Taylor K4 Guitar Preamp/EQItem ID: K4
Neve Designed Parametric Equalizer Voiced Specifically for the Acoustic Guitar.
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Outboard Gear For Your Guitar!If you're a Taylor acoustic-electric performer, you're about to discover a whole new world of creativity and control. Conceived by Bob Taylor and Mr. Rupert Neve, the K4 Equalizer is Taylor's first piece of outboard electronic gear designed for the next step in your guitar's balanced signal chain, raising the bar for live performance and recording.
The K4 features a parametric EQ voiced specifically for the acoustic guitar, along with a Q control for pinpoint tone shaping. The K4 also features a custom circuit design by Mr. Rupert Neve, transformer coupled input and output, and pure analog tone shaping. Plus, it's an active DI with effects loop and tuner out.
Building on the fully balanced output of the Taylor Expression System, Taylor created the K4's EQ for the specific frequencies of the acoustic guitar. Taylor designed its voicing for the Dynamic Sensors that are an essential, and exclusive, part of the ES. Now, you can shape your guitar's tone by zeroing in on the notes or frequencies of your choice and then cutting or boosting them to taste.
The K4 Equalizer has low impedance, transformer-coupled balanced inputs and outputs, which connect directly to the balanced output of an ES-equipped guitar. Features include: bass and treble controls, sweepable two-band Parametric midrange control with adjustable "Q", an effects loop with choice of "Pre" or "Post" EQ, phase invert, headphone jack with independent level control, mute feature and a dedicated tuner output. Each Taylor Guitars K4 Equalizer is housed in a compact case, with a wood-trimmed top.
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Reviewsbased on 6 reviews
K4, not just for guitar
by dave judd from san diego, ca.I do recording at home and i run everything through the K4. The SM57 plugs right in and so does the electric bass. The tone shaping availiable to me is astounding and can take an ordinary recording to... read more [+] something that makes people stand up and take notice. This is great Neve gear at an afordable price. close [-]
November 13, 2006
Music Background: Hobbyist, Worship leader.
The Perfect Mate for the Expression System
by Jere Mealer from Central CaliforniaI already own a fabulous preamp for my 6 string acoustic and mandolin, but when I acquired a Taylor 12 string with the Expression System, I thought I would give the K4 a shot. And am I glad I did. Wit... read more [+]h just a minor bit of tweaking the Taylor sprang to life through the house system. The sound guy calls it "glorious." Crystal clear, noiseless, pure tone. Feature-packed as well. A moot switch for acoustic instruments is a great feature. And even I could work the parametric eq on this unit!
March 27, 2013
Music Background: former professional, now a weekend warrior at Church
Well worth the investment if you are seeking the best means of amplifying your Expression-fitted Taylor. I have yet to try the K4 with my McPherson, but I have every reason to believe that would be a nice match as well. close [-]
Good for Taylor steel strings...but....
by Dwayne Wolf from Houston, TXFantastic for my 814ce. Definitely puts a world of control at my fingertips. It also somehow adds a bit of "sparkle" to the sound. If you're looking for a DI/preamp for a Taylor steel string look n... read more [+]o further. This is worth the money. However, I plugged in my 414ceN (a Taylor nylon string) and was shocked. It was very thin, brash, brassy, and not at all nylon-like. I couldn't dial in a pleasing sound at all with that guitar. I suspect the problem is that the K4 is designed for the full expression system whereas the 414ceN has a different pickup...the nylon-string Taylors have only a portion of the full ES. Regardless, I'd pass on this if you're intended use is nylon string. But again, I highly recommend it for a steel string. close [-]
October 22, 2012
Music Background: Semi-pro
by: Nathan Roemer
I love the full sound and balanced tone of Taylor acoustic guitars, and I’m continually impressed... read more »
The K4 is an irresistible add-on to any acoustic-electric guitar. The distinctive Neve EQ delivers extra warmth and thickness to the low end without getting boomy, and the high frequency boost is clear and glassy. No matter how good your guitar sounds plugged in, the K4 can make it sound better!
Carter, Mattaponi, VA
Taylor K4 Guitar Preamp/EQ
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