Over the last five decades, a dizzying plethora of materials have been used to construct acoustic and electric guitars and basses – from premium timber to the cheapest plywood and particleboard. Still, the standard combination of a Sitka spruce top with rosewood back and sides has truly been time tested, making it the go-to formula that guitar builders have stuck with since the 1940s. But 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 anytime soon, particularly when you look at the company’s 426ce LTD. For starters, this acoustic guitar looks simply stunning! It’s front, back, and sides are constructed of Tasmanian blackwood. 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 well into the foreseeable future.
The Taylor 426ce LTD features the company’s popular 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 are a sparkling multi-hued abalone rosette, 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-end 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. We have one of these masterpieces in stock right now, so go to our Guitar Gallery and check it out. Like almost everything we sell, the Taylor 426ce LTD comes in a deluxe hardshell case and includes our free 2-year Total Confidence Coverage Warranty™ and free FedEx shipping right to your door!