Taylor Acoustic Guitars: GS5 Grand Symphony

by Guitar Guru

”Introducing Your New Best Friend”

Chances are that the Taylor GS5 Mahogany/Cedar Top Guitar is going to become your new best friend, so you may as well get to know her!

The solid Western red cedar top of the Taylor GS5 is combined with a solid American mahogany back and sides give this number a rounded, woody tone that is perfect for fingerstyle play and lends itself particularly well to vocal accompaniment.

While there are other guitars that are more outstanding, visually, the GS5 has a unique tone that can be attributed to a combination of its woods as well as its shape. The GS5 has a higher, wider waist that gives it a rich, almost piano-like sound, especially in the bass notes. And its volume is truly amazing, with enough punch to carry you through most any circumstance.

Unfortunately, the GS5 tends to lose its rounded tone when subjected to pick style play or hard strumming. But if you are a fingerstyle player or soft strummer this may very well be the guitar for you, especially when you consider the quality you get for the price.

At $2,249 (including a hardshell case), the Taylor GS5 is a hard act to follow. Not surprising since Taylor makes some of the best acoustic guitars on the market, and the GS5 lives up to the Taylor name.

The Taylor GS5 Grand Symphony is no longer available. Consider the Taylor GS6.

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Nov 26, 2011
Pickin' NEW
by: Graham

Flat picks should only, EVER be used on a guitar which has been built with a pick-guard. This ie especially true with THIS guitar, because it has a cedar top. Cedar scars VERY easily. Even spruce tops or mahogany tops should only be flat-picked IF their construction incorporates a guard. If you're a finger-picker, this is an instrument worthy of consideration. If you flat-pick, buy something else....

Oct 29, 2011
Taylor GS5? three thumbs up!
by: Anonymous

Play the GS5 with less power on the strum, don't worry, the volume is there! Raw finger style works well on this low action guitar. With that being said, I use string size: .012 (bronze), .017 bronze, .024 phosphor bronze, .032 PB, .045 PB, .054 PB coated strings. Pick up: Passive Baggs M1. Fantastic guitar!! 8)

May 27, 2011
Introducing Your New Best Friend
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Introducing Your New Best Friend

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