Blending Taylor’s most versatile body style with the fundamental focus of mahogany! The Taylor 524ce Mahogany Grand Auditorium Acoustic Electric Guitar yields a tone that is ideal for virtually any player and playing situation. From fingerpicking to all out strumming, the tone is clear and direct. Thanks to Taylor’s Expression System pickup, the 524ce Mahogany guitar amplifies beautifully in live and studio settings. This Taylor also has a distinct, old-school vibe to compliment the sound!
All-Mahogany Tone: Fundamentally Strong
Any sort of hardwood-top guitar, like the 524ce, tends to produce a natural compression, so it won’t yield as quick a response as a spruce-top guitar will. As Andy Powers explained with the recent introduction of the all-koa Grand Orchestra K28e, there tends to be more of a subtle ‘roll-in’ effect to a note.
‘To put that into a more practical context for the player, it sounds like it’s a really long, sustaining, very controlled attack,’ Andy says. Compared to a spruce-top mahogany guitar in Taylor’s 500 Series, an all-mahogany steel-string produces a distinctive flavor. ‘It still has the fundamental, strong, direct sound you can expect out of a mahogany guitar with a spruce top - that dry, woody quality,’ he explains. ‘But the mahogany top will make it even more controlled, to where it starts to accentuate its unique sustain a little more.’
Considering mahogany’s strong fundamental focus, the Taylor 524ce 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. 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.