Taylor Guitars 326ce Grand Symphony Ash/Mahogany Acoustic/Electric with Case

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326ce Grand Symphony Ash/Mahogany Acoustic/Electric with Case

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326ce Grand Symphony Ash/Mahogany Acoustic/Electric with Case
326ce Grand Symphony Ash/Mahogany Acoustic/Electric with Case
326ce Grand Symphony Ash/Mahogany Acoustic/Electric with Case
326ce Grand Symphony Ash/Mahogany Acoustic/Electric with Case
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Urban Ash™ and mahogany serve up a pleasing surround-sound tonal experience



The 326ce, the latest Grand Symphony model to sport Taylor's innovative soundport cutaway, boasts warmth and tonal balance in equal measure thanks to mahogany's natural compression effect and midrange punch. Back and sides of responsibly sourced Urban Ash yield a tonal response akin to high-quality Honduran mahogany, with a neo-tropical mahogany top that emphasizes a fundamental strong quality. V-Class™ bracing pumps up the volume and enhances the pitch accuracy up and down the neck, while the soundport cutaway adds a completely new tonal dimension, producing an immersive sound that fills any room hard shell case with fluid, high-fidelity detail and rich sustain - a truly "symphonic" listening experience that lives up to the body style's name. Specs include a 24-7/8" scale length, 1-3/4" nut width, and lightgauge strings.

Appointments support a dusky aesthetic, with an Urban Sienna colour treatment for the top, back, sides and neck, shaded edgeburst top, and 5-mil satin-finish body. Other details include Urban Ash for the soundport's cutaway cap, Taylor satin black tuners, a three ring rosette, black binding, Gemstone fretboard/peghead inlays in Italian acrylic and a black pickguard. It ships with built-in ES2 electronics in a deluxe Taylor hardshell case.

Specifications
Body Shape: Grand Symphony
Bracing: V-Class™
Scale Length: 24-7/8"
Top Wood: Neo-tropical Mahogany
Body Wood: Urban Ash
Body Finish: Satin
Neck Width: 1-3/4"
Frets: 20
Special Features: Soundport Cutaway, Gemstone fretboard/peghead inlays in Italian acrylic
Electronics: Expression System® 2
Case: Deluxe hardshell case

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Beautiful Sound & Look - Feature & Value Rich 0 of 0 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Oshawa, Ontario
Taylor Guitars has two defined tiers of guitars:
- American made
- All solid wood construction
- V-class bracing (bigger sound and better sustain)
- Hard shell case
- $$$ - $$$$$$
- Made in Mexico
- Solid top, laminate back and sides (inferior to solid back and sides)
- X bracing (traditional for acoustic guitars, but inferior to V-class)
- Soft case
- $ - $$
The 300 series, where the 326ce sits, is at the entry level of the American made Taylor Guitars. This is where options open up to the features available in the best Taylor Guitars. Currently, you won't find Taylor Guitars with these American made features in a cheaper range than the 300 series. The feel, sound and features in the 300 series are a major cut above the series' below it. It's a big step up. In my opinion, the 326ce combines the best of all of the features in Taylor's best guitars together in one beautiful, unique instrument.
It has a Grand Symphony shape, so the sound is already on the bigger side of the Taylor lineup, but the added sound-port cutaway makes the sound even bigger. The sound-port cutaway also sends the sound in a different direction than the standard sound hole, so the way the sounds bounce around a room when played acoustically can give a feeling of almost a surround sound experience.
It can be difficult to find an L&M location that has one of these available to try, as the salesman at my local shop told me its such a specialized guitar that it's not one that they would typically choose to stock, but they are around and worth travelling to try out.
I recommend for finger style as the added sound brings forward the notes even if you have a very gentle action. If you can get one with Urban Ash, there is a great story of sustainability that goes with this guitar as well, but they'll likely be all gone by the time you read this.... The "whole hog" version of mahogany top, back and sides is also a beauty, but the Urban Ash is a great version that I'm glad I was able to snag.
Posted by Mac on Jan 18, 2023
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A players guitar, very fun to play 5 of 5 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Langley, British Columbia
I’ve owned the 326ce for a couple months and It’s definitely my new go-to. Plays great, even past the 12th fret; the soundport cutaway gives you the same fretboard access as a full cutout, but sounds slightly fuller to my ear. The soundport does give a unique experience, almost a surround effect, mainly to the players benefit I think. Try playing some harmonics on it. The GS is a comfortable size to play, and V-Class bracing make it sound like an even bigger guitar. Sounds great plugged in too. The look of the guitar has only grown on me. Great value for this guitars quality finish; it has inlays from the 400 series, and love the black tuning keys and other finishes. Mahogany/Ash is a great combo and looks amazing in this finish. The ebony fretboard is top notch. Pretty cool that Taylor is sourcing their wood sustainably too.
Posted by Todd Allen on Jan 2, 2021
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