Gorgeous Koa Grand Auditorium with V-Class Bracing
The Taylor K24ce acoustic-electric guitar delivers all the sonic benefits of koa — a very special tonewood, and a Taylor specialty. Run some single notes, strum a chord; savor the strong attack, crisp articulation, and voluptuous bloom. This impeccable Grand Auditorium guitar features a graceful Venetian cutaway, with top, back, and sides of highly figured Hawaiian koa. This K24ce features Taylor’s revolutionary V-Class bracing, which boosts volume evenly across the tonal spectrum, increases sustain, and improves the natural intonation of the instrument by creating a more synergistic response from the soundboard. This fosters a more harmonious relationship between the notes you play, helping chords to ring out in cohesive splendor. The K24ce’s tropical mahogany neck is capped by a bound ebony fingerboard with a gorgeous maple Spring Vine inlay, smartly accented by elegant stylistic touches that include maple binding and top trim, gold tuning machines, and a sumptuous shaded edgeburst finish.
V-Class Bracing: a sonic revelation
Bracing is the internal framework of an acoustic guitar that helps shape its sound. Although X-bracing has been standard in acoustic guitars for over a century, it creates an innate conflict between two key elements of a guitar’s sound: volume and sustain. The guitar’s top (its soundboard) contributes to both. The flexibility of the top generates volume (projection), while its stiffness generates sustain. And with X-braced guitar tops, here’s where the trade-off comes in: when something is made stiffer, its flexibility is reduced (and vice versa).
V-Class bracing changes all that. With Taylor’s V-Class bracing, an acoustic guitar top can be both stiff and flexible — for more volume and sustain. V-Class bracing provides stiffness parallel to the strings for more rigidity and hence sustain. Flexibility on either side generates the air movement necessary for robust projection. It’s the best of both worlds. This groundbreaking innovation also improves intonation; not only producing notes that are louder and with longer sustain — but more in tune with each other. Guitarists at Kenny’s Music are gobsmacked. But don’t take our word for it — pick up the superb Taylor K24ce Builder’s Edition and experience it for yourself!
Grand Auditorium body style gives you exceptional presence
Taylor’s beloved Grand Auditorium body style, featured on the K24ce, employs the width and depth of the Dreadnought. However, its waist is narrower, which gives Grand Auditorium guitars a sleeker look, and more treble zing. The K24ce’s Grand Auditorium body style helps to sharpen the definition of each note, balancing out nicely with the excellent projection of its Koa top.
The sonic magic of koa
For the K24ce’s top, sides and back, Taylor uses a very special tropical hardwood sourced from Hawaiian plantations above 5,000 feet. Koa’s sonic alchemy combines the focused midrange of mahogany with the snappy high end of maple. Kenny’s Music tip: Due to the wood’s density, koa guitars tend to start out sounding a bit bright; it’s similar to maple in this regard. But the more you play your koa guitar, the more the tone opens up, expanding the midrange and rewarding you with sweeter, richer, more resonant sonority. Often times, guitarists unfamiliar with the tonewood purchase a koa guitar for its stunning visuals, don’t play it enough to allow the wood to warm up, and mistakenly conclude that it’s too bright. Fine koa guitars like the Taylor K24ce deserve to be played every day! With that said, koa’s inherent brightness is ideal for finger pickers with a meatier touch and for studio layering where you need an acoustic guitar that cuts through the track.
Cutting-edge Taylor Expression System 2 electronics
If you play plugged-in, you’re going to love the Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics onboard your K24ce. The key to this fantastic system is the 3-section proprietary pickup located behind the saddle. Because of where it’s positioned and how it’s integrated into the K24ce’s saddle, the ES2 pickup provides you with remarkably clear and accurate sound. In addition to a master volume control, a pair of tone controls let you tweak your highs and lows to get the sound you need, and a discreet polarity switch offers vital onboard feedback suppression.
Taylor K24ce Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
- Hawaiian koa top, back and sides
- Bracing: V-Class with Relief Rout
- Venetian cutaway
- Non-figured pale maple binding
- Big Leaf maple rosette
- Tropical mahogany neck with satin finish
- West African ebony fingerboard and binding
- Spring Vine fingerboard inlay
- Headstock: West African ebony overlay and binding, maple purfling, Spring Vine inlay
- Black graphite nut, Micarta saddle
- Truss rod cover: West African ebony
- Scale Length: 25.5″
- West African ebony bridge pins
- Taylor gold tuning machines
- String Type:Steel
- Number of Strings:6
- Body Shape:Grand Auditorium
- Color:Shaded Edgeburst
- Top Wood:Hawaiian Koa
- Back & Sides Wood:Hawaiian Koa
- Body Bracing:V-Class bracing
- Neck Wood:Tropical Mahogany
- Fingerboard Material:West African Ebony
- Fingerboard Inlay:Maple Spring Vine
- Number of Frets:20
- Scale Length:25.5″
- Tuning Machines:Taylor Gold Tuners, 17:1 ratio
- Bridge Material:Ebony
- Nut/Saddle Material:Black Graphite/Micarta
- Nut Width:1.75″
- Strings:Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light
- Case Included:Hardshell Case
- Manufacturer Part Number:AK02002111000180048