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The 12-string Taylor GS6-12 Grand Symphony Acoustic is part of acoustic guitar lore, and a major part of Taylor history. Once you hear it, you won't forget the energetic sound of this maple GS acoustic guitar. Full, lush, and clear, with Taylor's signature 12-string playability, the GS6-12 is a guitar you'll want in your collection.
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Comments about Taylor GS6-12 12-String Grand Symphony Acoustic Guitar (2010 Model):
This guitar isn't quite as bright as the old (say 25 year old) Taylors, but it is still bright enough. I think that these newer designs, especially the GS, give the guitar's sound a little more depth and character. I had the chance to try a GS8-12 as well, and if you take one thing away from this review, take this: GET THE GS6-12! The GS8 had a much thicker bottom end (great on chicks-not guitars) and the middle strings weren't as forward in the sound. The whole point of a 12ver is to get that jangly G octave. The G, B, and E strings are so much clearer on the GS6-12. The GS8-12 has the typical overtones associated with rosewood. The GS6-12 is crystal clear, but not thin at all. It is a beautiful-sounding guitar and in my somewhat limited experience (I've played a lot of twelves, including Guilds, but never an old Guild), it is the best-sounding twelve string I have ever played.
It is what it is: a completely acoustic, non-cutaway, low frills twelve string.
As far as the wood goes, I would rate it as just pretty good. The backs on these things are actually three-piece, which looks really cool in a Martin D-35 sort of way, but that kind of gives them the excuse to skimp on the outer two pieces. The middle piece on mine is a very nice flame, and the outsides are bookmatched and have both flame and figuring. The sides are nicely figured but they aren't flame. Overall, the maple is nice but not breathtaking.
The top is ok, and somewhat interesting. The grain is tight and nice feathered throughout, but there's a light patch in the middle, right where it's bookmatched... not something one would expect to see in a $2000.00 guitar. It doesn't look bad, but I would have expected more.
$2000.00? Is it worth it? Hell yea. Expensive? Hell yea! I've played a lot of twelve strings, from the Martin D12-28 to the Seagull one to guitars that fall between those two price points. This guitar is by far the best sounding 12ver I have ever played.