Made in Taylor’s California factory, the GT (short for Grand Theater) is built with a non-cutaway body that features the basic curves of the company's Grand Orchestra model, with a width at the lower bout (15 inches) that's almost the same as the company's Grand Concert model, but a shorter length.
The guitar has a solid spruce top and back and sides of solid urban ash, a tonewood taken from Shamel ash trees slated for removal from municipal areas in Southern California. Also onboard is a Eucalyptus fingerboard with Italian acrylic “Pinnacle” inlays, a Eucalyptus bridge and peghead overlay, and Taylor nickel mini tuners.
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Notably, the GT is outfitted with Taylor's new C-Class bracing system. Another Taylor bracing system innovation, C-Class architecture involves a cantilevered, asymmetrical design that allows lower frequencies to shine and project, despite the GT's relatively small size.
Elsewhere, the guitar features a three-ring koa rosette and a faux tortoise pickguard, with a 2mm matte finish on the top and an Urban Sienna stain on the back and sides providing a sweet visual touch.
The Taylor GT Urban Ash rings up at $1,399, while its counterpart with an ES2 electronic system - the Taylor GTe Urban Ash - comes in at $1,599.
For more info on the GT, stop by taylorguitars.com (opens in new tab).
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.
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