Summer NAMM 2015: Taylor Guitars Releases Special Edition 300 Series Models with Shaded Edgeburst

At the Summer NAMM Show, Taylor Guitars is introducing the 300 Series Shaded Edgeburst (SEB) editions, a limited run of 300 Series models featuring three popular Taylor guitar shapes, as well as Baritone and 12-String Dreadnought models.

The guitars pair sapele back and sides with a deeply shaded edgeburst mahogany top.

The tonewood combination yields a focused, well-balanced midrange, while the edgeburst top and black pickguard evoke an earthy, vintage aesthetic.

The 12-String Dreadnought (360e-SEB) and Baritone (326e Baritone-SEB) are exclusive to this series, and offer players fresh sonic inspiration.

The pairing of the Dreadnought shape with a 12-string design, says Master Guitar Designer Andy Powers, takes advantage of the Dreadnought's powerful lower register. "It will add extra authority to the 12-string's shimmering character," he shares. The mahogany top, he adds, will help level out the volume from top to bottom. "In this guitar, a player can expect a clear and powerful 12-string sound with a very uniform string-to-string balance."

The Baritone guitar features a Grand Symphony body, a longer (27-inch) scale length, and comes tuned B-to-B. The sonic personality showcases the natural warmth and focus of mahogany, with an added low-end richness and natural compression. The Baritone lends itself nicely to players who sing in a lower register, want a complementary acoustic texture with a standard model in a guitar duo setting, or crave a new tonal palette to explore. To bring the guitar to standard tuning, a capo can be applied at the fifth fret.

The 300-SEB guitars will be offered as standard six-string models in the Dreadnought (320e-SEB), Grand Concert (322e-SEB), and Grand Auditorium (324e-SEB), along with the specialty Grand Symphony Baritone (326e Baritone-SEB) and the 12-String Dreadnought (360e-SEB) models. In addition to the shaded edgeburst mahogany top, appointments include 4mm dot fretboard inlays, black binding with white purfling, a three-ring rosette, and an all-satin body. Each guitar is equipped with Taylor's Expression System 2 pickup and comes in a deluxe hardshell case.

For more news from Taylor Guitars, visit taylorguitars.com/news.

For more Summer NAMM Show news, bookmark GuitarWorld.com's dedicated Summer NAMM 2015 page. And don't forget to follow GW on Twitter for more "live on the NAMM Show floor" coverage.

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Acoustic Nation is written by Laura B. Whitmore, a music industry marketing veteran, music journalist and editor, who has contributed to Parade.com (opens in new tab), Guitar World, and others. She has interviewed hundreds of musicians and hosts the She Rocks Podcast. As the founder of the Women’s International Music Network (opens in new tab), she advocates for women in the music industry and produces the annual She Rocks Awards. She is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Positive Grid, making the world safe for guitar exploration everywhere! A guitarist and singer/songwriter, Laura is currently co-writing an album of pop songs that empower and energize girls.