Taylor K26ce, Koa Grand Symphony

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Koa Top, Koa Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, and Taylor Expression System 2 Electronics - Shaded Edgeburst, Top Only
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Taylor K26ce, Koa Grand Symphony
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The Taylor K26ce Grand Symphony acoustic-electric guitar brings the great sound of Koa back to the Taylor line! This jumbo-style guitar features a single cutaway, with beautiful and amazing sounding Hawaiian Koa wood making up its top, back, and sides. This gorgeous wood is accentuated by tasteful binding and appointments. The Grand Symphony body style give you big low end, healthy volume whether picked or strummed, and articulation with a light attack. The K26ce's mahogany neck is topped with a quality ebony fingerboard. You'll love the excellent projection you get out of the great playing Taylor K26ce.

Taylor K26ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-electric Guitar with Cutaway at a Glance:
  • The wonderful look and sound of Koa
  • Grand Symphony body style: huge, balanced tone with articulation
  • Taylor Expression System 2 electronics deliver superior sound onstage
The wonderful look and sound of Koa

Koa is a treasured tonewood that's only found on the Hawaiian islands. In Hawaiian, Koa means "bold," surely describing this wood's gorgeous, curly grain; figuring; and now its rich, acoustic tone. Koa is prized for its combination of warm tone and beautiful looks. The Taylor K26ce looks as good as it sounds!

Grand Symphony body style: huge, balanced tone with articulation

Bob Taylor developed the Grand Symphony body style to push the sonic envelope (yet again). Deeper, fuller, and louder than a Grand Auditorium (or a Dreadnought, for that matter) the GS serves up sonorous, piano-esque lows, solid midrange, and confident treble. Whether strummed or flatpicked, the Taylor K26ce gives your notes articulation, even with a light attack. The Grand Symphony is a body style that means it.

Taylor Expression System 2 electronics deliver superior sound onstage

If you play plugged in, then you're going to love the Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics built into your K26ce acoustic guitar. The key to this fantastic system is the 3-section proprietary pickup located behind the saddle. Because of where it's positioned and how it's integrated into the K26ce's saddle, the ES2 pickup provides you with remarkably clear and accurate sound. In addition to a master volume control, a pair of tone controls let you tweak your highs and lows to get the sound you need, and a discreet phase switch offers vital onboard feedback suppression.

Taylor K26ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-electric Guitar with Cutaway Features:
  • Grand Symphony acoustic guitar with huge tone
  • Select Koa woods give a rich, warm tone
  • Stage ready with built-in Expression System 2 electronics
  • Comfortable mahogany neck with ebony fretboard for effortless playability
  • Graceful Venetian cutaway gives you easy access to upper frets
  • Taylor deluxe hardshell case included
The Taylor K26ce: great sound and stunning visuals from a Koa masterpiece!

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Tech Specs

Series Koa
String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Grand Symphony
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Shaded Edgeburst
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Hawaiian Koa
Back & Sides Wood Hawaiian Koa
Body Bracing CV Bracing with Relief Rout
Binding Indian Rosewood
Neck Wood Tropical Mahogany
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Island Vine
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.5"
Tuning Machines Gold-plated Taylor
Bridge Material Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Bone/Bone
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 16.25"
Body Depth 4.625"
Electronics Taylor Expression System 2
Strings Elixir NANOWEB Phosphor Bronze Medium (.013-.056)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number K26ce ES2

Customer Reviews

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Unbelievable guitar. Doesnt get any better than this..

First off, kudos to sweetwater. I ordered a K26 from Andrew who was very knowledgeable and able to answer any questions I threw his way. You have to have a degree in some sort of musical capacity to work in sales there so that was comforting, coming from a musical and production background myself I wasnt having to dumb down my questions. Secondly, I picked out my guitar I liked from the accurate pictures and the day it arrived couldnt of come sooner. Unfortunately the one I received had a couple small issues. Nothing major just something I wasnt happy with for a $4500 guitar. Andrew had the tech support team place an additional one on hold for me right away and then sent it to me along with return shipping label to send other one back. I got the 2nd one and it is absolutely perfect. I played one of these in Hawaii while on vacation and it was the only Taylor I played that I liked more than my Gibson Songwriter Deluxe. In 20 years of playing guitars I have only played one other guitar that sounded this good (a 7k R. Taylor 8 years ago). Taylors to my ear are generally very bright and tinny, as everyone knows, and lacking in bass tones. But not the K26. Unbelievable bass tones coupled with crisp and clear upper range it sounds great for all styles I have put it through. Plus the bigger body feels more like a normal size guitar as opposed to the GA and GC series those feel very small for me. Lastly, the place this guitar shines most is in the studio. As soon as I got it I plugged it in and mic'd it up, I fell even more in love with it. The ES2 system is IMO the best naturally sounding pickup system out there. Nothing else comes close and you cant beat the convenience and clean look of it. I honestly dont think there is a nicer looking guitar out there, nor a better sounding one either. If you are considering this versus any other brand or even Taylor series, get the K26. You wont regret it
Music background: Professional

If looks could kill…

This is my second Taylor guitar, the first being a 214ce-K DLX; both of which have a permanent place in my collection.I love Sweetwater’s Guitar Gallery. The idea of being able to browse through the vast selections of guitars then selecting the one that visually calls to you is just a great experience. It feels almost as if you are walking down the wall of guitars at your local shop. I will say this though, while the pictures in the gallery are great, they do not do the K26 justice. Every part of this guitar from the fretboard inlay to the shaded neck is just remarkable. In a brightly-lit room the lighter-grained areas Koa take on a different characteristic from the pictures; it almost glows. It is a beautiful guitar either way, but it is a very unique transition to see. This is my first solid wood acoustic and because of this I have to be mindful about where I store it. My 214ce-K does not suffer as much from humidity changes since it is laminated Koa. Too much humidity and the sound will dull considerably. Living in Florida it is almost always 70%+ humidity, and this will impact the performance of this guitar; just be mindful and you will have no issues. Just like the looks the sound is phenomenal! It has a bright, warm tone that is very clean. I am not a gifted musician by any measure, but the K26 takes on the burden of my inability and makes some beautiful sounds. As with anything else in the music world, it is a matter of personal preference when it comes to different tonewood. I for one love Koa. I cannot speak about the electronic s on the K26, besides the fact that I tested to ensure they were functioning. I do not have a need for them, but I am sure they are acceptable to say the least. As with my other purchase Sweetwater does an outstanding job that sets them apart from the competition, and keeps me coming back. They do not just make a follow-up phone call on just instruments; they will also call if you just purchase accessories. It is a good feeling to know that if I was dissatisfied with a purchase they would attempt to resolve the issue in any way possible.All-in-all several weeks later when I open the case I still cannot help but stop and admire the beauty inside before I take it out and play. The look, feel, and sound of this guitar is something of pure enjoyment. It is esthetically pleasing on every possible level. If given the chance, I would make the same purchase again without any hesitation.
Music background: Hobbyist

Best Guitar Ever

Best Guitar Ever goes perfectly with Best Day Ever. Called my rep for Best Price Ever. Why are you still reading? Go get one.
Music background: Dogs and goats listen to me play.


Well, this is my 2nd Taylor Guitar, and it is the "6-string 'brother'" of the Taylor 12-string which I bought awhile back. As in the case of my 12-string, the K26ce is JUST AS INCREDIBLE! The sound of the strings chimes like bells with GREAT PROJECTION, and is SUPER RESONANT! Such a VERY SWEET tonal balance of lows, highs, & mid-range! As GREAT as this guitar sounds while playing itacoustically, just wait until you plug it into your amp! You just won't believe your ears...it's that INCREDIBLE!Now, on the Sweetwater SERVICE side of the story, as I emphatically expressed numerous times within my reviews, my Sales Engineer, MIKE SOPER is THE VERY BEST THERE IS, in all aspects of the guitar world, & is as FRIENDLY & PATIENT as can be! Do yourself a BIG favor, and ask for him by name, or call him by phone at Extension 1342. He really knows his stuff, and he will advise you well!I'd also like to give a GREAT BIG THANKS to JIM COOPER, who, like Mike, has gone "the extra tenmiles" for me! THANKS AGAIN, guys!
Music background: Long-time guitar player

The ultimate in tone

I was recently at a Taylor road show and was able to play a great range of guitars. I already had my eye on the Koa models, but I just didn't know which one spoke to me until...I picked up the K26ce! Wow, this one did it for me. Koa models in the past have generally been way too bright for my liking, but Taylor figured out a bracing pattern and other tricks to get some warmth and sustain out of them. The K26ce, to me, is a great balance between warm with sustain and a wonderful, chimey mid and top end. It has wonderful complex and late developing harmonics that just blow me away. And they say that the mid will only get sweeter over time. Sounds good to me. It's always going to be a matter of taste, but I played the Presentation series and the 900's, 800's and the revoiced 600's (I already have a 714ce with a cedar top, so I wanted something different). Even the large dollar customs. All of them are wonderful. But the K26ce was what I was looking for. I'm a very happy camper.
Music background: Worship leader and regular road warrior
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