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Price: $3,138 US MSRP / Series: 500

Taylor’s 500 Series Dreadnoughts boast several distinctive design strokes, including a slightly shorter 24-7/8-inch scale length and a V-carve neck with a slotted headstock. The result is an inviting handfeel that makes string bending fun and serves up a great Dreadnought option for singer-songwriters in search of a bold and expressive voice. The all-mahogany body unleashes a woody, focused tone with appealing midrange warmth, and the mahogany top helps smooth out a player’s attack to produce a balanced voice with crisp highs and soft lows. With Taylor’s Performance bracing optimized for the Dreadnought shape and the model’s other features, the 520e makes a musically versatile acoustic that blends well with other instruments, either unplugged or amplified with Taylor’s Expression System 2 electronics. A shaded edgeburst body, faux tortoise shell binding, and grained ivoroid Century inlays support a neo-classic aesthetic, especially with the slotted headstock.


Discover the features that make this guitar unique



Taylor’s Dreadnought captures the potent tone flatpickers and strummers love.

Tropical Mahogany

Top Woods

The hardwood top produces strong fundamentals with clarity and focus.

Tropical Mahogany

Body Woods

A midrange powerhouse. Mahogany is prized for balance and articulation, making it one of the best all-around tonewoods there is.

Expression System® 2


The Expression System® 2 captures more of a guitar’s dynamic properties using a breakthrough behind-the-saddle design.



The clean, symmetrical look of a traditional acoustic guitar.


Additional Cost
Sitka spruce top
Tobacco or Honey Sunburst Top (Spruce/Cedar Top Models Only)
Abalone dot bridge pins (set of 6)
Nut widths: 1 11/16" or 1 7/8" (except nylons and 12-frets)
Short-scale neck (except Nylons and GO shape)
Florentine cutaway (Substitute for Venetian)
Gotoh 510 Antique Gold tuners w/ black buttons per set of 6 (except 12-fret)
Gotoh 510 Antique Gold/Chrome per set of 6 (except 12-fret)
High Performance (HP) Package
No Additional Cost
Cedar Top (except GO & 12-strings)
Lefty or lefty strung righty
Taylor gold tuners (set of 6)
Pickguard options (black, clear, tortoise, none)
No strap pin
3-piece back

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