Taylor K22ce Grand Concert Cutaway ES2 Acoustic-Electric Guitar
6 String Acoustic Guitars
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The natural beauty of koa in a smaller-bodied hybrid with special bracing, Venetian cutaway and island vine inlay.
Taylor's K22ce features Hawaiian koa, a tonewood with captivating beauty matched by a tone that blossoms over time, especially in the midrange. Its voice is bright and focused, with warm overtones that slowly emerge, adding sweetness and depth. Premium all-wood appointments, led by the Island Vine fretboard inlay, celebrate the wood's natural appeal. It also has a Venetian cutaway which gives the guitar soft, round lines, and provides you better access to the higher frets.
The K22ce is a small-body Grand Concert, a body style that debuted in 1984 to meet the needs of a new wave of adventurous acoustic fingerstyle players. In contrast to the traditionally darker, boomier voices of bigger body styles like dreadnoughts and jumbos, the GC's compact size and tapered waist kept the overtones in check. It was also more comfortable to play while sitting down, and the guitar's slightly wider neck gave players more room for complex fingerings. The GC's smaller sonic footprint also fit cleanly in a mix with other instruments when tracking in the studio and with a band on stage, making it a useful tool for professional session and side players. This current generation of GC models continues to accommodate fingerstylists with finger-friendly traits like a shorter 24-7/8" scale length, which makes fretting easier and adds a slightly slinkier feel on the strings due to the lighter string tension. If you feel more comfortable with a small body or favor controlled overtones, a Grand Concert is a great option.
A tropical hardwood, koa's tone blends the midrange of mahogany with the top end of maple. Due to its density, a new koa guitar tends to start out sounding a little bright and tight, somewhat like maple. But the more a koa guitar is played, the more the sound opens up, expanding the midrange and rewarding the player with a richer, sweeter, more resonant tone. A common mistake is when a bright player buys a koa guitar in part for its visual beauty, finds it to be too bright, and doesn't play it enough to allow the wood to warm up. It goes well with fingerstylists who play more with the pads of their fingers and tend to have a meatier touch. Note: Bright players need to be careful because of koa's existing brightness (one might try experimenting with different pick materials).
Expression System 2
The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor's ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor's proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup (patent pending), which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. Together with Taylor's custom-designed "professional audio"-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar.
CV Bracing with Taylor Relief Rout
This version incorporates the relief rout and additional refinements, including subtle contouring differences in the scalloping. In general, guitars with CV bracing sound fuller and fatter without giving up articulation. They are also slightly louder. Taylor's patented relief rout is a tone-enhancing voicing technique in which a groove is carved along the inside edges of the top. This groove is similar in function to the re-curve on a violin â it "loosens up" the edges of the top, generating extra flexibility without sacrificing structural integrity. The result is increased bass and volume with a balanced tone.
- Shape: Grand Concert
- Number of Strings: 6
- Back/Side Wood: Hawaiian Koa
- Scale length: 24-7/8"
- Top Wood: Hawaiian Koa
- Body Length: 19-1/2"
- Electronics: Expression System 2
- Body Width: 15"
- Body Depth: 4-3/8"
- Nut and Saddle: Bone
- Neck Width: 1-3/4"
- Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
- Cutaway: Venetian
- Bracing: CV Bracing with Relief Rout
- Fretboard Wood: Ebony
- Fretboard Inlay: Island Vine
- Headstock Overlay: Ebony
- Binding: Indian Rosewood
- Bridge Inlay: None
- Bridge Pins: Ebony
- Tuners: Taylor Gold
- Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
- Back/Side Finish: Gloss
- Top Finish: Gloss
- Neck Finish: Satin
- Pickguard: None
- Number of Frets: 20
- Armrest Binding: None
- Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
- Backstrap Wood: None
- Backstrap Finish: None
- Brand of Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze HD Light
- Buttons: Gold
- Edge Trim: Maple
- Fingerboard Ext: None
- Fretboard Binding: Indian Rosewood
- Heel Cap Binding: Indian Rosewood
- Heel length: 3-1/4"
- Peghead Finish: Gloss
- Peghead Inlay: Island Vine
- Peghead Binding: Indian Rosewood
- Peghead Logo: Taylor Maple
- Peghead Type: Standard
- Rosette Mat.: Rosewood/Maple/Rosewood
- Rosette Size: Single Ring
- Stain/Sunburst: Shaded Edgeburst
- Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
- Wedge: None
- Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
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