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Taylor Guitars Introduces All-New Mahogany 500s

Mahogany tops and new appointments lend fresh tonal flavors and classic character to Mahogany 500 acoustic series


Taylor Guitars has unveiled a new line of mahogany topped acoustic guitars. The Mahogany 500 series features five basic models: the Dreadnought 520, Grand Concert 522, Grand Auditorium 524, Grand Symphony 526, and Grand Orchestra 528.


There are also variations available with embedded electronics and with cutaways.


All the guitars in the 500 series feature mahogany bodies and tops, lending the instruments a sound that’s heavy on sustain, controlled and yet punchier than the average acoustic guitar.


“It’s punchy in the sense that the notes you play are the notes you get,” explains famed guitar maker Andy Powers, who helped design the 500 series. “That’s what people mean by ‘dry’ tone. Many players will hear the response and say, ‘Oh, it’s right in my face. I hear just the notes that I played. I’m not hearing this sharp attack, or a long, ringing complex overtone mix.’ So, the common description is a focused midrange punch.”


The unique response of the Mahogany 500 makes it ideal for use on stage or in the studio. The controlled punch of the all mahogany body flatters pickups.


The guitars in the 500 series range in size and tonal qualities. The Grand Orchestra 528 is the biggest and burliest of the bunch.


“It’s a guitar I would loved to have seen Johnny Cash play,” explains Powers. “I could see him playing ‘Folsom Prison Blues‘ and just wailing on it.”


Smaller guitars in the series include the Grand Concert 522, an easy-going 12-fret model that’s versatile enough for playing blues, ragtime, country or roots music.


All the guitars in the series have been outfitted with appointments such as ivoroid binding, an ivoroid rosette, and an ivoroid Century fretboard with inlay design, derived from the same family as the Taylor 700 Series Heritage Diamonds inlay motif.


The design team for the Mahogany 500, led by Powers, embraced a decidedly old school aura also derived from the 700s.


“The sentiment was like ‘This isn’t my dad’s guitar, this is more like my granddad’s guitar,’” explained Powers. “But with all the refinements of modern guitar making techniques. So we brought more of that aesthetic to the 500s.”



For more information on the Mahogany 500 series, visit Taylor Guitars.

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