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Guitar of the Day: Taylor Custom Dreadnought

Taylor Guitars recently added Master Luthier Andy Powers to their roster. Andy has a very personal attitude toward the craft of guitar making and is continually furthering the process, with impressive results. The combination of Taylor’s stellar reputation and Andy’s hands-on approach resulted in the Taylor Custom Dreadnought; an awesome-sounding instrument that exemplifies both power and grace.

The unique wood combinations and design details give this guitar a wide sonic palette. The AA Sitka spruce top, mahogany neck, and ebony fingerboard are go-to wood choices for great, traditional acoustic guitar tone. The back and sides are made from ovangkol, a cousin to Indian rosewood that shares many of its tonal characteristics. A deeper detail is the Adirondack spruce bracing in a Grand Orchestra pattern. All of this adds up to a guitar that is clear and responsive in all dynamic ranges; from the most intimate fingerpicking to the boldest strumming and all points in-between. Big, fat low-end and sparkling highs are evident no matter how hard or soft you attack the guitar. The Taylor Custom Dreadnought is also available with walnut back and sides, resulting in a warmer overall character and slightly reduced volume, yet still exhibiting the same dynamic responsiveness as the ovangkol model.

To accurately amplify all of this tonal beauty, the Custom Dreadnought features Taylor’s Expression System. In a partnership with world-renown audio pioneer Rupert Neve, Taylor’s Expression System integrates seamlessly into the design of the guitar. Patented dynamic sensors track not only the vibration of the string, but the top’s vibration as well and the electronics allow for a natural amplified acoustic tone.

An ultraviolet-cured finish adds maximum durability and resistance to weather-checking, as well as being an environmentally friendly process. Details such as wood binding on the body and neck, an inlay in the bridge, and a Tusq nut and saddle perfectly top off the Taylor Custom Dreadnought. This gorgeous, expressive, cannon of a guitar is a Sweetwater exclusive and a limited edition so time is of the essence if you want to own one!

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