Taylor Grand Theater Urban Ash Demo - PG Gear Spotlight

Taylor Guitars master builder Andy Powers shows off a portable yet potent new 24 1/8”-scale flattop with eco-friendly woods and new C-Class bracing.

Taylor GT Acoustic Guitar

Meet the Seriously Fun Taylor GT Acoustic Guitar
Designed with a reduced scale for portability and comfort, the all-new Taylor GT embodies the spirit of spontaneous musical creativity that drives artists and guitar-builders alike. The GT (Grand Theater) is a new acoustic guitar body shape constructed with a scale length that falls between the smaller GS Mini and the full-size Grand Concert, sitting in the sweet spot where playability, bold acoustic tone and great value meet.

Made with all-solid tonewoods, the Taylor GT sings with a rich voice boosted by a new interior architecture called C-Class bracing, which adapts the tone-enhancing benefits of Taylor's V-Class bracing to a smaller guitar. In the GT, this new bracing specifically emphasizes the bass range, coaxing out a warmer, more powerful low end that complements the guitar's crisp trebles and punchy midrange. Its smaller size makes for an incredibly welcoming feel whether it's your first guitar or your tenth. The reduced scale length helps lower the GT's string tension so that notes and chords are easier to hold, offering an accessible feel no matter your level of skill.

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The emotional wallop of the acoustic guitar sometimes flies under the radar. Even if you mostly play electric, here are some things to consider about unplugging.

I have a love-hate relationship with acoustic guitars. My infatuation with the 6-string really blasted off with the Ventures. That’s the sound I wanted, and the way to get it was powered by electricity. Before I’d even held a guitar, I knew I wanted a Mosrite, which I was sure was made of fiberglass like the surfboards the Beach Boys, Surfaris, and the Challengers rode in their off time. Bristling with space-age switchgear and chrome-plated hardware, those solidbody hotrod guitars were the fighter jets of my musical dreams. I didn’t even know what those old-timey round-hole guitars were called. As the singing cowboys Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey strummed off into the sunset, the pace of technology pushed the look and sound of the electric guitar (and bass) into the limelight and into my heart. Imagine my disappointment when I had to begin my guitar tutelage on a rented Gibson “student” acoustic. At least it sort of looked like the ones the Beatles occasionally played. Even so, I couldn’t wait to trade it in.

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Need an affordable distortion pedal? Look no further.

We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

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