Taylor AD17 American Dream - Natural Top
6-string Acoustic Guitar with Spruce Top, Ovangkol Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, and Eucalyptus Fingerboard
This Grand Pacific model is the first of our round-shoulder dreadnoughts to feature back and sides of solid ovangkol, an African tonewood that shares rosewood’s warmth and brilliance with additional presence in the midrange. Topped with solid spruce, the AD17 serves up a blend of sparkle and clean low-end power, enhanced by V-Class bracing for greater volume, longer sustain, and a more in-tune sound.
That seasoned, vintage-hued tone is reflected in this model’s strikingly classic look, with a natural top and a deep Urban Sienna color treatment for the ovangkol back and sides. Minimally decorated but finely crafted, the AD17 also features chamfered body edges, stained spruce edge trim, a three-ring rosette in Hawaiian koa, and a faux tortoiseshell pickguard. The 2.0 mil-thick matte body finish minimizes damping for unfettered resonance. It ships in a Taylor AeroCase.
- Grand Pacific Shapes
This round-shoulder dreadnought delivers a new flavor of warm, rich Taylor tone.
- Sitka Spruce Top Woods
The soundboard choice for most guitars, Sitka spruce produces a broad dynamic range and accommodates a versatile range of playing styles.
- Ovangkol Body Woods
Although not as well-known as its Indian rosewood cousin, ovangkol shares many of the same properties, making it a versatile, great-sounding tonewood.
- V-Class Bracing Bracing
A revolutionary design that balances the flexibility and stability of the top, V-Class bracing produces unmatched sustain, volume, and intonation.
A New Chapter in Taylor Value and Performance
With the American Dream series of US-built acoustic guitars, Bob Taylor and Andy Powers have opened a new chapter in Taylor value and performance. Never before has it been this affordable to own an American-made Taylor guitar with class-leading features. The Grand Pacific AD17 slope-shoulder dreadnought is built from solid Taylor tonewoods (spruce, ovangkol, and mahogany), each with minor cosmetic imperfections to honor the mature sound and workhorse aesthetic these early guitars are known for. Taylor's V-Class Bracing gives the AD17 impressive sustain and a clean, pure tone that stands up to even the scrutiny of the studio. All in all, the American Dream Taylor AD17 is a professional instrument that comes in at a price that will ensure you're not afraid to take it on the road.
Taylor's American-made legacy
In 1974, a young Bob Taylor cut his teeth building custom acoustics out of San Diego's American Dream guitar factory. The American Dream series pays tribute to this time in Taylor's history with its working-class, American-made pro instruments, built with the same values and American spirit that have driven the Taylor name for the past 45+ years.
Woods with character
Have you ever owned a guitar that was too pretty to play out? With the American Dream AD17, you can lay your fears to rest. The woods on this guitar are chosen specifically for their sonic properties and minor cosmetic imperfections. The result is a great-sounding, well-priced guitar that you can haul from session to session without any compunction. An included Taylor AeroCase delivers rugged protection around town without adding much carry weight to the equation.
Spruce, ovangkol, and mahogany
The Taylor American Dream AD17 features a solid spruce top (Lutz or Sitka) on back and sides made from solid ovangkol. Ovangkol is a rosewood relative that hails from the tropics of West Africa. It shares many sonic similarities with rosewood but delivers a punchier, more articulate midrange and a little less sparkle in the upper partials. Paired with the spruce top — a Taylor standard — and great-playing mahogany neck, it's a recipe for rich tone and unmistakable Taylor playability.
Grand Pacific dreadnought design
The AD17's slope-shoulder Grand Pacific design is inspired by the Laurel Canyon acoustic scene that Andy grew up with in the Southern Californian '60s and '70s. Its smooth top end and full, balanced bass go naturally with the human voice. The enlarged lower bout supplies a good platform for recording and acoustic gigging of any kind. It's the evolution of the traditional dreadnought sound. And paired with Taylor's V-Class Bracing, the Grand Pacific is better than ever.
Taylor's V-Class Bracing proves that a guitar top can be stiff and flexible at the same time. Stiffness parallel to the strings enhances rigidity for greater sustain. While flexibility on the sides generates the air movement necessary for that robust dreadnought projection. It's the best of all worlds — tone and resonance, output and sustain. V-Class Bracing also reduces harmonic distortion between the strings and top for chords that sound more in-tune. This premium feature is normally reserved for the cream of Taylor's guitar crop. But incredibly, it comes as a standard feature on your American Dream AD17.
- A pro guitar with character
- Proudly built in the USA
- Woods chosen for their mature sound and workhorse aesthetic
- Grand Pacific slope-shoulder dreadnought body honors the Southern California '60s music scene
- Solid spruce top — a longstanding acoustic guitar standard
Solid ovangkol back & sides — sonic properties similar to rosewood
- Easy-playing mahogany neck and eucalyptus fingerboard supply sought-after Taylor playability
- V-Class Bracing increases output, enhances sustain, and reduces harmonic distortion for a more in-tune sound