The relaunch of the 500 Series introduced the world to Urban Ironbark, the newest product of Taylor’s ongoing urban wood initiative. Now, we’re excited to add more options to the family with a trio of new models: the Grand Pacific dreadnought 517e, the compact 12-string/12-fret 552ce and the 512ce 12-Fret. All three guitars feature solid Urban Ironbark backs and sides paired with torrefied Sitka spruce tops, a combination that yields a lively, muscular sound with lush resonance. With a tone profile comparable to Indian rosewood, Urban Ironbark delivers a high-fidelity response with clear trebles, warm lows and a blooming overtone character, offering up a complex sonic mix that remains balanced across the frequency spectrum despite its highly dynamic musical personality. Torrefied spruce contributes bold projection and a mature sweetness and depth, with V-Class bracing inside all three models to dial up more volume, longer sustain and clearer harmony between notes all the way up the neck. Strummers and songwriters will surely appreciate the seasoned, blended sound of the 517e or the rich, clear shimmer of the comfortably compact 12-string 552ce. Fingerpickers are likely to gravitate toward the accommodating and articulate 512ce 12-Fret, whose unique construction coaxes out more midrange power and a slinky, relaxed handfeel.
Aesthetic appointments for this trio include faux tortoiseshell binding with purfling in black acrylic and maple, a single-ring green abalone rosette, nickel hardware, a faux tortoiseshell pickguard, and a subtle shaded edgeburst paired with a glossy finish that draws out Urban Ironbark’s natural reddish hues. The 517e features a Marquise inlay design, while the 552ce and 512ce 12-Fret sport our Aerial pattern, all in faux pearl Italian acrylic.
Back/Side Wood: Urban Ironbark
Top Wood: Torrefied Sitka Spruce
Neck: Neo-Tropical Mahogany
Fretboard: West African Crelicam Ebony
Scale Length: 24-7/8” (25-1/2” for 517e)
Nut Width: 1-3/4” (1-7⁄87/8” for 552ce)
Guitar Protection: Deluxe Hardshell Case, Brown
(Western Floral for 517e)
Strings: D’Addario XS Coated Phosphor Bronze
Medium (517e), D’Addario XS Coated Phosphor Bronze
Light (512ce 12-Fret), D’Addario XS Coated Phosphor
Bronze Light 12-String Set (552ce)
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