Published On: Mon, Apr 22nd, 2013

Taylor Introduces All-Koa K28 And New 400 and 600 Series Models

One sumptuous new all-koa offering and some equally fetching new 400 and 600 series models from Taylor

These beautiful new models from Taylor are certainly easy on the eye…

The Taylor Grand Orchestra, the newest body shape in the company’s guitar line, debuted earlier this year at the Winter NAMM Show to rave reviews from dealers and players. As part of a year-long rollout, Taylor is pleased to introduce the latest Grand Orchestra model, the all-koa K28e, at the Musikmesse trade show in Frankfurt, Germany. 

The K28e boasts the bold yet balanced voice of its Grand Orchestra body shape, while koa’s appealing tonal flavors blend the midrange of mahogany with a splash of high-end sparkle. The koa top tends to impart a more controlled attack to the guitar’s sound compared to spruce, explains Taylor master builder Andy Powers, who designed the guitar. “The koa top makes a more subtle entrance,” he says. “The notes have a graceful, ‘fashionably late’ quality, giving the player a smooth and sweet-sounding sustain.” The Grand Orchestra’s proprietary bracing is a hybrid parabolic and scalloped design that produces unprecedented balance and responsiveness for a big-bodied guitar.

The K28e makes its debut with a special release of 100 First Edition models. In addition to the beautiful wood-rich appointments that characterize other Koa Series models — Indian rosewood binding, a rosewood and maple rosette, and Island Vine inlay — premium touches include AA-grade koa and tone-enhancing Adirondack spruce bracing.

Each First Edition model K28e comes with a custom label and ships in a Deluxe “First Edition” hardshell case. Once the guitar is registered, the owner will receive a custom GO First Edition guitar strap, a numbered certificate of authenticity, and a special commemorative booklet. All models are equipped with Taylor’s proprietary Expression System acoustic electronics. The K28e will eventually become a standard model with the Koa Series.

Also new from taylor are the 614ce-LTD and 616ce-LTD models made using sapwood-infused African ebony all sourced from sustainably managed forests in Congo and European Spruce.

Other features include Adirondack spruce bracing, an ivoroid/koa 'Spiked Ovals' fretboard inlay, ivoroid binding, curly koa top edge trim, an ivoroid/koa rosette and gold Gotoh 510 tuners.
The new 400 Series limited edition model is built from Granadillo, a native wood to Central America, often used to make marimba bars. The guitars are are available in Dreadnought, Grand Concert, Grand Auditorium and Grand Symphony body styles, all with a cutaway.



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