With the new CITES regulations making international traffic in rosewood guitars much more difficult—if not impossible—in 2017, we were holding our breath to see what happened to Taylor's Tecate-made instruments (since, of course, building rosewood guitars in Mexico then bringing them 40 miles north to the El Cajon Taylor factory involves all sorts of extra cost and paperwork).
The solution was better than I could have hoped for: Give all the 200s Koa backs instead of rosewood. I've been a big fan of the rosewood 200s all along, but in our shop, the customer favorite by far has been the Koa version of this guitar. With Koa now standard, you get an affordable instrument—under $1000 even with a cutaway and a pickup—and the one-two punch of great Koa clarity and a gorgeous guitar to boot.
• Back and Sides: Layered Koa
• Top: Sitka Spruce
• Nut and Saddle: Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
• Scale length: 25 1/2"
• Nut width: 1 11/16"
• Lower bout: 16"
• Body length: 20"
• Tailblock depth: 4 5/8"
• Frets to body: 14
• Bracing: Forward Shift
• Finish: Gloss Top / Satin Back and Sides
• Binding: White
• Fretboard: Ebony
• Fretboard Inlay: 4mm Dot Italian Acrylic
• Tuners: Chrome (100/200)
• Electronics: Taylor ES2
Ships with Taylor hard gigbag
- Every US order is shipped free. It does not matter the size, weight, or value of the shipment. It all ships free to any US ZIP code. This includes Alaska, Hawaii, APO/FPO and territories like Guam and Puerto Rico.
If you choose not to keep this guitar for any reason, we will pay for you to ship it back to us. For more details, visit our Shipping and Returns page.
Please note that we cannot ship Taylor guitars to overseas addresses.