona Burst
Body Finish: Silent Satin
Neck: Tropical Mahogany
Neck Finish: Satin
Neck Width: 1-3/4"
Frets: 20
Fingerboard: Ebony with Compass inlays in Faux Pearl and Italian Acrylic
Nut/Saddle: Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
Tuners: Gotoh 510
Electronics: Expression System 2
Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown

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I've owned and played daily the K14 Builders Ed for two years and have never had an acoustic so responsive, nuanced and loud. Playing high on the fretboard, chords and single lines has never been as pleasurable in 50 years with numerous manufacturer's fine instruments including Taylor. This V class bracing is indeed revolutionary and the Builder's compound radius cutout makes it possible to reach for it's greatest potential. Decided to take the heat off the K14 with this mahogany top Builder's 324 as a daily instrument and have been blown away by its characteristics. Maybe 3% quiter, still very loud, and just as nuanced in the upper registers. Lots of sustain and maybe 5% less harmonic complexity. You have to look for it and it's to be expected from a hog top anyway. The V class technology is the the Great Equalizer for tonewoods.
Posted by Mike Hancock on Oct 13, 2021
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