Taylor Custom GA – Master Koa/Eddie’s Guitars 50th Anniversary
Many of us can remember the real special guitars that we came across in our guitar playing career – they hold a special memory in our hearts and minds – guitars we wish we would have purchased, guitars that we DID purchase, but for some reason or another we sold them….and dreaded that decision, or guitars we could only dream about owning. Well your dreams can now be a reality.
Happy 50th Anniversary…to US!
For the 50th Anniversary of Eddie’s Guitars we decided to do a very short run of some VERY SPECIAL Taylor Guitars. These are the guitars that are truly amazing in every way – which will become family heirlooms as well as magnificent instruments for you to enjoy for years to come. We got together with our friends at Taylor and we were able to hand pick some amazing “Master Grade KOA” to build 6 of the most amazing Taylor Custom guitar offerings we have seen since we began representing the Taylor line. We knew these had to be special, and they came out exceeding our most vivid expectations. These will come with a hand signed Certificate of Authenticity from Taylor Guitars AND Eddie’s Guitars to document your acquisition – and there will only be 6 of you. We built 2 in the Grand Concert shape, and 4 in the Grand Auditorium.
So what is so special about koa anyway? Well besides its striking beauty and its musical character it is quite rare. The wood that Taylor chooses comes from one place on Earth – the main Island of Hawaii, and is grown at elevations above 5,000 feet. Revered by guitar builders and players alike, Hawaiian koa’s visually striking grain character ranges from dark to light; from the heavily figured to straight-grained and everything in between. While you are getting lost in its inherent beauty, it’s easy to overlook the sonic quality of such a beautiful-looking tonewood, but koa’s musical response is striking: a midrange akin to mahogany, a touch of rosewood’s warmth and a top-end that can rival the best maple. The good folks at Taylor like to describe koa as “a patient wood”, which means that the more you play this guitar, and “get the wood vibrating” its true tonal character blossoms over time to become even more appealing! The more you play it, the more you’ll fall in love with it!
Ok – it looks great but what about its sound?
Looks and beauty aside, these special guitars also feature Taylor Guitars patented V-Class Bracing to bring you the volume projection and sustain along with the amazing intonation that comes with this sonic architecture. Think of anything that uses a basic chassis – the underlying architecture as the basis for how “the whole” of a product works – like the chassis on a car. It sets the overall “vibe” of the car and it’s what transmits all of the movement to the drivers steering wheel. V-Class is the chassis and the architecture for this musical instrument….and it becomes the translator of what your fingers “speak”. It does it in a whole new way by taking that energy and transmitting it back in a more unified order. You’ll no longer hear that subtle note confusion and your ears will pick up each note in a much more pleasing way. Every strum will provide a smoothness and sustain never thought possible in an instrument that you hold.
Okay – so it looks great, and sounds great, but how does it play?
One of the amazing things about Bob Taylor – the visionary behind Taylor Guitars is that he knew that he would never “win” at who thinks what guitar “sounds the best”….people all have different ranges of human hearing, and they all have personal tastes. But – the one thing he knew that he could win was concerning the question of playability and comfort. This is where the overall design of Taylor bodies and neck design come into play. Due to the way Taylor constructs their neck pocket and neck angle, there is truly no guitar that plays like a Taylor Guitar. Bob’s goal was to build an acoustic guitar with the playability of an electric guitar. Was that possible? The answer is a resounding YES! It’s possible, and it’s been accomplished!
Taylor Guitars – a testament to service
One other issue that Bob wanted to address was the serviceability of his guitars. He envisioned his acoustic guitars to be as easily serviceable as an electric guitar! Could he design a system in which his guitar to be as easily adjustable over a long period of time to guarantee that the owner would have an instrument that would continue to not only play and feel as good as it did from the day it was bought – through its lifetime without either huge costs or the amount of time it takes in “rebuilding and resetting” the instrument. Also – (and just as important) – what if the playing style of the owner changes over time? Could the same guitar be “re-set up” to adjust to a whole new playing style or string gauge/tension? The answer again is a HUGE YES! Due to the way Taylor Guitars are manufactured, any authorized Taylor Service center can set up your instrument exactly the way you would like it without having to totally rebuild the instrument! In most cases the set up takes less than a few hours!
We hope that you will give us a call if you have any questions and allow us to secure your new 50th Anniversary Taylor Guitars and give it a great home! Below are some of the actual specifications of these very limited special Taylor KOA Custom Guitars.
Other specifications include:
- Custom GA
- 6 Strings
- Venetian Cutaway
- ES2 Electronics
- Master Hawaiian Koa Back & Sides
- Master Hawaiian Koa Top
- Beveled Armrest
- Ebony Backstrap
- Ebony Fingerboard
- Figured Mahogany Neck
- Cocobolo Binding
- Abalone Single Ring Bound Rosette
- Natural No Stain Color
- Taylor Paua Peghead Logo
- Island Vine Paua/MOP Fretboard Inlay
- Island Vine Paua/MOP Peghead
- Abalone Top Paua with Extension Top Inlay
- 1 3/4″ Nut
- 24 3/4″ Scale
- Standard Carve Neck Profile
- Natural Gloss Finish
- Gotoh 510 Antique Gold, w/Black Button Tuners
- Ebony with Abalone Dot Bridge Pins
- Hard Case
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