Product Review: Taylor Guitars Builder’s Edition Grand Auditorium K24ce

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As seen in Guitar Girl Magazine Issue 10 – Winter 2019 – Acoustic Artists

Taylor’s Builder’s Edition K24ce is truly a work of art, from the actual instrument itself, all the way down to its lovely velvet-lined case. Introduced at the 2019 Summer NAMM Show, the K24ce is made entirely of Hawaiian koa wood. It boasts a contoured cutaway; soft, rounded edges; and Taylor’s innovative V-Class bracing, which dramatically increases the volume and sustain in your playing. I noticed this immediately upon strumming my first chord, which was surprisingly resonant and full-bodied.

The intonation is impeccable, and no matter where you play on the fretboard, chords — simple or complex — are pitch-perfect. This exceptional guitar has that trademark Taylor brightness, but the koa wood gives it an added warmth and shimmer. Its rounded edges and beveled contour make playing extraordinarily enjoyable, and it is much easier to get to some of those hard to reach notes which are higher up on the fretboard.

Perhaps its most stunning features though (at least visually speaking) is the sweeping “spring vine” inlay, giving it a refined, incredibly graceful look. Add to that its ultra-smooth “Silent Satin” finish — this isn’t your run-of-the-mill acoustic guitar. The Builder’s Edition exudes sophistication and class, and it dances with you as you play.

In terms of playability and comfortability, this model is unparalleled. The body isn’t too thick or too thin, and its rounded edges hug to you as you play. Your fingers effortlessly glide across the fretboard, and its fantastic ergonomic design (specifically the beveled armrest) helps to eliminate any stress put on you by leaning on or over the guitar.

Taylor’s Expression System pickups are also fantastic, and mainly augment what’s already there whenever you plugin and play. You are ready to hit the stage without worry, as you will be getting crystal-clear tonality and plenty of volume.

Taylor has outdone themselves with the Builder’s Edition. In terms of the look, feel, tone, and overall sound, this is hands down one of the most comfortable and inspiring guitars I have ever had the pleasure of playing. Immediately upon picking it up, it felt like it was built specifically for me, and I innately wanted to start crafting songs on it. The K24ce is very much an original, and a treasure to behold with its stunning aesthetics, gorgeous tone, and innovative acoustic guitar technology.

Price:  $5,299.00

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