NAMM 2020: Taylor Guitars expands Builder’s Edition collection with four unique new models

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NAMM 2020: “We have a long tradition of making guitars feel good - I wanted to take that idea and start applying it to the rest of the guitar,” said Taylor’s Master Designer, Andy Powers, when the Builder’s Edition collection was initially launched in 2018. 

Two years on and the premium range is looking bigger and better than ever, with four new models joining the line that was originally created to “establish a new standard of sound and feel for the acoustic guitar."

There’s the Builder’s Edition 816ce, which combines Indian rosewood with Lutz spruce in the Grandy Symphony body design that creates a more distinctive, airier and more complex acoustic sound. 

The combination of a soundport cutaway (a scoop in the treble-side shoulder that houses an off-axis soundport) and V-Class bracing produces a rich, high-fidelity voice that will be sure to dazzle.

If Greta Thunberg was on the hunt for a new acoustic, she would almost certainly approve of the Builder’s Edition 324ce, which pairs Taylor’s knack for high-performance instruments with its commitment to environmental responsibility, using back and sides made of Urban Ash sourced from trees that required removal from municipal areas. 

Together with a mahogany top, Curve Wing bridge, Gotoh tuners and V-Class bracing – it matches high-quality tone with a more sustainable, minimal carbon footprint. A win-win, in our view.

Also making its debut is the Builder’s Edition 912ce, which Taylor said is designed as “a high-end acoustic for electric players” – putting playability right up there with tone in its functionality. 

The 24-7/8-inch scale length Indian rosewood/Lutz spruce acoustic features a beveled armrest and cutaway, chambered body and fretboard edges, responding fast and precise, just like your favorite electric guitars.

Fans of 12-strings will be pleased to see the inclusion of a 12-string Builder’s Edition 652ce, which pairs figured Big Leaf maple with torrefied Sitka spruce in a compact Grand Concert Body. 

The acoustic will feature a beveled cutaway and armrest, double-mounted string anchoring, sleek contouring and will be reverse-strung like some 12-string electrics in order to create a richer and fuller sound that remains clean and articulate.

For more information, head to Taylor Guitars.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).