New to the lineup in 2020, Taylor’s Grand Theater body shape provides a supremely comfortable playing experience. But this small-bodied acoustic-electric sounds anything but small. Its cutting-edge C-Class bracing pattern gives it a full and robust bass response and the power to punch well above its weight class. The GTe gets its voice from a solid Sitka spruce top paired with solid urban ash back and sides. Reclaimed from Southern California’s bustling metropolis, urban ash delivers a sweet tone that’s reminiscent of mahogany. As much as your ears will like the sound of the guitar, your fingers will delight at the 24-1/8-inch scale length. The lower string tension makes the strings feel light and pliable, which is perfect for fingerstyle, cowboy chords, and the occasional solo. Plus, thanks to the stellar ES2 electronics, you can take the GTe onstage. Packing heavyweight power into a lightweight and comfortable body, the Taylor GTe is sure to impress you with its sound and feel.
2020 marked the debut of Taylor’s Grand Theater body shape. Sized between the uber-comfortable GS Mini and Taylor’s classic Grand Concert body style, the Grand Theater offers the perfect blend of power and comfort. It’s capable of a full-sized guitar’s acoustic performance with the comfortable playability of a travel-sized guitar. It has a 24-1/8-inch scale length that gives the strings a softened feel akin to playing down-tuned with a capo on the first fret. You’ll love the feel of the body and the sprightly playing experience. Whether it becomes your go-to stage companion, studio workhorse, or favorite daily driver, the GTe is ready for a lifetime of playing.
If you ask Taylor master builder Andy Powers, a guitar is only as good as its bracing pattern. And with the limited size of the GTe, a new bracing pattern is required to help it reach its full sonic potential. This small guitar introduces C-Class bracing, a proprietary bracing pattern developed to bring out a surprisingly robust bass response despite its size. C-Class bracing uses an asymmetrical, cantilevered design that strikes the perfect balance between stiffness and flexibility. Like Taylor’s groundbreaking V-Class architecture, the GTe’s C-Class bracing increases sustain, improves volume, enhances projection, and sharpens intonation. When you hear it for the first time, you won’t believe that a guitar this small can sound so big.
One of the most recent tonewoods to be added to the Taylor lineup, urban ash debuted on the 324ce Builder’s Edition in early 2020. Making its return, this tonewood comes from Shamel ash trees growing in urban areas of Southern California. They grow extremely quickly, reaching heights of more than 40 feet in just 20 years, making urban ash readily available and more renewable than just about any other hardwood. Plus, Taylor told guitar players at Sweetwater that urban ash shares many tonal properties with Honduran mahogany. It’s highly resonant, charming in the midrange, and has an exceptionally clear top end. One thing’s for sure: Your new Taylor GTe’s urban ash back and sides will provide you with a lush tone you’ll hear each time you strum it.
The Taylor GTe is a bona fide studio and stage workhorse, thanks to the onboard ES2 electronics. ES2 electronics take advantage of Taylor’s proprietary pickup design. It has a three-section pickup mounted in the bridge, behind the saddle. Because of its position, the pickup delivers a clear, lifelike acoustic tone each time you plug in. For tone tweaking and sound shaping, the ES2 system has a master volume control and a pair of tone controls. The ES2 electronics and the character of the GTe combine to create a potent tonal combination that will leave you and your audience stunned.