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It's not often that a name like Taylor comes around to re-do a standard, but for a Southern California tonewood like Urban Ironbark, they've made an exception. Taylor's 500 Series existed previously as a guitar series utilizing what they call a "Heritage" tonewood – mahogany. After years of dedicating the 500 Series to this tonewood, a striking development in wood sourcing brings Taylor to a new creation and a new series of guitars to stand as 500s. The Taylor Urban Ironbark 500 Series comes to fruition as the first series of guitars featuring an urban-sourced tonewood to replace a heritage tonewood. This should be no cause for alarm, however, as this new wood in Taylor's catalog – formally called red ironbark – is as vibrant, lush, and radiant as your favorite Taylor tonewood.
Urban Ironbark is comparable to ebony in its density and Indian rosewood in its sonic depth. Somewhere in between these two woods, Urban Ironbark tonally is loud, sweet, and complex. The Urban Ironbark in this new 500 series is paired with torrefied Sitka spruce tops to complete a new musical formula never heard before. The Urban Ironbark 500 Series starts with its namesake Urban Ironbark back and sides and a torrefied Sitka spruce top. Internally, the series features V-Class bracing to compound upon the fullness of its voice. In hand, the 500 Series matches this distinct body design with a Neo-Tropical mahogany neck and a West African Crelicam ebony fingerboard appointed with a new fret inlay design. Faux tortoise binding and an abalone rosette outline the curvature of the 500 Series splendidly. Each Urban Ironbark 500 Series guitar comes equipped with Taylor's Expression System 2 electronics for easy plug in and performance.
At 19 1/2" in length and 4 3/8" deep, the 512ce Grand Concert offers an extremely comfortable playing experience. The guitar is extremely balanced physically from peghead to bout as well as sonically from string to string. The smaller body hits maximum velocity sooner, and with less input pressure than larger guitars, making it wildly responsive to even the lightest touch. The characteristics of the Grand Concert paired with the tonal characteristics of the torrefied Sitka top and the Urban Ironbark back make this an incredibly dynamic, sweet sounding instrument.
Taylor's dedication to reinvention, musicality, and their Southern Californian roots comes to life in the Urban Ironbark 500 Series. A treasure found at home, red ironbark makes a grand entry into Taylor's family of tonewoods.
- New Taylor Urban Ironbark back and sides with gloss finish
- Torrefied Sitka spruce top with gloss finish
- Grand Concert body size is comfortable and responsive
- Neo-Tropical mahogany neck with satin finish
- West African Crelicam ebony fingerboard
- Taylor V-Class bracing pattern
- Taylor Expression System 2 electronics system
- Faux tortoise body binding and pickguard
- Taylor Deluxe Hardshell case included
|Top Material:||Torrefied Sitka Spruce|
|Back/Sides Material:||Urban Ironbark|
|Neck Material:||Neo-Tropical Mahogany|
|Fingerboard Material:||West African Crelicam Ebony|
|Body Shape:||Grand Concert|
|Bracing:||Taylor V-Class Bracing|
|Electronics:||Taylor Expression System 2|
|Case:||Taylor Deluxe Hardshell|