800 Series Features Custom Tabs

Design Features

Bracing

New advanced performance designs brings out greater warmth, midrange, balance and sustain.



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A guitar’s bracing patterns orchestrate the movement of the top and back, working with the overall body shape and tone woods to produce a unique acoustic voice. For the redesign of the 800 Series, the bracing profiles and their placement were customized for each body shape to emphasize their inherent strengths and to complement the playing styles that might

suit the shape. The bracing for the back and sides of Grand Auditorium and Grand Concert models was also modified from a standard horizontal, ladder-style pattern to a slanted scheme to change the internal tension of the back. Another refinement was the addition of side braces, which add rigidity to the sides and enhance the top and back movement.With the reconfigured

relationship between the top and back bracing, each shape generates a well-balanced tone whose differences are most noticeable in the midrange. “The midrange is the friendly and flattering part of the guitar,” Andy Powers explains. “This sounds warmer across the board. In this case, you have this nice, cushy swell and long sustain, even with a delicate touch.”

Wood Thickness

Optimized dimensions help bring out the best of each body shape.


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Another subtle recalibration that relates to the bracing is in the top and back thickness specification for each body shape. It’s one of many refinements designed to bring more efficiency of movement to the overall guitar. Generally speaking, the smaller the guitar, the thinner the wood, as Andy Powers

explains, using Taylor’s Grand Concert (GC) as an example. “Because of its smaller outline, the GC is inherently a stiffer body,” he says. “By making the parts a little thinner and more flexible, we can maximize what a player can get out of that guitar, like more volume.” “Andy’s got a great sense for how

thin and light you can go to make it sound great and still be equally strong,” Bob Taylor says. “You can actually flatpick that GC and it’s pretty loud.”

Protein Glue

The strategic use of animal glues helps enhance the transfer of tone between important guitar components.


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The type of glue used between parts where tone is transferred, such as the bracing and bridge, can influence the tone. Some synthetic glues can partially impede tone, while animal protein glues transfer it well. Animal-derived glues were used to make musical instruments for centuries before the introduction of man-made woodworking glues in the 20th century. Factories moved

away from hide glues because they needed to be constantly tended.Today’s modern protein glues are much easier to work with. Andy Powers chose fish protein glue for the top and back bracing because the braces provide an energy transmission network for the top and back of the guitar and the fish glue optimizes the tonal transfer. Its strong adhesion properties also allow the guitar to

be built more lightly without sacrificing strength.Traditional heated hide glue was chosen to mate the bridge with the soundboard. It’s something that can be managed in the Taylor factory, its properties make it more suitable for the ebony/spruce joint, and its natural characteristics make it easy to clean any residue off a thin-finished top.


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