- Inspection and Set-up
- Humidity Care
*These are stock photos. For actual photos of the instrument, please contact us.
An exciting new entry into the world of acoustic-electric guitars, the GTe Urban Ash debuts a new body shape that's sure to inspire players of all skill levels with its compact frame, accommodating feel, and robust acoustic voice. The GT (Grand Theater) features a scaled-down body that echoes the jumbo curves of our Grand Orchestra shape, with its dimensions reduced to create a remarkably approachable feel. The innovation extends to the GT's interior architecture, built on a new asymmetrical bracing design called C-Class bracing. This new sonic structure brings the tonal benefits of V-Class bracing to the smaller GT body shape, producing more volume and longer sustain while also bolstering the GT's bass response to surprising levels of low-end power from a smaller guitar.
This model takes its name from the solid Urban Ash that composes its back and sides, which serve up a rich, shimmering midrange accented by pristine highs. Visually, the GT is appointed with modest details such as a three-ring koa rosette and Pinnacle inlays in Italian acrylic, preserving its accessible price point and clean aesthetic. A super-thin, water-based matte finish, paired with an Urban Sienna stain for the back and sides, reflects a dusky, alluring visual character, preserving the wood's visual texture and allowing the player to feel the grain through the finish. Onboard ES2 electronics provide quick plug-and-play functionality when you need amplified sound. This model includes a sturdy, lightweight AeroCaseâ„¢ for easy, safe transport.
Taylor GT Shapes
Compact yet gifted with a bold voice, the GT's scaled-down frame offers surprising tonal power and texture.
Sitka Spruce Top
The soundboard choice for most guitars, Sitka spruce produces a broad dynamic range and accommodates a versatile range of playing styles.
Urban Ash Body
Sourced from city trees in need of removal, Urban Ash produces midrange power and balance comparable to Honduran mahogany.
Expression System® 2 Electronics
The Expression System® 2 captures more of a guitar's dynamic properties using a breakthrough behind-the-saddle design.
- Scale Length 24-1/8"
- Nut & Saddle Black Tusq Nut, Micarta Saddle
- Bracing C-Class
- Truss Rod Cover None
- Pickguard Tortoise
- Number of Frets 20
- Tuners Taylor Nickel Mini
- Case Aerocase
- Brand of Strings Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light
- Body Length 18-½"
- Body Width 15"
- Body Depth 3-¾"
- Binding/Edge Treatment None
- Top Finish Matte
- Back Config 2-piece No Wedge
- Backstrap Finish None
- Rosette Size Three Ring
- Bridge Inlay None
- Back/Side Finish Matte
- Armrest Binding None
- Backstrap Wood None
- Rosette Mat. Hawaiian Koa
- Stain/Sunburst Urban Sienna
- Wedge None
- Armrest no
- Neck Width 1-23/32"
- Fretboard Inlay Pinnacle, Italian Acrylic
- Fretboard Binding/Edge Treatment None
- Heel Cap Binding Black
- Type of Neck Joint Scarf
- Neck/Heel Tropical Mahogany
- Fretboard Wood Eucalyptus
- Neck Finish Matte
- Heel Length 3-1/2"
- Peghead Finish Matte
- Peghead Binding None
- Peghead Type Standard
- Peghead Purfling None
- Headstock Overlay Eucalyptus
- Peghead Inlay None
- Peghead Logo Italian Acrylic
- Bridge Pins Black Plastic
- Buttons Nickel
- Fingerboard Ext None
- Edge Trim None
At Easy Music Center, we care for our instruments from the moment they arrive to when they ship to your door. All instruments are stored in a climate controlled environment and put through a 12-point inspection checklist before being shipped.
First, we check the finish of the instrument, carefully inspecting any blemishes on the surface. Next, we check the playability and setup by inspecting and adjusting the truss rod (if available), bridge, nut, and frets to manufacturer factory specifications. Any request made outside of manufacturer factory specifications can incur additional charges for parts and labor. If the instrument has electronics, we test all of the electronic components to make sure they are functioning properly.
After a thorough inspection, we then move on to maintenance. We start by lubricating any moving parts on the instrument, such as tuning machines. We then move on to cleaning and oiling the fretboard along with the frets.
Once maintenance is done, we stretch and tune the strings and play test the instrument. After this, we do a final inspection and clean/detail the instrument before packing it up for shipment.
We’re excited to be a part of your instrument buying experience.
Acoustic guitars and ukulele are made of wood, and wood is sensitive to changes in climate. Shifts in temperature or relative humidity can affect your instrument in multiple ways, some of which can lead to costly repairs if you’re not careful. Solid woods in particular are especially prone to the effects of climate fluctuation. For example, extended exposure to low relative humidity (below 40% RH) can dry out the wood, causing it to shrink and run the risk of cracking. Similarly, excessive humidity can cause the wood to absorb moisture and swell, potentially causing other problems. Without adequate humidity control (especially in drier local climates), acoustic instruments can crack and their necks can warp, causing problems with fretting, intonation and playability.
So how do you prevent this kind of damage? Easy: by keeping your guitars and ukulele properly humidified (ideally between 40-60% RH). The easiest way to do this is by storing your instruments in a case with a case two-way humidifier inside. A two-way humidifier will slowly absorb or release moisture inside your case, maintaining humidity to help ensure your instrument doesn’t suffer damage. Using a digital hygrometer can help you monitor humidity levels around your instrument.
Symptoms of a dry acoustic instrument:
- Low action. Strings are very close to the fretboard.
- Hump on the fretboard where the neck joins the body.
- Sunken top across the soundboard between bridge and fingerboard.
- The back of instrument looks very flat when it is dried out.
- Sharp fret ends extend beyond the edge of the fretboard.
- The plane of the neck angle on a dry instrument hits above the top of the bridge.
Symptoms of a wet acoustic instrument:
- High action. Strings that are unusually high off the fretboard, making it difficult to play.
- Unusually swollen top
- Unusual warp on the top, back or both at the end-block
- Improper neck angle. Sighting the neck to the bridge, the frets will appear to hit below the bridge.
Using patented technology, the D’Addario Two-Way Humidification System features disposable, moisture-filled packets with a breathable membrane that provides two-way humidity control, meaning it can either release or absorb moisture to consistently maintain a predetermined relative humidity (RH) level of 45-50 percent.
Music Nomad the leader in equipment care products, has developed an easy to use, no mess, and low maintenance Ukulele humidifier. The Humilele rests securely on top of the strings to safely and evenly hydrate your Ukulele to avoid these problems.
Final Notes on Humidity Control
To monitor the amount of humidity your instrument is receiving, we recommend the purchase of a digital hygrometer, a device that gauges and provides a read-out of humidity levels. It can be kept in the room where you store your instruments, or, better yet, in a central location inside the instrument case, preferably Velcro’d to the outside of the accessories compartment (facing the heel). The optimal range for your guitars and ukulele is 45-55% RH.