Now Playing: Wildwood Guitars and Taylor Guitars Present: Taylor Body Shapes and Tone Woods




Date: 1501281363

Duration: 00:15:02

Music lovers, friends and fans, grab a seat and join us for a very special video. Taylor Guitars' Product Special Kenny Echizen and Regional Sales Manager Eric ...
[acoustic guitar playing] 0:00 – 0:12

Eric: Hi I’m Eric Sakimoto, District Sales Manager for Taylor Guitars and with me is Kenny Echizen, Product Specialist with Taylor Guitars. And we are excited, we are here at Wildwood Guitars and we are going to go over a couple of things to help you find the right acoustic guitar. And we all know at Wildwood Guitars, there is a lot of guitars to choose from and in order to find that right guitar, you have to break it down into two main aspects. The first one being the body shape which is the fundamental tone of the acoustic guitar and on top of that they have Tonewoods which kind of seasons and enhance the body shapes and bulk together will help you find the right guitar for you based on your playing style and what you use the guitar for.

So with the body shape portion, one thing I want to point out before we get into it is that, we are going to use all 800 Series Taylor Guitars. So they are all going to have Rosewood back and sides and a Sitka Spruce top. So the only thing we are going to change on you is the body shape.

Now, we are going to begin with the Taylor 814ce. It is by far our most popular body shape, so if it ends in a 14, it is a Grand Auditorium. And we have buzzwords for all of our body shapes. So this is called the Swiss Army Knife for body shapes. So we are all familiar that Swiss Army Knives are multifunctional. So if you are the type of player that plays a lot of different styles, use your acoustic guitars for different projects. You can practice at home, plug-in, play at a live band at night and then go on a recording studio. The Grand Auditorium does all those and it functions very well.

[Taylor 814ce played by Kenny] 1:50 – 2:58

Eric: Now, we are going to move on to Taylor 816ce. In 1994, the Grand Auditorium was introduced and it was a hit right out of the gate but there are few players that maybe want a little bit more volume, they want to attack the guitar a little more aggressively, so in 2006, the Grand Symphony came out. This is an 816ce so if it ends in a 16, it is a Grand Symphony. And if you look at them side by side and you are going to notice that the lower body is a little bigger and we pushed the waist up. The other difference is, the Grand Symphony comes with medium gauge strings, for the Grand Auditoriums come with HD light strings. Okay, but, just as versatile as the Grand Auditorium but just a little bit louder, a little bit basser. We are going to -

Kenny: hear to compare the difference.

Eric: Yeah

[Taylor 814ce played by Kenny] 3:46 – 3:53

Eric: Okay. Now the 816, the Grand Symphony

[Taylor 816ce played by Kenny] 3:57 – 4:08

Kenny: This is the bass

[The Grand Symphony played by Kenny] 4:09 – 5:23

Kenny: [chuckles]

Eric: Alright, there you have it. And you can tell that Kenny was really digging into the guitar so if you are very aggressive, this is a good choice for you, that is your playing style. Now we call the Grand Symphony, the “Big Bold Strummer” because of exactly what Kenny represented it.

Kenny: You can still play the finger style and it still projects enough just as the Grand Auditorium as well.

Eric: uh huh just as versatile but just gives you an extra bump.

Kenny: extra gear

Eric: Alright, now we are going to move on to the Grand Concert. This is an 812ce 12-Fret and everything about the Grand Concert is a little bit smaller. It has got a smaller sound board, the depth is shallower and it also has a shorter scale. All Grand Concerts are going to have a short scale 24 7/8

Kenny: [chuckles]

Eric: for our standard scale, it is 25 ½ inches, less tension on the guitar. Since it has a smaller body, if you are into finger style, recordings, not going to get too boomy, nice balanced tone. But we call the Grand Concert, the “Secret Weapon” because the whole tone is just more focused right where the mid-range frequency is.

Kenny: Yeah

Eric: And this has to go – if you are a rhythm guitar player in a full band, okay. So you have the bass player, you got the drummer, the keyboards, vocals, there is a lot of different sounds going in with a full band. So with a Grand Concert, it focus right in the mid-range where you are not getting into the lower end of the bass or the chime of a percussionist or the right hand of a piano player.

Kenny: Uh huh

Eric: It sits right there in that mid-range frequency

Kenny: Uh huh

[Grand Concert played by Kenny] 6:57 – 7:08

Kenny: I don’t have to really hit as hard to get that big sound but if I play a finger style on this, let’s try comparing that with like a GS for a sec.

Eric: Okay

Kenny: So, like, I am going to play a little finger style the same amount of attack on my right hand

[The Grand Symphony played by Kenny] 7:25 – 7:33

Kenny: [indistinct] he wants to make on the left hand will be a lot more clear and louder

[The Grand Concert played by Kenny] 7:41 – 9:10

Eric: It’s pretty beautiful. Now the Grand Concert brings up another point is the size. You want to be really comfortable when you are playing your guitar and the Grand Concert and also the Grand Auditorium which is the Swiss Army Knife, the guitars it is really comfortable to play. If you are playing in the show for a couple of hours that is one other thing to consider.

Kenny: Very studio-friendly, so if you are sitting in the studio for hours and hours you do not want to have a big guitar, kill your shoulder and stuff. The Grand Concert especially just have that looser tension which makes things easier on the fretting hand as well.

Eric: It is a great couch guitar.

Kenny: Very couch guitar too.

Eric: Now, we are going to move to Taylors’ largest body shape. This is a Grand Orchestra, it is an 18e so if it ends in a 18, it is going to be a Grand Orchestra body shape. And two years ago replaced our jumbo and one thing you got to know is the difference between the Grand Orchestra and the jumbo is first, the depth on the Grand Orchestra’s deep. It is about 5-inces deep and then the waist is not as pinched in as much as the jumbo. So it is more similar to like a Dreadnought, it gets good projection out there.

Now, one thing you cannot see under the hood is the bracing pattern. It is designed by Andy Powers which who is our Master Luthier. He first incorporated the parabolic bracing on this guitar which is basically, as you go from one end to the other on the axe bracing, it thins out, gets thicker and then it tapers out to the edge. On a traditional scalloped bracing, there is actually a little peak right here in the lower bout and so the top reacts differently with the parabolic as opposed to scalloped bracing.

The parabolic bracing acts more like a speaker, so it doesn’t matter if you are strumming the guitar or finger picking the guitar, anything that you are doing on the acoustic guitar, the top is going to react the same.

Kenny: Let’s get that in a volume [indistinct]

Eric: Uh huh

Kenny: strum it hard enough to – [indistinct]

[Kenny strums guitar hard] 11:02 – 11:09

Eric: Big sound I can say, I really can hear the air moving, kind of a breathy sound out of this guitar

Kenny: The finger style works too

[Kenny playing guitar in finger style] 11:17 – 12:25

Kenny: looks fine

Eric: A lot of people think that a big jumbo shaped body like the Grand Orchestra is, is a strumming guitar and that is all you can do on it and so Kenny did the finger picking on the guitar specifically

Kenny: uh huh

Eric: to point out that because of the design of the guitar, you can do a lot of different things on a big body. The only thing that is really going to get away with this guitar is the size of the body. So why don’t you just do some open chords on there so we got to get you hear the big

Kenny: Sure

Eric: [indistinct] sound

[Kenny strumming guitar] 12:53 – 13:07

Eric: That’s what I want to hear

[Kenny strumming guitar] 13:09 - 03:11


Eric: The last body shape we are going to go over is the 810ce Taylor Dreadnought. Okay and everything about the Dreadnought is you think traditional. [indistinct] until my grandma never play a guitar. I am going to learn a guitar, she was probably thinking this body shape and this sound. If you are into Bluegrass [indistinct] music or any type of acoustic music from the Classic Rock 60s - 70s this is the sound that you are looking for. The Dreadnought - because it does not have the pinched in waist as the other body shapes, you get that projection out there into the audience.

With the Dreadnought tone a lot of lower mid-range frequencies that you are going to hear out of this guitar

Kenny: Yeah

[Kenny hard picking the Dreadnought guitar] 13:55 – 14:53

Kenny: [making a singing tune]

Kenny: Thank you Jimmy

[acoustic guitar playing] 14:56 until fade

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