Origin: Tropical West Africa
Formerly Used On: 400 Series
In the late 1990s, Taylor introduced ovangkol to our guitar line as an alternative to Indian rosewood. An African relative of rosewood, it's a great sounding tonewood that shares many of rosewood's tonal properties, with a slightly fuller midrange and a top end that’s not quite as bright as maple. Though it didn’t boast the rich heritage of rosewood, ovangkol quickly became a staple of the Taylor line within our 400 Series for 25 years, asserting itself as an instant contender among players who would test-drive a variety of Taylor models. With its full-spectrum voice, it gave players a versatile musical palette to explore.
Goes Well With: Most applications. Players who perhaps don't have predefined tonal preferences, who may be generalists in their style of play, and who are looking for a well-rounded, all-purpose solid wood guitar. It works well with different body shapes.