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Taylor NS74ce Classical Guitar - Review

Taylor NS74ce| Specifications, pricing and rating information on this quality acoustic/electric classical guitar

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Model: Taylor NS74ce Classical Guitar

Body Style: 6-String Grand Auditorium
Back & Sides: Indian Rosewood
Top: Western Red Cedar
Rosette: Mexican Cypress
Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony
Fretboard Inlay: None
Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
Binding: Indian rosewood
Bridge: Ebony
Nut and Saddle: Tusq
Tuning Machines: Ping Classical Gold with Ivoroid Buttons
Strings: D'Addario Pro-Arté Extra Hard Tension
Scale Length: 25-1/2"
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Neck Width at Nut: 1-7/8"
No. of frets: 20
Fretboard Radius: 15"
Bracing: Nylon Series Bracing
Finish: Gloss
Cutaway: Venetian
Electronics: Fishman Prefix Pro Blend
Body Width: 16"
Body Depth: 4-5/8"
Body Length: 19-1/2"
Overall Length: 41"
Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell

Taylor NS74ce Classical Guitar: List Price: $3,678.00
Warranty: See Vendor

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The Taylor NS74ce has a western red cedar top and Indian rosewood back and sides in a grand auditorium body style. The NS74ce is the premier Taylor take on the classical guitar design, but with a bit of twist.

Think of it as classical tone meets Taylor playability, beginning with a slim and fast 1 7/8" neck, a cutaway body, and Fishman Prefix Pro Blend Electronics.

When people talk about the Taylor sound, knowingly or not they're probably describing the Grand Auditorium. Introduced in 1994 as a limited edition to commemorate Taylor's 20th Anniversary, the GA would go on to establish itself as a definitive Bob Taylor original.

Tonally, the guitar embodied the signature qualities of balance, clarity, and versatility that became hallmark Taylor traits. Visually, the shape gave the world an equally balanced and refined aesthetic of smooth curves.

Play a GA if: You want the Swiss Army Knife of acoustics, capable of handling everything from fingerpicking to medium strumming to moderate flatpicking.

Taylor NS74ce Classical Guitar: List Price: $3,678.00

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    Laminated rosewood back and sides
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    Ebony fingerboard
    Fustero tuners
    Fan bracing
    Glossy lacquer finish
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Ramirez 2cwe Electronics

Features: 9.0

Cutaway, Fishman pickup, and onboard equalization make the Taylor NS74ce Classical Guitar perfect for the crossover player of jazz/pop/classical or for the performing classical guitarist who's tired of microphone feedback.

The Taylor NS74ce also has a fan bracing, glossy lacquer finish, and gold-plated tuners with Ivoryoid buttons. Its features also include a 650mm scale, and a 48mm nut.

The Taylor NS74ce Classical sports a solid Red Cedar top and Solid Indian Rosewood back and sides. Neck is Mahogany with an solid Ebony fingerboard

The Taylor NS74ce Classical Guitar includes a Deluxe hardshell case, to keep the guitar properly humidified.

Sound Production: 8.0

If I were to rate the Taylor NS74ce Classical Guitar strictly as a classical guitar, I would lower the rating to about an 8.0 or even to 8.5, but as a cross-over type guitar with electronics added, I have decided to give it a solid 9.0 rating.

As to be expected in a typical American made classical guitar the treble notes are a bit weak. They do not have the brightness and power that I have come to expect with the classical guitars from Spain.

That being said, this guitar sounds incredible when it is in the acoustic/electric environment in which it was designed - and that is plugged in. All of a sudden the strings come to life and you get beautiful highs and lows from this instrument. Very impressive.

Action: 9.0

Action on this guitar is Taylor quality all the way through. It played beautiful right out of the case. Great fingerstyle guitar that plays easily, has perfect intonation and harmonics. Enough Said.

Durability: 9.0

This guitar, being of again Taylor quality, exhibits a little more durability that a standard Spanish Classical Guitar. Perhaps that is one reason that it lacks some of the tonal qualities of its Spanish brethren.

With a Cedar top however, you are still dealing with a very soft wood and just a casual bump or brush against a table edge, music stand or chair arm could result in damage. So be careful with this guitar.

Customer Service: 10.0

Be sure to register your Taylor NS74ce Classical Guitar. 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.

Overall Score: 9.0

Think of it as classical tone meets Taylor playability, beginning with a slim and fast 1 7/8" neck, a cutaway body, and Fishman Prefix Pro Blend Electronics.

When people talk about the Taylor sound, knowingly or not they're probably describing the Grand Auditorium. Introduced in 1994 as a limited edition to commemorate Taylor's 20th Anniversary, the GA would go on to establish itself as a definitive Bob Taylor original.

Interested in adjusting your action yourself? visit our sections on Guitar Nut Adjustment, Guitar Saddle Adjustment and Adjusting your Guitar Action for a lot of detailed information on this and many other do-it-yourself repair jobs in our Minor Guitar Repair and Major Guitar Repair sections of the web site.

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