The Taylor 526 Mahogany Grand Symphony Acoustic Guitar pairs Taylor’s Grand Symphony shape with an all-mahogany body for an incredible playing experience! The 526 projects a strong lower midrange and a focused tone that is ideal for strummers of all types thanks to its power and articulation. Taylor gives the 526 all-mahogany acoustic a black pickguard, grained ivoroid binding, and a Century fretboard inlay that tastefully conveys mahogany’s look.
All-Mahogany Tone: Fundamentally Strong
The mahogany top of the Taylor 526 yields 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 all-mahogany 526 Grand Symphony 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 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.