Though the wood in these images is the wood we selected, we cannot guarantee which pieces were used for each guitar. We will upload official pictures of the guitars when they arrive.
Sound Affects celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018, and to commemorate this milestone, we flew out to California for a tour of the Taylor factory. Whilst there we specified and ordered three breathtaking custom shop guitars to bring back to the UK, and they are arriving in store within the following weeks. We believe that these guitars represent some of the finest features that Taylor offers in their custom models.
This custom shop Taylor features some incredible details, all decided personally at the factory. The grand auditorium sized body has a solid AA Grade Koa Top with matching back and sides. These woods were hand selected by us. The grand auditorium shape is widely popular, as it covers the broadest range of playing styles - big enough for flat picking and loud strumming without rattle and lack of bottom end, but still small enough to capture the broad dynamic range achieved through fingerpicking. Koa is a dense tonewood that starts out its life sounding bright and airy, but as it begins to age and mature, warm mid-range overtones become more and more apparent. These tonal characteristics bloom quickly in comparison to other tonewoods, and quicker still the more it is played.
We opted for the much-recognised Venetian cutaway shape which is both contemporary and practical for reaching beyond the 14th fret. Being a custom shop order, we wanted to add some flair to the body design, and so we included Taylor's signature twisted oval inlays and stunning bloodwood binding – features that match perfectly to the shaded edgeburst finish. This model favours comfort and affordability over luxury, losing the bevelled armrest and adding a satin finished neck.
This guitar is a one-of-a-kind design, specified by us with hand-selected materials, and was a fantastic experience to undertake - We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our anniversary than this!
Type/Shape: 6-String Grand Auditorium W/ Venetian Cutaway
Back & Sides: AA Hawaiian Koa
Top: AA Hawaiian Koa
Soundhole: Bound, Abalone Single Ring Rosette
Neck: Tropical American Mahogany Satin Finish
Fretboard Inlay: Italian Acrylic, Twisted Ovals
Headstock Overlay: Hawaiian Koa
Binding: Blood Wood
Nut & Saddle: Bone Nut, Micarta Saddle
Tuning Machines: Gotoh 510 Chrome
Strings: Elixir Light Gauge Strings with NANOWEB Coating
Scale Length: 25 1/2 Inches
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Neck Width at Nut: 1 3/4 Inches
Number of Frets: 20
Fretboard Radius: 15 Inches
Colour: Shaded Edgeburst
Electronics: Taylor Expression System 2
Body Width: 16 Inches
Body Depth: 4 5/8 Inches
Body Length: 20 Inches
Overall Length: 41 Inches
Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell