Builder’s Edition 517

Ok. This one is gorgeous. 

Look at it. The Silent Satin Wild Honey Burst finish on this guitar is to die for. To us the Taylor Builder’s Edition 517 WHB sounds, well, as what a vintage Taylor may sound one day. It is a bit drier and more woody than the usual Taylor sound, yet retains the unmistakable Taylor high-mids’ sparkle. One of the more interesting features of the Builder’s Edition is the compound-carve neck profile that compensates for the change in your hand position as you move along the neck, it actually works and does improve playability. Naturally being a Builder’s Edition, this 517 WHB sports some other premium features too, like chambered body edges, contoured fretboard edges, Curve Wing bridge and more. The Taylor Builder’s Edition 517 WHB enjoys Taylor’s V-Class bracing technique which gives it more projection also when played lightly. This version comes without a pickup but if you need one be sure to check the Taylor Builder’s Edition 517e which has the onboard ES2 pickup system.

Builder’s Edition 517 technical specifications

Manufacturer Taylor
Made In USA
Series Builder's Edition
Serial Number 1104049058
Manufacturer Part Number 517 WHB, A50203400000575S213, Builder’s Edition 517 WHB, A50203400000575S216, 517, 517 Builders ED
GTIN 14 00887766093831, 00887766093879, 00887766093848
Body Type Auditorium, Classical 4/4, Concert, Dreadnought, Jumbo, Mini Jumbo, Orchestra, Other, Parlor, Travel/Small
Cutaway? No, Yes
Massive/Laminate Wood Massive Body, Massive Top
Top Material Family Ash, Basswood, Blackwood, Bunya, Cedar, Cherry, Dao, Koa, Mahogany, Maple, Pine, Poplar, Redwood, Spruce, Ziricote
Body Material Family Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, Agathis, Alder, Aluminum, Ash, Balsa, Basswood, Blackwood, Cherry, Cocobolo, Dao, HPL, Koa, Limewood, Mahogany, Maple, Meranti, Myrtlewood, Nato, Nyatoh, Oak, Okoume, Ovangkol, Pau Ferro, Pine, Poplar, Radiata, Rosewood, Sapele, Sassafras, Snakewood, Spruce, Swamp Ash, Walnut, Zebrawood, Ziricote
Fretboard Material Family Brownwood, Ebony, Ferro, Jatoba, Katalox, Laurel, Maple, Micarta, Oak, Ovangkol, Pau Ferro, Richlite, Rosewood, Sonokeling, Walnut, Wenge, Ziricote
Neck Material Family Birch, Cedar, Hardwood, Mahogany, Maple, Nato, Okoume, Panga Panga, Rosewood, Sapele, Wenge
String Number 10, 11, 12, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Number of Frets 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Neck joint at 12th fret, 13th fret, 14th fret
Amplified? No, Yes
Pickup Configuration Microphone, Piezo
Active Pickup? No, Yes
Pickup Brand Aguilar, Aria, B&G Guitars, Bare Knuckle, Baton Rouge, Cole Clark, Crafter, Delano, DiMarzio, Duesenberg, EMG, ESP Ltd., Fender, Fishman, Gibson, Godin, Gretsch, Harmony, Häussel Pickups, Höfner, Ibanez, Kent Armstrong, L.R. Baggs, Lag, Lakland, Lindy Fralin, Lollar, Macmull Custom Guitars, Music Man, Nik Huber, Prodipe, Prodipe Guitars, PRS, Reveho, Rickenbacker, Sandberg, Schecter, Seymour Duncan, Shadow, Squier, Strandberg, Suhr, Takamine, Taylor, Tim Shaw, TV Jones, Wilkinson, Yamaha
Left-Friendly? Yes, No
Lefty/Right Handed Left Handed, Right Handed
Colour Black, Blue, Brown, Burgundy, Burst, Copper, Cream, Gold, Green, Grey, Natural, Orange, Other, Pink, Purple, Red, Silver, Turquoise, White, Yellow

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