Taylor introduced a number of guitars in 2013, with the Grand Orchestra models understandably receiving the greatest fanfare. But while those guitars were certainly worthy of their acclaim, I have to say that the all-mahogany models, formerly only a BTO option, continue to be my favorite.
In my experience, all-mahogany guitars tend to darken the tone a bit, bringing out the mids. And while the 524 definitely does this, with the benefit of improving the string-to-string balance, I feel like the mahogany also fattens up the rest of the audible spectrum, making for a meatier version of the Grand Auditorium tone you've come to know and love in guitars like the 814ce. If you're looking for an appealing twist on Taylor tone and versatility, this guitar is worth some serious consideration.
Please note that the guitar pictured here is a First Edition, which has a headstock inlay not found on the standard build of this guitar.
- Grand Auditorium body shape
- Mahogany top over Mahogany back and sides
- No onboard electronics
- Includes Taylor hardshell case