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Taylor 800 Series 856ce Grand Symphony 12-String Cutaway Acoustic Electric Guitar

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Taylor's 856ce Grand Symphony Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar delivers a remarkably balanced sound with a shimmering upper register and strong botto...Click To Read More About This Product

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This Grand Symphony 12-string has tone that rings out with balance and complexity.

Taylor's 856ce Grand Symphony Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar delivers a remarkably balanced sound with a shimmering upper register and strong bottom. The Sitka spruce paired with a rosewood body gives you that thrilling open Taylor sound that impresses whether its unplugged or amplified. The 856ce sports 800 Series fingerboard inlays, an abalone rosette and meticulously applied maple binding. With the acclaimed Taylor Expression System this is a guitar built to impress in every way.While the 856ce has some resemblance to the Grand Auditorium line, Taylor Grand Symphony guitars employ modified body geometry that yields a deeper, rounder bass. A broader lower bout and expanded higher waist produces rich sustain and a sonorous lower register .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, 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 set flat for an uncolored, exceptionally clean amplified sound.The finish used to create the Taylor 856ce guitar's lustrous gloss top, back, and sides was developed at Taylor for maximum durability and resistance to cold-checking. This ultraviolet-cured finish is also more environmentally friendly than traditional lacquer finishes.

  • Type/Shape: 12-String GS
  • Back & Sides: Indian rosewood
  • Top: Western Sitka spruce
  • Soundhole Rosette: Abalone
  • Neck: Tropical American mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Fretboard Inlay: Pearl 800 Series
  • Headstock overlay: Indian rosewood
  • Binding: Maple
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Gold-plated Taylor Tuners
  • Strings: Elixir® Light Gauge Strings with NANOWEB® Coating
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2"
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Neck Width at Nut: 1-7/8"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Bracing: Standard II (Forward Shifted Pattern With Relief Rout)
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Color Options: Natural with Tobacco Edgeburst
  • Sunburst options: Tobacco (top only)
  • Cutaway: Venetian
  • Electronics: Taylor Expression System„¢
  • Left-Handed: Available; No Charge
  • Body Width: 16-1/4"
  • Body Depth: 4-5/8"
  • Body Length: 20"
  • Overall Length: 41"
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell

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By PaulVanJohnson

from Texas

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I've never owned a 12 string before but when I started shopping for one I knew I wanted a full sound with plenty of low end. I wasn't looking for a de-tuned, Leo Kottke growl (though I love Kottke's sound and playing) but wanted something like the sound of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord". I played a variety of guitars including the Martins, Guilds, a Breedlove, several Taylor 355 and 655 jumbos but they weren't quite what I was looking for. I couldn't find an 855 or 856 locally to try so I called Taylor in California and based on my description they recommended the 856. I was convinced that I wanted a jumbo but I had played an 816 and it certainly had plenty of low end. My next dilemma was ordering an 855 (or possibly 856). I called the Private Reserve line at Musicians Friend and a real person picked up the phone. His name was Scott and I explained what I was looking for to him. He gave me the same advice - the Taylor 856. He convinced me that it had the full sound I was looking for with the combination of Rosewood and the Grand Symphony body style. He snapped a bunch of photos of the actual 856s they had in stock, emailed them to me and played each guitar to find the best sounding instrument. He told me I could send it back if I wasn't happy with it so I took a chance and ordered the 856 that Scott recommended. When it arrived - it was packed so well that it could have survived a nuclear blast. I took it out, tuned it up and there it was - the exact sound and feel I was looking for! The GS body style is much more comfortable to play than a jumbo but it easily has as much bass and low-midrange as a jumbo. And the tone of the rosewood was the perfect compliment to the 12 sting jangle. The tone and volume are simply amazing - just like the sound of "My Sweet Lord". Very full and rich without losing the crisp jangle. In this price range you can buy just about any 12 string you want. You could actually save money and buy a Guild F512 or a Martin D12-28. Both are great guitars which sound fantastic. But the comfortable GS body, the very comfortable neck, the superb rosewood and the amazing tuning stability make the 856 well worth the extra cost. And the sound is nothing short of amazing! And if you are concerned about ordering a premium guitar without playing it first - call the guys at Private Reserve. They're extremely helpful and a pleasure to work with.

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By William McCracken

from Maryland

I am speechless about this guitar, but I have to say something about this one. I have been playing for over 20 years and play both electric and acoustic. When I play acoustic, I mostly play 12 string. Although I have owned a Taylor 614 ce for many years, when I play acoustic it has been mostly my old Ibanez 12 string. I have been wanting to get a Taylor 12 string for some years now, but have been funding mostly my electrics.

When I got this guitar, it was tuned down for safe shipping. I tuned it up about three weeks ago and have been playing it alot since then and it has yet to go out of tune. Scott from Private Reserve picked this one out for me over the phone and it is just the most beautiful sounding acoustic I have ever played and I have played many over the years.

The clarity in each note is miraculous. Each string comes through perfectly with piano like resonance. The mids and lows are huge and the unwound strings come through without overpowering the wond strings like some 12 strings tend to do. If you can afford this model of Taylor, you will be very glad you made the investment. I am getting inspiration for writing new material everytime I pick up this guitar. It is that good. There is a quality about the tone that I just cannot describe. I am hearing things in this guitar that I never thought a guitar could produce. Amazing.
Sikita Spruce top. Indian Rosewood sides and back. Ebony fretboard. Maple binding. Taylor expression system electronics.
Guitar arrived in perfect condition. Just tuned it up and played right out of the case. This is my second Taylor and they are always perfect right out of the box.
This guitar is expensive, no doubt, but worth it. The craftsmanship is superb.

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