African Ebony

Taylor Acoustic Guitar Woods

Tropical Mahogany A midrange powerhouse. Mahogany is prized for balance and articulation, making it one of the best all-around tonewoods there is. Indian Rosewood The tonewood superstar. Popular, traditional, and versatile, Bob Taylor puts Indian rosewood among the greatest tonewoods ever. Big Leaf Maple High-end sparkle and incomparable good looks put maple in its own category. Hawaiian Koa Few woods carry the allure of Hawaiian koa, with its gorgeous figure and sweet, complex tone. Walnut Walnut’s crisp highs are balanced by a deep, woody low end that emerges as the guitar is played in. Cocobolo A cannon of a guitar, with exotic coloration and figure to match its bold voice. Ovangkol Although not as well-known as its Indian rosewood cousin, ovangkol shares many of the same properties, making it a versatile, great-sounding tonewood. Sapele One of the best all-around tonewoods there is, sapele will deliver for any playing style. Layered Rosewood A rosewood veneer and layered construction present a beautiful aesthetic in a durable, affordable package. Layered Sapele Layered wood construction is used to offer attractive, durable and affordable models. Layered Maple Maple veneer is part of the resilient layered construction on the black 214ce-BLK. Layered Blackwood A blackwood veneer with laminate construction blends exotic beauty, resilience and affordability. Quilted Sapele Besides boasting gorgeous figure, the tone enhances sapele’s “bright mahogany” voice with extra low-end warmth. Tasmanian Blackwood Koa's cousin produces a similar tone, with a breathy midrange and bright treble notes, plus low-end overtones. Macassar Ebony Macassar’s exotic beauty is matched by a bold, dynamic tone that can be dark or bright, depending on the player and the top pairing. Layered Koa Koa veneer is part of the resilient layered construction on the 210ce-K and 214ce-K. Granadillo Sonically comparable to rosewood, granadillo’s higher density yields a clear, ringing tone. African Ebony A dense wood typically used for fretboards and bridges, ebony produces rich overtones. Figured Mahogany Rare and beautiful, figured mahogany is reserved for limited edition or custom guitars. Layered Quilted Sapele Layered wood provide great tone in a beautiful, durable and affordable instrument. 

African Ebony

Origin: Western Africa
Used On: Limited Editions

We typically use African ebony for fretboards and bridges, but occasionally we acquire sets for backs and sides, such as the visually striking sapwood-infused ebony used on our Spring 2013 LTDs. It shares some of Macassar ebony’s low-end damping tendencies, and has a rich, ringing tonal character with a linear quality across the tonal spectrum — no particular frequencies are accentuated over others.

Goes Well With: Players who like ringing overtones. Paired with a top wood like European spruce, it will yield rich, saturated notes in which the fundamental is wrapped in a blanket of overtones. This response would likely appeal to a fingerstyle player or someone who plays more softly or slowly, rather than fast or aggressive flatpickers. 

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