Taylor AD27E Flametop review

“A voice that’s unlike anything Taylor has previously offered” is the battle cry of this Grand Pacific dreadnought. Intrigued? So were we…

Taylor AD27e Flametop
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

This acoustic is in a highly competitive market, but if you’re looking for something that leaves the path well trod you’d be well advised to seek out the AD27e – we’re pretty sure you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise.


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    A well-built, workmanlike dreadnought, with an unusual edge.

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    A lot of tone and personality.

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    Expression System 2 is quality.


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    The price – and that maple top might deter the traditionalists.

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You have to admit that it’s quite a bold move for Taylor to proclaim proudly that its latest instrument “doesn’t sound like a Taylor”. But once you’re made aware of the rationale behind the move, things become a little clearer. A lot of it has to do with supply chain issues caused by the previous two years and, in many cases, that are still ongoing.

Luthier-grade wood supplies have been affected by the fallout caused by the global pandemic as much as any other commercial commodity and so rather than allowing backorders to get to avalanche proportions, Taylor came out fighting. 

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.