Taylor Announces The Grand Pacific At NAMM 2019!

Taylor - New Grand Pacific

Say hello to the Grand Pacific Dreadnought!

There isn’t that much you can do to freshen up acoustic guitars. So, when a company does something genuinely different and exciting, we as guitarists naturally congregate to the idea.

Taylor’s versatile new round-shoulder dreadnought brings a whole new sonic personality to the dreadnought category and the Taylor line. With its warm, seasoned sound and clear low-end power, it’s a Taylor like you’ve never heard before. Similar to a dreadnought but with rounded shoulders instead of the normal straight edge shoulder, the Grand Pacific is a breath of fresh air in big-bodied acoustics.

Until now, Taylor has been known for a modern take on acoustic tone—a vibrant sound with precise and well-defined individual notes. Drawing inspiration from traditional acoustic music, master guitar designer Andy Powers leveraged the tone-shaping control of their award-winning V-Class bracing to design the Grand Pacific. Broad, overlapping notes blend into a unified harmony to create a warm and inviting sound. You’ll be inspired in a whole new way!

The Grand Pacific line-up is split into two Builder’s Editions: the 717 and 517, and then the more affordable 317. The 717 is made of a stunning Indian Rosewood and torrefied Sitka Spruce top – meaning all impurities have been removed from the wood to improve response and sustain.

Builder’s Edition 717 | Rosewood + Torrefied Spruce

“Our Builder’s Edition models showcase player-friendly features not found in our standard models. With the 717, the pairing of rosewood and torrefied spruce, together with our Grand Pacific body contours and V-Class bracing, take the natural harmonic complexity of rosewood to another level. Every note resonates with thick, rich power. A new compound-carve neck profile with rolled fretboard edges naturally complements your hand position for smooth playing comfort.”

 

Similarly, the 517 uses the torrefied Spruce but instead with Mahogany back and sides. The 317 has Sapele back and sides and a regular Sitka Spruce top, which are still excellent tonewoods, but come with a more accessible price point.

Builder’s Edition 517 | Mahogany + Torrefied Spruce

”Mahogany’s strong fundamental focus and midrange presence, together with the played-in sound of a torrefied spruce top, add up to an inspiring mix of warmth, clarity and tonal balance on this Builder’s Edition Grand Pacific. V-Class bracing enhances mahogany’s dry, woody character, while the refined contouring of the neck, body edges, and bridge serves up a player-friendly feel that will coax expressive acoustic tone from the hands of any style of musician.”

317e | Sapele + Spruce

”For players craving the tonal warmth and power of the Grand Pacific in its most accessible form, the sapele/spruce 317e delivers. Sapele’s voice occupies the sweet spot between rosewood’s rich overtones and mahogany’s dry, woody sound. With our V-Class bracing, this Grand Pacific makes a dynamic and versatile guitar that’s perfect for performance with vocals or other musicians.”

Clear Low-end Power

Between V-Class bracing and the subtle contours of the Grand Pacific body, Andy eliminated the problematic low-end muddiness often associated with dreadnought-style guitars. The Grand Pacific produces clear low-end power, which means the bass frequencies are more musical.

Tonal Consistency

One of the sonic problems with many traditional X-braced dreadnoughts is that they create their low-end power at the expense of other frequencies. With the Grand Pacific, you’ll hear smooth, warm, powerful notes consistently across the frequency spectrum.

Greater Musical Versatility

The Grand Pacific isn’t musically confined the way a dreadnought can be. It blends the power of a bluegrass guitar with the clarity and playing comfort that singer-songwriters and other types of players will love. Its all-around utility makes it a fantastic workhorse guitar.

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