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Taylor Builder's Edition 717e, V-Class Bracing
Serial Number: 1103019079
Weight: 4 lbs, 14.8 oz
Introducing the Taylor Grand Pacific
Powered by Taylor’s award-winning V-Class™ bracing, the Grand Pacific is a new round-shoulder dreadnought that introduces a whole new sonic personality to the dreadnought category and the Taylor line. It’s a Taylor like you’ve never heard before.
A Warm, Seasoned Sound
Compared to the “modern” acoustic sound Taylor has become known for—vibrant and articulate, with clearly defined notes—the Grand Pacific’s voice features broad, overlapping notes that blend smoothly together to create a warm, seasoned sound. If you’re already a fan of Taylor, the Grand Pacific reveals a uniquely inspiring flavor to explore. If the Taylor sound hasn’t been your jam in the past, the Grand Pacific might change your mind. It’s definitely a guitar worth a test-drive.
V-Class Bracing: A Tone-Shaping Platform
In 2018, Taylor introduced its patented V-Class bracing, a groundbreaking internal bracing system designed by master guitar designer Andy Powers. V-Class brought an evolution beyond X-bracing (which Powers felt had been pushed to its limits as a voicing framework), enabling Taylor to make fundamental improvements to the sound of an acoustic guitar—namely the ability to produce stronger projection, longer sustain, and more accurate intonation by putting the guitar top more in tune with the strings. More importantly, the flexible V-Class framework gave Taylor a powerful new platform for shaping an acoustic guitar’s tonal character in dramatic new ways. This fueled the creation of the Grand Pacific.
Evolving a Traditional Sound
Andy Powers was inspired to create the Grand Pacific by the bluegrass and other acoustic roots music records he grew up listening to with his dad. Though a lot of that music was created with dreadnought-style guitars, Andy wasn’t interested in simply building another version of an existing dreadnought. Between the subtly rounded contours of the Grand Pacific’s body and the V-Class bracing under the hood, he was able to craft an instrument that could make the kinds of acoustic sounds he heard on those records, while also taming some of the problematic attributes often associated with dreadnought-style guitars. (These sonic issues were typically fixed during the recording/mixing process.) Some of the notable sonic improvements you’ll hear in the Grand Pacific include:
Clear Low-end Power
Andy eliminated the low-end woofiness/muddiness often associated with dreadnought-style guitars. The Grand Pacific produces warm low-end power but with more clarity, which means the bass frequencies are more musical and less problematic for recording and other applications.
Tonal Consistency from Low to High
Some traditional X-braced dreadnoughts 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 entire frequency spectrum.
Greater Versatility and All-Around Utility
The Grand Pacific also 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 even fingerstyle players will enjoy. Its all-around utility makes it a fantastic workhorse guitar.
Builder’s Edition Grand Pacific Design Features
Taylor’s Builder’s Edition collection showcases our envelope-pushing pursuits to create the most player-friendly guitars in both sound and feel. Distinctive features of both Builder’s Edition Grand Pacific models include:
- Compound carve neck profile: Designed to complement the way a player’s hand position shifts as it moves up the neck, the profile subtly transitions from a slight V at the nut to a rounded C, with a rounded, ridgeless heel.
- Rolled fretboard edges: This is a subtle comfort feature that players will feel on both sides of the neck.
- Chamfered body edges: The rounded body edges enhance the playing comfort and feature traditional binding.
- New Curve Wing bridge shape: Rounded edges and other refined contouring update a signature Taylor aesthetic to make the bridge feel more comfortable against the pick hand.
- Wild Honey Burst top (Silent Satin finish): A careful color application process allows the WHB color to penetrate the wood in a unique way that heightens the aesthetic appeal, artfully showcasing both the torrefied spruce wood grain and the depth in the color. (A natural top is also available.)
All Grand Pacific models (including the 317) also include a new deluxe hardshell guitar case featuring a luxurious exterior with a Western floral pattern that resembles tooled leather.
Builder’s Edition 717
Back/Sides: Indian Rosewood
Top: Torrefied Sitka Spruce
Part of Taylor’s inaugural class of Grand Pacific guitars, the Builder’s Edition 717 builds on a long tradition of rosewood/spruce dreadnoughts, but breaks new ground with an entirely new Taylor sound. The round-shoulder dreadnought shape, featuring Taylor’s award-winning V-Class bracing, produces warm, seasoned acoustic tone in which individual notes overlap and blend smoothly together, while the low-end power common among dreadnoughts boasts greater clarity here. V-Class brings extra punch and sustain, along with improved intonation and musicality across the entire frequency spectrum. Together with rosewood’s harmonic complexity and the played-in sound of the torrefied spruce top, players can expect rich, luxurious tonal character from top to bottom. It’s a voice comfortably rooted in a traditional sound, yet updated to offer more expressive musical range. As a Builder’s Edition model, the 717 also sports an array of premium, player-friendly features: chamfered body edges, rolled fretboard edges, and a new compound-carve neck profile, whose contours match the natural adjustments in the player’s hand position when moving up and down the fretboard. Even the bridge design was refined to add a more ergonomic feel for the player’s pick hand. Taylor’s noise-reducing Silent Satin finish displays the muted sheen of an older guitar, while elegantly understated appointments include mother-of-pearl Arrowhead fretboard and peghead inlays, with sapele binding. It all adds up to a Taylor like you’ve never seen, heard or felt before.
Model Options: The 717 is offered with either a natural or Wild Honey Burst top, and either with or without Taylor’s Expression System 2 electronics.
*Taylor Expression System 2 electronics included in this model
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