Most Taylor acoustic models are organized by series, featuring the numerical 100 through 900 Series, along with our Baby, GS Mini, Academy, Koa (K) and Presentation (PS) Series. Here’s how our model numbering system works:
The first digit (or letter) identifies the series (e.g., 800 Series). Each series is distinguished by the type of back and side woods and other material/aesthetic appointments used, such as inlays and binding.
The second digit designates two things: first, whether the guitar is a 6-string or a 12-string, and second, whether the top features a softwood like spruce or cedar or a hardwood like mahogany or koa.
- If the middle digit is 1, it has a softwood top (e.g., 514ce)
- If the middle digit is 2, it has a hardwood top (e.g., 524ce)
- If the middle digit is 5, it has a softwood top (e.g., 352ce)
- If the middle digit is 6, it has a hardwood top (e.g., 362ce)
The third digit identifies the body shape according to this numbering system:
0 = Dreadnought (e.g., 210ce)
2 = Grand Concert (e.g., 712ce)
4 = Grand Auditorium (e.g., 414ce)
6 = Grand Symphony (e.g., 816ce)
7 = Grand Pacific (e.g., 517e)
8 = Grand Orchestra (e.g., 618e)
“c” indicates a model with a cutaway in the body
“e” indicates a model with onboard electronics.
Other Model Name Indicators
Some Taylor models include additional letters. This can identify several things:
Nylon-string models (e.g., 812ce-N)
Alternative back/side woods within a series
(e.g., 414ce-R = rosewood; 214ce-K = koa)
Color treatments (e.g., 214ce-SB = Sunburst; 517 WHB = Wild Honey Burst; 214ce-BLK = Black)