Taylor's Urban Ash-bodied Builder's Edition 324ce heralds the launch of its Urban Wood initiative

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Taylor has introduced the Builder’s Edition 324ce acoustic guitar, boasting the never-before-used Urban Ash tonewood for its back and sides.

The new tonewood, according to Taylor, is “sourced from city trees that have been selected for removal from urban settings due to weather or disease damage, public safety concerns, disruptive root systems and simply reaching the end of their life cycle.”

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The company reclaimed the wood, which it compares to high-tier mahogany, for the back and sides of the new 324ce, and paired it with a mahogany top.

Other features of the guitar include chamfered body and fretboard edges, a beveled armrest and cutaway, V-Class bracing and a Curve Wing bridge.

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There’s also ES2 electronics, Compass inlays in faux pearl and Italian acrylic, Gotoh 510 tuners and a Silent Satin finish with a dark edgeburst treatment.

The Builder’s Edition 324ce is the first guitar to launch from Taylor’s new Urban Wood initiative, which was developed in partnership with West Coast Arborists, Inc. (opens in new tab) and gives select trees in need of removal from California cities a second life as high-value instruments.

The guitar is available for $2,999, with deluxe Taylor hardshell case.

For more information, head to Taylor Guitars (opens in new tab).

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.