Taylor PS18, Brazillian rosewood acoustic Guitar
Actual Guitar photo
Brazilian Rosewood has a long and storied history and is, by almost every measure, the “holy grail” of tonewoods. When it’s used on a guitar of this stature, it takes on an almost mythical quality. It’s difficult to acquire and it’s not inexpensive. But it’s Brazilian Rosewood, and that matters.
This year, Taylor Guitars introduced their new body style, the Grand Orchestra (designated X18). The idea behind it was to reinvent the Jumbo. In doing so, they actually introduced a guitar which is closer to the Taylor Grand Symphony size than the old Jumbo. Pairing this new body style with this old growth Brazilian Rosewood and a European Spruce top has resulted in an amazing sounding guitar.
Let’s just say that the PS18 is an extraordinary guitar in every respect, and definitely falls into the “investment instrument” category. The craftsmanship is exactly what you would expect from Taylor. It’s simply impeccable.
For the uninitiated, “PS” stands for “Presentation Series”, and represents the pinnacle of the luthier’s craft. It’s not only an incredible sounding guitar, but the workmanship which goes into the elaborate inlay work is unparalleled.
Body Shape: Grand Orchestra
Back & Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
Back Config. 2 Piece
Top: European Spruce
Fretboard, Bridge: Ebony
Neck,Heel: Tropical Mahogany
Backstrap: Brazilian RW w/ Maple/Black
Peghead Veneer: Ebony
Bracing: Adirondack GO bracing w/ Relief Route
Body, Fretboard, Peghead, Armrest, Heel cap, Sound hole – Ebony
Purfling: B/W/B – Paua
Rosette: 900 series, single ring bound / Paua
Peghead Logo: MOP
Fretboard, Peghead, Bridge: Nouveau Solid Shell
Edge Trip and Fingerboard Extension: Paua
Neck – Satin
Back, Sides, Top, Peghead, Backstrap – Glossy
Tuners: Gotoh Gold
Nut and Saddle: Bone
Strings: Elixir Medium
Bridge Pins: Ebony w/ Ab Dot.
TRC – Ebony
Back label – Custom GO 1st Edition Prototype
Case: Taylor 1st Edition Deluxe hardshell case.