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Taylor Expression System Amplifier Debuts in Limited Builder’s Reserve Set

Fueled by a passion for pristine tone and exquisite details, Taylor Guitars is readying the release of a special Builder’s Reserve set: an Expression System® (ES) acoustic amplifier and a matching Grand Symphony guitar.

Designed by Taylor’s product development team over a period of a few years, the ES amplifier marks a first for the company, completing the signal chain for an acoustic player looking to plug in. Crafted with the ES-playing guitarist in mind, the 40-watt bi-amped speaker arrangement features an eight-inch custom Eminence poly-cone woofer for clean low end and a one-inch textile dome tweeter to offer the clearest highs. The bi-amp design enables the amp to reproduce the full, natural sounding bass of the guitar while maintaining the crystal-clear highs. Working in conjunction with the volume, bass and treble control knobs on an Expression System-equipped Taylor guitar, the amp features a simple volume control, reflecting Taylor’s philosophy behind the ES: “your guitar, only louder.”

Unlike many other amps, this Builder’s Reserve edition of ES amps is designed to rival a beautifully crafted piece of art. Each amp is housed in a flamed maple cabinet, with inset side panels of flamed mahogany laminate that feature an elegant “Pasadena Torch” inlay crafted from maple and bubinga wood. The result is a stunning showpiece.

Available only as part of the special Builder’s Reserve set, the amp is accompanied by a matching Grand Symphony guitar (GSce) with flamed mahogany back and sides and is topped with European spruce. Designed to showcase the stunning patterns of the flamed mahogany, the guitar features a matching maple armrest and binding, a fretboard and peghead inlay of the “Pasadena Torch,” and a bubinga and maple rosette. The GSce also comes with a Venetian cutaway and Expression System acoustic electronics.

Taylor’s Builder’s Reserve program was started in 2008 to utilize unique, ultra-limited wood sets, which the company has been accumulating in its private reserves over its nearly 40-year history. Each of the amplifier and guitar pairs will come with a full-gloss finish, a custom Builder’s Reserve label, and the GSce, in a hardshell case. The pair will be available at select Taylor dealers as a matched set beginning in late January.

To experience the Builder’s Reserve Expression System amplifier and GSce during the NAMM show, please visit us at the Taylor Showcase in room 213A BC of the Anaheim Convention Center.

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