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Fast-playing neck, and quality tonewoods and electronics make this a 12-sting you'll love to play for ages.
An easy-playing neck and a guitar that stays in tune are especially appealing traits among 12-string players, and the rosewood/spruce 12-string 756e is a shining example. The Grand Symphony body yields the right blend of depth, balance and clarity, and rosewood's rich bass and sparkling treble make for a wonderfully articulate 12-string that feels wonderfully alive in the player's hands. A warm Vintage Sunburst top and neck channel an old-school vibe, while the creamy ivoroid binding, rosette, and Heritage Diamonds fretboard inlay pattern supply a crisp aesthetic counterpoint. Taylor's proprietary Expression System 2 acoustic electronics harness all that acoustic richness to produce a superb amplified sound.
The Grand Symphony shape joined the Taylor line in 2006 and delivers a rich, powerful acoustic voice. Think of it as a Grand Auditorium with a turbo boost, thanks to expanded physical dimensions, including a slightly wider waist and a bigger lower bout. Strummers and pickers with a driving attack will love the fullness, volume and sustain. Yet for such a robust voice, the GS is also clear and responsive to fast picking runs or a light fingerstyle touch, so if you're a dynamic player, this shape is a true contender. And the big voice doesn't come at the expense of balance. The piano-like bass, meaty midrange, and thick, shimmering highs blend seamlessly. These traits also make the GS a great vehicle for 12-Strings. If you like a lush, potent guitar tone that has the horsepower to compete with other acoustic cannons out there, the GS shape is a worthy choice.
The 756e features one of the most popular and traditional guitar woods of all time, rosewood, which takes the basic sonic thumbprint of mahogany (which has a strong midrange) and expands it in both directions. Rosewood sounds deeper in the low end and brighter on the top end (one might describe the treble notes as zesty, sparkly or sizzly, with more articulation). If you look at its frequency range visually, rosewood would appear to be more scooped in the middle, yielding less midrange bloom than mahogany. Like mahogany, rosewood's vintage heritage has helped firmly establish its acoustic legacy. It's a great sound in part because we know that sound. In some music circles in which preserving the traditional sound helps bring a sense of authenticity to the music - certain strains of Americana, for example - rosewood has an iconic status. Also like mahogany, rosewood is a versatile tonewood, which has contributed to its popularity. One can fingerpick it, strum it and flatpick it. It's very consistent, so players can usually rely on it to deliver.
If you like a guitar with fuller low end and brighter treble (bluegrassers, for instance), rosewood will do the trick. Its high-end sizzle and clear articulation will benefit players with "dark hands".
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 System 2
The Taylor Expression System 2 (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 proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup (patent pending), 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 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.
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Comments about Taylor 756e Grand Symphony 12-String ES2 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
First, a little about me. I've been playing guitar for more than 40 years and have come to appreciate really good acoustics. This is my 4th 12-string and this guitar is simply amazing.
The 7 series Taylors have always been favorites of mine, they're a great combination of solid tonewoods and tasteful ornamentation. The combination of Indian Rosewood and Spruce on a GS body gives this guitar a beautifully balanced sound with plenty of bottom. Some 12-strings are overly jangly, this one isn't. It is full, rich, sweet and balanced. When you drop the bottom E strings down to a D it absolutely rocks!
My playing style bounces back and forth from flatpick strumming to thumbpick and fingernails and finding a 12-string that works for fingerstyle playing can be difficult. Taylor did a great job with picking a fretboard radius and course spacing that makes the 756 a natural for both styles.
I haven't had a lot of opportunity to put the ES2 electronics to work, but I plugged it directly into my Fender Acoustasonic Junior and was very happy with the sound. The ability to contour the bass and treble signals while the mids stay constant makes it pretty easy to dial in the sound you're looking for, punchy to cut through a full band mix or rich and full for solo playing.
If the guitar has a drawback it's the 25.5 inch scale length, it's not for the faint of heart. That being said, when it's set up properly it plays like a dream!
Overall, I am absolutely thrilled with this guitar and can't wait to get it out in front of an audience.