Taylor Guitars Custom K24ce
All Koa EverythingWildwoodians, we are proud to present what is possibly the most opulent koa guitar of all time: the Custom K24ce. Only thirty-five of these guitars have been built out of jaw-dropping, drool-inducing AA figured Hawaiian koa, and their rarity is only surpassed by their beauty. As an added bonus, these gorgeous guitars also have a koa neck, which is something we almost never see. We hope we see more, because koa necks really enhance a koa body’s natural sweet sound. And, it comes with several high-end appointments like West African ebony binding, V-Class bracing, and an armrest for a luxurious playing experience.
Of course, having an armrest makes for a supremely comfortable playing experience, but it also helps the Custom K24ce sing loud and proud. Because your arm sits on the armrest and not the top, the gorgeous koa top can vibrate more freely and project better. With its other high-end appointments like maple binding, a wooden spring vine inlay, and shaded edgeburst finish, the K24ce cuts a stunning figure. It looks elegant and refined, yet it maintains a tasteful, earthy aesthetic.
And the Custom K24ce sounds wonderful, too! Koa is a spectacular tonewood that produces sweet, singing highs, focused midrange, and tight, well-defined bass. As a result, the all-koa Custom K24ce has a clear, woody voice with that inimitable Taylor sparkle in the high end. Though it certainly sounds spectacular now, the cool thing about koa is that it sounds better and better the more you play it. The midrange broadens and becomes richer and more harmonically resonant, and the highs become lusher as you put in more play hours. So, the K24ce is a guitar that will grow with you and sound better and better as you practice and grow as player!
I've Got to Admit it's Getting Better
And that really is the heart of the Custom K24ce's appeal. It's a beautiful guitar of heirloom quality, it's ridiculously comfortable to play, and when you pass it down to your children or grandchildren it will sound even better than it did the day it came out of the box. We're proud to showcase such a spectacular instrument for our exceptional customers, and we know the Custom K24ce will inspire you endlessly.
I would be remiss if I did not mention how the Custom K24ce utilizes Taylor's new V-Class bracing. It's an elegant solution to a problem that has plagued luthiers for decades. For years, acoustic guitar builders had to compromise between volume and sustain. Flexibility equals volume, and stiffness equals sustain. Obviously, a piece of wood cannot be rigid and flexible at the same time, so builders had to go for one or the other.
Andy Powers wanted to have his cake and eat it, too. After much tinkering, V-Class bracing was his elegant solution to the problem that has plagued luthiers for centuries. As the name implies, V-Class bracing features two long pieces of wood that make a "V" shape together. The bracing is quite thin and flexible near the rear bout, but it becomes thicker as you get closer to the soundhole.
So, you get volume from the flexible parts of the bracing, and sustain from the rigid parts! Many areas of the guitar neck that typically sound weak (ninth fret on the G string, for instance) have just as much presence, resonance, and sustain as the low E. As a result, the Custom K24ce sounds supremely balanced and sculpted. When you hear one played live in the room, you'd swear a mix engineer had already done a bunch of post-production work on it. And, it gives the guitar piano-like note separation and crystalline clarity even when you play fancy jazz chords!
V-Class bracing also does wonders for the guitar's intonation. Are you ready to have your mind blown? When I visited the Taylor headquarters El Cajon, Andy Powers explained that an acoustic guitar's intonation is not necessarily just the sum of the typical adjustments like saddle height, nut slots, and neck angle (though they do a play a part). The way that the actual guitar itself vibrates also has a lot to do with how in-tune it sounds.
Andy told me to picture it like this: when you take close-up slow-motion footage of a guitar's top with a high-speed camera as someone plays it, you can see the top move vividly. On a traditional X-braced guitar, the top vibrates in a disorderly, disjointed manner. This can cause a guitar with perfect saddle height and neck angle to sound out of tune when you play a big open chord.
By contrast, guitars with V-Class bracing vibrate in a much more orderly manner. The graduated braces compel the energy from the player's attack to move from the thin outer part of the bracing to the thicker inner part in an efficient manner. If you were to take a high-speed shot of a V-Class top, you would see it rock back and forth evenly in a pleasing pattern. Because of that V-Class magic, the Custom K24ce sounds so in-tune that it's scary.
|Limited Run||Only 35 Pieces Available Worldwide|
|Top Wood||Solid Hawaiian Koa|
|Top Finish||Gloss Natural|
|Bracing||V-Class with Relief Rout|
|Back & Sides Wood||Solid Hawaiian Koa|
|Back & Sides Finish||Gloss Natural|
|Neck Wood||Hawaiian Koa|
|Neck Dimensions||.840 1st - .870 9th|
|Fretboard Material||West African Crelicam Ebony|
|Fingerboard Inlays||Koa and Paua Cap and Pointer|
|Nut Material||Black Graphite-Infused Tusq|
|Binding||West African Crelicam Ebony|
|Electronics||Expression System 2|
|Tuners||Gold Gotoh 510s|
|Bridge||West African Crelicam Ebony|
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