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Meet the Revoiced 600 Series

More warmth, richness and sustain

Maple's Musical Makeover

Maple acoustics haven't been known for their warm, rich tone. Until now. Andy Powers has poured his expertise into revoicing Taylor's maple 600s with stunning results. From specially aged tops creating a played-in sound to bracing that unleashes low-end warmth and sustain, Taylor's 600s suit all playing styles.

Blueprint For a New Voice

From the violin family to archtop guitars, maple and spruce are a historical pairing. Though maple guitars are known for clear, bright sound and crisp articulation, Taylor's revoiced 600s evoke rich warmth and sustain for the complete sound of other classic tonewoods like rosewood and mahogany.

Why Maple Matters

With exotic woods at risk from forest depletion, maple is important to music's future. Maple grows in well managed North American forests where the infrastructure exists to sustain its supply. Taylor is committed to making it a tonewood staple and building maple guitars that players love. Try one. We think you’ll like it.

Tone-Enhancing Design Features

From custom bracing for a rich, warm tone, to specially roasted tops producing a played-in sound, nearly every 600s feature has been refined to enhance the playing experience.

Bracing

Like Taylor’s 800 Series, the bracing patterns for the 600 Series have been customized to help distinguish the unique sonic personality traits of each body shape. The soundboard bracing was designed to set the top in motion easily. The back bracing was an important area of focus and is specially calibrated to suit the properties of maple. One unique design touch is that the braces don’t extend all the way to the side (except for the bigger Grand Orchestra). This helps produce more volume, projection and low-end warmth, without losing maple’s even response. The bodies also feature side braces, which provide extra rigidity that helps facilitate the movement of the top and back.


VIDEO: Watch how new voicing refinements optimize the sound of maple like never before

 

Wood Thickness

Another subtle voicing refinement applied to the 600s (like the 800 Series) is that the top and back thicknesses have been specially gauged for each body shape. This, together with each shape’s customized bracing help optimize the tonal strengths of each shape tonal optimization. The amount of figure for the maple backs was carefully considered in the grading process. While the most dramatically figured sets are the most visually attractive, the more moderately figured sets tend to have the right degree of stiffness to produce the best tone.

Protein Glue

Another shared feature between the 600 and 800 Series is the use of protein glues for the bracing and bridge to reduce the damping and enhance the tonal transfer between the guitar’s “powertrain” components. Some wood glues tend to filter or absorb a portion of the vibrational energy from the strings and can compromise the tonal character or the amount of volume or sustain.

 

Torrefied Tops

As wood naturally ages, the sound of a guitar becomes more resonant. Torrefaction is a roasting technique that accelerates this, enabling a guitar to sound much older. The result is an incredibly responsive top and a sound as if notes are falling out of the guitar when you play.

Thin Finish and Color

The 600s incorporate the tone-enhancing, ultra-thin gloss finish of the 800s, with a rich "Brown Sugar" stain inspired by hand-rubbed 1920s stains used on maple violin family instruments. While the stain highlights maple’s fiddleback figure, spruce tops feature finish alone to showcase the dark patina from torrefaction.

New Appointments

With the new Brown Sugar stain on the maple back and sides setting the tone visually, fresh appointments further refine the aesthetic with a special attention to detail. Featured materials include ebony, reflecting a desire to use wood from our mill in Cameroon, and grained ivoroid, a nod to the material’s rich heritage as a premium decorative detail on fine goods such as picture and mirror frames, women’s hair brush handles, and billiard balls going back to the late 1800s. Featured appointments include:

  • Grained ivoroid Wing fretboard inlays
  • Gloss-finish ebony backstrap with inlay
  • Ebony/grained ivoroid binding and purfling
  • Paua rosette edged with ebony/grained ivoroid
  • Ebony-bound soundhole
  • Striped ebony pickguard

The 600 Series by Shape

The revoicing of the maple 600s was meant to give each different body shape a cohesive family resemblance while also expressing the unique tonal personalities of each shape.

Grand Orchestra

Grand Orchestra

Pairing the voicing refinements of the 600 Series with Taylor’s biggest body style evokes a sense of a grand piano in the 618e’s rich, powerful and enveloping sound. If you plan to play a solo show or any scenario in which you crave big, complex tone, this is the guitar.

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Grand Auditorium

Grand Auditorium

This body style is still a player’s best bet as an all-purpose guitar. If you have one guitar, this is the one you want, because it does nearly everything. It’s rich, it’s warm, it’s loud, and it responds quickly to a delicate touch. You could comfortably front a rock band with it.

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Grand Symphony

Grand Symphony

Slightly larger than the Grand Auditorium, the Grand Symphony 616ce is similar to that voice but with a more pronounced, husky low-end component to it. It adds extra sonic horsepower and a more torque on the low end. The 12-string version will also produce extra low-end torque. It’s an all-around girthier, thicker 12-string sound, and with the consistency of the maple across the tonal spectrum enables all the octave courses to ring out clearly in a beautifully detailed, high-fidelity voice.

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Grand Concert

Grand Concert

Pairing the voicing refinements of the 600 Series with Taylor’s biggest body style evokes a sense of a grand piano in the 618e’s rich, powerful and enveloping sound. If you plan to play a solo show or any scenario in which you crave big, complex tone, this is the guitar.

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Reviews

Guitar Part

Guitar Part

February 2015 
"The dynamics and the balance between the deep basses and highs are incredible."

Guitar World, USA

Guitar World, USA

April 2015 
"With its ample volume output, balanced frequency response, thick midrange, and sweet resonance, the Taylor 618e is by far the most versatile jumbo maple flattop ever made."

Acoustic Magazine

Acoustic Magazine

February 2015
"It certainly doesn’t respond like a freshly minted guitar in that there’s a sweetness present that you might expect from a cedar topped instrument, without losing any of the punch of spruce. It’s responsive, too; strummed with a pick there’s an authority to each chordand bags of volume. The 614ce delivers on Taylor's promise of added richness and complexity. It’s safe to say that the 614 is a winner on all counts!"

Guitar Player, USA

Guitar Player, USA

March 2015 
"The sound is captivating too, as the 614ce is unlike a traditional maple guitar in the sonic department. Its girthy low-end is instantly inspiring, and the rich and complex midrange provides that sense of notes blossoming when you fingerpick or play arpeggiated chords. 

Musical sounding and with superb balance across the frequency spectrum, this guitar never sounds overly bright, yet it punches through with a stringy attack when you drive the strings with a flatpick. The 614ce’s warm, encompassing response gives the sense of intimacy that singer-songwriters crave, yet the guitar has plenty of motive power for playing bluegrass or supporting the rhythm groove in a loud country band."

Guitar Acoustic Unplugged: Issue 47

Guitar Acoustic Unplugged: Issue 47

"Listening to this maple guitar, we were stunned by its incredible warmth and powerful tone (sound)."

Gitarre & Bass

Gitarre & Bass

February 2015
"You can’t lose with a Taylor, and in particular not with this 616 guitar, showing no weakness. Full of many new details – it represents a convincing and passionate plea/case for maple acoustic guitars.  An impressive amount of sustain and dynamics. "

Guitar Acoustic

Guitar Acoustic

February 2015
"With this 614ce Taylor proves that maple is a serious contender to rosewood and not just a wood choice for particular sounds. This guitar sounds powerful, balanced and dynamic – and like maple in the best sense possible."

Guitarist

Guitarist

February 2015
"These new 600 Series instruments will surprise and educate in equal measure and do indeed offer a new way to consider maple as a serious alternative to the all conquering rosewoods and mahoganies of the acoustic world.

The 618e has the biggest, strongest, clearest bass of any ‘normal’ acoustic guitar we’ve played in recent memory: it’s absolutely colossal, rendered all the more surprising as it’s not to the total detriment of the midrange or top-end strength."