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Taylor 2014 Fall Limited 512ce-FLTD Grand Concert 12-Fret Venetian Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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Taylor's 12-fret 512ce--FLTD Grand Concert blends the intimate feel of a small body and short-scale neck with a slightly meatier sound than Taylor's ...Click To Read More About This Product
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Taylor's 12-fret 512ce--FLTD Grand Concert blends the intimate feel of a small body and short-scale neck with a slightly meatier sound than Taylor's 14-fret Grand Concerts (due in part to the shifted bridge location on the top). Together with blackwood/spruce wood pairing, you can expect a guitar thats great for both fingerstyle and more dynamic picking and strumming, flavored by blackwoods koa-meets-rosewood tone profile, which blends midrange warmth and clarity with treble sparkle. Visually, the slotted headstock, shaded edgeburst treatment, and ivoroid appointments suggest a vintage personality, while Taylors Expression System 2 pickup delivers superb amplified tone.
Tasmanian blackwood is an acacia wood species thats a close cousin of Hawaiian koa. Though it might not match koas cachet in terms of exotic beauty, its tonal range is similar, and visually it often exhibits some of koas same character traits. Blackwood also is sourced from forests that are responsibly managed, making it a sustainable wood for guitar making. Blackwood takes koas basic tonal profile (a blend of mahoganys meaty midrange and maples brightness) and adds a splash of rosewoods overtone bloom.
The small-body Grand Concert debuted in 1984 to meet the needs of a new wave of adventurous acoustic fingerstyle players. In contrast to the traditionally darker, boomier voices of bigger body styles like dreadnoughts and jumbos, the GCs compact size and tapered waist kept the overtones in check. It was also more comfortable to play while sitting down, and the guitars slightly wider neck gave players more room for complex fingerings. The GCs smaller sonic footprint also fit cleanly in a mix with other instruments when tracking in the studio and with a band on stage, making it a useful tool for professional session and side players. Taylor's current generation of GC models continues to accommodate fingerstylists with finger-friendly traits like a shorter 24-7/8" scale length, which makes fretting easier and adds a slightly slinkier feel on the strings due to the lighter string tension. If you feel more comfortable with a small body or favor controlled overtones, a Grand Concert is a great option.
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.
Expression 2 Electronics
The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylors ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylors proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. Together with Taylors custom-designed œprofessional audio-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar.
Body shape: Grand Concert/OO
Cutaway: Single cutaway
Top: Sitka Spruce
Back & sides: Blackwood
Bracing pattern: 12-fret bracing
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Nut width: 1.75" (44.45mm)
Wood: Tropical mahogany
Scale length: 24.875"
Number of frets: 18
Configuration: Behind the saddle pickup
Preamp EQ: 2-band
Notch filter: No
Tuning machines: Slot head
Saddle & nut: Micarta/Tusq
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Limited edtion
Case: Hardshell case
Accessories: Warranty card, adjustment tools
Country of origin: United States
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Comments about Taylor 2014 Fall Limited 512ce-FLTD Grand Concert 12-Fret Venetian Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
I played this guitar next to several guitars and to my ear, it had the best sound for my playing style which is light to moderate strumming as well as some finger style. I wasn't even in the market for another guitar, but when I heard and played it, I was instantly drawn to it. The 12-fret models really have a great "woody sound" with the Taylor articulation that I love. I was really shocked at how nice the bass response on this guitar was as well. I played it next to the following instruments which are some of my favorites:
Taylor 514ce 2002 Model (My guitar that I love)
Taylor 816ce Spring LTD Cocobolo (My buddies)
Taylor 812ce 12-Fret 2014 Model
This is what I found when I played this guitar next to the instruments above. I would say that this guitar sounds somewhere between the 816ce LTD and the 812ce 12-fret, with the midrange tone of my 514ce. In regard to the 512ce 12-Fret FLTD vs the 812ce 12-Fret, I found that the mid-range was more open on the 512ce, while still retaining a lot of bass response. The 812ce has more of a "Thick" Rosewood Low End, but both have a nice open 12-Fret sound with plenty of low end. My 514ce has a more balanced sound with less bass response, but I would say the midrange in these instruments are very similar. The 512ce FLTD just has a more open sound. The low end of this guitar is very similar to my buddies 816ce Cocobolo. The 816ce is a little tighter in the bass, but to my ear has a lot of the same type of tonal quality in the low end. The only similarities to this and the HD28 are maybe in the "woodiness" of the instrument and darkness in the upper register. Though the 512ce 12-Fret FLTD is a little dark in the upper register, it still retains plenty of articulation and string clarity. I also feel that this guitar has a lot of natural compression happening which adds to the warmth of the instrument. You can really hear the air moving within the guitar. This guitar definitely doesn't have the "Martin" sound, it just has a very mature sound in comparison to a lot of Taylors I have heard and played. My 514ce has taken a while to open up, and this guitar already sounds like more of an aged guitar. The guitar sounds really alive as well, like you can hear the windings in the strings without it sounding too bright. I will say though, I prefer the way my 514ce sounds fingerpicked. Maybe because I fingerpick with the pads of my fingers and my 514 is a little brighter, so that makes up for my darker fingerpicking style.
I really like the string tension and playability of the short scale on this guitar as well. It is very comfortable to play around the house or with a strap on the stage. With the neck inset more in the body, it just feels a bit more intimate when I am writing songs, or just picking it around the house. This guitar isn't a cannon, but it does put out a lot of sound. If you closed your eyes and heard it, you would expect to see a much bigger guitar. The sunburst finish is also very nicely done and the Tasmanian Blackwood grain with the sunburst finish looks like a mix between Rosewood and Mahogany with a bit of figuring like Koa when held up to the light. I also took off the pick guard and it has a very clean look to it.
This guitar sounds like a guitar much more expensive, and while simply appointed visually, the sunburst finish really makes it standout. I hope this review helps you if you're on the fence about whether this is the right acoustic for your playing style. If you are looking for a smaller guitar with an open yet articulate sound, you won't be disappointed with this guitar.