The Taylor GT (short for Grand Theater) introduces a new category of acoustic guitar in size, feel and sound. Made
in Taylor’s California factory, the GT’s uniquely modern proportions — both in body dimensions and scale length —
sit between the size of Taylor’s compact GS Mini and its Grand Concert, the smallest of Taylor’s full-size body shapes. The result is a guitar that’s incredibly fun and easy to play, with a big sonic personality worthy of any pro player’s toolbox.
How the Taylor GT Came to Be
More and more players are drawn to the playing comfort of smaller acoustic guitars but don’t want to sacrifice tone. This idea spurred Taylor master guitar designer Andy Powers to develop a new guitar that delivers on both fronts — combining the inviting playability of a compact instrument with the rich voice of a full-size, solid-wood guitar.
The GT borrows the basic body curves of the Grand Orchestra (Taylor’s largest body style), but they’re scaled down. The width at the lower bout (15 inches) is nearly the same as the Taylor Grand Concert, but the GT’s body length is shorter.
Solid-wood construction and ultra-thin finish optimize the tonal response.
Scale length: For an acoustic guitar, the GT’s 24-1/8” scale length is in the mid-length range. (The GS Mini’s scale length is 23-1/2”. The Grand Concert’s scale length is 24-7/8”.) The GT’s scale is the equivalent of playing with a capo on the first fret of a 25-1/2”-scale guitar.
Nut width: 1-23/32”. This is wider than 1-11/16” but narrower than 1-3/4”, making it comfortable for fretting.
Tension profile: It has the same string tension as if you tuned a guitar with a 25-1/2” scale length down a half step (E-flat to E-flat). The tension feels like it’s strung with a set of 11s (Custom Light). This makes the guitar easier to play.
Neck-to-bodyrelationship:Betweenthecompactbody and string length, the design has the effect of bringing your hands closer together, which adds to the playing comfort.
Fret spacing: The scale length condenses the fret spacing slightly, creating a more agile playing experience.
All-around playing experience: For all the reasons above, it’s a lot easier to get around the fretboard. In fact, the GT delivers the most comfortable playing experience Taylor offers among its solid-wood, US-made guitars.