Working musicians are bound to love the upgrades to Taylor' popular ovangkol/spruce 400 Series, which has become a go-to option for gigging players. ...Click To Read More About This Product
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Working musicians are bound to love the upgrades to Taylor' popular ovangkol/spruce 400 Series, which has become a go-to option for gigging players. The 456ce-SLTD comes with premium enhancements such as a full-gloss body, which highlights ovangkol' rich variegation, and Taylor' Expression System 2 pickup, which delivers great amplified tone and plug-and-play simplicity in any performance setting. All feature a Venetian cutaway, come with a 2014 Spring Limited label, and ship in a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.
The Grand Symphony shape joined the line in 2006 and delivers a rich, powerful acoustic voice. Think of it as a Grand Auditorium with a turbo boost, thanks to expanded physical dimensions, including a slightly wider waist and a bigger lower bout. Strummers and pickers with a driving attack will love the fullness, volume and sustain. Yet for such a robust voice, the GS is also clear and responsive to fast picking runs or a light fingerstyle touch, so if you'e a dynamic player, this shape is a true contender. And the big voice doesn™t come at the expense of balance. The piano-like bass, meaty midrange, and thick, shimmering highs blend seamlessly. These traits also make the GS a great vehicle for 12-strings. If you like a lush, potent guitar tone that has the horsepower to compete with other acoustic cannons out there, the GS shape is a worthy choice.
Over a decade ago, Taylor introduced the guitar world to a sustainable tonewood known as ovangkol. An African relative of rosewood, it's a great sounding wood that shares many of rosewood's tonal properties with a slightly fuller midrange and a top end that's not quite as bright as maple. Being lesser known than rosewood, ovangkol has been a sleeper hit over the years, asserting itself as an instant contender among unsuspecting players who test-drive a variety of Taylor models, such as this special limited edition. It's ideal for players who perhaps don't have predefined tonal preferences, who may be generalists in their style of play, and who are looking for a well-rounded, all-purpose solid wood guitar.
The Venetian cutaway is known for its soft, round lines. The sloping peak of the cutaway will vary depending on the shape of the guitar. On the Grand Symphony, it creates a steeper slope.
Expression System 2
The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor' ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor' proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup (patent pending), 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' custom-designed œprofessional 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.
Shape: Grand Symphony
Number of Strings: 12
Back/Side Wood: Ovangkol
Scale length: 25-1/2"
Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
Body Length: 20"
Electronics: Expression System 2
Body Width: 16-1/4"
Body Depth: 4-5/8"
Nut and Saddle: Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
Neck Width: 1-7/8"
Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
Bracing: Forward Shifted Pattern with Relief Rout
Fretboard Wood: Ebony
Fretboard Inlay: 4mm Abalone Dots
Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
Bridge Inlay: None
Bridge Pins: Ebony with Abalone Dots
Tuners: Taylor Gold
Truss Rod Cover: Indian Rosewood
Back/Side Finish: Gloss
Top Finish: Gloss
Neck Finish: Satin
Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
Number of Frets: 20
Armrest Binding: None
Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
Backstrap Wood: None
Backstrap Finish: None
Brand of Strings: Elixir 80/20 Lights
Edge Trim: None
Fingerboard Ext: None
Fretboard Binding: White
Heel Cap Binding: White
Heel length: 3-1/2"
Peghead Finish: Gloss
Peghead Inlay: None
Peghead Binding: None
Peghead Logo: Taylor Mother of Pearl
Peghead Type: Standard
Rosette Mat.: Plastic
Rosette Size: Three Ring
Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
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