Quilted sapele is an extremely rare find, so when Taylor’s sapele supplier recently discovered stunning figure in a tree that had been harvested, members of our wood purchasing team flew across the country to personally sort through every slab. The wood was later flatsawn to showcase the dramatic figure, which also added flex to the normally stiff wood. Tonally, this translates into a little more low-end power and warmth. The sapele was paired with a top of AA-grade European spruce, which blends the horsepower of Adirondack spruce with a splash of cedar’s warmth.
The design aesthetic for these limiteds aimed to bring out the best of the figured sapele, so the back and sides were treated with the same light stain used on our mahogany 500 Series, which serves to visually amplify the depth of figure. The appointment scheme also incorporates the sapele from the same tree, paired with ivoroid. The rosette features a sapele ring edged with ivoroid, ivoroid binding with sapele edge trim, and diamond “Solitaire” fretboard inlays that feature sapele outlined with ivoroid.