Taylor DN3 Sapele/Spruce Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar  

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Booming bass and articulate mids that dare you to dig in.

The Taylor DN3 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar delivers signature Taylor performance, quality, and value. The DN3 Guitar is a great introduction to the solid-wood Taylor experience. The Taylor DN3 has a back and sides made of sapele, and a Sitka spruce top to create a rich tonal tapestry. Appointments include a bound ebony neck, chrome plated tuners, and an Indian rosewood headstock overlay. Simple, traditional styling and renowned Taylor craftsmanship make this one of their most popular models.

The traditional shape and sound have been refined to blend power with a more balanced response

Bob Taylor launched his career crafting Dreadnoughts, working with shapes he inherited from Sam Radding, the owner of the American Dream guitar shop, where he and Taylor co-founder Kurt Listug got their start.

The legacy of this shape carried a powerful, traditional sound that Bob gradually reworked into a refined Taylor tone and more smoothly contoured look. The rosewood/spruce 810 became a Taylor stalwart and was for many years Bob's preferred model, favored for its robust tone and understated, workmanlike aesthetic.

In 2003 the Dread underwent a major revoicing to give it a more competitive identity among old school flatpickers. A cannon, it boasted 50 percent more volume (which also meant more dynamic range), yielded an appreciably stronger bass response, and let out a hearty growl when pickers dug in, all without upsetting Taylor's sonic balance. As Bob put it during the revoicing process: "I want to be able to play a Dreadnought on the bass strings and then on these middle D and G strings and have it sound like the same guitar."

Bob later applied some of his short-scale ideas to the 710ce-L9 limited in 2005, and it proved to be a winner. Like the short-scale GC, the slinkier feel allowed players to lighten up on their attack and play up the neck. It gave the Dreadnought more versatility than it had ever seen. Short-scale or standard, the Taylor Dreadnought delivers a vintage sound for the 21st Century.

Play a Dreadnought if: You're a flatpicker or strummer looking for a potent, traditional sound.

  • Body Style: 6-String dreadnought
  • Back & Sides: Sapele
  • Top: Sitka spruce
  • Rosette: Plastic
  • Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony with Binding
  • Fretboard Inlay: Small Pearl Dots
  • Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Binding: Cream Plastic
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Nut and Saddle: Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Chrome Plated Taylor Tuners
  • Strings: Elixir Medium Gauge Strings with Nanoweb Coating
  • Scale Length: 25 1/2"
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Neck Width at Nut: 1-3/4"
  • No. of frets: 20
  • Fretboard Radius: 15"
  • Bracing: Standard II (Forward Shifted Pattern W/Relief Rout)
  • Finish: Satin with Gloss Top
  • Cutaway: None
  • Electronics: None
  • Body Width: 15"
  • Body Depth: 4-5/8"
  • Body Length: 20"
  • Overall Length: 41"
  • Case: Taylor Hardshell

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