Remembering back to when I first visited Smallbox Music discovering the awesome selection of Taylor acoustics, I was completely blown away by the Builders Edition models. I wasn't aware instruments of this build, and sound quality existed. Andy Powers joining Taylor to produce these guitars is truly a match made in heaven...
My current favorite, the Builder’s Edition 324ce is a beautiful, and extremely comfortable instrument, mostly because its tasty dark tobacco kona burst finish, as well as the super smooth contours of its chamfered body and fretboard edges, and beveled armrest and cutaway..
What elevates the instrument is a new Silent Satin finish with a dark edgeburst treatment that removes any extraneous noises your forearms or hands might make, for quiet performance in the studio. Most importantly, the guitar incorporates Taylor’s revolutionary V-Class bracing, which not only projects volume and enhances sustain, but also provides intonation so precise one can only marvel at how in-tune everything sounds across the fretboard. This marriage of elements makes this guitar sound truly gorgeous!
From there, just about everything else featured is top notch, with a tropical mahogany top paired with its new “Urban Ash” back and sides, West African ebony bridge and fretboard, Curve Wing bridge, graphite nut, Compass inlays, Gotoh 510 tuners and Taylor’s ES2 electronics.