Figured Ovangkol is a sleeper tonewood, simply because the plainer straight-grained versions of this same wood has been used for years on some of Taylor's 400 Series and as a result most people think of it as some kind of lesser rosewood. In Europe, however, Ovangkol enjoys a much higher ranking among guitarmakers, more like it's cousin Bubinga. Sometimes called Amazique (and the Spanish often call it Mongoy) Ovangkol shows up on high end instruments, such as guitars by Maurice Dupont, a highly regarded French luthier. In summary, it's an African hardwood that has lots of aliases but they all refer to the species "Guibourtia ehie." It is NOT endangered, another huge plus, and when figured as shown here it has a lot of visual depth. The tone is similar to East Indian Rosewood but with a stronger midrange response, making it nicely balanced.

This Custom Taylor features a Lutz spruce top, a hybrid soundboard species that adds another dimension to the tone (Lutz is a hybrid between Sitka and White spruce that occurs in parts of British Columbia). We kept the visual goodies fairly simple, relying on ivoroid binding, a simple pearl soundhole rosette, and a honeyburst finish on the top that blends well with the natural color of the figured Ovangkol. Of course there's also a cutaway, and Taylor's ES2 pickup system, so it you want to play on the upper frets or make use of an amplified signal you're all set.

stock no. 51133

ModelCustom Grand Auditorium Figured Ovangkol
TopLutz Spruce
Back and sidesFigured Ovangkol
Frets to body14
Nut width1 3/4"
Scale length25.5"
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialMahogany
BracingSitka CV Bracing w/Relief Route
InlaySmall Diamonds 9fretboard)
Serial No1105117105
Neck profileStandard Carve
RosetteAbalone, 3-ring
Total frets20
TunersTaylor NIckel
FinishGloss, Honey Burst Top
CaseOrig. Hard
BindingGrained Ivoroid