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Taylor Grand Pacific Builder’s Edition 717

Issue #64

The 717 Grand Pacific is a wonderfully rich and luxurious sounding guitar. It marries Taylor’s superb playability and build quality with a warmer tone than most guitars in the Taylor line. If you want the authority and depth of a dreadnought guitar, but with greatly increased articulation and clarity, look no further.
Nick Jennison

Taylor Grand Pacific Builder’s Edition 717

MSRP (UK) £3378 (US) $2899

Guitar Interactive star rating: 5

 

PROS

Taylor quality and articulation, but with a much warmer and deeper tone. Elegant body shape.

Superb playability.

 

CONS

A little pricey, but well worth it. 

 

SPECS

Grand Pacific Body

V-Class Bracing

Torrefied Sitka Spruce Top

Rosewood Back and Sides


Taylor Grand Pacific Builder’s Edition 717

 

 

Nick Jennison reviews the latest part of Taylor’s inaugural class of Grand Pacific guitars, the Builder’s Edition 717. Building on a long tradition of rosewood/spruce dreadnoughts but breaks new ground with an entirely new Taylor sound.

 

 

 

Announced in 2018, Taylor’s V- Class bracing represented a paradigm shift in the way they build their guitars. Bracing the centre of the top (from the bridge to the neck join) very stiffly offers huge sustain, while the loosely braced outer section provides projection and volume - all with the happy side effect of improved intonation across the neck. It was undoubtedly a bold move for a manufacturer of Taylor’s standing to so radically change the design of their most popular model, the Grand Auditorium, but that was only the beginning: every American-made guitar was to get the V-Class bracing.

 

 

Enter the new Builder’s Edition 717. Dubbed the Grand Pacific, this elegant, round-shouldered dreadnought is an entirely new body shape, with a tone that’s unlike anything else in the Taylor range. As you’d expect from a dreadnought style guitar, there’s a wealth of low-end power and warmth, and the front of the note is a lot rounder and not as crisp as you might expect from more typical Taylors. That’s not to say the guitar is in any way muddy though - far from it. While some woofer dreadnoughts are best reserved for strumming duties, the 717 boasts an articulate clarity that’s perfect for flatpicking and fingerstyle. It’s hard to say if this is because of the V-Class bracing or the torrefied spruce top, but there’s some magic going on here.

 

As a Builder’s Edition, the 717 has a number of premium appointments that make for a really pleasurable playing experience. The chamfered body edges and compound neck curve greatly improve player comfort, and “silent satin” finish is beautifully tactile. It feels like an old guitar right out of the box, which is very fitting given it’s rich and warm tone.

 

The 717 Grand Pacific is a wonderfully rich and luxurious sounding guitar. It marries Taylor’s superb playability and build quality with a warmer tone than most guitars in the Taylor line. If you want the authority and depth of a dreadnought guitar, but with greatly increased articulation and clarity, look no further.

 

 

 

For more information, please visit:

taylorguitars.com

 

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