With a focused tone, incredible electronics and an old-school look, the Taylor 524e Mahogany Grand Auditorium Acoustic Electric is ideal for performers of all styles! Whether you’re a heavy strummer or a fingerstyle player, the Grand Auditorium body shape has the projection and great touch response to yield great sound. The mahogany top of the Taylor 524e adds a natural compression to the strong midrange to fit clearly into a mix. Appointments include a black pickguard, grained ivoroid binding and rosette, and a grained ivoroid Century fretboard inlay.
All-Mahogany Tone: Fundamentally Strong
Players who love the sound of all-mahogany acoustics are drawn to their natural compression which 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 524e 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.’
With the mahogany top’s rich, saturated color and prominent grain front and center, Taylor’s development team, led by Andy Powers, embraced the old-school aura that reflects mahogany’s guitar heritage. He relates it to Taylor’s recent neo-vintage treatment of the rosewood 700 Series.
‘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 top of the Taylor 524e. Other new appointments include grained ivoroid binding, a grained ivoroid rosette, and a grained ivoroid Century fretboard inlay design that comes from the same family as the 700 Series Heritage Diamonds inlay motif.