Taylor | 50th Anniversary Acoustics & Circa 74 Amplifier

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New Releases from the Guitar Industry’s Most Innovative Acoustic Instrument Manufacturer—Now Available at CME!

Few could have predicted that a small guitar shop started by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug back in 1974 would grow into the innovative industry leader it has become. In celebration of its “Golden Jubilee,” Taylor has added three new 50th Anniversary models to its lineup of all-solid guitars—as well as an eye-catching new 2-in-1 acoustic guitar/vocal amplifier + amp stand, named the Circa 74, in honor of the year Taylor was born!

All 50th Anniversary models also feature a commemorative 50th Anniversary label inside each guitar and ebony bridge pins featuring gold acrylic dots.

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All New Taylor 50th Anniversary Models For March 2024!

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50th Anniversary GS Mini-e Vintage Sunburst

Created by the innovative mind of Bob Taylor back in 2010, the GS Mini has become Taylor’s most popular acoustic guitar. To celebrate the brand’s 50th Anniversary, Taylor has given its best-seller a fresh look, including a torrefied, custom vintage sunburst top and striking firestripe faux-tortoise pickguard. 

With its comfortably scaled-down Grand Symphony body shape and friendly 23 ½-inch scale length, the Taylor Limited 50th Anniversary GS Mini-e SB model’s layered Indian rosewood back and sides’ chocolate and caramel hues visually complement the look of the vintage sunburst top while adding depth to the guitar’s sonic character. Together, this pairing of layered rosewood and spruce on this Limited GS Mini-e yields a warm low end, punchy midrange, and clear, glimmering highs. Plus, its thin matte finish allows for lively resonance. 

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Taylor Limited 50th Anniversary 217e-SB Plus Grand Pacific Tobacco Sunburst

For its 50th Anniversary year, Taylor has designed this commemorative limited edition 217e-SB Plus Grand Pacific, featuring a stunning Tobacco Sunburst top. All 50th Anniversary models also feature a commemorative 50th Anniversary label inside each guitar and ebony bridge pins featuring gold acrylic dots.

The Grand Pacific is Taylor’s round-shoulder dreadnought, designed to deliver a different flavor of Taylor tone: a warm, seasoned voice in which notes overlap in a way that recalls traditional acoustic guitar recordings, requiring no studio enhancements. With Taylor’s V-Class bracing, the Grand Pacific pumps out clear low-end power, making the Grand Pacific’s voice more musical and usable, while remaining as versatile as a Grand Auditorium and as assertive as a traditional dreadnought. 

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Circa 74 2-in-1 Acoustic Guitar/Vocal Amp + Amp Stand

Combining warm sound, simple controls, and elegant woodworking craftsmanship, the new Taylor Circa 74 two-channel acoustic/vocal amp was designed by Bob Taylor (and a handpicked team) for a wide range of acoustic guitar pickups and playing environments.

Compatible with all major pickups and vocal mics, the Taylor Circa 74 amp features convenient ¼-inch and XLR (mic) inputs, each with independent channel level, volume, and EQ controls, letting users play and sing at the same time and mix acoustic guitar and vocals on the fly.

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Leveraging Taylor’s tonewood voicing expertise, the Circa 74 cabinet is fashioned from mahogany, bringing an extra warm, smooth sonic character to the amplified tone. The sonic characteristics are visually matched by clean lines and rich wood texture reminiscent of mid-century modern furniture design.

Perfect for cafés, outdoor weddings, or house concerts, this solid-state amp delivers 150 watts of rich sound through a 10-inch full-range speaker, letting users easily shape their sound to fit any playing environment, using its three-band EQ and reverb. The stylish furniture-quality mahogany amp comes with a matching mahogany stand that gets your amp off the floor and your audience engaged. The surface is slightly angled for optimal projection with routed footholds that secure the amp.

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Taylor Circa '74 Acoustic & Vocal Amplifier w/Mahogany Stand Amps / Guitar Combos
Taylor Circa '74 Acoustic & Vocal Amplifier w/Mahogany Stand Amps / Guitar Combos
Taylor Circa '74 Acoustic & Vocal Amplifier w/Mahogany Stand Amps / Guitar Combos
Taylor Circa '74 Acoustic & Vocal Amplifier w/Mahogany Stand Amps / Guitar Combos
Taylor Circa '74 Acoustic & Vocal Amplifier w/Mahogany Stand Amps / Guitar Combos
Taylor Circa '74 Acoustic & Vocal Amplifier w/Mahogany Stand Amps / Guitar Combos
Taylor Circa '74 Acoustic & Vocal Amplifier w/Mahogany Stand Amps / Guitar Combos
Taylor Circa '74 Acoustic & Vocal Amplifier w/Mahogany Stand Amps / Guitar Combos
Taylor Circa '74 Acoustic & Vocal Amplifier w/Mahogany Stand Amps / Guitar Combos
Taylor Circa '74 Acoustic & Vocal Amplifier w/Mahogany Stand Amps / Guitar Combos

Taylor Circa 74 Acoustic & Vocal Amplifier w/Mahogany Stand

$ 20,812.00

The idea: Build a great-sounding acoustic guitar amp you can also sing through. The guiding design thoughts: Make it compatible with a wide range of acoustic guitar pickups and playing environments. Make it practical and easy to use, without over-engineering it with too many controls or effects. Make the cabinet from an acoustic guitar tonewood to bring an extra warm, smooth sonic character to the amplified tone. Give it the elegant aesthetic appeal of a finely crafted piece of furniture. And add Bluetooth connectivity to stream music and play or sing along. Working on the project reminded Bob of the creative, freewheeling spirit of a startup, like the earliest days of Taylor Guitars, circa ’74 — which gave birth to the name. Ultimately, the group’s labor of love produced an amp that serves up an ear-pleasing range of acoustic sounds and brings out the very best in musicians looking to be heard.

Sound: The Circa 74 amp was designed to dial down the high-end harshness found in many acoustic amps and produce a warm, analog musical character. The sound is smooth, yet without sacrificing articulation. One important material choice was to build a mahogany cabinet for the amp, leveraging Taylor’s tonewood voicing expertise to contribute to the amp’s smooth sound palette and room-filling sound.

Looks: The warm sonic characteristics are matched visually by the mahogany cabinet, with clean lines and rich wood texture reminiscent of mid-century modern furniture design. The aesthetic is enhanced by the modern-retro fabric grill cloth and an equally gorgeous wood stand designed to complement the amp.

Design Highlights

  • Two input channels for acoustic guitar and vocals: The amp features convenient 1⁄4-inch and XLR (mic) inputs, each with independent channel level, volume and EQ controls that let you play and sing at the same time and mix acoustic guitar and vocals on the fly.
  • Compatible with all major pickups and vocal mics: The amp was designed and tested with an array of acoustic pickups to offer broad appeal. Our user guide includes helpful pre-sets for pickups from Fishman, Baggs, K&K and Taylor’s Expression System, plus microphones from Shure, Electro-Voice and Telefunken.
  • Power + projection: The solid-state amp delivers 150 watts of rich sound through a 10-inch full-range speaker — perfect for cafés, outdoor weddings or house concerts. And the tone never gets harsh as you turn up the volume. Three-band EQ and reverb: Easily shape your sound to fit your playing environment. It’s a perfect performance tool for singer-songwriters, solo players and guitar/vocal duos, whether playing at home, in small indoor venues or even larger outdoor spaces. The only built-in effect is reverb, which adds to the ease of use. Additional inputs/outputs: 1/4-inch auxiliary line-level input (boards, effects, modelers, etc.), 1⁄81/8-inch headphone out. Bluetooth connectivity: Play along, sing along, or just listen to your favorite tunes.
  • Mahogany amp stand included: The stylish furniture- quality mahogany amp comes with a matching mahogany stand that gets your amp off the floor and your audience engaged. The surface is slightly angled for optimal projection with routed footholds that secure the amp.

Features:
Model: AV150-10 (Acoustic-Vocal, 150 watts, 10-inch speaker)
Speaker: 10-inch full-range
Power: 150 watts RMS
Channel Configuration: Two independent channels for guitar and vocals
Controls: Independent levels for both channels; master volume; 3-band EQ; room reverb Inputs: Input A: XLR or 1/4-inch for mic or guitar; Input B: 1/4-inch for guitar; plus: 1/8-inch line-level aux. input Outputs: XLR and 1/4 -inch line out; 1⁄8 1/8-inch headphone out
Bluetooth Connectivity: Bluetooth button and indicator
Input Power Range: 100-240V Cabinet Dimensions: 16.5” x 9” x 14” Cabinet Material: Mahogany
Stand Dimensions: 16.75” x 9.25” x 16” Stand Material: Mahogany

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50th Anniversary Builder’s Edition 814ce LTD

Among the first wave of Taylor 50th Anniversary models released in 2024, the Builder’s Edition 814ce LTD honors the first 800 Series launched in 1975 (which also marked the debut of Taylor’s three-digit numerical model naming system) one year after the founding of Taylor Guitars. While the first 800 series models featured dreadnought and jumbo body styles, the Grand Auditorium body design—a Bob Taylor original—and the classic rosewood/spruce pairing came to represent Taylor’s flagship model by the late 1990s.

The 50th Anniversary Builder’s Edition 800 series guitars feature tops fashioned from reclaimed “Sinker” redwood logs—some of which had been submerged for decades—providing more warmth and resonance, while the Indian rosewood back and sides pay homage to 50 years of Taylor acoustic guitar tone. Offering the balanced highs and supportive lows of the brand’s flagship, medium-sized body shape, Taylor’s 50th Anniversary Builder’s Edition 814ce LTD models sport refined aesthetics, alongside the brand’s hallmark feel and articulate response.

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50th Anniversary 314ce LTD

Both African sapele and the 300 Series were first introduced to the Taylor line in 1998, and in the over two decades since, the sapele 300 Series has served as the gateway to Taylor’s all-solid acoustic guitar experience. And, of all the 300 Series models, the 314ce remains one of Taylor’s best-selling all-solid guitars.

Taylor’s 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 series, these tonewoods boast a broad dynamic range, yielding crisp articulation—allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking.

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50th Anniversary AD14ce-SB LTD

Paying homage to the name of the shop where Taylor founders Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug met—which they partnered up to purchase in ’74 (with third partner Steve Schemmer)—American Dream is also the place from which the brand’s distinctive three-scoop headstock shape design was inherited and refined. Taylor revived the American Dream name in 2020 to introduce a new series developed in response to the challenges of operating during the pandemic, channeling the scrappy resiliency of Taylor’s earliest years in its design ethos.

Taylor’s American Dream AD14ce-SB LTD Spruce/Walnut models offer players a wide spectrum of tonal frequencies. While Walnut was only formally introduced into the Taylor catalog with the debut of the Walnut series in 1998, the use of walnut goes back to some of the earliest Taylor guitars. Beyond its merits as a tonewood, at the time, it was considered an American hardwood whose supply might eventually be more stable than tropical tonewoods like rosewood, mahogany, or koa. Made for acoustic players with an earthier, more organic, toned-down aesthetic, Taylor’s American Dream series refines its models down to their essentials, creating guitars that are naturally beautiful, well-made, and most importantly cost less than any other American-made models—sporting simpler, workmanlike features to appeal to the gigging musician. 

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