American acoustic titans Taylor have debuted an all-new model named the Grand Theater, which seeks to bridge the gap between a travel guitar and a full-sized acoustic and expand on the success achieved by the coveted GS-Mini range.
On top of its quirky 24 -1/8" scale length, the new Grand Theater range boasts a new C-Class bracing, a variation of the brand's V-Class bracing that's tweaked to ensure that the guitar packs a mean low end response. Taylor also claim that the Grand Theater's acoustic interior should aid in the guitar's overall volume and projection, as well as intonation.
Taylor have also opted for a selection of sustainable tonewoods for the construction of the Grand Theater, combining a common sitka spruce top with urban ash for the backs and sides. The company, a noted leader in sustainability within the guitar world, state that their urban ash has been reclaimed from urban areas of California, and is said to have characteristics similar to Honduran mahogany.
Elsewhere, the Grand Theater features a neck made from mahogany, while the fretboard, bridge and peg-head overlay constructed from eucalyptus, which has been harvested from a timber mill in Cameroon that Taylor have invested in.
Players can also choose between the Taylor GT and the GTe, which adds in the company's proprietary ES2 electronics for a crystaline amplified tone. Each model can also be purchased with a Aerocase for transport and storage.
Given the success of the Taylor GS Mini range, there's every chance these new Grand Theater models could take off and be a hit with acoustic players. The new size and design of the guitar should make for a comfortable playing experience for all kinds of guitarists, and the sustainability factor will surely have a positive effect on buyers.
Find out more about the new Taylor Grand Theater via their website.