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Taylor K22ce Acoustic-Electric Guitar

The K22ce Acoustic-Electric is a gorgeous-looking instrument from Taylor’s Koa Series. The Grand Concert model represents a smaller, lighter, shallower body type than Taylor’s Dreadnaught models (analogous to a 000-series Martin), which makes for a more comfortable, practical, “standing-with-a-strap” performance instrument. And while bells and whistles matter little to jazz guitarists on a budget, the aesthetic workmanship of this guitar is hypnotic. The liquidity of the grain on the top and back of this guitar is psychedelic in depth, perfectly complemented by tortoise and agoya shell bindings with subtle abalone inlays, dot markers and highlights.

Still, as handsome as a Koa top is, it just doesn’t sing out with the brilliance and projection of spruce. Comparatively speaking, it has a rather dry, focused midrange, and it’s on the leaner side acoustically compared to a spruce top. But just as jazz guitarists like Tal Farlow and Herb Ellis turned to the laminate tops, back and sides of guitars like the Gibson ES-175 to achieve a nice balanced acoustic quality, I suspected that an all-Koa Taylor Grand Concert model would be the practical choice for amping up.

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