With its unique round-shoulder dreadnought silhouette, revolutionary V-Class Bracing, and dramatically different tonal personality, Taylor's 717e Grand Pacific Builder's Edition blazes new ground for Taylor. Featuring premium all-solid tonewoods — Indian rosewood for the back and sides and a torrefied Sitka spruce top — this alluring acoustic-electric guitar delivers a seductively bold and versatile tonal profile that is perfectly amplified by the onboard ES2 electronics. As your eyes drink in this instrument's understated elegance, your hands savor its flawless playability while your ears revel in its warm, rich, organic tone. The 717e Grand Pacific Builder's Edition is a feast for the senses.
Grand Pacific: innovation and evolution
With the Grand Pacific, Taylor master luthier Andy Powers has fulfilled the potential of V-Class bracing as a robust tone-shaping platform. The Grand Pacific demonstrates proof-of-concept that V-Class architecture is an ideal cornerstone for guitars with a versatile range of musical personalities that will appeal to a broad swath of players cross-genre. Inspired by the diverse acoustic guitar sounds on the records he heard while growing up in Southern California, Andy set out to diversify Taylor’s tonal palette by designing a guitar with a different sound profile.
A bold new round-shoulder guitar from Taylor
Although V-Class bracing gave Andy more ways to control a guitar's tonal character, Andy also knew a new body shape would be required, something with roughly the dimensions of a dreadnought. With V-Class, he could eliminate the undesirable sonic characteristics generally ascribed to dreadnoughts. All this led to the round-shoulder dreadnought design Taylor calls the Grand Pacific. The Grand Pacific’s overall sound is warm and seasoned, producing notes that overlap more to create a smooth, blended sound. Its wider waist delivers more low-frequency power; the problematic low-end woodiness often associated with dreadnoughts being eliminated by the V-Class bracing.
V-Class Bracing: a sonic revelation
Bracing is the internal framework of an acoustic guitar that helps shape its sound. Although X-bracing has been standard in acoustic guitars for over a century, it creates an innate conflict between two key elements of a guitar’s sound: volume and sustain. The guitar's top (its soundboard) contributes to both. The flexibility of the top generates volume (projection), while its stiffness generates sustain. And with X-braced guitar tops, here's where the trade-off comes in: when something is made stiffer, its flexibility is reduced (and vice versa).
V-Class bracing changes all that. With Taylor's V-Class bracing, an acoustic guitar top can be both stiff and flexible — for more volume and sustain. V-Class bracing provides stiffness parallel to the strings for more rigidity and hence sustain. Flexibility on either side generates the air movement necessary for robust projection. It's the best of both worlds. This groundbreaking innovation also improves intonation; not only producing notes that are louder and with longer sustain — but more in tune with each other. Guitarists at Sweetwater are gobsmacked. But don't take our word for it — pick up the superb Taylor 717e Grand Pacific Builder's Edition and experience it for yourself!
- String Type:Steel
- Number of Strings:6
- Body Shape:Round Shoulder Dreadnought
- Top Wood:Torrified Sitka Spruce
- Back & Sides Wood:Indian Rosewood
- Body Bracing:V-Class
- Neck Wood:Tropical Mahogany
- Neck Shape:Compound Carve
- Fingerboard Material:West African Ebony
- Fingerboard Inlay:Mother-of-pearl Arrowheads
- Number of Frets:20
- Scale Length:25.5"
- Tuning Machines:Taylor Nickel
- Bridge Material:West African Ebony
- Nut/Saddle Material:Black Graphite/Micarta
- Nut Width:1.75"
- Strings:Elixir Phosphor Bronze Medium
- Case Included:Hardshell Case