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Taylor 455-CE 12-String Jumbo Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Upping the ante with a sleek Venetian cutaway and the Expression System pickup, the 455CE performs well onstage, in studio, or at home. The quick, ar...Click To Read More About This Product

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A jumbo 12-string that is balanced and resonant.

Upping the ante with a sleek Venetian cutaway and the Expression System pickup, the 455CE performs well onstage, in studio, or at home. The quick, articulate response of Sitka spruce is combined with the warmth and sparkle of ovangkol, giving this 12 string an expressive and pleasing tone.

The Jumbo delivers the extra-deep resonance and volume that come with a larger sound chamber together with its own signature subtleties. With a huge presence, the Jumbo is perfectly suited for aggressive strumming.

The finish used to create this guitar's textured satin back and sides and lustrous gloss top was developed at Taylor for maximum durability and resistance to cold-checking. This ultraviolet-cured finish is also more environmentally friendly than traditional lacquer

Designed to faithfully reproduce your guitar's native tone, the Expression System utilizes patented Dynamic Sensors to capture top and string vibration like never before. Created in partnership with renowned audio pioneer Mr. Rupert Neve, the Taylor ES is seamlessly integrated into the design of the guitar from the ground up. Onboard tone controls provide added flavor, or can be set flat for an uncolored, exceptionally clean amplified sound.

12 string
Jumbo body
Venetian cutaway
Taylor Expression System electronics
Ovangkol back and sides
Sitka spruce top
Tropical American mahogany neck
Ebony fretboard
Large pearl dot fretboard inlays
Indian rosewood headstock overlay
Wood fiber soundhole rosette
White fiber binding
Ebony bridge
Tusq nut and saddle
Chromeplated Taylor tuners
25-1/2" scale
Adjustable truss rod
1-7/8" wide at nut
20 frets
Scalloped X-bracing
Satin finish with gloss top
Elixir Light Gauge Strings with NANOWEB coating

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By Elvis817

from Oklahoma City

In searching for a 12 last year I found an entry level Taylor in a large shop & found myself comparing it to everything they had. Nothing came close to the tone quality, or the feel. I kept coming back to the Taylor. I use Elixir nanoweb light gauge & it sounds great & I believe it's easier to play than my J-200. And what a sound. Good move...Good buy.

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Great Ax

By Dean Richards

from lafayette, CA

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I traded my Rickenbacker 330 12 for this 2002 455ce. I have many guitar's so I don't need this one, but after mr friend and I lowered the action, it came alive! Wow! played through a PA or a fender acoustic amp. it was fantastic.I think I'll keep this bird. I play in smaller clubs and can use it's full tone,to fill the club.


I use in my concerts

By giosycervo

from Ravenna, Italy

Always I use my 455ce in concert. "She" is a great guitar. I play it since 2007....

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By NOYB(None of Your Business)

from I Live In A Van Down By The River

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In case of fire, throw it in. What a poor excuse of a 12 string. I played this piece of garbage and it couldn't hold a candle to my 1984 Martin D-12-28. I felt like I was attacking this guitar instead of playing it as the sound was like totally dead. Taylor you have a long way to go to compete with a Martin or a Guild. Time to go back to the drawing board as far as I am concerned. I rest my case.

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Amazing guitar

By engptune

from Chicago

Amazing guitar! My first 12 string. Sound is great.


Taylor 455CE-12 a Real Pleasure

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I had stopped playing for around 20 years as life became very busy with kids and family. Started playing again around three years ago and went back to where I had left off and purchased an old friend the Guild-12... Did not know of and had never even heard of Taylor. Was quite content once again with my Guild until one day I was shown a Taylor 455CE-12 which I fell in love with and purchased, it has since replaced the Guild. In time I matched it with a Fender Acoustasonic and have not looked back. Would never have thought I would give up my Guild 12 but what can you say... life moves on and change is inevitable... and how I do love my Taylor.


A Coveted Axe

By Seewo

from Jacksonville, Fl.

I have had my 455ce for about a year and a half now. Primarily playing in our church praise and worship group. I've played Gipson, Fender, Martin and others, but nothing beats the sound, quality and playability than my 455ce. When I can afford to upgrade my 6 string, I hope to go to an 814ce. They are awesome!!

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