Gear Spotlight: The New Taylor 500 Series

Taylor have released their new 500 Series models and they are true standouts from the rest of the lineup. Let's take a look at what sets them apart!

Historically, the Taylor 500 Series has been home to Mahogany backed and sided guitars. As part of Taylor's Urban Wood Initiative, the series is getting a revamped look, tone, and feel with an all-new tonewood, Urban Ironbark.

Urban Ironbark, or Red Ironbark, is a sonically rich, performative, and deep sounding tonewood. Imagine Indian Rosewood if it were taken to another level. The density of the back and sides are matched with a Torrefied Spruce top and Taylor's V-Class bracing. The result is a guitar that is loud, bold, and remarkably dynamic. Equipped with Taylor's Expression System 2 Electronics, the new 500s are as versatile as it gets.

There are two new models in the main lineup, the Grand Concert 512ce and Grand Auditorium 514ce. In keeping with the heritage, both models feature Taylor's traditional aesthetic, but sport an all-new appointments package to show off their new tonewood. New features to the series include a light stain which deepens the wood's natural highlights with a slight edgeburst, gloss finish body, and satin finish neck.

Other features of note are Aerial inlays in Italian Acrylic, faux tortoise binding and pickguard, a single-ring abalone rosette with maple and black purfling, and Taylor nickel tuners. Both models feature a Venetian cutaway and come in a deluxe hardshell case.

The new 500 series is a must-see addition to the standard collection. They are classic Taylor sophistication, sleek modern design, and a true standout in a series of some of the finest instruments currently made. The new tonewoods are a joy to play and invite an audience to stay and listen. We're pretty excited about them here. We hope you check them out. Both models are currently in stock and out on the floor for you to demo. We'll see you soon.



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