Cocobolo, Koa and Exotic GS | Guitar Interactive Magazine

Published 12 years ago on March 28, 2012

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Boasting a fresh selection of gorgeous tonewoods, Taylor'sannual Spring Limited Edition guitars are here. This year'sbeauties include a Cocobolo 800 Series, Hawaiian Koa 300 Series, aBaritone 416ce, and a trio of exotic-wood GS Mini guitars.

Cocobolo's rich tonal palette and bold complexion give it apremium appeal that's usually reserved for our top-of-the linePresentation Series and custom orders, but this spring it makes aguest appearance with the 800 Series as an 814ce-LTD and 816ce-LTD.Paired with a Sitka spruce top, the two models feature curly maplebinding, a Venetian cutaway, and an abalone rosette. Proprietary CVbracing enhances the natural projection and tonal depth ofcocobolo, and it all translates into great amplified tone with ouronboard Expression System® (ES) electronics.

Koa's captivating characteristics, from a bright, complex tonalprofile to its visual beauty, make it a perennial favorite of many.While this batch doesn't quite display the over-the-top figure ofour Koa Series models, the "wow" factor is still high, and we'repleased to offer it as value-added upgrade to our 300 Series.Available as a steel-string 310ce-LTD, 312ce-LTD, 314ce-LTD,316ce-LTD, or as a nylon-string 312ce-N-LTD and 314ce-N-LTD, theguitars feature back and sides of koa with a Sitka spruce top. Allmodels include a Venetian cutaway, pearloid dot fretboard inlays, athree-ring rosette, and ES electronics.

The popular GS Mini breaks new ground this spring with aninspiring batch of beautiful wood for the back and sides. Choosefrom maple, rosewood and figured blackwood models, all featuringsolid Sitka spruce tops. The GS Mini has been hailed since its 2010debut for packing a full-size voice into a compact form that'sperfect for an active lifestyle. Each Mini comes with dot fretboardinlays and a three-ring rosette, and is pre-fitted for Taylor'saftermarket ES-Go™ soundhole pickup.

From our Specialty guitar category, our Baritone-6 enjoys a newovangkol/spruce wood pairing with the Grand Symphony 416ce-LTD. Thebaritone design enables players to explore the low growl of abari-voiced guitar (tuned from B to B) complemented by ovangkol'srich tonal range and clarity. The 416ce-LTD features progressivedot fretboard inlays, a three-ring rosette, Venetian cutaway,baritone bracing, and ES electronics.



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