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Leon - Mon, March 20, 2023 - 08:00

Three New Taylor Acoustic Guitars from the 400 Series

A few days ago, Taylor premiered a trio of new acoustics from this year's upgraded 400 Series, including the redesigned models 412ce and 414ce, as well as a Grand Pacific-style version called the 417e. All instruments feature a solid Indian rosewood back and sides combined with a Sitka spruce top soundboard, giving this product line a warm solid bass, clear highs and musical-sounding mids. This combination is, in the manufacturer's words, ideal for larger arrangements in which the guitar's sound blends into the band's sound.

Internal proprietary V-Class bracing provides a higher volume response, longer sustain and rich harmonic components, while the mahogany neck is complemented by an African Ebony fingerboard Crelicam fitted with 20 medium-weight frets and position markers Finial. Tuning is provided by the company's all-metal nickel-plated machines, and the sound system is handled by Expression System 2 electronics with three individually calibrated pickups and volume controls, plus two-band corrections embedded in the upper bout.

The Taylor 412ce is the smallest representative of the 400 Series and features a Grand Concert body, Venetian Cutaway and a shorter comfortable 24 7/8-inch scale. The 414ce version features the lower bout cutaway as well, but offers a different sound character, thanks to the bulkier Grand Auditorium body. The 417e version, which like the 414ce got a 25.5-inch-long scale, is the first model from the 400 series with a dreadnought-shaped body in Grand Pacific style with more rounded outlines and no cutaways.

"The 400 Series has always represented everyday musical utility and craftsmanship without being too precious for the working musician, but it’s time to give the guitar more of the spotlight," Taylor’s Chief Guitar Designer, President, and CEO, Andy Powers, said in a press release. 

Taylor 400 Series 2023 instruments are available in a subtle transparent gloss Tobacco Sunburst finish, with a choice of right and left-handed versions and a complimentary deluxe hard case. Official prices start just under the 3000 dollar mark.

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