Taylor GS K Acoustic Guitar - Review
Review, specifications and similar instruments available for this incredible acoustic guitar.
- Guitar Specifications
Taylor GS K
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Type/Shape: 6-String Grand Symphony
Back & Sides: Hawaiian Koa
Top: Sitka Spruce
Soundhole Rosette: Abalone
Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony with Binding
Fretboard Inlay: Abalone Koa Series
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Nut & Saddle: Tusq
Tuning Machines: Gold-plated Taylor Tuners
Strings: Elixir Medium Gauge Strings with Nanoweb Coating
Scale Length: 25-1/2 Inches
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Neck Width at Nut: 1-3/4 Inches
Number of Frets: 20
Fretboard radius: 15 inches
Bracing: Standard II (Forward Shifted Pattern W/Relief Rout)
Finish: Gloss Natural
Body Width: 16-1/2 Inches
Body Depth: 4-5/8 inches
Body Length: 20 inches
Overall Length: 40-1/2 inches
Case: Grand Symphony Deluxe Hardshell
Taylor GS K MSRP: $4,498.00 (incl. Hardshell Case)
Warranty: Limited Lifetime
This Grand Symphony guitar introduced by Taylor is their first new guitar shape in thirty years. It took a long time but they did it right!
The Taylor GS K guitar is fabulous. It has rich deep tones and lots of sustain. Playability is incredible and once you pick one up you won't be able to put it down.
Koa back and sides
- Solid Sitka spruce top
Abalone soundhole rosette
- Ebony fretboard
Abalone dot inlays, sound hole purfling and top purfling.
- Limited lifetime warranty
The Taylor GS K is one gorgeous guitar. I have a preference for Koa anyway, but all of the appointments that they used for this guitar are 'just right'
I love the fine touches of abalone that is used around the soundhole and for purfling around the top. It reminds me of my favorite guitar that I made for myself!
There is nothing like the sound of Koa. Hawaiian Koa or Acacia has a deep and rich sound and the instrument quality of Koa has deep browns with black grain. The Koa of these guitars also has a curly pattern, which is the best Koa (and most expensive) that money can buy.
Taylor has brought their forward shifted X-bracing to this model and placed it on a Master Grade Sitka Spruce top that is has grain straight as a arrow as well as very closely spaced.
If you do plan on playing this guitar with a flatpick, you should strongly consider adding a pickguard. i would add a wooden one made of Koa to match the back and sides and you would have a beautiful addition to this fine guitar.
From the moment I first strummed that first chord on the Taylor GS K, it was an immediate "Wow" factor. This guitar has a very balanced tone, with very complex overtones and an unbelievable amount of sustain.
These are all key elements that many fingerstyle guitarists are looking for in an instrument and Taylor sure put together a winning combination when they produced the Taylor GS K.
When I lived in Hawaii for a while, I saw and herd a lot of quality handmade Koa acoustics that were fabulous. This guitar by Taylor is very comparable to any of them - no problem at all.
Clarity and playability are hallmarks of the upper end Taylor Guitars and the Taylor GS K portrays quality from the moment you pick it up.
I love the action of this guitar and sitting down and playing it makes the minutes and hours just melt away. I am able to play a lot of those complicated licks on this guitar with no problem.
While I would use this the Taylor GS K as a fingerstyle guitar, it certainly wouldn't take a back seat to any guitar for flatpicking and strumming as well. With its full, rich and balanced tone, this guitar can serve you in a multitude of venues.
Taylor's luthier's are very skilled craftsmen and the care and quality with which the Taylor GS K guitar was put together was evident. Details are all crisp and clean and joints are solid and very durable.
I'm a always impressed in the care and quality that Taylor spends inside the guitar too. It is often the things that you don't see that are the most important. Run your finger inside a Taylor GS K and you will find smooth, well shaped braces that are skillfully placed and carefully cleaned and prepared.
This guitar was put together in a humidity controlled atmosphere and you should keep it in that same type of atmosphere to minimize cracking or wood movement. A good humidifier for your room or home and guitar case is essential to minimize repair bills.
Be sure to visit our page on Guitar Humidity Control for detail information of keeping your guitar in tip-top shape during the dry winter months.
Be sure to register your Taylor GS K. If you treat your guitar right you will be able to keep it in great playing condition for a long time. The biggest enemy of a hollow body acoustical guitar is the lack or the excess of humidity in the air. If you develop problems, a Taylor repair center will take care of you.
The Taylor GS K is the one of the newest sized guitars produced by the folks at Taylor Guitar. Actually this is the first new shape introduced by them in about 30 years.
It most closely matches the Taylor GA or Grand Auditorium model and is only about 1/4" larger in size at the lower bout. The body length and depth are virtually identical to the GA, but it is amazing how much different this guitar sounds that the GA!
The tone of the Taylor GS K is rich and open and the sustain is incredible, which in part, is a tribute to the tonal capabilities of the Hawaiian Koa, and the incredible Sitka Spruce Top with the forward-shifted X bracing.
Bottom line: Are you an advanced intermediate or a pro player? Then this guitar is for you. I have to regrets at placing this guitar at the very top of my list of guitars that is a 'must have'. About the only guitar that will top it is a quality built handmade instrument. For that you will pay up to 4 times more money, or have to make one yourself.
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