324ce Builder’s Edition Acoustic Guitar – Taylor


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Featuring a never-before-used tonewood and a host of player-focused design enhancements, the Builder’s Edition 324ce acoustic guitar represents Taylor’s ongoing marriage of innovative acoustic design with forward-thinking strategy toward a more sustainable future. The star here is Urban Ash™, a tonewood sourced from city trees that have been selected for removal from urban settings due to weather or disease damage, public safety concerns, disruptive root systems, and simply reaching the end of their life cycle.

Instead of allowing this beautiful, functional wood to end its life cycle in a landfill, we’ve reclaimed it for use in the backs and sides of this 324ce, offering a tonal response similar to high-tier mahogany: dry and woody, with a fundamental-strong response that produces clear notes largely free from ringing overtones. Paired with a mahogany top, this Grand Auditorium produces clear midrange presence and crisp highs over a rich low end that will satisfy strummers and fingerstyle players alike.

V-Class bracing offers its trademark blend of power and resonance, emphasizing this guitar’s robust midrange while producing a more in-tune, musical sound. In keeping with the Builder’s Edition philosophy, this 324ce features an array of enhancements designed to provide the ultimate playing experience, including chamfered body and fretboard edges, a beveled armrest and cutaway, and a Curve Wing bridge. Other appointments include Compass inlays in faux pearl and Italian acrylic, Gotoh 510 tuners with a super-precise 21:1 gear ratio, a Silent Satin finish with a dark edgeburst treatment for an ultra-clean, noise-free sound, and ES2 electronics. It ships in a deluxe Taylor hardshell case.

Note: Builder’s Edition guitars are currently not available in left-handed configurations.


Discover the features that make this guitar unique

Grand Auditorium


Taylor’s signature shape embodies the ultimate all-purpose acoustic.

Tropical Mahogany

Top Woods

The hardwood top produces strong fundamentals with clarity and focus.

Urban Ash

Body Woods

Sourced from city trees in need of removal, Urban Ash produces midrange power and balance comparable to Honduran mahogany.

Expression System® 2


The Expression System® 2 captures more of a guitar’s dynamic properties using a breakthrough behind-the-saddle design.

Beveled Cutaway


A smooth, double-contoured cutaway provides easy access to even the highest frets without changing hand positions.

V-Class Bracing


A revolutionary design that balances the flexibility and stability of the top, V-Class bracing produces unmatched sustain, volume, and intonation.


Scale Length: 25-1/2″
Nut & Saddle: Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
Bracing: V-Class
Pickguard: None
Number of Frets: 20
Tuners: Gotoh
Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
Brand of Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light
Body Length: 20″
Body Width: 16″

Body Depth: 4 5/8″

Binding/Edge Treatment: None
Top Finish: Silent Satin
Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
Backstrap Finish: None
Rosette Size: Single Ring
Bridge Inlay: None
Back/Side Finish: Silent Satin
Armrest Binding: Beveled, Neo-Tropical
Backstrap Wood: None
Rosette Mat.: Faux Pearl
Stain/Sunburst: Tobacco Kona Burst
Wedge: None
Armrest: yes
Neck Width: 1-3/4″
Fretboard Inlay: Compass, Italian Acrylic
Fretboard Binding/Edge Treatment: West African Crelicam Ebony
Heel Cap Binding: West African Crelicam Ebony
Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
Neck Finish: Satin

Heel Length: 3-1/4″

Peghead Finish: Satin
Peghead Binding: None
Peghead Type: Standard
Peghead Purfling: None
Headstock Overlay: West African Crelicam Ebony
Peghead Inlay: Compass, Italian Acrylic

Peghead Logo: Italian Acrylic

Buttons: Gold
Fingerboard Ext: None
Edge Trim: None
*Models are subject to change without notice


In Action

See the Builder’s Edition 324ce model in Action.



The Builder’s Edition 324ce is a brunette beauty decked out in various shades of brown, with a Tobacco Kona Burst on top. The whole instrument is dark and handsome, like a fine Cuban cigar transformed into a fine music-making machine.
The craftsmanship and factory setup are impeccable. How Taylor manages to make each and every instrument feel so consistently spot-on across its many designs is a modern mystery.
The 324ce’s playability is sheer pleasure and versatility. Fingerpicking comes as readily as plectrum strumming, and chords come together as willingly as notes in single strokes
…the Builder’s Edition 324ce was designed for working-class musicians in mind, and while it’s not inexpensive, it’s what I’d like to consider the base model of a luxury vehicle that will last a lifetime.
Whether you strum hard or pick softly, it tends to stay within that middle register, and its euphonious voice is so detailed that I sometimes found myself leaning over the soundhole to listen from different angles because I couldn’t believe an acoustic could sound so three-dimensional…
The Builder’s Edition 324ce is a seductively fetching acoustic, mostly because its strikingly dark tobacco kona burst finish, as well as all the sleek contours of its chamfered body and fretboard edges, and beveled armrest and cutaway, are flat-out captivating.
But you’re probably wondering what “Urban Ash” sounds like! Well, it’s reminiscent of good mahogany that radiates a crisp top end and a taut bass, but its sonic strength is that it dutifully serves up a warm, sweetened midrange with a clear, bell-like ring.
Dubbed ‘Urban Ash’ to draw attention to the idea of using reclaimed and salvaged city trees, and for its characteristic tonal properties as a future tonewood, Powers created the Taylor Guitars Builder’s Edition 324ce, an inspired eco-conscious model that sounds as beautiful as it looks.