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Taylor 356ce Grand Symphony Cutaway 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The Taylor 356ceES2 Grand Symphony 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar shares the richness of the 300 Series solid-wood acoustic experience. Sapele ha...Click To Read More About This Product

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A dynamic 12-string guitar made of sapele and solid Sitka spruce with Taylor Expression System 2 electronics.

The Taylor 356ceES2 Grand Symphony 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar shares the richness of the 300 Series solid-wood acoustic experience. Sapele has mahogany's lively tonal response and, together with a gloss-finish Sitka spruce top, rings out with a brightness and clarity that give these guitars a definitive Taylor voice. Black binding flanks sapele's ribbon-like grain, with large pearl fretboard dots adding a traditional touch.

Grand Symphony (GS)
The Grand Symphony shape joined the line in 2006 and delivers Taylor's boldest, richest 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're 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.

Sapele
An alternative tonewood that joined the Taylor fold over a decade ago. It's sometimes mistakenly referred to as African mahogany because it closely resembles the West African wood khaya, which is commercially known as African mahogany. Sapele is a highly sustainable, relatively fast-growing wood. Tonally, it does everything that mahogany does, with a little extra treble zing. Taylor will be able to offer it for a long, long time.

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 (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'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.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body type: Taylor Grand Symphony
  • Cutaway: Yes - Venetian
  • Top wood: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: Solid Sapele
  • Bracing pattern: Taylor Standard II Forward Shifted Pattern with Relief Rout
  • Body finish: Gloss 6.0 Top, Satin 5.0 Back and Sides
  • Orientation: Right-Handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Standard Taylor Profile
  • Nut width: 1-3/4" (44.5mm)
  • Fingerboard: Genuine African Ebony
  • Neck wood: Tropical Mahogany
  • Scale length: 25-1/2"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Satin
Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Expression System 2 "professional audio"-grade
  • Brand: Taylor
  • Configuration: Behind-the-Saddle Transducer with Adjustable Sensors
  • Preamp EQ: Volume, Bass, Treble
  • Feedback filter: Onboard Phase Switch
  • Tuner: None
Other
  • Headstock overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Tuning machines: Taylor Nickel Tuners with Nickel Buttons
  • Bridge: Genuine African Ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Micarta "Wave" Saddle; Tusq Nut
  • Number of strings: 12
  • Special features: Taylor New Technology ("NT") Neck System
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hard Shell Case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: USA

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Taylor356ce Grand Symphony Cutaway 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
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4.0

Good, reliable 12-string at the right price

By David

from Somerville

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Comments about Taylor 356ce Grand Symphony Cutaway 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Beautiful-sounding 12-string and seems very reliable. I tune down a whole step and it handles it fine, and stays in tune. I tuned down initially to make it easier to play and reduce hand fatigue, but I sort of like having it that way for the deep sound, as well as for bringing the vocal keys down a step. Using a capo is problematic, which I believe that it's a problem with 12-string guitars generally, and not this one in particular. I've tried several of the 12-string capos and they all put the guitar out of tune more than happens on the 6-string, so, for now, I've resorted to just using it open or with the capo in one place for a set, because I don't want to make people have to sit through my tuning up a 12-string. It could be that a pro setup would help, and I haven't done that yet. By the way, the case that it comes with is also quite beautiful.

 
5.0

A Beautiful Guitar!

By Pastor Tom

from Pittsfield, Maine

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      Comments about Taylor 356ce Grand Symphony Cutaway 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      What a beautiful sounding guitar. Great instrument. I switch with my 6 string Taylor. I'm very happy with the purchase.

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