Taylor Guitars GT K21e
Experience the Grand TheaterAll the world's a stage and anyone can be a player when they wield the brand-new Taylor Grand Theater! This brand-new body shape is the latest in a long line of Taylor's game-changing acoustic guitar designs. Landing somewhere between the Grand Concert and GS Mini in size, the Grand Theater body size is incredibly comfortable. But, don't let its small size fool you--it speaks with a powerful voice thanks to Andy Powers's latest revolutionary idea: C-Class bracing. It also plays like Crisco-coated butter thanks to its short-scale length; in fact, it's almost like the acoustic equivalent of a little red sports car! Using the sonic refinements and premium tonewoods of the Koa series, the K21e delivers a truly magical playing experience.
Whether you're a seasoned pro or a brand-new beginner, you'll find lots to love in the GT K21e, so let's dive deeper and see what makes these powerful parlor guitars so exciting!
Andy's DilemnaThough his title at Taylor is technically Master Product Designer, Andy Powers is really more of a master problem solver. For instance, V-Class bracing solved the problem of finding an equilibrium between flexibility and rigidity in acoustic guitar design. This time, Andy went to work on another problem that has plagued luthiers for centuries: how do you build a small-bodied guitar that caters to the player's comfort without sacrificing fullness of tone and depth of bass response? The Grand Theater is the answer.
More specifically, the Grand Theater's innovative C-Class bracing is the answer. Though it shares DNA with its V-Class counterpart, C-Class bracing is its own animal entirely. Like V-Class bracing, it accentuates the GT K21e's volume and sustain, but it shapes the frequency response in an interesting way thanks to its asymmetrical architecture. Whereas V-Class bracing seeks to achieve ultimate tonal balance, C-Class bracing tries to do the opposite. Its cantilevered design emphasizes bass frequencies to make up for the GT K21e's smaller size. As a result, the GT K21e has a shockingly robust bass response that matches its strong treble and midrange response. Because of Andy's brilliant design, we have no doubt that the GT K21e will shock you with its robust frequency response across the board.
Built For Comfort and SpeedBut, the GT K21e's surprisingly powerful voice isn't the only thing it has going for it. It also provides one of the most delightful playing experiences out of any guitar to grace Wildwood's shelves. For starters, the body shape is, well, to put it in technical scientific terms, juuuuuuuuuuuuuuust right. It's the perfect size for lazy couch picking sessions, and it plays quite easily regardless of your posture. And, it works great for young or fun-sized people who might struggle to get their arm over a bigger guitar.
But, the GT K21e isn't just built for comfort--it's built for speed, too. It has a 24 1/8-inch scale, which gives it gloriously slinky handfeel. To get an idea of how wonderful these guitars feel, imagine a typical 25.5" scale length acoustic with a capo on the first fret. There's less tension on the strings, so you don't have to work as hard, but you don't lose any punching power. Ultimately, it makes you feel like the strings are a gauge lighter than they actually are, but without any of the accompanying plinkiness you might associate with such light strings. Finally, the 24 1/8" scale length also makes the distances between frets shorter, allowing you to make big stretches and fret complex chords with ease.
The Magic of Solid KoaFew tonewoods have a more storied history than Bob Taylor's personal favorite, Hawaiian koa. When King Kamehameha I conquered all the islands of Hawaii and unified them under his rule, his warriors rode in koa canoes and did battle with koa weapons outfitted with shark teeth and marlin bills; heck, his class of highly-trained warriors were called the na ali’i koa! Once the islands were united, Hawaiians built everything from traditional umeke bowls to surfboards to furniture to fence posts with the strong, sturdy wood. Eventually, someone said "what if I make an instrument out of this stuff?" and thus began koa's storied history as a tonewood.
Perhaps koa's storied history imbues it with a bit of extra mojo, but you don't need to ponder the past to understand why koa is Bob Taylor's favorite tonewood and why these Grand theaters are such special guitars. Simply put, it is one of the most beautiful woods in the world when it comes to both sound and visuals. It has a gorgeous earthy color with entrancing grain patterns, but its powerful voice is its most alluring feature.
Right out of the box, koa sounds glorious. There is simply nothing in this world like playing a solid-koa guitar. It is an utterly magical experience. Koa guitars produce a strong, woody, warm midrange response with sweet, sunny, sparkling highs and tight, well-defined bass. And, the more time you invest into playing the guitar, it sounds better and better. As the woods vibrate more and more, the guitar opens up. The midrange becomes richer and warmer, the highs become lusher and more three-dimensional, and the bass response deepens. So, the GT K21e will grow with you as you grow as a player!
|Finish Color||Shaded Edgeburst|
|Top Wood||Solid Koa|
|Back & Sides Wood||Solid Koa|
|Back & Sides Finish||Gloss|
|Neck Wood||Tropical Mahogany|
|Neck Dimensions||.840 1st - .890 9th|
|Fretboard Material||West African Crelicam Ebony|
|Fingerboard Inlays||Spring Vine|
|Scale Length||24 1/8"|
|Width at Nut||1 23/32"|
|Nut Material||Black Graphite-Infused Tusq|
|Headstock Overlay||West African Crelicam Ebony|
|Electronics||Taylor Expression System 2|
|Tuners||Gold Gotoh Mini 510 with 21:1 Ratio|
|Bridge||West African Crelicam Ebony|
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