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Taylor PS12e Grand Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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Taylor's Presentation Series guitars occupy a class all their own. Constructed out of the finest sets of cocobolo Taylor has procured, the entire ser...Click To Read More About This Product
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Gorgeous combo of cocobolo and Sitka in a smaller-bodied acoustic-electric with beautiful paua trim, rosette and one-of-a-kind fretboard inlay.
Taylor's Presentation Series guitars occupy a class all their own. Constructed out of the finest sets of cocobolo Taylor has procured, the entire series, including the PS12e, are paired with premium Sitka spruce tops. A contoured ebony armrest blends style and more playing comfort. Other high-end details of the PS12e include colorful paua edging, a cocobolo backstrap, and an elaborate Nouveau vine fretboard inlay complemented by elegant headstock torch and bridge inlays. Offered with Gotoh Gold tuners and a bone nut and saddle.
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. Taylor's current generation of GC models, like the PS12e 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.
Cocobolo is a dense, stiff tropical hardwood with a fairly bright tone. Sonically, it's similar to koa, but resonates a little deeper on the low end, although it doesn't have quite the full low end of rosewood or ovangkol. Fast and responsive, with moderate note decay, it's articulate with lots of note distinction. It really pairs well with what the body shape is doing, blending the low end and midrange of the body with the wood's brightness. It goes well with a wide range of playing styles and is ideal for players who want a brighter rosewood sound with a little less low end and a little more treble zing.
Expression System 2
The Taylor Expression System 2 (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 proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. 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.
Taylor CV Bracing with Relief Rout
The PS12e incorporates the relief rout and additional refinements, including subtle contouring differences in the scalloping. In general, guitars with CV bracing sound fuller and fatter without giving up articulation. They are also slightly louder. Taylor's patented relief rout is a tone-enhancing voicing technique in which a groove is carved along the inside edges of the top. This groove is similar in function to the re-curve on a violin - it "loosens up" the edges of the top, generating extra flexibility without sacrificing structural integrity. The result is increased bass and volume with a balanced tone.
Number of Strings: 6
Back/Side Wood: Cocobolo
Scale length: 24-7/8"
Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
Body Length: 19-1/2"
Electronics: Expression System 2
Body Width: 15"
Body Depth: 4-3/8"
Nut and Saddle: Bone
Neck Width: 1-3/4"
Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
Bracing: CV Bracing with Relief Rout
Fretboard Wood: Ebony
Fretboard Inlay: Nouveau
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Binding: Ebony Bridge
Bridge Pins: Ebony with Abalone Dots
Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
Back/Side Finish: Gloss
Top Finish: Gloss
Neck Finish: Satin
Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
Number of Frets: 20
Armrest Binding: Ebony
Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
Backstrap Wood: Same as Body
Backstrap Finish: Gloss
Brand of Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze HD Light
Edge Trim: Paua
Fingerboard Ext: Paua
Fretboard Binding: Ebony
Heel Cap Binding: Ebony
Heel length: 3-1/4"
Peghead Finish: Gloss
Peghead Inlay: Nouveau
Peghead Binding: Ebony
Peghead Logo: Taylor Mother of Pearl
Peghead Type: Standard
Rosette Mat.: Paua
Rosette Size: Single Ring 900 Series Bound
Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
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