Taylor has a long history of introducing compelling new tonewood flavors to the world, and were as excited as weve ever been to debut a stunning new entry red ironbark as the new featured tonewood of our reimagined 500 Series. (Sourced in Southern California through our urban wood initiative, were calling the wood Urban Ironbark.) After exploring and falling in love with its acoustic properties, master builder Andy Powers has paired ironbark back and sides with a torrefied spruce top and deployed a new voicing recipe shaped by our V-Class bracing to bring another uniquely enticing tone profile to the Taylor line.
The Tone: Imagine the sonic depth and richness of Indian rosewood pushed to another level. Red Ironbarks hardness and density are comparable to ebony, and together with a roasted spruce top, produce a sound thats loud, muscular and sweet, with piano-like fidelity, complexity and depth across the entire frequency spectrum. Notes jump out of the guitar, producing a natural amplifying effect that will fill a room with sound. Any player who appreciates the sonic virtues and versatility of our flagship rosewood/spruce 814ce will love the Grand Auditorium 514ce.
Appointments: In a nod to the classic heritage of Taylors 500 Series, the new appointment package preserves a traditional aesthetic, updated with subtle decorative touches to complement the new wood pairing. The back and sides feature a stain that deepens ironbarks natural reddish and golden brown hues. The body and neck also feature a lightly shaded edgeburst, with a gloss-finish body and satin-finish neck. Other details include new Aerial inlays in Italian acrylic, faux tortoise binding and pickguard, a single-ring abalone rosette with maple and black purfling, and Taylor nickel tuners.
Features a Venetian cutaway and onboard ES2 electronics and ship with a Taylor deluxe hardshell case
- Back/Side Wood: Urban Ironbark
- Top Wood: Torrefied Sitka Spruce
- Neck: Neo-Tropical Mahogany
- Fretboard: West African Crelicam Ebony
- Nut Width: 1-3/4
- Electronics: ES2
- Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell