Among the first generation of Taylor Grand Pacific guitars, the Builder’s Edition 517 dramatically expands Taylor’s sonic palette with a new flavor of acoustic tone that may surprise players who think they know the Taylor sound. An exciting new entry into the dreadnought category, this round-shoulder Grand Pacific resonates with a finely-honed balance of low-end power and clarity acrossthe middle and upper registers, producing warm, rounded tone in which notes blend seamlessly together to create a seasoned sound. Back and sides of neo-tropical mahogany flavor the sound with dry, woody character, coupling beautifully with the dynamic response of the torrefied Sitkaspruce top.
The Builder’s Edition stamp means that the 517 is detailed with premium features designed to maximize player comfort, including chamfered body edges and a new compound-carveneck profilethat compensates for the change in your hand position asyou move along the neck. Subtly contoured fretboard edges and a rounded, ridgeless heel add to the guitar’s pleasing fretting-hand feel, while a refined bridge shapebrings extra comfort to your pick hand.
Under the hood, V-Class bracing enables the guitar to pump outstunning projection and sustain, plus nearly perfect intonation, which means you won’t have to contend withsour noteson the fretboard. Between its sound and feel, the Builder’s Edition 517 once again raisesthe bar onthe Taylor playing experience.
Introducing the Taylor Grand Pacific
Powered by Taylor’s award-winning V-Class™ bracing, the Grand Pacific is a new roundshoulder dreadnought that introduces a whole new sonic personality to the dreadnought category and the Taylor line. It’s a Taylor like you’ve never heard before.
A Warm, Seasoned Sound
Compared to the “modern” acoustic sound Taylor has become known for—vibrant and articulate, with clearly defined notes—the Grand Pacific’s voice features broad, overlapping notes that blend smoothly together to create a warm, seasoned sound. If you’re already a fan of Taylor, the Grand Pacific reveals a uniquely inspiring flavor to explore. If the Taylor sound hasn’t been your jam in the past, the Grand Pacific might change your mind. It’s definitely a guitar worth a test-drive.
V-Class Bracing: A Tone-Shaping Platform
In 2018, Taylor introduced its patented V-Class bracing, a groundbreaking internal bracing system designed by master guitar designer Andy Powers. V-Class brought an evolution beyond X-bracing (which Powers felt had been pushed to its limits as a voicing framework), enabling Taylor to make fundamental improvements to the sound of an acoustic guitar—namely the ability to produce stronger projection, longer sustain, and more accurate intonation by putting the guitar top more in tune with the strings. More importantly, the flexible V-Class framework gave Taylor a powerful new platform for shaping an acoustic guitar’s tonal character in dramatic new ways. This fueled the creation of the Grand Pacific.
Evolving a Traditional Sound
Andy Powers was inspired to create the Grand Pacific by the bluegrass and other acoustic roots music records he grew up listening to with his dad. Though a lot of that music was created with dreadnought-s