Taylor Guitars Introduce New American Dream AD27e Flametop Acoustic Guitar
Taylor Guitars, a leading global builder of premium acoustic guitars, is excited to introduce the AD27e Flametop, an all-maple edition of their award-winning American Dream Series. Featuring Taylor’s Grand Pacific body shape and revolutionary V-Class® bracing system, the Flametop offers a warmer, woodier sound profile for players to explore, delivering another compelling alternative to the modern, high-fidelity sound long associated with Taylor. The innovative guitar brand also adds an AD22e (a new American Dream Grand Concert shape) and two new Grand Theater models — the GTe Mahogany and walnut GTe Blacktop — to its 2022 lineup.
Inspired by connections to musicians in Nashville, Los Angeles and elsewhere who’ve been gravitating toward acoustic guitar sounds that aren’t so crystalline, Taylor Master Designer Andy Powers chose to design the Flametop using Taylor’s Grand Pacific body style, a round-shoulder dreadnought that introduced a warm and seasoned flavor of Taylor
tone with its initial release in 2019. In this case, Andy chose solid Big Leaf maple for the top, back and sides, and uncoated nickel bronze strings to temper the top-end frequencies and deliver a punchy low end.
“It’s a drier, chunkier, more broken-in sound,” Powers says. “More lungs, less vocal cords, or, to put it another way, you’ll hear a little more wood and a little less of the steel strings. There are times when you want that vibrant, clear, high-definition detail, and other times when a different acoustic sound will do a better job of evoking a mood or feeling.”
The maple body on the Flametop channels the weathered character of a worn-in pair of boots or jeans, just the right fit for certain musicians and genres. While maple normally wouldn’t be used for an acoustic guitar top, Powers was able to adapt Taylor’s V-Class bracing architecture to control the response and achieve the earthy sound profile he wanted.
The AD27e Flametop also features a Hard Rock maple neck, a Eucalyptus fretboard with 4mm dot inlays in Italian acrylic, and a new Woodsmoke finish and shaded edgeburst around the entire body and neck. Together with the tastefully muted sheen, the dusky aesthetic matches the guitar’s sonic personality. Like other American Dream models, the Flametop features chamfered body edges and onboard ES2 electronics (also available without electronics). The guitar ships in a Taylor AeroCaseTM.
AD22e, GTe Blacktop and GTe Mahogany
Additional releases for 2022 include the AD22e, a new American Dream model with solid sapele back & sides and mahogany top. The model sports comfort-centric features including chamfered body edges with a smaller Grand Concert body shape. The sapele/mahogany wood pairing on the smaller-bodied guitar has a focused, woody sound with a pleasing midrange punch.
Two new models featuring Taylor’s latest body shape, the Grand Theater (GT), also join the line. Known for combining compact proportions with a surprisingly robust voice, new GT models include the GTe Blacktop (solid American walnut back and sides and Sitka spruce top). Walnut flavors the tone in a way that adds more weight behind each note. The new GTe Mahogany produces a more bluesy acoustic sound due to its solid Neo-Tropical mahogany back, sides and top. Each guitar comes with Taylor’s ES2 electronics and lightweight yet sturdy AeroCase.
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About Taylor Guitars
Taylor Guitars was founded in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug and has grown into the leading global builder of premium acoustic guitars. Taylor now employs over 1,200 people and currently produces hundreds of guitars per day in its state-of-the-art factory complexes in both El Cajon and in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. The company maintain an active dealer network, with Taylor guitars sold through hundreds of retail locations in North America and with international distribution to 60 countries, including a distribution warehouse and factory service center in the Netherlands. In December of 2020, Taylor transitioned to 100-percent employee ownership, with Bob and Kurt continuing to guide the company forward.
-Music Instrument News