Taylor Guitars has unveiled three new eye-catching additions to their highly successful American Dream Series: the AD11e-SB, AD12e-SB and AD17e-SB.
This stylish trio of acoustic guitars sports vintage-style firestripe faux tortoiseshell pickguards and hand-painted Tobacco Sunburst finishes along with Italian acrylic dot markers for a classic look.
Introduced during the 2020 pandemic, Taylor says their award-winning American Dream Series instruments were designed to “deliver all the essentials of a premium acoustic guitar, with a thoughtfully streamlined appointment package to make the guitars more accessible during a time of economic uncertainty and increased consumer demand.”
Combining a solid spruce top with a solid walnut back and rim, each model is said to project a “warm, woody” midrange-focused sound not dissimilar to mahogany.
“We’re excited to expand the American Dream family with these new sunburst guitars,” said Taylor’s chief guitar designer, President and CEO, Andy Powers.
“The time-honed look, sound and feel make these models appealing options for many musicians who find inspiration in the undeniable beauty of an unassuming instrument, whether on stage, in the studio, or in the hands of a songsmith.”
Starting at $1,799 and sporting a reduced 24 1/8-inch scale length, the downsized AD11e-SB showcases Taylor’s new Grand Theater (GT) body shape.
But what the AD11e-SB lacks in size it makes up for in tone with its specially voiced C-Class bracing.
Accentuating the bottom-end response of the guitar, this unique variation on Taylor’s V-Class bracing system allows for greater tonal depth and a richer, fuller sound.
Stepping up the ladder slightly with a starting price of $1,999 is the AD12e-SB. This guitar is notable as being the first Grand Concert model in Taylor’s American Dream Series with a spruce top.
Boasting Taylor’s acclaimed V-Class bracing design, the AD12e-SB is destined to be a hit with fingerstyle players and flatpickers alike.
Noted for its detail, articulation and note separation, Taylor says this compact and highly responsive instrument is “perfect” for recording applications.
Also starting at $1,999, is the Grand Pacific-shaped AD17e-SB.
Packing a powerful punch and featuring a full 25 1/2-inch scale length, this round-shouldered dreadnought delivers a balanced, midrange-focused tone with depth and clarity.
Like the AD11e-SB and AD12e-SB, the AD17e-SB is fitted with ES2 electronics and comes with a brown or gray AeroCase.
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Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World (opens in new tab), Guitar Player (opens in new tab) and MusicRadar (opens in new tab) in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.
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