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Taylor 517 Grand Pacific Builder's Edition with V-Class Bracing - Natural

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Taylor's 517 Grand Pacific Builder's Edition

With its unique round-shoulder dreadnought silhouette, revolutionary V-Class Bracing, and dramatically different tonal personality, Taylor's 517 Grand Pacific Builder's Edition blazes new ground for Taylor. Featuring premium all-solid tonewoods — neo-tropical mahogany for the back and sides and a torrefied Sitka spruce top — this alluring acoustic guitar delivers a seductively bold and versatile tonal profile. As your eyes drink in this instrument's understated elegance, your hands savor its flawless playability while your ears revel in its warm, rich, organic tone. The 517 Grand Pacific Builder's Edition is a feast for the senses.

Grand Pacific: innovation and evolution

With the Grand Pacific, Taylor master luthier Andy Powers has fulfilled the potential of V-Class bracing as a robust tone-shaping platform. The Grand Pacific demonstrates proof-of-concept that V-Class architecture is an ideal cornerstone for guitars with a versatile range of musical personalities that will appeal to a broad swath of players cross-genre. Inspired by the diverse acoustic guitar sounds on the records he heard while growing up in Southern California, Andy set out to diversify Taylor’s tonal palette by designing a guitar with a different sound profile.

A bold new round-shoulder guitar from Taylor

Although V-Class bracing gave Andy more ways to control a guitar's tonal character, Andy also knew a new body shape would be required, something with roughly the dimensions of a dreadnought. With V-Class, he could eliminate the undesirable sonic characteristics generally ascribed to dreadnoughts. All this led to the round-shoulder dreadnought design Taylor calls the Grand Pacific. The Grand Pacific’s overall sound is warm and seasoned, producing notes that overlap more to create a smooth, blended sound. Its wider waist delivers more low-frequency power; the problematic low-end woodiness often associated with dreadnoughts being eliminated by the V-Class bracing.

V-Class Bracing: a sonic revelation

Bracing is the internal framework of an acoustic guitar that helps shape its sound. Although X-bracing has been standard in acoustic guitars for over a century, it creates an innate conflict between two key elements of a guitar’s sound: volume and sustain. The guitar's top (its soundboard) contributes to both. The flexibility of the top generates volume (projection), while its stiffness generates sustain. And with X-braced guitar tops, here's where the trade-off comes in: when something is made stiffer, its flexibility is reduced (and vice versa).

V-Class bracing changes all that. With Taylor's V-Class bracing, an acoustic guitar top can be both stiff and flexible — for more volume and sustain. V-Class bracing provides stiffness parallel to the strings for more rigidity and hence sustain. Flexibility on either side generates the air movement necessary for robust projection. It's the best of both worlds. This groundbreaking innovation also improves intonation; not only producing notes that are louder and with longer sustain — but more in tune with each other. Guitarists are gobsmacked. But don't take our word for it — pick up the superb Taylor 517 Grand Pacific Builder's Edition and experience it for yourself!

Taylor master luthier Andy Powers

Exceptional tonewoods

Mahogany is treasured for its punchy midrange bloom and strongly focused, earthy, and somewhat dry fundamental without a preponderance of ringing overtones. An acoustic guitar with mahogany back and sides easily in a track, which is why engineers and studio guitarists tend to prefer "hogs" for tracking. The 517 Grand Pacific features back and sides of solid, responsibly sourced Neo-Tropical mahogany and a top of torrefied solid Sitka spruce with Taylor's tone-enhancing V-Class bracing, which takes the guitar's native versatility to an entirely new level. The torrefication process thermally cures the wood to deliver a more played-in tone, and together with the V-Class bracing, gives you a highly responsive and expressive instrument with increased dynamic range, robust projection and sustain, and harmonic synergy when chording up the entire fingerboard.

Taylor 517 Grand Pacific Builder's Edition Acoustic Guitar Features:

  • Neo-Tropical mahogany body with Silent Satin finish
  • Torrefied Sitka spruce top with V-Class Bracing
  • Compound Carve tropical mahogany neck with satin finish
  • 15"-radius West African ebony fingerboard with 20 frets, Grained Ivoroid Arrowhead inlays, and wood binding
  • 25.5" scale length
  • Wood binding; black sapele/maple single-ring rosette
  • West African ebony bridge, pins; Micarta saddle
  • 1.75" black graphite nut
  • Taylor Nickel tuners
  • Dual-action truss rod, headstock access

 

Tech Specs

  • String Type: Steel
  • Number of Strings: 6
  • Body Shape: Round Shoulder Dreadnought
  • Left-/Right-handed: Right-handed
  • Color: Natural
  • Finish: Satin
  • Top Wood: Torrified Sitka Spruce
  • Back & Sides Wood: Tropical Mahogany
  • Body Bracing: V-Class Mahogany
  • Binding: Sapele
  • Neck Wood: Tropical Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: Compound Carve
  • Radius: 15"
  • Fingerboard Material: West African Ebony
  • Fingerboard Inlay: Grained Ivoroid Arrowheads
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Tuning Machines: Taylor Nickel
  • Bridge Material: West African Ebony
  • Nut/Saddle Material: Black Graphite/Micarta
  • Nut Width: 1.75"
  • Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Medium
  • Case Included: Hardshell Case
  • Manufacturer Part Number: A50203400000575S216

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