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Guitar of the Day

There are lots of materials that have been used over the years to construct acoustic and electric guitars and basses. The standard combination of a Sitka spruce top with a rosewood back and sides has been time-tested – it’s a formula that guitar builders have utilized for decades. But today, in 2008, supplies of spruce and rosewood aren’t nearly what they were in the mid-20th century. Forward-looking luthiers are beginning to realize that there will need to be other options available in the future; options that both look and sound good. Probably no other builder has explored alternate tonewoods more than Taylor, and it doesn’t seem like that’s going to change any time soon, particularly when you look at the company’s new 426ce LTD. For starters, this acoustic guitar looks simply stunning! It’s constructed of Tasmanian Blackwood, front, back, and sides. Not often seen in musical instruments, this timber is both beautiful and easy to work with. What’s more, the supply of this lustrous wood is assured because of strictly controlled harvesting. Leave it to the innovators at Taylor to find a tonewood that is both beautiful, and guaranteed to be available for many decades to come.

The Taylor 426ce features the company’s newest GS (“Grand Symphony”) body style, with a nicely sculpted cutaway for easier access to the upper frets. Enhancing the dramatic color of the Blackwood grain pattern is a sparkling, multi-hued abalone rosette, along with cream binding and genuine mother-of-pearl “diamond” fingerboard inlays, all of which come together to produce an instrument with just the right balance of modern design and classic good looks. The GS is also a nicely balanced guitar when it comes to tone, with a rich piano-like bass, smooth midrange, and just the right amount of high-frequency shimmer! Designed to complement the acoustic tone, the 426ce LTD’s Expression System uses patented Dynamic Sensors to capture both string and top vibration, resulting in an extraordinary amplified sound. Created in partnership with renowned audio pioneer Rupert Neve, the Taylor ES system is actually integrated into the guitar’s design, rather than added as an afterthought. There are two of these masterpieces in stock right now, so go to our Guitar Gallery and select your favorite. Like almost everything we sell, the Taylor 426ce LTD includes absolutely free shipping via FedEx direct to your door!

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