The Taylor 326e is an exquisitely designed baritone guitar, with 8 strings rather than 6, allowing you to experiment with a wider range of tones. Shaped to the Taylor grand symphony body profile, the 326e produces a powerful acoustic output whether it is plugged into an amplifier or played in its natural state. The 326e Baritone-8 LTD is the ideal electro acoustic model for any guitarist looking to galvanise their sonic abilities and techniques with the addition of two extra lower octave strings.
According to Taylor, the Grand Symphony body can be described as "a Grand Auditorium with a turbo boost". The Grand Symphony is slightly bigger in size with a bigger lower body bout and expanded waist. This enhances the guitar's ability to produce a powerful, full-bodied timbre with plenty of volume. The 326e has the perfect shape for an 8-string guitar as it responds to fast, fingerstyle play as well as big chord strums.
The body top is constructed from tropical mahogany which is accompanied by Tasmanian blackwood in the back and sides. Tropical mahogany develops and improves with age, while the blackwood contributes to a broad range of tones from beefy mids to sparkling highs, with clarity and warmth to boot. The 326e features Taylor baritone bracing which strengthens the overall body structure.
As per the body top, tropical mahogany is also used in the neck of the 326e. Its satin finish feels comfortable in your hand, and it is topped with a sumptuous ebony fingerboard. There are 19 frets at your service decorated with delicate, small diamond inlays to guide you up and down the neck. The neck is robust and reliable to withstand having 8 strings, and to play in standard tuning you can put a 12-string capo on the fifth fret. Alternately the guitar comes already tuned from B to B which complements the octave strings which sit alongside the 3rd and 4th strings.
Taylor have equipped the 326e with the cutting-edge beneath-the-saddle piezo pickup. The Expression System 2 takes on an entirely modern and innovative pickup design as it has three individually calibrated pickup sensors that respond fantastically to each of the strings. It accurately translates the true acoustic timbre of a Taylor guitar through an amplifier, whether you're in the studio or performing live.
The Expression System 2 has simple controls for Volume and Tone to help shape your sound to suit your playing needs, and with a complex gain configuration you can achieve a sizzling, improved tone.
Nickel tuners uphold tuning integrity with precision with 8 fitted to the headstock for each string. The body has a black pickguard to defend against scratches, while the soundhole is decorated with a three-ring rosette.
The satin Shaded Edge Burst finish has a great vintage appearance for an all-round visually pleasing, natural look. The Taylor 326e Baritone-8 LTD is an exceptional electro acoustic guitar that will also get better with age, so to further protect against potential dirt or damage, Taylor include a Deluxe Hardshell case in Brown.
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