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Five New Taylor AD and GT Series Acoustics for 2022

This year, the American brand has added five models to its Taylor line of American Dream and Grand Theater electro-acoustic guitars, comprising the AD22e, AD27e Flametop, GTe Mahogany, GTe Blacktop, and the limited edition GT611e LTD. One of the new releases was once again Andy Powers, the Taylor Guitars’ Master Builder, using Expression System 2 electronics, zero frets, and bridge saddles made from Micarta or GraphTech Tusq blend. Depending on the instrument type, one may choose V or C ribbing.

With the Grand Concert-style body made from sapele wood combined with a mahogany top, the Taylor AD22e delivers a solid sound with a supportive midrange. Sustain, concrete expression, and clear intonation are enhanced by V-Class ribbing. The eucalyptus fretboard is fitted with 20 frets, tuning is handled by all-metal company pegs and the ES2 pickup system is installed. The model in the transparent Urban Sienna finish can be purchased together with the AeroCase for around 1,700 dollars.

The Taylor AD27e Flametop was fitted with a maple body by designer Andy Powers, while bigleaf maple with a distinctive flame pattern was used to build the top soundboard, and the same type of wood also makes up the neck. Other specifications are similar to the AD22e variant. Scoring a precisely articulated tone with plenty of upper frequencies, the guitar is available in Medium Amber, Golden Brown, Black, and Tobacco lacquers, and is priced around 2,200 dollars.

The Taylor GTe Mahogany, with its all-mahogany construction, brings to the Grand Theater series a balanced sound and warm character typical of this traditional material. Consistent sonic expression is supported by the C-Class internal body bracing, which adds more emphasis to the bass range while providing the necessary brilliance and airiness throughout the frequency spectrum. The official price has been set at just under 1,700 dollars.

The Taylor GTe Blacktop has similar construction features to the mahogany variant, the primary difference being the walnut body base complemented by a Sitka spruce top. As with previous models, there are Expression System 2 electronics, and the mahogany neck carries a eucalyptus fretboard. The guitar in a natural lacquer finish with a black top comes in at around 1,800 dollars.

The Taylor GT611e LTD boasts a bigleaf maple back and sides and a premium Sitka spruce top soundboard. The result is a lively yet full sound with a fast attack and responsive dynamic response. The edges of the body are protected by multi-layered bracing interspersed with strips of West African ebony, and the same type of wood was used to build the fretboard glued to the maple neck. A certain mark of exclusivity is given to this limited edition by the genuine mother-of-pearl inlays, ebony pegs with abalone dots, and, last but not least, the chic transparent Antique Blonde finish. The official price is around 3500 dollars.

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