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Taylor “Build to Order” Madagascar Dreadnought SOLD

We have gone mad again; mad about Madagascar with our newest Dreadnought from Taylor’s Build to Order program! Madagascar rosewood is as close as you can get in tone and visual appearance to the famed Brazilian rosewood, but without as hefty a price tag. This is why many builders are opting to use Madagascar as a high end tone wood choice. In addition to the beautiful set of Madagascar rosewood, this guitar features a light blonde and tight grained premium Engelmann spruce top, Adirondack braces, ebony binding on the body, neck and peghead, 1 11/16″ nut width and the ever so smooth Gold Gotoh 510 tuners.

With this particular Build to Order guitar, we decided to include some traditional elements, but don’t get me wrong this is not your Grandpa’s dreadnought. The combination of the more mature sounding Engelmann spruce and Madagascar rosewood creates a full and rich tone which is a blend between vintage warmth and modern clarity. The treble frequencies are crisp and silky with a softer round edge to the attack without sacrificing the note fundamental or clarity. The bass response and is thick but never muddy and the lush overtones provided by the Madagascar rosewood add layers of complexity to the tone. There is plenty of volume to keep a flat picker happy but this guitar also seems to respond very well to a lighter touch and fingerstyle playing.

This guitar is yet another example of the custom magic that you can create through Taylor’s Build to Order program!!


* Dreadnought body
* Premium Engelmann spruce top
* Adirondack CV bracing with relief rout
* Madagascar rosewood sides and back
* Madagascar headstock overlay
* Mahogany neck
* Ebony fretboard
* Ebony body, fretboard and peghead binding
* 1 11/16″ nut width
* 25.5″ scale length
* 2.5mm dot inlay
* Bone nut and saddle
* Abalone rosette
* Gold Gotoh 510 tuners
* Hardshell case

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