Taylor baritone guitars are designed for playing in a lower register with normal string tension, thanks to a longer 27-inch scale length. Tuned to B (B, E, A, D, F#, B), the deeper acoustic tone of the Taylor GS Baritone Rosewood/Spruce 6-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar is voiced with the Grand Symphony body shape and a wood combination of Indian rosewood with Sitka spruce. The deeper tonal voice will appeal to singer-songwriters and other players who favour playing in a lower register. The baritone also blends well with other instruments, adding a different sonic texture to create a rich, ensemble sound.
And of course it plays like a regular guitar with normal guitar tuning intervals - just that the low string is B. To play in regular concert pitch you just capo on the fifth fret.
Grand Symphony (GS) – Body Width: 15″ / Body Depth: 4-3/8″ / Body Length: 19-1/2″
From Taylor –
The Grand Symphony shape joined the line in 2006 and delivers Taylor’s boldest, richest acoustic voice. Think of it as a Grand Auditorium with a turbo boost, thanks to expanded physical dimensions, including a slightly wider waist and a bigger lower bout. Strummers and pickers with a driving attack will love the fullness, volume and sustain. Yet for such a robust voice, the GS is also clear and responsive to fast picking runs or a light fingerstyle touch, so if you’re a dynamic player, this shape is a true contender. And the big voice doesn’t come at the expense of balance. The piano-like bass, meaty midrange, and thick, shimmering highs blend seamlessly. These traits also make the GS a great vehicle for 12-strings. If you like a lush, potent guitar tone that has the horsepower to compete with other acoustic cannons out there, the GS shape is a worthy choice.
- Shape: Grand Symphony
- Back/Side Wood: Ovankol
- Top Wood: Solid Spruce
- Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
- Electronics: ES
- Bracing: Baritone Bracing
- Fretboard Wood: Ebony
- Fretboard Inlay: Small Diamonds
- Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
- Bridge Pins: Ebony with Abalone Dots
- Truss Rod Cover: Indian Rosewood
- Back/Side Finish: Gloss
- Top Finish: Gloss
- Neck Finish: Satin
- Cutaway: Venetian
Over a decade ago, Taylor introduced the guitar world to a sustainable tonewood known as Ovangkol. An African relative of rosewood, it is a fine sounding wood that shares many of rosewood’s tonal properties, with a slightly fuller midrange and a bright treble response resembling that of koa.
This is a great sounding instrument – low and dark, tough and mean, growls like a tiger. But it is not a muddy tone that just sludges up the bottom end. Rather, it produces a ballsy bark that pokes through the mix and offers a different voice to guitarists seeking a unique edge.
It has quite a few very special upgrades, all part of a very detailed specification from the original, current owner when he put in his order direct to Taylor back in 2011. They include –
Solid Adirondack spruce top
Highly figured Ovankol back & sides
Sitka spruce bracing
Special green fibre purfling
Paua single ring bound soundhole
Mini diamond mother-of-pearl fingerboard inlays
1 ¾” neck width at nut
Bone nut & saddle
Gotoh Antique Gold tuners
This Taylor Baritone GS is in pristine condition. It has rarely been out of the house and has been maintained in perfect order since new. It plays easily in all positions with a rich dark tone that is quite distinctive.
The Taylor Expression pickup system has been long acknowledged as one of the best, and when plugged in, this guitar can certainly produce a big, multi-dimensional sound.
Comes in its original Taylor hard shell case in new condition.