Taylor has a reputation for building guitars to extremely high standards, and the Taylor 320e electro acoustic guitar is no exception. It is built using tonewoods of the highest quality and plays host to a wealth of beautiful finishing touches.
The Taylor 320e has been built with a dreadnought body shape, which is noted for its ability to project a powerful sound. It responds well over a wide dynamic range, boosting the signal of gentler players and yielding a high quality of articulation to more aggressive strummers and pickers. This makes the dreadnought shape perfect for big hitters who want a guitar that will accentuate their sound, rather than drown it out.
The top wood is built using solid tropical mahogany, a dense tonewood that delivers a very bright and punchy sound. The mahogany top gives a short and snappy tone to the guitar but throughout its life can develop into an incredibly warm and natural soundboard. It is well suited to players who are looking for a tone with plenty of individuality and attitude. The top is reinforced with forward-shifted bracing that features Taylor's patented relief rout. The relief rout allows the stiff mahogany to resonate with greater flexibility, without sacrificing structural integrity.
The back and side wood of the 320e is built using West African sapele, which has been utilised by Taylor for over a decade. Sapele is known for having similar harmonic qualities to mahogany in delivering soothing lows and warm mid tones. It is a very-adaptable tonewood that supports a variety of styles from fingerstyle to strumming.
The combination of the mahogany top and sapele back and sides creates a guitar with a high degree of low-end depth that is matched with a bright and snappy upper midrange. The body is bound in black to protect the edges from chips and damage. A black pickguard protects the top of the body beneath the strings from unwanted scratches and scrapes.
The neck is constructed from reassuringly unyielding tropical mahogany, which is set to a 25-1/2” scale length. Coupled with an ebony fingerboard - that is home to 20 frets - the sonic properties of both woods marry together beautifully to complete the delivery of superbly resonant tones with the softened mid range.
The strings are held in tune by Taylor's reliable chrome tuners, and meet the body via the Tusq nut and saddle who both ensure string action is acutely maintained.
Taylor have done their utmost to ensure that the unique acoustics and timbre of the guitar are as closely represented as possible when it is plugged-in, as to when it is played acoustically. To guarantee this, Taylor spent several years working in collaboration with renowned audio pioneer Rupert Neve to design and perfect their groundbreaking Expression System ® (ES).
The ES is an all-magnetic acoustic guitar pickup that sits near the soundboard, which acts like a microphone to a produce an exact representation of the acoustics of the guitar. The ES is incredibly simple to command by using the onboard system comprised of three simple controls – volume, bass, treble. These control knobs have been designed to be discrete enough not to interfere with the aesthetic of the guitar yet be easily located for quick adjustment.
The Taylor 320e top, back, sides and neck are all protected with a satin finish. This is durable enough to withstand minor nicks whilst remaining thin enough to allow the wood to resonate without being impeded. The headstock overlay is fashioned from Indian rosewood.
Manufacturer Taylor Model 320e Electro Acoustic Guitar Top Material Tropical Mahogany Back & Side Material Sapele Neck Material Tropical Mahogany Fingerboard Material Ebony Body Shape Dreadnought Colour Natural Pickups Taylor Expression System Guitar Size Full Number of Strings 6 Tuners Chrome Scale Length 25-1/2" Bracing Forward shifted bracing with relief rout Binding White Bridge Ebony Nut & Saddle Tusq Truss Rod Adjustable Pickguard Black
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