Taylor GTe Urban Ash review

Equipped with C-Class bracing and Taylor's phenomenal ES-2 electronics, this compact acoustic is a heavyweight performer

Taylor GTe Urban Ash
(Image: © Taylor)

Guitar World Verdict

With its comfortably compact size and buttery playability, the Taylor GTe Urban Ash plainly begs to be your “get-up-and-go” guitar for a variety of performances.


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    Compact body and shorter scale length enhance comfort.

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    Eco-conscious build.

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    C-Class bracing is a winning formula.

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    It's uncanny how big and bold its voice is.


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    Some people will need a larger-bodied acoustic.

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It's no stretch to say Taylor Guitars is a visionary company. With the many setbacks and challenges presented around the world last year, Taylor moved forward with enterprising ideas and some of their most innovative designs. 

It all started with Taylor’s Urban Wood initiative – where select trees in need of removal from California cities were reclaimed and given a second life as premium instruments – which in turn, culminated in the discovery of an alternative and newfound tonewood dubbed “Urban Ash” and utilized in Taylor’s spectacular Builder’s Edition 324ce and 326ce acoustics. 

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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.