By Barry Rudolph
Tasmanian black wood, a cousin of Hawaiian koa and with a similar tone profile, is a new choice of tone wood for the 410ce, 412ce-N, 414ce, 414ce-N, 416ce, and baritone 8-string instruments by Taylor Guitars. Each model features a three-piece back, with a Rock maple mini-wedge and is topped by Western Red cedar, while the Baritone Limited is offered with a sitka spruce top for clear response. It is said that the cedar top yields a springy, woody, warm low end. Maple also graces the fret board inlays as does a new fishbone rosette design that surrounds the sound hole. There is a satin-finish for the back and sides to preserve a natural, classic look, and a Venetian cutaway.
Each Fall Limited is equipped with the Taylor Expression System® and arrives in a hard shell case. These models are available only through authorized Taylor dealers worldwide. Much more is available at http://taylorguitars.com/guitars/limited-editions/fall-2012.
miniBIO: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.com