The Taylor 524 Mahogany Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar is an all-purpose acoustic with an all-mahogany body for great natural compression and a strong midrange! The clarity and warm attack of mahogany blends perfectly with the Grand Auditorium body shape in the Taylor 524, accommodating snappy pluckers and lively strummers. Appointments include a black pickguard, ivoroid binding and rosette, and an ivoroid Century fretboard inlay.
All-Mahogany Tone: Fundamentally Strong
‘Punchy’ is a word that’s often used to describe the character of mahogany, particularly in the midrange. Andy Powers explains the tonal characteristics of an all mahogany guitar like the Taylor 524.
‘It’s punchy in the sense that the notes you play are the notes you get,’ Andy elaborates. ‘That’s what people mean by ‘dry’ tone. Many players will hear the response and say, ‘Oh, it’s right in my face. I hear just the notes that I played. I’m not hearing this sharp attack, or a long, ringing complex overtone mix.’ So, the common description is a focused midrange punch.’
Considering mahogany’s strong fundamental focus, an all-mahogany guitar will fit a number of playing scenarios.
‘Like koa, it’s a fantastic wood for recording or stage use,’ Andy notes. ‘Because of its unique response, an all-mahogany guitar really flatters its pickups. And since its sonic imprint isn’t a mile wide, it’s a guitar that plays well with others. On a track with other guitar parts you don’t want interference between players.’
‘After we re-designed the 700 Series with all-ivoroid appointments, players really flocked to it,’ he says. ‘The sentiment was like, ‘This isn’t my dad’s guitar, this is more like my granddad’s guitar,’ but with all the refinements of modern guitar-making techniques. So we brought more of that aesthetic to the 500s.’
A black pickguard adds a bold visual counterpoint to the mahogany tops (spruce- and cedar-top models will retain the faux tortoise shell version). Other new appointments include ivoroid binding, an ivoroid rosette, and an ivoroid Century fretboard inlay design that comes from the same family as the 700 Series Heritage Diamonds inlay motif.