Friday, August 18, 2006

Taylor - Fall Limited Series Guitars

Every year, Taylor Guitars fans eagerly await the arrival of Taylors' Fall Limited Editions. These guitars sell quickly, and the 2006 Fall Limiteds (a set of Taylor classics in the 400, 700, 800 and 900 Series with a unifying "theme" of maple binding and accents) will no doubt follow suit. All Taylor 2006 Fall Limiteds feature the Expression System pickup.

The 410E-LTD and 414E-LTD feature satin-finished walnut back and sides, a Sitka spruce top, a brilliant maple back wedge and maple binding. Both guitars deliver the strong natural resonance which makes walnut a favored tonewood with many players. The 710CE-LTD and 714CE-LTD boast Indian rosewood back and sides, topped with Engelmann spruce for sweet and deep tones. Maple binding, a slice of maple for a back wedge, and a ring of lustrous abalone encircling the soundhole create a stately visual impression in keeping with the sonic properties of the 700 Series Fall Limiteds. The 810CE-LTD and 814CE-LTD are made with back and sides of Madagascar rosewood. Madagascar yields a similar sound to Brazilian rosewood, replete with deep bass tones, a clear midrange and sizzling high harmonics. The 800 Series Fall Limiteds retain the Sitka spruce top, gloss finish, stylized fretboard inlays and shimmering abalone soundhole rosette of their respective standard models, but are augmented with maple binding and a maple wedge, for sharp visual contrast.

The 910CE-LTD and 914CE-LTD both highlight the wild beauty of Mexican cocobolo, pairing the dazzling figured tonewood with a creamy Engelmann spruce top, a combination that allows the 900 Series Fall Limiteds to give voice to an extreme range of tone—vibrant highs, a clear, wide-open midrange and solid, muscular bass frequencies.

These Limited Editions have lovely flamed maple binding and a distinctive maple back-stripe. Long-time Taylor owners will appreciate the return of the abalone "Cindy" inlay on the fretboard, although first-time owners will no doubt also appreciate the delicate and ornate inlay, which is named after president/co-owner Bob Taylor's wife, Cindy Taylor.

The Taylor 2006 Fall Limited Editions will ship in late summer.


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