The bold and projective tone of the Grand Symphony is now complimented by the focused sound of Mahogany. The Taylor 526e Mahogany Grand Symphony really pushes the lows and mid-range just like other Grand Symphony models, but the addition of a Mahogany top gives all this tone some definition so you get a full bodied tone with incredible definition.
Taylor 526e Mahogany Grand Symphony Acoustic Electric Features
- Tropical Mahogany Back, Sides and Top
- ES Expression System Electronics
- Neck: Tropical Mahogany
- 20 Fret, Ebony Fingerboard
- Includes Brown Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Case
The Taylor 526e Mahogany Grand Symphony is perfect for rootsy strummers and pickers by creating the perfect blend of power and articulation, the 526e also features a black pickguard, ivoroid binding, and a Century fretboard inlay tastefully convey mahogany’s time-honored heritage.
All-Mahogany Tone: Fundamentally Strong
Any sort of hardwood-top guitar 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.
The focused midrange character highlights some of the tonal differences between mahogany and rosewood, which tends to feature a more scooped midrange and ringing overtones. Bob Taylor spoke to the sonic contrast in an interview for Acoustic Guitar magazine back in 2010, describing a hardwood-top guitar like mahogany as ‘typically lo-fi, great for strumming and blues, but no church bell tones.’ In ensemble playing, those differences actually can work together nicely to create a complementary acoustic sound, as mahogany’s strong midrange and rosewood’s scooped mids fit together well without competing.
The addition of mahogany-top models literally changed the complexion of the 500 Series, inspiring a design overhaul that helps express the identity of these guitars. 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.
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.