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Taylor 600 Series 612ce Grand Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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For a while maple might have been a bit misrepresented in the acoustic world, developing a reputation for being too bright for some, and lacking the ...Read More
Innovations in voicing and delicate details make this Grand Concert irresistible.
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For a while maple might have been a bit misrepresented in the acoustic world, developing a reputation for being too bright for some, and lacking the richer character of other classic tonewoods. But historically, maple has actually been one of the classic tonewoods for other stringed instruments in the violin family. Taylor has revoiced its maple 600s to re-introduce its true voice to guitar players, and the results have been amazing. If you have preconceptions about maple, check them at the door, because these guitars deliver plenty of the warmth, depth, richness and sustain your ears crave in an acoustic guitar, without losing the clarity and transparency that allows maple to reflect the player and fit into a mix with other instruments.
Taylor's Grand Concert is slightly smaller that its Grand Auditorium and yields controlled overtones, so the sound won't occupy a lot of sonic space. This is often a key consideration when other instruments are in the mix, such as in a performance or recording environment, and it allows the guitar to be heard more clearly. The Grand Concert pairs well with both 14-fret and 12-fret neck-to-body construction, and offers an articulate voice with top-end chime. It's perfect for fingerstyle players and light strummers, though flatpickers are known to enjoy its tonal character too. Its intimate size makes it lap/couch-friendly, and a great fit for players who find smaller instruments more physically comfortable.
A guitar's top is the primary filter and distributor of vibrating string energy through the guitar, which means it has a huge impact on its sound. Sitka Spruce is the most prevalent guitar top wood of the modern era. It blends stiffness and elasticity in just the right proportions which translates into broad dynamic range with crisp articulation. 600 Series guitars feature a special seasoning process for the spruce top called torrefaction, a method of roasting the wood to produce an aged tonal character with greater acoustic resonance and responsiveness.
Traditionally known for having a focused tone with a fast note decay that cuts through a mix, Taylor's maple (back and sides) guitars have been voiced to produce greater warmth, complexity, volume, sustain and responsiveness, while retaining maple’s naturally clear, linear qualities. The clarity of the high end is still there, but the bottom end has been extended. The result is a more multi-dimensional sound that gives players the kind of musical versatility of other classic tonewoods, making our maple models a compelling choice as a primary guitar, not just a stage guitar. Taylor's maple guitars are voiced to be very reflective of the player’s technique, so a player with a dynamic playing style or someone who likes to vary their picking attack will appreciate how easily those playing nuances come through in the tonal response.
Expression System 2 Electronics
Taylor's ES2 is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. Because the pickup doesn't sit under the saddle, the bottom of the saddle comes in full contact with the bridge, allowing all the nuance of the guitar's tone to come through clearly whether playing acousticly or plugged-in. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before while playing plugged-in. Together with Taylor’s custom-designed “professional 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. The Taylor Expression System 2 operates through a proprietary 9-volt battery compartment and easy-to-use volume, and active bass and treble controls.
Premium features and appointments include: custom-calibrated wood thicknesses/bracing for each body shape, torrified top, hand-rubbed Brown Sugar stain (back and sides), protein glue (bracing and bridge), grained ivoroid purfling, ebony backstrap with grained ivoroid "wings" inlay, side braces, and a striped ebony pickguard.
The Taylor Difference
What sets Taylor Guitars apart? Unmatched build quality, the most stable and playable necks, a vast array of tonal options, eco-conscious and ethically-sourced raw materials, and a lifetime of service and support.
- Body type:Taylor Grand Concert
- Cutaway: Single
- Top wood:Solid Torrified Sitka Spruce
- Back & sides:Solid Maple
- Bracing pattern:600 Series Advanced Performance Sitka Grand Concert Bracing with Relief Rout
- Body finish:Gloss 3.5 with Hand-Rubbed Brown Sugar Stain
- Neck shape:Taylor Standard Profile
- Nut width:1.75 in. (44.5 mm)
- Fingerboard:Genuine African Ebony
- Neck wood:Solid Hard Rock Maple
- Scale length:24.8 in.
- Number of frets:20
- Neck finish:Satin
- Configuration:Behind-the-Saddle Transducer with Adjustable Sensors
- Preamp EQ: 2-band
- Feedback filter: Phase
- Headstock overlay:Genuine African Ebony
- Tuning machines:Taylor Nickel Tuners with Nickel Buttons
- Bridge:Genuine African Ebony
- Saddle & nut:Micarta "Wave" Saddle; Tusq Nut
- Number of strings:6
- Special features:Numerous; see "Other Features" above
- Case: Deluxe Hardshell Case
- Country of origin:United States
Enjoy the improved tone of this Taylor Grand Concert. Order today.
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Comments about Taylor 600 Series 612ce Grand Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
I've had my 612ce for a few days now and still get goosebumps when I play it. When I first took it out of the case I just looked at it, stunned, you just can't capture the beauty of one of these in a photo. Things like the ebony binding gradually changing from dark to darker to a bit lighter again. The pau rosette has every color you can think of and sparkles like diamonds, I could go on and on. Musically, I've never heard anything like it. You can make it sound sweet and warm playing softly with the pads of your fingers or you can try and overdrive it strumming with a pick and it just sounds GREAT. Warmth, unique tonal balance, astonishing sustain, bell like clarity, amazing volume and plenty of great sounding bass too! A beautiful bold bass with clarity and tone like I've never heard before. I've never heard a guitar with a sound anything like this one (I'm 53). I ordered my 612ce blind (after reading everything I could about it and listening to it on Youtube) without ever having seen or played one and I was rewarded beyond my dreams ( I have a Taylor 322e GC I think the world of too which helped me to buy the 612ce). I expect these guitars to be enormously popular and Taylor will probably have a backlog for them soon. The 612ce is worth every penny you will pay for it. One last thing, when you look inside the guitar you'll be amazed at the quality, cleanliness and revolutionary style of bracing. Taylor must be given credit for all the R&D they did to make this guitar the wonder that it is. Only Intelligent, passionate, music loving people can make a heavenly guitar like this. I'll never get rid of this guitar willingly. MJB