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  • From Taylor's 2020 GT series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.125"'' scale
  • 15" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Solid Urban Ash back
  • Solid Urban Ash sides
  • Tropical Mahogany neck
  • Eucalyptus fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
  • Eucalyptus bridge
  • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Taylor Nickel Mini tuners
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  • From Taylor's 2020 GT series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.125"'' scale
  • 15" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Solid Urban Ash back
  • Solid Urban Ash sides
  • Tropical Mahogany neck
  • Eucalyptus fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
  • Eucalyptus bridge
  • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Taylor Nickel Mini tuners
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Our Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 83
Sound 88
Build quality 82
Value for money 84
Overall Score 84
Tone Evaluation
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Taylor GTe Urban Ash
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Black Tusq XL Nut
  • Electronics
  • Synthetic Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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Price: is the Taylor GTe Urban Ash a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $3500, which means that the Taylor GTe Urban Ash is around 60% cheaper than the competition. This takes into account all guitars of the same category in our database with 6 strings and Fixed bridge that are made in United States.

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Not all guitars are created equal, and there are many important things they won't tell you about the guitar you're buying. That's why it's important to have different opinions. Here's what our visitors who have played this guitar say. If you've played it before, help others by voting for your experience below.

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Is The Taylor GTe Urban Ash Easy to Play?

The Taylor GTe Urban Ash meets 5 out of our 9 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's a good guitar to start with as a complete beginner. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

Taylor GTe Urban Ash
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Tall frets
  • Short scale
  • Comfortable neck
  • Locking tuners
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Wide nut
  • Soft Strings

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Taylor GTe Urban Ash's construction is balanced for most hand sizes.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

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Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Taylor GTe Urban Ash's 24.125" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Taylor GTe Urban Ash Scale Length Comparison
Taylor GTe Urban Ash's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is a slightly shorter scale than the more common short scale of 24.75". It's a good choice for beginners that want to get an easier-to-play guitar without it being much different than a normal scale guitar.

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Neck Profile

Taylor GTe Urban Ash Neck Profile
Taylor GTe Urban Ash's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

It has a C type neck. C-shaped necks like this have been the most popular for the last years. The reason is that they feel good in most hands. It's generally a thin neck that doesn't get in your way when playing fast, but that also has enough mass to give your hands a comfortable grip for chords if they aren't too big.

Thin necks like this make it easier to move your hand across the neck and it helps when playing fast solos, especially if you like to leave your thumb free while playing high on the fretboard. However, thinner necks are also weaker and will need adjustment more often than a thicker neck.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The Taylor GTe Urban Ash has a 15" fingerboard radius. Here's an image comparing this guitar's fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Taylor GTe Urban Ash Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Taylor GTe Urban Ash's fretboard radius compared to other guitars

This makes it more similar to Gibson guitars (12'') than Fender (9.5''). It's slightly flatter than most modern Gibson fretboards though, which makes it more comfortable for single notes, bendings and vibratos, but less comfortable for chords.. If you like the playability of a Gibson, which can be described as ''balanced for chords and solos'', and don't care about having slightly less curve for more comfortable solos, you'll like this radius.

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Taylor GTe Urban Ash has the same radius across the board.

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Playability compared to main competitors

24.125'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.71'' Nut Width
15'' Fretboard Radius
24.125'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.71'' Nut Width
15'' Fretboard Radius
24.125'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.71'' Nut Width
15'' Fretboard Radius
24.125'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.71'' Nut Width
15'' Fretboard Radius
24.125'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.71'' Nut Width
15'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Taylor GTe Urban Ash Nut Width
Taylor GTe Urban Ash Nut Width

The Taylor GTe Urban Ash has a nut width of 43.4mm (1.71''). This size is found mostly on Baritone or 7+ strings guitars since they need the extra space on the fretboard. It gives your fingers the extra space you need to play without muting accidentally, but this also makes bar chords harder to perform, so bear in mind that Baritone guitars aren't for every playing style.

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Frets

It comes with nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you might need to replace the frets after a few years. But this is unlikely as most people change instruments before this happens.

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Fret Size

Taylor GTe Urban Ash Fret Size Comparison
Taylor GTe Urban Ash's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Taylor GTe Urban Ash's frets are Medium size. With medium frets, you can feel the fretboard more than with jumbo frets, but it's still easier to press the strings cleanly than with small frets; notes might change their pitch just slightly if you press hard on the fret. Also, if you need to do some fret leveling after years of playing, you'll have some room to sand them down without having to replace them.

Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 95
Chord Playability 65
Solo Playability 90
Playability 83

Does the Taylor GTe Urban Ash Sound Good? Tone Analysis

The type of wood and even the shape of the body will have a lot of influence in the final tone of an acoustic guitar. Here's we'll talk about what kind of tone you can expect from its specs.

Wood Used in the Taylor GTe Urban Ash

Spruce wood pattern used for guitar building
Spruce Top
Ash wood pattern used for guitar building
Ash Back, Sides
Mahogany wood pattern used for guitar building
Mahogany Neck
Eucalyptus wood pattern used for guitar building
Eucalyptus Fretboard

Spruce Top: This wood has a light color with tight grain patterns. It's very stiff but relatively light. It's known for producing a well-rounded tone with a broad dynamic range.

Ash Back and Sides: The most popular Ash wood for guitars is swamp Ash. It has a really light color with beautiful patterns, which makes it perfect for a natural-looking finish. It's not as lightweight as Alder, but also not as heavy as Mahogany. It's known for producing a bright tone with solid mids and lows.

Mahogany Neck: This is the type of wood found in many top-of-the-line guitars, so that's a positive point for the build quality. This red-looking wood Mahogany is found in Africa and Central America and has great sustain and a warm tone due to its high density. The downside about this type of wood is that it's relatively heavy.

Eucalyptus Fretboard: It's not a common tonewood, but it's becoming more popular recently. There are many species around the world, each with its own characteristic, so it's hard to describe the tone it produces without knowing the exact species.

Pickups

This guitar comes with preamp pickups that will allow you to connect it directly to an amplifier and record with it, or use it live.

Sound Score

Sustain 90
Versatility 90
Tuning Stability 70
Sound 88

How well is the Taylor GTe Urban Ash Built?

Where is the Taylor GTe Urban Ash Made?

Knowing where the guitar is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive guitars are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Taylor GTe Urban Ash is made in United States. Guitars made in the USA have the reputation of being the best instruments you can get. This statement isn't as accurate as a few years ago, but you should still expect top-quality from a guitar made in this country.

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Bridge

Eucalyptus: The advantage of fixed bridges is that they don't require any kind of set-up. This makes it extremely easy when changing strings because you don't need to adjust anything besides tuning the guitar. Also, the fact that the bridge is directly attached to the body will help to increase sustain. The disadvantage is the lack of versatility since you can't create the same vibrato effects as with tremolo bridges.

Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure the guitar stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Taylor GTe Urban Ash has a Black Tusq XL nut. It's not made of plastic or low-quality materials. They're made to resemble the sound you get from bone and ivory nuts, but with slippery materials so the intonation and tuning are stable. Also, each nut is carefully cut to ensure you won't have tune stabilization problems.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 86
Features 75
Quality Control 85
Build Quality 82

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Taylor GTe Urban Ash Specs

General
Brand: Taylor
Year: 2020
Configuration:
Strings: 6
Made in: United States
Series: GT
Colors: Natural
Left-Handed Version: Yes
Body
Type: Hollowbody
Body Material: Solid Sitka Spruce
Bridge: Eucalyptus
Neck
Neck Joint: Set
Tuners: Taylor Nickel Mini
Fretboard: Eucalyptus
Neck Material: Tropical Mahogany
Decoration: Pinnacle, Italian Acrylic
Scale Size: 24.125"
Shape: Acoustic Taylor Standard
Frets: 20 Medium
Fretboard Radius: 15"
Nut: Black Tusq XL
Nut Width: 43.4mm (1.71'')
Electronics
Switch: Way
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Volume Controls:
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Bridge Pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp / Active)

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