The Taylor K28e First Edition Grand Orchestra

K28e Grand Orchestra

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The Adventure of the Taylor K28e First Edition Acoustic

This is not a typical article on Taylor Grand Orchestra guitars. This is a call to save the world from certain doom. The hero, the only one that can stop this unknown menace is a seemingly innocent Taylor acoustic guitar. Its warm, resonant tone has the power to instill fear in all who dare stand in its way. Its silky playability will swoon all the ladies. Its vibrant low-end sound will make the ground rumble beneath our feet as it fights off the evils of the tonal Hindenburgs of the world.

It is…

The K28e First Edition Grand Orchestra Acoustic

K28e Grand Orchestra
K28e Grand Orchestra

Most heroes that save worlds wear capes, uniforms, or a snappy pair of underpants. The K28e hits the streets and struts the catwalk with a Shaded Edgeburst finish to conceal its Hawaiian koa neck and body, for a sound that crosses the strength of mahogany and the chime of rosewood; between the weight and the large Grand Orchestra shape the K28e will give you a nice, strong sustained sound.

And just like any hero worth having to save the world for us, the K28e has its own sense of style. Where Superman has his trademark ā€œSā€ the K28e has the luxurious vine-like inlay up and down the blackwood fretboard. For its bravery, this guitar has been decorated with a set of Gotoh 510 antique gold tuners (gold with black buttons is also an option).

Though if a guitar like this is up your alley you may not want to sit on the fence for too long. The K28e First Edition is limited to 100 guitars. Each guitar will feature a custom label and case plate and, upon registering the guitar, the owner will receive a custom GO First Edition guitar strap, a numbered certificate of authenticity, and a commemorative booklet.

Mind you that’s just for the First Editions. Taylor has already announced eventually the K28e will join ranks with the rest of the Koa Series as a standard model.

The Expression System

K28e First Edition
K28e First Edition

Of course what would any hero be without a utility belt? The K28e comes armed with Taylor’s own Expression System. The Expression System is a whole set of on-board acoustic pickups and and preamp to get the richest, warmest, authentic acoustic tone possible when plugged into an amp. It’s an all-magnet pickup system that cuts out complicated controls and tone simulators.

The Expression System uses what Taylor calls a Dynamic Body Sensor mounted to the soundboard, and a Dynamic String Sensor mounted under the fretboard.

The Grand Orchestra

The K28e is among the newest in Taylor’s recently introduced Grand Orchestra body style. It is a legion of guitars designed to have a big body that can bellow out with incontestable strength and power. Other models that have been announced include the 918e, the 618e, and the 518e.

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Kyle Smitchens

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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9 years ago

I am not sure if the K28 is super hero or super villain… it’s mesmerizing good looks had me emptying my wallet faster than a speeding bullet. Before I knew it, I was home with me and all the others in my trusted league of guitars looked somewhat pale in comparison. It’s voicing is just incredible, it’s extremely responsive and surprisingly playable for a big guitar. And I just have to say again, it is so spectacularly beautiful. So I remain unsure if it is a super hero as you say or an irresistible temptress who has the ability to steal you heart and your money after a single glance. Either way, I sure am proud to have one of these in my collection.

Catie Waters
9 years ago

Just bought this beautiful guitar. The sound and quality are beyond amazing! Cannot wait to use it at my next show.

Ronnie Brooks
Ronnie Brooks
9 years ago

I suppose if someone forced me to have this guitar, I’d try to accept my fate with stoic resignation (immediately prior to screaming, “Hell yeah, let me at it!”). Gorgeous guitar — and nicely reviewed in a manner fit for a superhero.

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