A brand new model for 2019, the Builder's Edition 717e features Taylor's new Grand Pacific body shape, a round-shoulder dreadnought voiced with Taylor's ground-breaking new V-Class Bracing System. (Find out more about V-Class Bracing at the link below.)
Among the first generation of Grand Pacific guitars, this Builder's Edition 717e features Taylor's new round-shoulder dreadnought body shape. "Notes blend smoothly together to produce a warm and seasoned acoustic voice with clear low-end power." The Grand Pacific body's wider waist produces a strong bass response, but without the woofiness that can sometimes plague bigger-body guitars. This all-solid guitar features Indian Rosewood back and sides paired with a torrefied Sitka Spruce top. Popular, traditional, and versatile, Bob Taylor puts Indian rosewood among the greatest tonewoods ever. Paired with the broad dynamic range of Sitka Spruce, torrefied (or "baked) to give a "played-in" sound, this guitar is incredibly versatile with a vintage vibe. Along with the properties of V-Class Bracing making the sound louder, more in-tune, and longer sustaining. The 717e features a mahogany neck with a comfortable 25.5" scale length, and an ebony fingerboard with Mother of Pearl "Arrowhead" inlays. This guitar is equipped with Taylor's ground-breaking Expression System 2 electronics, a behind-the-saddle transducer which amplifies the true sound of each unique guitar.
The Builder’s Edition stamp means that the 717e is detailed with premium features designed to maximize player comfort, including chamfered body edges and a new compound-carve neck profile that compensates for the change in your hand position as you move along the neck. Subtly contoured fretboard edges and a rounded, ridgeless heel add to the guitar’s pleasing fretting-hand feel, while Taylor's refined Curve Wing bridge shape brings extra comfort to your pick hand. Taylor's muted Silent Satin finish makes for a smoother playing feel and means there is no squeaking sound when moving your hand up and down the neck.
With it's premium features, astonishing tone and gorgeous playing feel, the 717e once again raises the bar on the Taylor playing experience. The guitar comes with a new Western Floral hard case, and also features new black graphite nut and a new label that features the signature of master guitar designer Andy Powers.
Learn more about the new Grand Pacific body shape here:
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