Guitarist and producer Justus West knows what to look for in an acoustic guitar. With its solid mahogany back and sides, torrefied Sitka spruce top and compound carve neck profile, the Builder’s Edition 517 blends a warm, expressive response with a seamless playing experience.
Outfitted with V-Class bracing for unmatched volume and sustain and a Silent Satin finish that reduces incidental noise, this Grand Pacific guitar also features a rounded body and fretboard edges to provide a truly inviting feel whose musical voice hearkens to vintage acoustic recordings.
The compound-carve neck profile elevates Taylor’s signature playability with comfortable contouring that matches the natural position of your fretting hand as you move up and down the neck, while the rounded heel lets you reach every note without strain.
Tonally, the Builder’s Edition 517 produces a rich low-end response seasoned by a clear midrange. The specially roasted torrefied Sitka spruce top adds a touch of vintage color, similar to the musical sweetness that comes from an aged-in, played-in guitar, while the V-Class bracing improves intonation for a more in-tune, musical sound. This model also features a set of premium aesthetic appointments including sapele binding, Arrowhead fretboard inlays in grained ivoroid and a rich dark stain for the mahogany back and sides.
Offered with optional built-in ES2 electronics and available with a natural or Wild Honey Burst top finish, it’s a truly original entry in the Taylor family of premium acoustic guitars.