The Taylor GUITARs SHAPE SHOWCASE

Hear How Your Favorite Taylor Guitar Shapes Stack Up!

Think you know Taylor Guitars? Think again. Our Taylor Guitars Shape Showcase puts the California-based brand on display, exploring a range of masterfully made models to show how each body shape varies visually and tonally.

Nathaniel Murphy takes you through them in style, highlighting the sonic, tactile, and aesthetic details while also pointing out their similarities, differences, and a few things he picked up along the way.

If you’ve been looking for a new Taylor guitar, this is the way to find it. Grab some popcorn and enjoy the Taylor Guitars Shape Showcase. 

Taylor GT Sitka/Urban Ash w/AeroCase

$1,499.00

Note: Due to differences in wood grain, the item you receive may not exactly match the item in the photos.

Taylor GT Sitka/Urban Ash w/AeroCase
Designed to produce a stronger low-end response than a guitar its size would normally deliver, Taylor’s GT Series Sitka/Urban Ash models introduce a new category to the world of acoustic guitar shapes with a scaled-down version of Taylor’s “Jumbo” body shape, with a fast, vibrant attack imparted by the Urban Ash paired with a solid spruce top. 

GT Series—Sitka/Urban Ash
More than just a new body style for Taylor guitars, the Grand Theater (GT) shape represents a whole new category of guitar. With an even shorter scale than the Grand Concert, the GT features an asymmetrical C-Class bracing—which employs ideas adapted from Taylor’s V-class bracing—to produce a stronger low-end response than a guitar its size would normally deliver. Lightweight like mahogany, the fast, vibrant attack of the Urban Ash paired with a solid spruce top gives these GT series models a dramatic, wide-awake sound that lends an almost flamenco guitar–like character and quick responsiveness. 

Grand Theater
Sporting the curves of the Grand Orchestra (Taylor’s “Jumbo” body style) scaled into uniquely compact proportions—including a shorter, 24 1/8-inch scale length for a slinky and responsive handfeel—Taylor’s Grand Theater (GT) body shape employs C-Class bracing to pack the tonal depth of a full-size guitar into a form that’s easy to play. With dimensions that fall between the travel-friendly GS Mini and Grand Concert body shapes, the GT represents Taylor’s reimagination of the parlor-style guitar for the present day.


Body Style: Non-cutaway GT
Scale Length: 24-1/8"
Nut Width: 1-23/32"
Bracing: Taylor C-Class
Top: Solid Spruce
Back/Sides: Solid Urban Ash
Fretboard: Eucalyptus
Bridge: Eucalyptus
Peghead Overlay: Eucalyptus
Fretboard Inlays: Italian acrylic "Pinnacle"
Rosette: 3-ring koa
Body Edge Treatment: Black top purfling
Stain: Urban Sienna (Back/Sides)
Finish: Matte 2.0 mil
Tuners: Taylor nickel mini
Pickguard: Faux tortoise
Case: Brown AeroCase

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Taylor GT Sitka/Urban Ash w/AeroCase Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GT Sitka/Urban Ash w/AeroCase Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GT Sitka/Urban Ash w/AeroCase Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GT Sitka/Urban Ash w/AeroCase Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GT Sitka/Urban Ash w/AeroCase Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GT Sitka/Urban Ash w/AeroCase Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GT Sitka/Urban Ash w/AeroCase Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GT Sitka/Urban Ash w/AeroCase Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GT Sitka/Urban Ash w/AeroCase Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium

Taylor GTe Sitka/Urban Ash ES2 w/AeroCase

$1,699.00

Note: Due to differences in wood grain, the item you receive may not exactly match the item in the photos.

Taylor GTe Sitka/Urban Ash ES2 
Designed to produce a stronger low-end response than a guitar its size would normally deliver, Taylor’s GT Series Sitka/Urban Ash ES2 models introduce a new category to the world of acoustic guitar shapes with a scaled-down version of Taylor’s “Jumbo” body shape, with a fast, vibrant attack imparted by the Urban Ash paired with a solid spruce top. Plus, Taylor’s ES2 electronics provide ample tonal control and responsiveness.

GT Series—Sitka/Urban Ash
More than just a new body style for Taylor guitars, the Grand Theater (GT) shape represents a whole new category of guitar. With an even shorter scale than the Grand Concert, the GT features an asymmetrical C-Class bracing—which employs ideas adapted from Taylor’s V-class bracing—to produce a stronger low-end response than a guitar its size would normally deliver. Lightweight like mahogany, the fast, vibrant attack of the Urban Ash paired with a solid spruce top gives these GT series models a dramatic, wide-awake sound that lends an almost flamenco guitar–like character and quick responsiveness. 

Grand Theater
Sporting the curves of the Grand Orchestra (Taylor’s “Jumbo” body style) scaled into uniquely compact proportions—including a shorter, 24 1/8-inch scale length for a slinky and responsive handfeel—Taylor’s Grand Theater (GT) body shape employs C-Class bracing to pack the tonal depth of a full-size guitar into a form that’s easy to play. With dimensions that fall between the travel-friendly GS Mini and Grand Concert body shapes, the GT represents Taylor’s reimagination of the parlor-style guitar for the present day.

ES2 Electronics
The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) delivers the latest technology in Taylor acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the ES2 system is Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, featuring three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The new positioning enables the piezo pickup’s crystals to respond more naturally to the guitar’s energy as it is transferred through the saddle, with three pickup sensors installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, with three tiny Allen screws that calibrate the position of the sensors in relation to the saddle. Together with Taylor’s custom-designed preamp, this ES2 system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. 

Body Style: Non-cutaway GT
Scale Length: 24 1/8"
Nut Width: 1 23/32"
Bracing: Taylor C-Class
Top: Solid Spruce
Back/Sides: Solid Urban Ash
Fretboard: Eucalyptus
Bridge: Eucalyptus
Peghead Overlay: Eucalyptus
Fretboard Inlays: Italian acrylic "Pinnacle"
Rosette: 3-ring koa
Body Edge Treatment: Black top purfling
Stain: Urban Sienna (Back/Sides)
Finish: Matte 2.0 mil
Tuners: Taylor nickel mini
Pickguard: Faux tortoise
Electronics: ES2
Case: Brown AeroCase

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Taylor GTe Sitka/Urban Ash ES2 w/AeroCase Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GTe Sitka/Urban Ash ES2 w/AeroCase Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GTe Sitka/Urban Ash ES2 w/AeroCase Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GTe Sitka/Urban Ash ES2 w/AeroCase Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GTe Sitka/Urban Ash ES2 w/AeroCase Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GTe Sitka/Urban Ash ES2 w/AeroCase Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GTe Sitka/Urban Ash ES2 w/AeroCase Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GTe Sitka/Urban Ash ES2 w/AeroCase Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GTe Sitka/Urban Ash ES2 w/AeroCase Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GTe Sitka/Urban Ash ES2 w/AeroCase Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium

Grand Concert Shape Showcase | 912ce VS. 522ce

Nathaniel compares the aesthetic and tonal quality of the Taylor Guitars 912ce 12-Fret and 522ce 12-Fret, two stunning short-scales from the California-based brand. 

Grand Theatre Shape Showcase | GT K21e VS. GTe

Nathaniel compares the aesthetic and tonal quality of the Taylor Guitars GTK21e and GTe Urban Ash, two models featuring Taylor Guitar’s newest body shape, the Grand Theatre. 

Taylor GT 811e Sitka/Rosewood Natural ES2 Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GT 811e Sitka/Rosewood Natural ES2 Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GT 811e Sitka/Rosewood Natural ES2 Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GT 811e Sitka/Rosewood Natural ES2 Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GT 811e Sitka/Rosewood Natural ES2 Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GT 811e Sitka/Rosewood Natural ES2 Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GT 811e Sitka/Rosewood Natural ES2 Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GT 811e Sitka/Rosewood Natural ES2 Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GT 811e Sitka/Rosewood Natural ES2 Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GT 811e Sitka/Rosewood Natural ES2 Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium

Taylor GT 811e Sitka/Rosewood Natural ES2

$3,499.00
Taylor GT 811e (Grand Theater)
Offering the tonal depth of a full-sized guitar, but from parlor-style guitar proportions, Taylor’s GT 811 (Grand Theater) models sport refined aesthetics, plus a slinkier string-feel and easier-to-fret action on the higher frets. Boasting ample tonal control and responsiveness provided by Taylor’s onboard ES2 electronics, all 800 series guitars pair top-tier craftsmanship with time-honored tonewoods to produce a bold, contemporary voice.

800 Series
Taylor’s 800 series starts with a time-honored pairing of all-star tonewoods combined with top-tier craftsmanship to boast refined aesthetic touches, plus transformative design features that dial up the volume and sustain. The Indian rosewood back and sides married with a Sitka spruce top give 800 series instruments ample sonic versatility, with a rich harmonic texture and ringing overtones, resulting in unmatched clarity and balance to produce a distinctively bold, contemporary acoustic guitar voice.

Grand Theater
Sporting the curves of the Grand Orchestra (Taylor’s “Jumbo” body style) scaled into uniquely compact proportions—including a shorter, 24 1/8-inch scale lenth for a slinky and responsive handfeel—Taylor’s Grand Theater (GT) body shape employs C-Class bracing to pack the tonal depth of a full-size guitar into a form that’s easy to play. With dimensions that fall between the travel-friendly GS Mini and Grand Concert body shapes, the GT represents Taylor’s reimagination of the parlor-style guitar for the present day.

ES2 Electronics
The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) delivers the latest technology in Taylor acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the ES2 system is Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, featuring three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The new positioning enables the piezo pickup’s crystals to respond more naturally to the guitar’s energy as it is transferred through the saddle, with three pickup sensors installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, with three tiny Allen screws that calibrate the position of the sensors in relation to the saddle. Together with Taylor’s custom-designed preamp, this ES2 system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. 

Serial#: 1206272012
Weight: 4lbs 1oz
Neck: Neo-tropical Mahogany
Fretboard: Smoky Crelicam Ebony
Scale Length: 24-1/8"
Nut Width: 1-23/32"
Bracing: C-Class
Body Binding: Maple
Top Purfling: Black/Maple
Rosette: Single-Ring Shell/Abalone
Fretboard/Peghead Inlays: Mother-of-Pearl/Shell
Tuners: Mini Taylor Smoked Nickel
Pickguard: Rosewood
Bridge Pins: Ebony with Abalone Dots
Body Finish: 4.5-mil gloss
Electronics: ES2
Case: AeroCase
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Taylor GTe Sitka/Walnut Blacktop ES2 Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GTe Sitka/Walnut Blacktop ES2 Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GTe Sitka/Walnut Blacktop ES2 Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GTe Sitka/Walnut Blacktop ES2 Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GTe Sitka/Walnut Blacktop ES2 Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GTe Sitka/Walnut Blacktop ES2 Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor GTe Sitka/Walnut Blacktop ES2 Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium

Taylor GTe Sitka/Walnut Blacktop ES2

$1,799.00
Taylor GTe Sitka/Walnut Blacktop ES2 
Designed to produce a stronger low-end response than a guitar its size would normally deliver, Taylor’s GTe Sitka/Walnut Blacktop ES2 introduce a new category to the world of acoustic guitar shapes with a scaled-down version of Taylor’s “Jumbo” body shape, with added support in the lower registers provided by walnut back and sides paired with a Blacktop of solid spruce. Plus, Taylor’s ES2 electronics provide ample tonal control and responsiveness.

GT Series—Sitka/Walnut Blacktop
More than just a new body style for Taylor guitars, the Grand Theater (GT) shape represents a whole new category of guitar. With an even shorter scale than the Grand Concert, the GT features an asymmetrical C-Class bracing—which employs ideas adapted from Taylor’s V-class bracing—to produce a stronger low-end response than a guitar its size would normally deliver. The slightly denser, somewhat heavier walnut paired with a solid spruce Blacktop offers solid-sounding support in the lower registers, adding some girth to the foundation of each instrument’s voice among the GT series. 

Grand Theater
Sporting the curves of the Grand Orchestra (Taylor’s “Jumbo” body style) scaled into uniquely compact proportions—including a shorter, 24 1/8-inch scale length for a slinky and responsive handfeel—Taylor’s Grand Theater (GT) body shape employs C-Class bracing to pack the tonal depth of a full-size guitar into a form that’s easy to play. With dimensions that fall between the travel-friendly GS Mini and Grand Concert body shapes, the GT represents Taylor’s reimagination of the parlor-style guitar for the present day.

ES2 Electronics
The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) delivers the latest technology in Taylor acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the ES2 system is Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, featuring three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The new positioning enables the piezo pickup’s crystals to respond more naturally to the guitar’s energy as it is transferred through the saddle, with three pickup sensors installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, with three tiny Allen screws that calibrate the position of the sensors in relation to the saddle. Together with Taylor’s custom-designed preamp, this ES2 system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. 

Body Wood: Solid American Walnut
Top Wood: Solid Spruce
Fretboard: Eucalyptus
Nut Width: 1-23/32”
Scale Length: 24-1/8”
Bracing: C-Class
Electronics: ES2
Case: AeroCase
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Grand Pacific Shape Showcase | 717e VS. 517e

Nathaniel compares the aesthetic and tonal quality of two of his favorite Taylor Guitars, the ​​717e Builder’s Edition and 517e Builder’s Edition, Grand Pacific dreadnoughts that favor the flatpicker. 

Grand Auditorium Shape Showcase | 314ce VS. 914ce

Nathaniel compares the aesthetic and tonal quality of two Taylor Guitars Grand Auditoriums, the ​​314ce and 914ce, the brand's most popular and versatile body shape. 

Taylor 314ce Grand Auditorium Sitka/Sapele ES2 w/V-Class Bracing Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor 314ce Grand Auditorium Sitka/Sapele ES2 w/V-Class Bracing Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor 314ce Grand Auditorium Sitka/Sapele ES2 w/V-Class Bracing Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor 314ce Grand Auditorium Sitka/Sapele ES2 w/V-Class Bracing Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor 314ce Grand Auditorium Sitka/Sapele ES2 w/V-Class Bracing Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor 314ce Grand Auditorium Sitka/Sapele ES2 w/V-Class Bracing Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor 314ce Grand Auditorium Sitka/Sapele ES2 w/V-Class Bracing Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor 314ce Grand Auditorium Sitka/Sapele ES2 w/V-Class Bracing Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium
Taylor 314ce Grand Auditorium Sitka/Sapele ES2 w/V-Class Bracing Acoustic Guitars / OM and Auditorium

Taylor 314ce Grand Auditorium Sitka/Sapele ES2 w/V-Class Bracing

$2,399.00

Note: Due to differences in wood grain, the item you receive may not exactly match the item in the photos.
 

The Taylor 314ce Grand Auditorium Sapele/Sitka spruce cutaway models offer the balanced highs and supportive lows of the brand’s flagship, medium-sized body shape, fit for any playing style, with a modern feel and articulate response—as well as easy access to the upper frets allowed by the contoured cutaway—while the bright, shimmering Sapele back and sides paired with a strong, yet elastic, Sitka spruce top yields crisp articulation, suitable for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking. Plus, Taylor’s ES2 electronics provide ample tonal control and responsiveness.

300 Series Sapele/Sitka Spruce
Taylor 300 series Sapele/Sitka Spruce editions offer players balanced and consistent output across the tonal spectrum, making them compatible with a diverse range of playing styles. Paired with highly sustainable West African Sapele—a harder tonewood, similar to mahogany, but with a higher density tending toward a slightly brighter sound that adds more top-end shimmer—the classic Sitka spruce top (Bob Taylor’s favorite choice) provides additional strength and elasticity. Together, in Taylor’s 300 serie