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Taylor 800 Series 812ce 12-Fret Grand Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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The essence of the Taylor playing experience lives within the rosewood/spruce 800 Series. With the debut of its comprehensive redesign in 2014, maste...Click To Read More About This Product
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A redesign for 2014 makes this great-sounding Grand Concert even better.
The essence of the Taylor playing experience lives within the rosewood/spruce 800 Series. With the debut of its comprehensive redesign in 2014, master guitar designer Andy Powers took what was already Taylor’s flagship guitar series and deployed an array of voicing enhancements, ranging from customized bracing and wood thicknesses for each body style to the use of protein glues and ultra-thin finish, to bring out another level of musicality. Together, these refinements deliver much more than the sum of their parts. For everyone from pros to hobbyists, they make the playing experience more expressive, inspiring and fun.
The 812ce 12-Fret comes with a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.
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. Taylor’s compact Grand Concert 12-fret guitars deliver a uniquely inspiring playing experience. The shorter 12-fret neck and 24.87 in. scale length create a slinky handfeel that makes fretting and bending strings easier, and the different bridge placement articulates the top in a way that produces a remarkably powerful voice for a small body. Under the hood, Taylor’s Performance bracing is optimized for each particular model, and on this all-mahogany 12-fret, players can expect more warmth, power and responsiveness than ever.
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. Solid Indian rosewood back and sides complement the Sitka top with sound that's made it one of the most popular tone woods ever. Rosewood produces the strongest bass response among the tone woods commonly used for guitars, with a slightly scooped midrange. Rosewood's sweeping frequency range - deep lows that assert a throaty growl with sparkling highs - rings out with bell-like, high-fidelity clarity. It yields a full-range acoustic voice with complex overtones and extended sustain.
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.
Custom-calibrated wood thicknesses and bracing for each body shape, 3.5 mil finish thickness, protein glue (bracing and bridge), rosewood pickguard, rosewood top trim, single ring abalone rosette edged with rosewood, pearl "Element" fingerboard inlay, maple binding (non-figured).
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 12-Fret
Cutaway: Single cutaway
Top wood: Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & sides: Solid Indian Rosewood
Bracing pattern: 800 Series Advanced Performance Grand Concert Bracing with Relief Rout
Body finish: Gloss 3.5 Top, Back and Sides
Neck shape: Taylor Standard Profile
Nut width: 1.75 in. (44.5 mm)
Fingerboard: Genuine African Ebony
Neck wood: Tropical Mahogany
Scale length: 24.87 in.
Number of frets: 18
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: See "Other Features" above
Case: Taylor Deluxe Hard Shell Case
Country of origin: United States
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Number of Strings: 6
Scale length: 24-7/8"
Body Length: 19-1/2"
Body Width: 15"
Body Depth: 4-3/8"
Neck Width: 1-3/4"
Bracing: CV Bracing with Relief Rout
Fretboard Inlay: 800 Series
Binding: Curly Maple
Bridge Pins: Ebony with Abalone Dots
Truss Rod Cover: Indian Rosewood
Top Finish: Gloss
Number of Frets: 20
Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
Backstrap Finish: None
Fingerboard Ext: None
Heel Cap Binding: Curly Maple
Peghead Finish: Satin
Peghead Binding: Curly Maple
Peghead Type: Standard
Rosette Size: Single Ring
Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
Back/Side Wood: Indian Rosewood
Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
Electronics: Expression System
Nut & Saddle: Tusq
Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
Fretboard Wood: Ebony
Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
Bridge Inlay: None
Tuners: Taylor Gold
Back/Side Finish: Gloss
Neck Finish: Satin
Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
Armrest Binding: None
Backstrap Wood: None
Brand of Strings: Elixir Light
Edge Trim: None
Fretboard Binding: Curly Maple
Heel length: 3-1/2"
Peghead Inlay: None
Peghead Logo: Taylor Mother of Pearl
Rosette Mat. : Abalone
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Comments about Taylor 800 Series 812ce 12-Fret Grand Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
The sound and neck are very good. Can't justify the cost yet! The electronics in the guitar provide very pleasing amplification of the accoustic sound.
The revisions made to the 2015 812CE are definitely an improvement.
- 12 Fret Neck
- Crisp, bell-like trebles
- Fun To Play
- Good Feel
- Rich Sound
- Warm, full base
- Well balanced
- Well Balanced Sound
- Small Venues
Comments about Taylor 800 Series 812ce 12-Fret Grand Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
This guitar was bought to replace a 1994 Taylor 812C which is also a great instrument. There were several reasons for the switch. 1) The 1994 is a 14 fret model with a 25.5" scale length while this guitar has a 12 fret neck with a 24.75" scale length. As a person with very small hands, the increased comfort and playability are substantial. 2) The 1994 has no electronics 3) The new 800 series bracing pattern (since 2015) and different 12 fret bridge position give this guitar a very warm and balanced sound. I bought (and returned) a new Taylor 712 which, by comparison, sounded thin with a weak bass. Check out a video from Gryphon Stringed Instruments which compares this guitar to a Taylor 512C and a comparable Martin and Santa Cruz. The difference in sound is striking This guitar blows them all away.. I own a number of acoustic guitars and this one is ,without doubt, the most versatile.