Meet the Grand Pacific Dreadnought
Taylor’s versatile new round-shoulder dreadnought guitar brings a whole new sonic personality to the dreadnought category and the Taylor line. With its warm, seasoned sound and clear low-end power, it’s a Taylor like you’ve never heard before.
Until now, Taylor has been known for a modern take on acoustic tone—a vibrant sound with precise and well-defined individual notes. But we like other acoustic flavors too. Drawing inspiration from traditional acoustic music, master guitar designer Andy Powers leveraged the tone-shaping control of Taylor's award-winning V-Class bracing to design the Grand Pacific acoustic guitar. Broad, overlapping notes blend into a unified harmony to create a warm and inviting sound. You’ll be inspired in a whole new way.
Builder’s Edition 717 Rosewood & Torrefied Spruce
Taylor's Builder’s Edition models showcase player-friendly features not found in their standard models. With the 717, the pairing of rosewood and torrefied spruce, together with the Grand Pacific body contours and V-Class bracing, take the natural harmonic complexity of rosewood to another level. Every note resonates with thick, rich power. A new compound-carve neck profile with rolled fretboard edges naturally complements your hand position for smooth playing comfort.
Builder’s Edition 517 Mahogany + Torrefied Spruce
Mahogany’s strong fundamental focus and midrange presence, together with the played-in sound of a torrefied spruce top, add up to an inspiring mix of warmth, clarity and tonal balance on this Builder’s Edition Grand Pacific. V-Class bracing enhances mahogany’s dry, woody character, while the refined contouring of the neck, body edges, and bridge serves up a player-friendly feel that will coax expressive acoustic tone from the hands of any style of musician.
What Sets the Grand Pacific Apart
A Dramatically Different Taylor Voice
Until now, the Grand Auditorium sound has largely defined Taylor acoustic tone. Here’s how the Grand Pacific builds on our history of innovation to create something entirely new.
A Solution to the “Puff of Air” Problem
When Andy Powers began working on the Grand Pacific, he discovered a problem with the traditional dreadnought sound that inspired a truly functional, musical-sounding design.
A Dreadnought for a New Era
Andy wasn’t interested in simply building another version of an existing dreadnought guitar. The Grand Pacific makes sounds that are familiar to dreadnought players, with important improvements made possible by V-Class bracing.
Clear Low-end Power
Between V-Class bracing and the subtle contours of the Grand Pacific body, Andy eliminated the problematic low-end muddiness often associated with dreadnought-style guitars. The Grand Pacific produces clear low-end power, which means the bass frequencies are more musical.
One of the sonic problems with many traditional X-braced dreadnoughts is that they create their low-end power at the expense of other frequencies. With the Grand Pacific, you’ll hear smooth, warm, powerful notes consistently across the frequency spectrum.
Greater Musical Versatility
The Grand Pacific isn’t musically confined the way a dreadnought can be. It blends the power of a bluegrass guitar with the clarity and playing comfort that singer-songwriters and other types of players will love. Its all-around utility makes it a fantastic workhorse guitar.
How V-Class Paved the Way
When Taylor design architect Andy Powers developed V-Class bracing, he knew that beyond its fundamental sonic improvements—stronger volume, longer sustain, more accurate intonation—V-Class offered a flexible new platform for shaping an acoustic guitar’s tonal character in dramatic new ways. Click here to learn more!