Taylor K26ce Grand Symphony Acoustic Electric Guitar with Case

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The Taylor K26CE Grand Symphony acoustic electric guitar is a stunning instrument both visually and sonically. The K26ce Grand Symphony from Taylor offers elegant features that will make it a crown jewel to any collection! The Grand Symphony body shape improves bass response and possesses a higher sonic threshold for moderate strumming to players with a heavier attack.

Hawaiian koa’s captivating beauty is matched by a tone that blossoms over time, accentuating in the bass response and allowing the the midrange to bloom. Its voice is clear, focused and bold, with warm overtones that slowly emerge, adding sweetness and depth. Premium all-wood appointments, led by the Spring Vine fretboard inlay, celebrate the wood’s natural appeal with a gorgeous shaded edge burst finish.

Taylor K26ce Grand Symphony Acoustic Electric Guitar with Case Features

  • Grand Symphony Body Shape
  • Hawaiian Koa Top, Back and Sides
  • Maple binding
  • Maple Spring Vine inlay pattern
  • Expression System 2 Electronics
  • Florentine Cutaway
Hawaiian Koa
A tropical hardwood, koa's tone blends the midrange of mahogany with the top end of maple. Due to its density, a new koa guitar tends to start out sounding a little bright and tight, somewhat like maple. But the more a koa guitar is played, the more the sound opens up, expanding the midrange and rewarding the player with a richer, sweeter, more resonant tone. A common mistake is when a bright player buys a koa guitar in part for its visual beauty, finds it to be too bright, and doesn't play it enough to allow the wood to warm up.

Expression System® 2
The Taylor Expression System® 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup (patent pending), which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. Together with Taylor’s custom-designed “professional audio”-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar.

Behind the ES2 Design: Rethinking the Piezo Pickup
For decades, piezo-electric transducers have been positioned under the saddle of a guitar based on the long-held belief that the string and top vibration cause the saddle to “bounce” up and down. But Taylor’s electronics team, led by developer David Hosler, discovered that the vertical movement is actually heavily restricted, and that the saddle gets “locked down” due to the string tension’s downward pressure. That’s why a traditional under-saddle pickup with piezo-electric crystals often responds with a sound often characterized as thin, brittle, brash or synthetic, especially with more aggressive playing.

The saddle’s natural range of movement as the guitar is being played is actually back and forth like a pendulum. That revelation led Taylor’s design team to relocate the crystals from under the saddle to behind it. The new positioning enables the crystals to respond more naturally to the guitar’s energy as it is transferred through the saddle. Three pickup sensors are installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, with three tiny Allen screws that calibrate the position of the sensors in relation to the saddle.

Like the original Expression System, the ES2 features the same volume and tone control knobs. The preamp is similar but with a slightly different gain structure. As a result it will be about 25 percent hotter, which is more in line with other pickups. This makes it plug-and-play friendly both for artists and live sound mixers.

Venetian
Standard on “ce” models in the 300 Series and up, the Venetian cutaway is known for its soft, round lines. The sloping peak of the cutaway will vary depending on the shape of the guitar. The Grand Concert, Grand Auditorium, and Grand Symphony have a steeper slope, while the Dreadnought is a bit flatter.

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Phone:  800-943-6782 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime on new guitars; No warranty on Dent and Scratch Guitars

Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Taylor K26ce Grand Symphony Acoustic Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2 inches
  • Nut & Saddle: Bone nut, Micarta saddle
  • Bracing: Performance with Relief Rout
  • Truss Rod Cover: West African Ebony
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Tuners: Gotoh Gold 510
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
  • Brand of Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Medium Nanoweb
  • Body Length: 20 inches
  • Body Width: 16 1/4 inches
  • Body Depth: 4 5/8 inches
  • Binding/Edge Treatment: Pale Non-Figured Hard Rock Maple
  • Top Finish: Gloss
  • Back Config: 2 or 3 piece
  • Rosette Size: Single Ring
  • Back/Side Finish: Gloss
  • Rosette Material: Big Leaf Maple
  • Stain/Sunburst: Shaded Edgeburst
  • Neck Width: 1-3/4 inches
  • Fretboard Inlay: Spring Vine
  • Fretboard Binding/Edge Treatment: West African Ebony
  • Heel Cap Binding: West African Ebony
  • Type of Neck Joint: Taylor Neck
  • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
  • Fretboard Wood: West African Ebony
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Heel Length: 3-1/2 inches
  • Peghead Finish: Gloss
  • Peghead Binding: West African Ebony
  • Peghead Type: Standard
  • Peghead Purfling: Maple
  • Headstock Overlay: West African Ebony
  • Peghead Inlay: Spring Vine
  • Peghead Logo: Big Leaf Maple
  • Bridge Pins: West African Ebony
  • Buttons: Gold

Customer Reviews

Review: Tom from Danbury, CT USA Submitted: 7/3/2014

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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The Most Amazing Guitar!!
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Your general opinion of this product.

This is not only a beautiful guitar to look at but it plays just as great as it looks. Tone is incredible. Have not put this thing down since I bought it.

It's a Taylor. That should say it all.

Once again it is a Taylor. Known for their playability and feel.

You need to hear it for yourself but I found the tone to be amazing. Just incredible and exactly what I was looking for.

Very good.

This is one of the most beautiful guitars you will ever see. One can also upgrade to AA or Master grade koa if you really want to go crazy. Worth shopping for. There are amazing specimens out there that are not necessarily AA or master grade koa.

It's very new but once again it's a Taylor and that should tell you all you need to know. But I'm kind of biased. 1994 Taylor 510 1995 Taylor 610 2010 Taylor 814ce 2013 Taylor k66ce 2013 Taylor k26ce 2010 Gibson es335 2013 MIM Stratocaster

Review: William L. Chambers, Jr. from Baton Rouge, La. Submitted: 7/1/2014

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Beautiful Quality.

Your general opinion of this product.

Very nice product. Gourgeous color . Great playing quality.

Very good quality made with animal glues that last with time.

Feels great. It's so light, and plays like the finest acoustics.

Bright and sharp tone.

Perfect. I tuned it and it played beautifully.

Beautiful stain on a pretty wood that is quite unique.

I have only had it for a week, but I would think it will last a long long time.

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