Taylor has introduced a number of guitars in 2013, with the Grand Orchestra models understandably receiving the greatest fanfare. But while those guitars are certainly worthy of their acclaim, I have to say that the all-mahogany models, formerly only a BTO option, are my favorite.
In my experience, all-mahogany guitars tend to darken the tone a bit, bringing out the mids. And while the 526ce 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 Symphony 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.
- Grand Symphony body shape
- Mahogany top, back, and sides
- Onboard Taylor ES2 electronics
- Includes Taylor hardshell case