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Taylor 400 Series 458ce Grand Symphony 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar 1110057007

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Though they've been a staple of the Taylor line for years, Taylor's ovangkol 400 Series guitars, which includes this 458ce Grand Symphony 12-String A...Click To Read More About This Product

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Voluminous body shape takes advantage of the fullness and complexity of tonewood pairing.

Though they've been a staple of the Taylor line for years, Taylor's ovangkol 400 Series guitars, which includes this 458ce Grand Symphony 12-String Acoustic-Electric, continue to be discovered and embraced by players, thanks in part to a compelling full-range tone profile that's comparable to rosewood. Ovangkol's natural tonal breadth and dynamic range fit many different playing applications and body styles. An all-gloss body adds a burnished complexion that ties ovangkol's toasted golden color tones together with the buttery Sitka Spruce top. The 400 Series 458ce Grand Symphony ships in a deluxe hardshell case made by Taylor for optimal fit and protection.

Body Shape
The Grand Orchestra is Taylor’s biggest, deepest body shape and delivers the richest, most complex voice. It's incredibly balanced for a big-bodied acoustic guitar. Specially braced to respond to a light touch, the Grand Orchestra is a good fit for players who want the richest, most powerful acoustic voice, for players who like a voluptuous, Jumbo-size guitar, and for solo performers looking for an expansive palette of sonic colors and textures.

Tonewood Pairing
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 ovangkol back and sides complement the top with a sound that's comparable to rosewood. Ovangkol is an African relative of rosewood that shares a wide tonal spectrum from lows to highs, but with a slightly fuller midrange and a bright treble that resembles koa.

Electronics
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.

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.


FEATURES
  • All-solid wood construction - Sitka spruce top, ovangkol body
  • Taylor's Expression System 2 electronics
  • Slim neck profile plus Taylor neck system provides precise and low action
  • Comes in a deluxe hardshell case
  • Made in the USA

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SPECIFICATIONS
Body
  • Body type: Grand Symphony
  • Cutaway: Florentine
  • Top wood: Solid Sitka spruce
  • Back and sides: Solid Ovangkol
  • Bracing pattern: Taylor Performance (Standard III with relief rout)
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Taylor Standard Profile
  • Nut width: 1.75 in. (44.45 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Genuine West African ebony
  • Neck wood: Tropical mahogany
  • Scale length: 25.5 in.
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Satin
Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand: Taylor
  • Configuration: Behind-the-saddle transducer with Adjustable Sensors
  • Preamp EQ: 2-band
  • Feedback filter: Phase
  • Tuner: No
Other
  • Headstock overlay: Genuine African ebony
  • Tuning machines: Taylor nickel with nickel buttons
  • Bridge: Genuine African ebony
  • Saddle and nut: Micarta "Wave"/Tusq
  • Number of strings: 12
  • Special features: None
  • Case: Deluxe hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States
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5.0

beautiful sound and workmanship

By Peter

from Baltimore, MD

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Taylor 400 Series 458ce Grand Symphony 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I have a 458e Rosewood, and it sounds amazing. I've played other 12 string guitars, but this model is the easiest to play and produces a beautiful, broad sound.

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