17st May 2016

Like the 200 Series, the sapele 100 Series incorporates layered back and sides, which offer extra resilience to fluctuating climate conditions, and a slightly narrower 1 11/16-inch neck. It’s one of the best full-size guitars you’ll find for the money, especially with the availability of Taylor’s Expression System 2 pickup. It makes a viable performance tool, a great entry-level guitar, or a second utility guitar for alternate tunings.

 

The 110CE is a full size guitar with a narrower, 1 11/16-inch, neck. The neck makes it easy for younger hands to hold and reach around for those wrist aching barre chords. It has 20 frets on an Ebony fret board. I've had some problems with action, but after some loosening of the truss rod, the buzzing disappeared. It has a solid, no reflection top and body; Sitka spruce is the top wood and Sapele is the body wood. I definitely prefer a laminated body with a darker, richer wood, but this being the cheapest full sized "CE" in the Taylor line, I can't complain. The Taylor 110CE is a dreadnought body acoustic guitar with internal electronics and a Venetian cutaway, hence the "CE" in 110CE (Cutaway - Electric). The cutaway is very, very flat; series like the 600 and up have rounder ones and steeper ones. It is really no problem aside for aesthetics. This guitar has simple electronics (the three dials, volume and 2 tones) mounted above the fret board on the body's left side. that scream the Taylor name. The internal sound board is a Taylor Standard Expression System-T, powered by a 9 volt battery that sits in a slot beneath the guitar strap button on the bottom of the guitar. On the head of the guitar there are 6 die-cast chrome tuning pegs. They have perfect resistance which means getting the perfect tuning is easy.

 "If one knows anything about Taylor guitars, then it is quality. Every Taylor is built to specification. It was set up nearly perfect. There was low action, so I had to loosen the truss rod to end that (pretty quickly). This would be an issue for guitars whose rod is difficult to get to, but for the 110CE, the opening is right on the head, easy to adjust. The internal pickups were calibrated perfectly and the entire body of the guitar was seamless, not one speck of varnish was off. Overall, it was set-up great." The King Dweeb - Ultimate Guitar.com

 If you are a strummer and a flat-picker, with occasional finger-picking, this is the guitar. The 110ce performs well on alt-rock and pop-rock, and folk. This guitar is perfect for everything. Play the Taylor 110CE acoustic with no amp and no effects, and it boasts a full tonal range and a clean, bold sound. The tone woods have a balanced sound, with moderate projection. While maple produces focused sound, mahogany will create increased treble and while cedar makes the whole room glow, the Sitka spruce and Sapele has a full sound that can't be distinguished as unique, but also can't be characterized as ordinary. With proper technique or help from effects or an amplifier, the Taylor 110CE can pull off the grit for rock, the smooth licks of the blues or the acoustic rhythm of bluegrass and country. The Taylor 110CE is a bold sounding guitar.

Sitka Spruce

Origin: Northwestern North America (Coastal Rainforests of Alaska and Canada)

 

As a guitar soundboard, or top, Sitka spruce is the tonewood standard of the modern era. It’s used on 85-90 percent of the guitars that Taylor makes. Its combination of strength and elasticity translates into a broad dynamic range, yielding crisp articulation and allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking. Sitka spruce is Bob Taylor’s personal favorite for an all-around great guitar.

 

Goes Well With: All styles of guitars and players.

 

 

Layered Sapele

Used On: The 100 Series, GS Mini, Baby, Big Baby

 

While the rich tones of solid wood remain unmatched, a layered wood construction can yield great sound in a beautiful, durable and affordable instrument. Such is the case with layered sapele, in which we use interior and exterior veneers of sapele with a core layer of poplar between them. One of the benefits of layered wood for guitars is extra resilience in the face of fluctuating humidity conditions. This comes in handy for guitars like the GS Mini and Baby Taylor models, which are travel-friendly guitars that may be more directly exposed to different environments. All Taylor layered-wood models feature a solid wood top to optimize the tonal response.

 

 

Expression System® 2

The Taylor Expression System® 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. Together with Taylor’s custom-designed “professional audio”-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar.

 

Behind the ES2 Design: Rethinking the Piezo Pickup

 

For decades, piezo-electric transducers have been positioned under the saddle of a guitar based on the long-held belief that the string and top vibration cause the saddle to “bounce” up and down. But Taylor’s electronics team, led by developer David Hosler, discovered that the vertical movement is actually heavily restricted, and that the saddle gets “locked down” due to the string tension’s downward pressure. That’s why a traditional under-saddle pickup with piezo-electric crystals often responds with a sound often characterized as thin, brittle, brash or synthetic, especially with more aggressive playing.

 

The saddle’s natural range of movement as the guitar is being played is actually back and forth like a pendulum. That revelation led Taylor’s design team to relocate the crystals from under the saddle to behind it. The new positioning enables the crystals to respond more naturally to the guitar’s energy as it is transferred through the saddle. Three pickup sensors are installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, with three tiny Allen screws that calibrate the position of the sensors in relation to the saddle.

 

Like the original Expression System, the ES2 features the same volume and tone control knobs. The preamp is similar but with a slightly different gain structure. As a result it will be about 25 percent hotter, which is more in line with other pickups. This makes it plug-and-play friendly both for artists and live sound mixers.

 

by Wickham Road Music, Taylor Guitars, Ultimate Guitar.com

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