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Acoustic 500 Builder's Edition 517

Builder's Edition 517

6-String | Sitka Spruce Top | Tropical Mahogany Back and Sides | Tropical Mahogany Neck | West African Crelicam Ebony Fretboard | No Electronics | Non-cutaway | Taylor Deluxe Hardshell-Western Floral Case

Series: 500 UPC: #00887766093879
$ 2,799USD
Responsibly Sourced Materials

Taylor is committed to ethical sourcing and the ongoing pursuit of greater sustainable practices.

Deluxe Hardshell Case Included

Protective and durable Deluxe Hardshell Case included at no extra charge.

Lifetime Warranty with Registration

Limited Lifetime Warranty (U.S./Canada) or Extended Warranty (Details)

Factory Expert Service & Support

Responsive customer service from factory experts trained to help you get the most out of your guitar.

  • Builder's Edition elements offer unmatched comfort
  • Solid mahogany back/sides with torrefied spruce top
  • Grand Pacific body for old-school acoustic tone
  • V-Class bracing for volume and sustain
  • Features Silent Satin finish and hardshell case
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Builder's Edition 517

One of Taylor's first guitars with the Grand Pacific body shape, this refined dreadnought-style acoustic guitar offers the ultimate experience in both feel and sound. The Builder's Edition 517 features back and sides of solid mahogany with a torrefied Sitka spruce top, plus our tone-boosting V-Class bracing under the hood. The result is a warm, seasoned tone with notes that blend and overlap, with a strong midrange response that minimizes overtones. Ergonomic touches include chamfered body and fretboard edges, along with a compound-carve neck profile that adjusts for the changing position of your hand as you move down the fretboard. This acoustic-only model sports our Silent Satin noise-reducing finish and ships with a hardshell case.


Grand Pacific

This round-shoulder dreadnought delivers a new flavor of warm, rich Taylor tone.

Tropical Mahogany

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

Sitka Spruce

The soundboard choice for most guitars, Sitka spruce produces a broad dynamic range and accommodates a versatile range of playing styles.

No Electronics

Whether you’re an acoustic purist or simply don’t need a pickup, we’ve got you covered.

V-Class Bracing

Our patented V-Class bracing is a revolutionary new pattern — a new sonic engine — that marks a major shift away from traditional steel-string bracing patterns. 



  • Scale Length 25-1/2"
  • Bracing V-Class Bracing
  • Pickguard None
  • Tuners Taylor Nickel
  • Strings Phosphor Bronze Medium
  • Body Width 16”
  • Nut & Saddle Black Graphite, Micarta saddle
  • Truss Rod Cover West African Crelicam Ebony
  • Number of Frets 20
  • Case Taylor Deluxe Hardshell-Western Floral
  • Body Length 20”
  • Body Depth 4 5/8"

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