NS32CE Review

manufacturer: Taylor date: 08/31/2007 category: Acoustic Guitars
Taylor: NS32CE
The Taylor NS32CE Grand Concert model combines the warm, resonant tone of African mahogany and Sitka spruce to create an exquisite tonal palette. The Sitka spruce top delivers a bright response and wide dynamic range to compliment the warmth and open midrange of African Mahogany. Equipped with Fishman Prefix Pro electronics featuring Fishman's Acoustic Matrix transducer pickup and a compact, side-mounted pre-amp with a flip-top 9-volt battery compartment. Additional tone controls allow you to adjust bass, treble, and mids. Brilliance controls and a Notch filter add even more tone-shaping capabilities and feedback control. Comes with hard-shell case.
 Sound: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
 Reliability & Durability: 9
 Action, Fit & Finish: 9
 Features: 9
 Overall rating:
 8 
 Reviewer rating:
 9.4 
 Users rating:
 6.6 
 Votes:
 19 
review (1) 4 comments vote for this gear:
overall: 9.4
NS32CE Reviewed by: crookedpath, on august 31, 2007
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Features: My Taylor NS32CE was manufactured in 2007 by Taylor Guitars of El Cajon (San Diego), California. It is the bottom end of Taylor's nylon string series. Although I would have preferred the high end NS74ce model, this one is no less beautiful. The NS32CE is 6-string Grande Concert acoustic with a solid Sitka Spruce top, Sapele sides & back, a Tropical American Mahogany neck, an Indian Rosewood headstock, and Mexican Cypress for the soundhole rosette. The bridge and fretboard (18 frets) are ebony. The headstock is outfitted with Ping Classical Gold tuners with ivory-like (no elephants killed) buttons. The guitar is outfitted with a Fishman Preflex Pro pre-amp that includes phase, notch, volume, brilliance, treble, mid, and bass controls. The pre-amp is run with a 9-volt battery that is automatically switched when a cable is plugged into the combination strap button/jack. The guitar came with a black hard-shell case. // 9

Sound: My style is mostly picked acoustic but I do cross over into jazz, blues, and harder rock. I purchased this particular guitar for jazz and more classical work with no particular electronics or processing in mind at the time of purchase. Since purchase, I've used it with my Zoom A2.1u Acoustic Effects Pedal, connected to a Fender Twin Reverb (1999 replica) amp. The sound is clean and clear. The NS32ce has a rich, deep sound. The Fishman pre-amp easily adds brightness when needed, but you don't play a nylon string if you want a bright sound. The deep tones are brilliant with no string buzz even when tuned down to Open C. The guitar came configured with "D'Addario Pro-ART Extra Hard Tension" nylon strings which are a very nice fit for this guitar. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: The Taylor was shipped to my dealer via UPS during the stinking hot, humid Alabama summer, and neither the UPS warehouse nor trucks are climate controlled. The dealer gave it a once-over but, being Brand New and having been shipped through less-than-wonderful conditions, the guitar took a few weeks of playing to break in and become stable. This was not unexpected. All other cosmetic, physical and mechanical aspects of the NS32ce were what you'd expect of a new Taylor guitar, the guitar had no flaws. // 9

Reliability & Durability: The Taylor NS32CE is solid Taylor quality. It is designed to outlast it's owner, that is, so long as the owner takes reasonable care of it. The hardware is solid. The finish is satin with a gloss top, no pick guard, but this is not the type of guitar one would strum a lot, or at least, I'm not a strummer so that is of no consequence. // 9

Overall Impression: I have been playing off and on for about 27 years. I have always favored the deep, rich tones of a nylon string guitar and enjoyed playing one when visiting guitar shops. I have played many models, Taylor and otherwise, that I couldn't afford. I decided on the Taylor NS32CE (the least expensive of the Taylor nylon string series) having never touched this particular model. Although I was uncomfortable with that decision, it turned out to be a good one. Taylor simply makes good guitars. In addition to my Taylor NS32CE, I also own a Taylor T5-S acoustic/electric, a Danelectro DC-12 12-stiring cutaway electric, an Ibanez Stratocaster, an Alvarez 6-string acoustic, a J.B. Player 6-string acoustic, and my oddest guitar, a Traveler Guitar Escape. // 10

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