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Taylor Grand Pacifics are in stock! In case you've missed the hype so far, here's what Taylor says:

"Part of Taylor’s inaugural class of Grand Pacific guitars, the Builder’s Edition 717e builds on a long tradition of rosewood/spruce dreadnoughts but breaks new ground with an entirely new Taylor sound. The round-shoulder dreadnought shape, featuring Taylor’s award-winning V-Class bracing, produces warm, seasoned acoustic tone in which individual notes overlap and blend smoothly together, while the low-end power common among dreadnoughts boasts greater clarity here. V-Class brings extra punch and sustain, along with improved intonation and musicality across the entire frequency spectrum. Together with rosewood’s harmonic complexity and the played-in sound of the torrefied spruce top, players can expect rich, luxurious tonal character from top to bottom. It’s a voice comfortably rooted in a traditional sound, yet updated to offer more expressive musical range. As a Builder’s Edition model, the 717e also sports an array of premium, player-friendly features: chamfered body edges, rolled fretboard edges, and a new compound-carve neck profile, whose contours match the natural adjustments in the player’s hand position when moving up and down the fretboard. Even the bridge design was refined to add a more ergonomic feel for the player’s pick hand. Taylor’s noise-reducing Silent Satin finish displays the muted sheen of an older guitar, while elegantly understated appointments include mother-of-pearl Arrowhead fretboard and peghead inlays, with sapele binding. This edition also features our stage-ready ES2 electronics."

What do we think? Everything you've heard about these is true and then some. This a new sound for Taylor, and one that is likely to delight traditional dreadnought enthusiasts looking for that effortless Taylor playability. The 717e Grand Pacific Builder's Edition, with its solid Indian Rosewood back & sides and V-braced torrefied Sitka Spruce top, produces a low-end thunder and projection you probably wouldn't guess was coming from a Taylor if you played it blindfolded. This is an excellent strumming & flatpicking guitar (that also fingerpicks easily too); and with its newly contoured neck, it feels like an absolute dream to play. With "Western Floral" deluxe tooled leather case from Taylor.

Specs

  • Solid Indian Rosewood back & sides
  • Solid Torrefied Sitka Spruce top
  • Ebony bridge & fingerboard
  • Sapele binding
  • V-Class bracing 
  • "Silent Satin" finish
  • Taylor ES2 electronics
  • 20  frets
  • 16" body width
  • 4 5/8" body depth
  • 1 3/4" nut width
  • 25.5" Scale length
  • "Western Floral" Taylor Deluxe hard case

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