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Taylor 812 12-Fret Rosewood/Spruce Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar
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The Taylor 812 12-Fret Rosewood/Spruce Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar is part of their flagship series and traces back to Bob Taylor’s first rosewood ...Read More
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The Taylor 812 12-Fret Rosewood/Spruce Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar is part of their flagship series and traces back to Bob Taylor’s first rosewood guitars, which helped establish a modern acoustic guitar sound. Contemporary appointments include curly maple binding and a pearl fretboard inlay, which together add a splash of refined style.
Grand Concert (GC)
Body Length: 19-1/2" / Body Width: 15" / Body Depth: 4-3/8"
A smaller bodied guitar ideally suited for fingerstyle.
The small-body Grand Concert debuted in 1984 to meet the needs of a new wave of adventurous acoustic fingerstyle players. In contrast to the traditionally darker, boomier voices of bigger body styles like dreadnoughts and jumbos, the GC’s compact size and tapered waist kept the overtones in check. It was also more comfortable to play while sitting down, and the guitar’s slightly wider neck gave players more room for complex fingerings. The GC’s smaller sonic footprint also fit cleanly in a mix with other instruments when tracking in the studio and with a band on stage, making it a useful tool for professional session and side players. The current generation of GC models continues to accommodate fingerstylists with finger-friendly traits like a shorter 24-7/8" scale length which makes fretting easier and adds a slightly slinkier feel on the strings due to the lighter string tension. If you feel more comfortable with a small body or favor controlled overtones, a Grand Concert is a great option.
Origin: East India
One of the most popular and traditional guitar woods of all time, rosewood 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.
A deluxe guitar with intricate inlays, binding and superb craftsmanship all around.
- Grand Concert body
- 12-fret-to-body design and bracing
- Sitka spruce top
- Indian rosewood back & sides
- Ebony fingerboard
- Curly maple binding
- Pearl fretboard inlay
- Includes Taylor hardshell case
812 12-Fret Rosewood/Spruce Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar
- Shape: Grand Concert
- Number of Strings: 6
- Back/Side Wood: Indian Rosewood
- Scale length: 24-7/8"
- Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
- Body Length: 19-1/2"
- Body Width: 15"
- Body Depth: 4-3/8"
- Nut & Saddle:Tusq
- Neck Width: 1-3/4"
- Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
- Bracing: 12-Fret Bracing
- Fretboard Wood: Ebony
- Fretboard Inlay: 800 Series
- Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
- Binding: Curly Maple
- Bridge Pins: Ebony with Abalone Dots
- Tuners: Taylor Gold
- Truss Rod Cover: Indian Rosewood
- Back/Side Finish: Gloss
- Top Finish: Gloss
- Neck Finish: Satin
- Pickguard: Tortoise
- Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
- Number of Frets: 18
- Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
- Brand of Strings: Elixir Light
- Buttons: Gold
- Filler (Body): Clear
- Filler (Neck): Clear
- Fretboard Binding: Curly Maple
- Heel Cap Binding: Curly Maple
- Heel length: 3-1/4"
- Purfling Material: Fiber
- Peghead Finish: Satin
- Peghead Binding: Curly Maple
- Peghead Logo: Taylor Mother of Pearl
- Peghead Type: Slot Head
- Rosette Mat.: Abalone
- Rosette Size: Single Ring
- Type of Neck Joint: Scarf