I've said in many other places that Taylor's build really benefits from some of the more exotic tonewoods, and this guitar is no exception. The Macassar Ebony back and sides give the instrument a real piano ring that gives you strong note fundamentals you'd normally hear in a guitar with, say, Honduran Mahogany, but with just enough rosewood-y lushness and reverb thrown in. The premium Englemann top gives it a nice response to a light touch—in fact, this is hands-down the most responsive Taylor in our shop right now. It is truly a sweet instrument.
A note on a few of the other touches I ordered on this guitar: I can never bring myself to put factory electronics in a guitar this nice, so it doesn't have any Taylor pickups. The bone nut and saddle are standard with all Shoreline BTOs, as are the Gotoh 510s (my favorite tuners these days). I went for a restrained, woody aesthetic on the body, with flamed Koa binding, and a simple Koa soundhole rosette. The only bit of flash I added was Taylor's Tropical Vine inlay, if only to give some visual hint of the great tone hiding in this guitar.
- Grand Auditorium body shape
- Premium Engelmann top over Macassar Ebony back and sides
- Tropical Vine inlay
- No onboard electronics
- Includes Taylor hardshell case