Taylor K24CE Koa GA Acoustic Electric Guitar
Hawaiian koa's captivating beauty is matched by a tone that blossoms over time, especially in the midrange. Its voice is bright and focused, with warm overtones that slowly emerge, adding sweetness and depth. Premium all-wood appointments, led by the Tropical Vine fretboard inlay, celebrate the wood's natural appeal.
Grand Auditorium (GA)
Taylor's most popular and versatile body shape, the mid-size Grand Auditorium arrived in 1994 bearing refined proportions that fell between a Dreadnought and Grand Concert. While the bigger Dreadnought was traditionally considered a flatpicker's guitar and the smaller Grand Concert catered to fingerstylists, the GA was designed to deliver on both fronts. The shape produced an original acoustic voice that was big enough to handle medium-strength picking and strumming, yet with impressive balance across the tonal spectrum, especially in the midrange, producing clear, well-defined notes that suited both strumming and fingerstyle playing. The GA's overall presence tracks well with other instruments both in a studio mix and on stage, and singer-songwriters have embraced its utility both for composing and traveling with one guitar. Many people want a single guitar that can cover a variety of styles, which is why the GA continues to be Taylor's bestselling shape. If you want a great all-purpose guitar, the multi-dimensional GA won't let you down.
The Venetian cutaway is known for its soft, round lines. The sloping peak of the cutaway will vary depending on the shape of the guitar. The Grand Concert, Grand Auditorium, and Grand Symphony have a steeper slope, while the Dreadnought and Jumbo are a bit flatter. Taylor's Grand Concert nylon-string models also feature a subtle, flatter slope, while their 100 and 200 Series cutaway models incorporate their flattest slope.
A tropical hardwood, koa's tone blends the midrange of mahogany with the top end of maple. Due to its density, a new koa guitar tends to start out sounding a little bright and tight, somewhat like maple. But the more a koa guitar is played, the more the sound opens up, expanding the midrange and rewarding the player with a richer, sweeter, more resonant tone. A common mistake is when a bright player buys a koa guitar in part for its visual beauty, finds it to be too bright, and doesn't play it enough to allow the wood to warm up.
Goes Well With: Fingerstylists who play more with the pads of their fingers and tend to have a meatier touch. Bright players need to be careful because of koa's existing brightness (one might try experimenting with different pick materials).
The ES is an all-magnetic acoustic guitar pickup system that works like a microphone to produce a pure signal and a warm, natural acoustic sound. When you plug in, you'll hear the sound of your guitar, not the sound of the pickup. No complicated controls. No tone simulators. Just a clean amplified acoustic guitar sound supported by three simple controls - volume, bass and treble.
- Grand Concert: A smaller-bodied guitar ideally suited for fingerstyle.
- CV with Relief Rout
- Hawaiian Koa: Alluring figure and complex tone that opens up over time.
- Venetian: A popular, softly rounded cutaway.
- Expression System: Faithfully amplify the warm acoustic sound of your guitar.
- Shape: Grand Auditorium
- Top Wood: Hawaiian Koa
- Electronics: ES
- Back/Side Wood: Hawaiian Koa
- Cutaway: Venetian
- Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
- Bracing: CV Bracing with Relief Rout
- Neck Width: 1-3/4"
- Number of Strings: 6
- Fretboard Radius: 15"
- Top Finish: Gloss
- Tuners: Taylor G