Taylor’s Amazing 327e Grand Pacific V-Class
With its unique round-shoulder dreadnought silhouette, revolutionary V-Class Bracing, and dramatically different tonal personality, Taylor’s 327e Grand Pacific blazes new ground for Taylor. Featuring Tasmanian blackwood back and sides and a tropical mahogany top, this alluring acoustic-electric guitar delivers a seductively bold and versatile tonal profile that is perfectly amplified by the onboard ES2 electronics. Boasting the understated elegance of Taylor’s 3 Series, the 327e Grand Pacific is graced by a curvaceous pickguard, 3-ring rosette, and beautiful Italian acrylic Gemstone fingerboard inlays. Its tropical mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard play flawlessly. The 327e Grand Pacific is an amazing guitar and an incredible value.
Grand Pacific: innovation and evolution
With the Grand Pacific, Taylor master luthier Andy Powers has fulfilled the potential of V-Class bracing as a robust tone-shaping platform. The Grand Pacific demonstrates proof-of-concept that V-Class architecture is an ideal cornerstone for guitars with a versatile range of musical personalities that will appeal to a broad swath of players from all genres. Inspired by the diverse acoustic guitar sounds on the records he heard while growing up in Southern California, Andy set out to diversify Taylor’s tonal palette by designing a guitar with a different sound profile.
A bold new round-shoulder guitar from Taylor
Although V-Class bracing gave Andy more ways to control a guitar’s tonal character, Andy also knew a new body shape would be required, something with roughly the dimensions of a dreadnought. With V-Class, he could eliminate the undesirable sonic characteristics generally ascribed to dreadnoughts. All this led to the round-shoulder dreadnought design Taylor calls the Grand Pacific. The Grand Pacific’s overall sound is warm and seasoned, producing notes that overlap more to create a smooth, blended sound. Its wider waist delivers more low-frequency power; the problematic low-end woodiness often associated with dreadnoughts being eliminated by the V-Class bracing.
V-Class Bracing: a sonic revelation
Bracing is the internal framework of an acoustic guitar that helps shape its sound. Although X-bracing has been standard in acoustic guitars for over a century, it creates an innate conflict between two key elements of a guitar’s sound: volume and sustain. The guitar’s top (its soundboard) contributes to both. The flexibility of the top generates volume (projection), while its stiffness generates sustain. And with X-braced guitar tops, here’s where the trade-off comes in: when something is made stiffer, its flexibility is reduced (and vice versa). V-Class bracing changes all that.
With Taylor’s V-Class bracing, an acoustic guitar top can be both stiff and flexible — for more volume and sustain. V-Class bracing provides stiffness parallel to the strings for more rigidity and hence sustain. Flexibility on either side generates the air movement necessary for robust projection. It’s the best of both worlds. This groundbreaking innovation also improves intonation; not only producing notes that are louder and with longer sustain — but more in tune with each other. V-Class bracing boosts volume evenly across the tonal spectrum, increases sustain, and improves the natural intonation of the instrument by creating a more synergistic response from the soundboard. This fosters a more harmonious relationship between the notes you play, helping chords to ring out in cohesive splendor. Pick up a Taylor with V-Class bracing and experience it for yourself.
Exceptional tonewoods deliver timeless tone
During conception, Taylor chose to outfit the 327e with a tropical mahogany top. This tonewood is prized for its mellow midrange and superb resonance with tons of harmonic complexity. Tasmanian blackwood is used for the back and sides of the Grand Pacific. This bold tonewood has a sonic profile reminiscent of koa and mahogany. This sound adds extra clarity to the treble notes without interfering with robust bass response. This creative tonewood pairing yields a broad dynamic range with crisp articulation that’s perfect for delicate fingerpicking, aggressive flatpicked strumming, and everything in between.
Cutting-edge Taylor Expression System 2 electronics
If you play out, you’re going to love the Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics built into your 327e Grand Pacific. The key to this fantastic system is the 3-section proprietary pickup located behind the saddle. Because of where it’s positioned and how it’s integrated into the guitar’s saddle, the ES2 pickup provides you with remarkably clear and accurate sound. In addition to a master volume control, a pair of tone controls let you tweak your highs and lows to get the sound you need, and a discreet phase switch offers vital onboard feedback suppression.
Taylor 327e Grand Pacific V-Class Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
- Mahogany top, blackwood back and sides; satin finish
- Revolutionary V-Class bracing
- Tropical mahogany neck, Standard Carve; satin finish
- West African ebony fingerboard, 15″ radius, Italian acrylic Gemstone inlays, black binding
- 25.5″ scale length; 20 frets; 1.75″ black graphite nut
- West African ebony bridge, pins; Micarta saddle
- Taylor ES2 electronics
- Taylor Nickel tuners
- Dual-action truss rod, headstock access