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Taylor 150e Spruce/Sapele Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar  Natural 

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For years, Taylor's sleek, ultraplayable necks have helped define a great 12-string experience. The 12-string Dreadnought 150e fits that signature pl...Read More

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Pairs popular Dreadnought body shape with layered sapele back and sides, solid Sitka spruce top, and high-quality integrated electronics.

For years, Taylor's sleek, ultraplayable necks have helped define a great 12-string experience. The 12-string Dreadnought 150e fits that signature playability and tonal clarity into an affordable package, making a quality 12-string more accessible to budget-minded players looking to broaden their musical palette. The Dreadnought body's strong low-end response balances well with the crisp octave shimmer, producing a tone that's lush and articulate, with lots of dynamic range. Features include layered sapele back and sides, a solid Sitka spruce top, 1-7/8" neck, matte-finish body, black binding and pickguard, and Taylor's Expression System acoustic electronics.

Dreadnought
The most traditional of guitar shapes, Bob Taylor has evolved the Taylor Dreadnought over time to honor its enduring sonic heritage yet also refine the look and sound into a more modern package. The Taylor Dreadnought still boasts that powerful dreadnought tone that old school pickers expect, with deep lows and crisp highs, but with a voice that, like every Taylor, is more evenly balanced across the entire tonal spectrum. Perhaps more than any other shape, the Dreadnought remains linked with roots music like bluegrass and folk, in part because of its traditional role in defining those sounds. Pickers and strummers with an aggressive attack will love the Dreadnought's blend of power and articulation, which allows for clear lead lines and crisp, driving rhythms.

12-String Bracing
Twelve-strings generally employ heavier braces than 6-strings in order to handle the increased tension of twice the number of strings, and to prevent the top from being overdriven. Taylor 12-strings have thicker tops, thicker pin plates, and heavier, non-scalloped bracing, to support the top and adequately amplify the tone of the guitar. The one exception to this rule is the Leo Kottke Signature Model 12-string (LKSM), which has scalloped bracing designed to work with fat, heavy-gauge, low-tuned strings, to give the guitar its characteristic, "throaty-piano" tone.

Expression System
Natural Sound Made Simple
People love the clear, full acoustic tone of their Taylors. Why should it be any different when they plug in? That's why Taylor spent several years developing the onboard acoustic pickup and preamp. Taylor's groundbreaking Expression System (ES) was designed to naturally amplify the warm acoustic sound of the guitar.

The ES is an all-magnetic acoustic guitar pickup system that works like a microphone to produce a pure signal and a warm, natural acoustic sound. When you plug in, you'll hear the sound of the guitar, not the sound of the pickup. No complicated controls. No tone simulators. Just a clean amplified acoustic guitar sound supported by three simple controls - volume, bass and treble.

Breakthrough Technology
Nothing sounds as true and musical as a microphone. With that as a starting point, Taylor's David Hosler led the team responsible for the Expression System's breakthrough technology. Utilizing a unique Dynamic Body Sensor mounted to the soundboard, a Dynamic String Sensor embedded beneath the fretboard, and a discrete preamp, the advanced ES technology is unlike any other guitar pickup system.

Integrated Design

The ES was designed in-house, alongside Taylor's acoustic guitars, which allowed them to build the ES seamlessly into the design of the guitar, for an integrated pickup system unlike any other. From the design and location of the body and string sensors to the voicing of the preamp, the ES is fully optimized for the Taylor sound. The elegant design, including the non-intrusive control knobs, also preserves the aesthetic of a Taylor guitar.

Includes gig bag.

FEATURES
  • Number of Strings: 12
  • Back/Side Wood: Layered Sapele
  • Scale length: 25-1/2"
  • Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Body Length: 20"
  • Electronics: Expression System
  • Body Width: 16"
  • Cutaway: None
  • Body Depth: 4-5/8"
  • Nut and Saddle: Tusq
  • Neck Width: 1-7/8"
  • Neck/Heel: Sapele
  • Bracing: 100 Series 12 String Bracing
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony
  • Fretboard Inlay: 6mm Dots
  • Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Binding: Black
  • Bridge Inlay: None
  • Bridge Pins: Black
  • Tuners: Die-Cast Chrome Mini
  • Truss Rod Cover: Black Plastic
  • Back/Side Finish: Varnish
  • Top Finish: Varnish
  • Neck Finish: Varnish
  • Pickguard: Black
  • Case: Gig Bag
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Armrest Binding: None
  • Back Config: Laminate
  • Backstrap Wood: None
  • Backstrap Finish: None
  • Brand of Strings: Elixir 80/20 Lights
  • Buttons: Chrome
  • Edge Trim: None
  • Fingerboard Ext: None
  • Fretboard Binding: None
  • Heel Cap Binding: Black
  • Heel length: 3-1/2"
  • Peghead Finish: Varnish
  • Peghead Inlay: None
  • Peghead Binding: None
  • Peghead Logo: Taylor Colorcore
  • Peghead Type: Standard
  • Rosette Mat.: Plastic
  • Rosette Size: Three Ring
  • Stain/Sunburst: None
  • Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
  • Wedge: None

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Taylor150e Spruce/Sapele Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (9)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stays in tune (7)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good audio (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Don't wring your hands over this one. Just buy it!

I've played guitar since I was 12. Have done some session work along the way but really don't consider myself a "professional" musician.
I enjoy playing as a...Read complete review

I've played guitar since I was 12. Have done some session work along the way but really don't consider myself a "professional" musician.
I enjoy playing as a "release" and just love music in general.

This guitar came as a result of replacing an old 12 stringer that I had since the later 70's. The old one was buzzing like mad the tuners were shot and the body was compromised from loaning it out to a friend. I hung onto it all these years thinking I'd get it repaired and recently realized that I liked the Taylor 214ce-N that I purchased from Musician's Friend a couple of months ago enough that I should look into what Taylor could do for me in the way of a 12 string guitar.
I couldn't be more pleased!
The fit and finish is great. Once I tuned it up and started playing it, I was immediately surprised by the volume level it can produce acoustically, it's playability and tonality.
I'm not really inclined to use these guitars with an amplifier... I just don't do that anymore so that wasn't the point.
If you're looking for a nice guitar that's not a couple of, if not more, grand... jump on this one. It doesn't matter that it comes from Taylor's plant in Mexico, it has to be built to Taylor's specifications. THAT'S the bottom line!
Color me WAY happy!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Hate to be that guy...

Alright, here it goes. Got this guitar yesterday and it is already in the mail headed back to their warehouse. Guitar came in great shape, I was pumped! I've played this guitar...Read complete review

Alright, here it goes. Got this guitar yesterday and it is already in the mail headed back to their warehouse. Guitar came in great shape, I was pumped! I've played this guitar before so I knew what I was getting for sure. The problem was the action was SO high on it, it was barely playable. I was about to take it to the shop to get adjusted (honestly, that's not a big deal to me) but I decided to plug it in quick to make sure the ES works. It didn't..... I plugged in every guitar I own and changed cables, batteries, etc....it didn't work. This is more of Taylor's fault than musician's friend, but that is why I gave it 2 stars. If I get the new one back and the pickup works/lower action, I will be grinning ear to ear. Until then, a frustrated customer.

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2.0

Hate to be that guy...

By 

from Lancaster

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Beautiful guitar
  • Playability
  • Price
  • Sound

Cons

  • High Action
  • Pickups Malfunction
  • Poor Construction

Best Uses

    Comments about Taylor 150e Spruce/Sapele Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Alright, here it goes. Got this guitar yesterday and it is already in the mail headed back to their warehouse. Guitar came in great shape, I was pumped! I've played this guitar before so I knew what I was getting for sure. The problem was the action was SO high on it, it was barely playable. I was about to take it to the shop to get adjusted (honestly, that's not a big deal to me) but I decided to plug it in quick to make sure the ES works. It didn't..... I plugged in every guitar I own and changed cables, batteries, etc....it didn't work. This is more of Taylor's fault than musician's friend, but that is why I gave it 2 stars. If I get the new one back and the pickup works/lower action, I will be grinning ear to ear. Until then, a frustrated customer.

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Taylor knows 12-strings

    By 

    from San Antonio, TX

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Great Setup On Delivery
    • Rich Sound
    • Sounds Great Plugged In
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Taylor 150e Spruce/Sapele Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Getting back into playing after decades away and have always loved a 12-string guitar. Jim/Roger McGuinn set the bar back in the day w The Byrds and the sound has never gotten tired.

        Say what one will about lam sides and back, blah blah, blah. Say what one wil about Taylor - usually it's along the line of "Too bright!". No prob, we all have opinions and this is mine: if you are in the market for a 12-string, please don't cheat yourself out of at least a few spins around the block with the guitar.

        This is truly a great 12-string for the money. No, it is not an Ric with lots of compression and a skilled player behind it nor does it pretend to be. It does sing, though, snd I love the song.

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Don't wring your hands over this one. Just buy it!

        By 

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Already Set Up
        • Easy to play
        • Great Tonality
        • Stays In Tune
        • Surprising Volume

        Cons

        • I Got Nothin'

        Best Uses

        • Enjoying
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Taylor 150e Spruce/Sapele Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I've played guitar since I was 12. Have done some session work along the way but really don't consider myself a "professional" musician.
        I enjoy playing as a "release" and just love music in general.

        This guitar came as a result of replacing an old 12 stringer that I had since the later 70's. The old one was buzzing like mad the tuners were shot and the body was compromised from loaning it out to a friend. I hung onto it all these years thinking I'd get it repaired and recently realized that I liked the Taylor 214ce-N that I purchased from Musician's Friend a couple of months ago enough that I should look into what Taylor could do for me in the way of a 12 string guitar.
        I couldn't be more pleased!
        The fit and finish is great. Once I tuned it up and started playing it, I was immediately surprised by the volume level it can produce acoustically, it's playability and tonality.
        I'm not really inclined to use these guitars with an amplifier... I just don't do that anymore so that wasn't the point.
        If you're looking for a nice guitar that's not a couple of, if not more, grand... jump on this one. It doesn't matter that it comes from Taylor's plant in Mexico, it has to be built to Taylor's specifications. THAT'S the bottom line!
        Color me WAY happy!

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My First 12 string guitar

        By 

        from Farmville, Va.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Taylor 150e Spruce/Sapele Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          My first Taylor guitar, as well as my first 12 string. i spent a lot of time researching online, looking and listening to reviews of lots of acoustic 12 strings. Taylor 150E consistently came out on top in terms of bang for the buck, quality, sound, playability. Never saw a bad review on this guitar.
          Best price was Musician"s Friend, as usual! Ordering was a cinch, the guitar arrived perfectly boxed and protected in just a couple days. It came with a real nice Taylor gig bag. It tuned up easily, and the first strum was like angels from heaven! Thanks Musician's Friend for your consistently high level of customer service, competitive pricing and overall great buying experience. Tough to beat a great guitar and a great retailer.
          I play standards, blues, rock and a little bluegrass. I own Gibson, G&L, Heritage, Huss and Dalton, Avalon and Short Mountain guitars.
          To sum up, BUY THIS TAYLOR 150E!

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sounds like heaven!

          By 

          from Atlanta GA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Taylor 150e Spruce/Sapele Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Sweeeeet! This is my second taylor and it sounds great. Don't let the price fool you. You will not be disappointed.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Wow!

          By 

          from Hilo, Hawai'i

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Taylor 150e Spruce/Sapele Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                Best 12 string I've owned for the price. Great sound plugged or unplugged. Easy to play. Totally amazed in every way.

                Comment on this review

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Taylor quality at a low price

                By 

                from Salisbury, NC

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Consistent Taylor Quality
                • Good Feel
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                • NONE

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Taylor 150e Spruce/Sapele Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                Taylor is one of the few brands you can buy without going to a retail store for a test drive. This is my 7th Taylor and it is built as well as all the others in spite of the fact that it cost 1/3 of the others. You can't go wrong, especially at this price. The only thing that would make this better is if it came with talent for the new owner.

                Comment on this review

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Taylor 150E 12 String

                By 

                from Northern California

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • School Bands
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Taylor 150e Spruce/Sapele Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  I wanted a new 12 string guitar and the Taylor 150E was the perfect guitar. The fit, finish and intonation are typical Taylor. Perfect... It plays like butter right out of the box. The set-up was spot on. The intonation is perfect all the way up the neck. Play an E chord in the first position and its loud and clear. Play the same chord at the 12th fret and the same thing. Pitch perect.

                  This guitar is the best deal going regarding the 12 string guitar. Again, Tay;or perfect.

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Well made 12 stringguitar made in Mexico

                  By 

                  from DFW area, Texas

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • Taylor Quality Clean

                  Cons

                  • Not Usa Made

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Taylor 150e Spruce/Sapele Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    I bought this because Guitar player in the October 2014 edition had a two page article and stated 3 times it was made in USA. I have been trying to make sure all my guitars are made in USA with the exception of my Takamines which is Japan where the main company is. I returned the guitar which MF was very good about.

                    Comment on this review

                    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A Budget 12-String That Rocks!

                    By 

                    from Phoenix, AZ

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Build
                    • Expression System
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Inexpensive
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Stays In Tune

                    Cons

                    • NONE

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Taylor 150e Spruce/Sapele Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    Whoa! After 30 years of waiting for a quality acoustic/electric 12-string in the three-digit price range, I jumped at this one. The acoustic tone and feel are superb. It easily takes heavy strumming while staying in tune. And the Expression System is amazing! Through an amp, PA, or recording system, the electronics reproduce the acoustic sound almost flawlessly. It's the best I've ever heard. Now, if Taylor can do the same thing with a 6-string, I would buy in a minute!

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