Taylor Builder's Edition 324ce review

This strummer's price tag is entirely justified given its exceptional performance and aesthetics

(Image: © Taylor Guitars)

Guitar World Verdict

Incorporating an alternative tonewood with a warm and articulate voice, the Builder’s Edition 324ce is a stunning acoustic that represents the pinnacle in comfort, tone and playability.


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    Perfect stage-friendly acoustic for fingerpicking and strumming.

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    Urban Ash tonewood is sourced from trees removed from urban areas.


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    Out of budget for many acoustic fans.

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Of all the acoustic guitars I’ve come across, one of my favorites is the Pallet Guitar. More than 20 years ago, Bob Taylor constructed this legendary acoustic entirely from oak pallets and scrap two-by-fours found at the back of his factory, and which still resides at Taylor Guitars. 

The impetus behind the guitar was to demonstrate that the builder’s craftsmanship is just as integral to a great sounding guitar as the wood used. Fast forward to the present, and it seems this notion has grown some “green” new legs. 

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.