Back/Sides: Indian rosewood
Top: Cedar (6-string) or Sitka spruce (12-string)
Models: 414ce-FLTD, 416ce-FLTD, 12-string 456ce-FLTD
Fans of the rich, warm voicing of rosewood and cedar, especially fingerstyle players, will be eager to reach for one of our 400 Series Fall LTDs. In years past, our 700 and Acoustic 7 Series have included cedar-top rosewood models, but because our current lineup exclusively features spruce tops (though an optional cedar top is available as a standard model option), we wanted to reunite the two woods due to their undeniable sonic chemistry together. We’ve sweetened the appeal even more by bringing them into the realm of our 400 Series price range, in two body styles: the Grand Auditorium 414ce-FLTD and the Grand Symphony 416ce-FLTD.
The wood pairing especially rewards players with a lighter touch. One of the qualities fingerstyle players will love is that the overall tone is rich and dynamic right out of the case, without requiring the longer play-in time a spruce-top guitar typically needs. Rosewood’s broad tonal spectrum and clear, high-fidelity sound match nicely with cedar’s strong overtones, yielding a voice that’s sparkly, woody and complex.
Another model in this series, the 12-string Grand Symphony 456ce-FLTD, features a Sitka spruce top instead of cedar because its stiffness responds better to the extra string tension (as a softer wood, cedar can start to get slightly distorted). With a Sitka top, a rosewood 12-string unleashes a lush tapestry of tone. Tune it down for a deep piano-like voice with plenty of low-end rumble.
All three 400 Series models come with a Venetian cutaway and Taylor Expression System electronics, feature a 2013 Fall Limited Edition label inside the guitar, and ship in a Taylor standard hardshell case.