Koa and Cocobolo Fall Limiteds

Tuesday September 23, 2008
By: Taylor Guitars News

Taylor Guitars is celebrating Fall with an exciting array of 2008 Fall Limited Editions, which feature two of the world’s most beautiful and sought-after tonewoods, Hawaiian koa and Mexican cocobolo.  Set for an October retail debut, the 2008 Fall Limiteds are offered in two distinct koa/cocobolo combinations on the Grand Symphony (GS), the Grand Auditorium (GA) and the Grand Concert (GC), while the 700 series limited includes a unique koa touch. 

With a bold voice and tone, the Koa GS Limited features exquisite, shimmering Hawaiian koa back and sides, and a mini back-wedge and binding of rich, exotic cocobolo. On a Cocobolo GS Limited, the woods are reversed, with swirling red-figured cocobolo forming the back and sides, and visual accents provided by a koa mini-wedge and koa binding. Non-cutaway Koa GS Limited and Cocobolo GS Limiteds are also available.

Taylor’s popular Grand Auditorium body shape is well-represented in the 2008 Fall Limited lineup by the Koa GA Limited (pictured right) and Cocobolo GA Limited (pictured right), with premium appointments of gold Gotoh tuners, a bone nut and saddle, as well as an abalone top. The small-bodied, non-cutaway Grand Concerts, the Koa GC Limited and Cocobolo GC Limited, are topped with an elegant slotted headstock and feature a Sitka spruce top, and a cocobolo backstrap, with delicate pinstripe binding along the fretboard and peghead.

For the limited release, a new, premium, tone-enhancing feature was added to the GS, GA and GC styles: Adirondack spruce bracing. Adirondack is known for its extra elasticity that emits a sweeter, more balanced acoustic voice, a sound enhancement that company President Bob Taylor calls “magical.”

“All the notes across the spectrum become both more powerful and sweeter with Adirondack,” says Taylor. “It has a curious elasticity which is really exploited when we use it for bracing.”   

To round out the Fall Limited Editions, an upgraded version of one of Taylor’s most popular deluxe models, the 714ce-LTD (pictured right), features back and sides of rich Hawaiian koa, a gently sloping Venetian cutaway, and a top of Western Red cedar, for the distinctive “airy” sound and excellent note definition that fingerstylists love. Appointments include dusky Indian rosewood body binding, sparkling abalone fretboard dots, and an abalone soundhole rosette. Gold-plated tuners complete the feature upgrade for this limited edition version of the 714ce-LTD which includes a Taylor deluxe hard-shell case.  All of Taylor’s 2008 Fall Limiteds come with Taylor’s Expression System® pickup, for premium quality amplified acoustic sound.