In this post, we will learn to understand the numbering system employed by Taylor Guitars to identify their range.
There are three different model variations to choose from:
1. Cutaway body with on board electronics e.g. 614ce
2. Non-cutaway body with on board electronics e.g. 614e
3. Non-cutaway body with no on board electronics e.g. 614
Taylor models are arranged by series, from the 100 through to the 900 with each of the three numbers identifying a particular appointment feature.
The first number reveals the series. Generally, most guitars within a series offer the same back and side woods, plus similar features. From the 100 series through to 900 series, this remains a consistent identifier.
The second number tells us one of two things:
a) The guitar is either a 6 or 12 string model
b) Is the top made of a hardwood? For example: Mahogany or Koa, or a softer tone wood like Cedar or Spruce.
If the guitar is a 6-String the middle number will be a 1 or 2, for example:
• 816ce indicates a softwood top, typically made from either Spruce or Cedar
• 826ce tells us the top is a hardwood, like Mahogany or Koa.
For 12-string guitars the middle number will be either a 5 or a 6, for example:
• 756ce is a 12-string with a softwood top, in Spruce or Cedar
• 766ce is also a 12-string, this time featuring a hardwood top, Mahogany or Koa.
The third number identifies the type of body shape you will expect to find.
0 = Dreadnought (e.g. 810ce) 2 = Grand Concert (e.g. 812ce) 4 = Grand Auditorium (e.g. 814ce) 6 = Grand Symphony (e.g. 816ce) 8 = Grand Orchestra (e.g. 818e)
Cutaway and Electronics
“c” indicates a model with a cutaway; “e” indicates a model with on board electronics
Taylor nylon-string guitars can be found in the 200-800 series, and easily recognised by the letter ‘N’ at the end of the model name. For example, a nylon-string GA (Grand Auditorium) with a cutaway and on board electronics within the 800 series would be 814ce-N.
Starting with the Baby Taylor, Big Baby GS MINI 100 Series to 900 Series, to the Deluxe Koa series and Presentation Series - each model delivers something unique and different that sets it apart from the rest. From shape, tone wood pairing, and aesthetics, Taylor’s 5 body shapes can be found in each series, but combinations of wood pairing on Top, Back and Sides, as well as appointments and features differ by series.
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