Taylor 500 Series

Taylor 500 Series acoustic guitars tips the hat towards the more fingerpicking guitarist and the Taylor 500 Series are lovingly constructed using high-grade tonewoods offering a clear acoustic character

Often referred to as the ultimate fingerpicking guitars, the Taylor 500 Series are lovingly constructed using high-grade tonewoods that offer a crystal-clear acoustic character.


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Every instrument in the 500 series features a back and sides crafted using the elite tonewood Tropical Mahogany. That's just one of the things that makes the Taylor 500 Series noteworthy.

Available in three contrasting tonewood tops and three various body styles, this gives you plenty of choice when selecting your perfect Taylor Guitar. Whatever you choose to play, there's one to fit your music obsession.


Tropical Mahogany tonewood boasts a prominent and thorough midrange. With rich sustain and detailed tones, each Taylor 500 Series guitar features a Solid Tropical Mahogany back and sides that gives the Taylor 500 series its distinctive flavour.

With their delicate sonic pitching, these acoustics lean towards the fingerpicking guitar player.

The 500 Series is available with three distinctive tonewood tops - Western Red Cedar, Tropical Mahogany and Sitka Spruce.

Western Red Cedar and Tropical Mahogany feature on the standard 500 Series Acoustics, whereas the Sitka Spruce comes on the Builder's Edition 500 Series.


Both of these tonewoods offer fully-projected tone profiles across the 500 series range.

The Western Cedar delivers a wonderful midrange voice, great for the fingerstyle player with a delicate draw. You can see it here on the Taylor 514ce Acoustic Guitar.

The Tropical Mahogany, which matches the back and sides, delivers a more focused midrange with natural compression. The Taylor 522e features a Solid Tropical Mahogany Top and Grand Concert Guitar shape.

The delicate richness of each tonewood sings through each guitar, whether you're playing at home, in the studio or on stage.


Arriving in two main body shape styles - Grand Auditorium and Grand Concert - the 500 Series also features a Grand Pacific model, courtesy of the spectacular Builder's Edition. Builder's Edition Taylors are the cream of the crop, with some unique features and gorgeous aesthetic touches.

All unique, all designed to to fit each guitarist individually.

An expressive body shape, the Grand Auditorium lands somewhere between a Dreadnought and Grand Concert in terms of its size. The 500 Series expresses a full-bodied bass with an articulate midrange, not to mention those sweet crisp highs.

Arriving in 1984, the Grand Concert shaped body also features on the Taylor 500 series. This body style features a smaller body and shorter scale than the Grand Auditorium.

Being a more compact guitar than the Grand Auditorium. The Grand Concerts tone is fantastically suited to the player who prefers to fingerpick. With a naturally balanced sound, it highlights more of the mids and highs.

Crisp and clean.


The V-Class bracing aids volume right across the guitar with a longer sustain. For the performing Taylor player, it also features an Expression System 2 Pickup. This pickup lets the Taylor 500 Series natural tone shine through.

With an easy feel and solid neck, you'll have no trouble chording and picking single notes out on the fingerboard.

If you require further reading, this Taylor Guitar Guide will give you 10 reasons why a Taylor Acoustic should be your next guitar.


All the PMT Staff have solid information on the finer details of each Taylor Series of guitars.

Drop-in to your local PMT store and play one of these fine guitars where our staff will be able to assist you and help you decide which one to take home.

You can discover which Taylor suits you the best by using this Taylor Guitars Comparison and Buying Guide.