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Taylor Builder's Edition 652ce V-Class 12-String Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar Wild Honey Burst

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V-Class bracing and ES2 electronics upgrade this 600 Series Builder's Edition.

Taylor's Builder's Edition 652ce brings the first 12-string to the collection. Andy Powers designed this fine instrument with electric players in mind. He chose the wood pairing of maple and torrefied spruce because the transparent, player-reflective properties are similar to an electric guitar. Beyond the premium contouring features — beveled armrest and cutaway, chamfered body edges — it’s reverse-strung like a 12-string electric guitar. In other words, the position of the fundamental and octave strings is swapped so the fundamental strings sit above the octave course. Tonally, this translates into a meatier sound in which the fundamental note is slightly more prominent, especially since players tend to be more powerful on a downstroke when they’re strumming chords. It’s a subtle difference, but it reduces a bit of the octave jangle and produces a cleaner sound.

For players who love to strum those classic Beatles, Byrds or Tom Petty tunes, the 652ce is a great option, and the amplified sound is stage-friendly. Appointments include mother-of-pearl "Scepter" fretboard/peghead inlays, a maple rosette with maple top and back purfling, Gotoh Gold tuners, Silent Satin finish with a Wild Honey Burst around the body and neck, and ES2 electronics. Ships in a deluxe hard shell case made by Taylor for optimal fit and protection.

Body Shape
Taylor's Grand Concert is slightly smaller that its Grand Auditorium and yields controlled overtones, so the sound won't occupy a lot of sonic space. This is often a key consideration when other instruments are in the mix, such as a performance or recording environment, and it allows the guitar to be heard more clearly. Its intimate size makes it lap/couch-friendly, and a great fit for players who find smaller instruments more physically comfortable. Taylor's 12-fret designs are appealing to many players who enjoy the guitars' compact playing framework, blending the lap-friendly Grand Concert body with the slightly condensed fret spacing of the 24-7/8-inch scale length and the shorter 12-fret neck orientation. This combination creates a slinky "handfeel" and easier fretting.

For a smaller body, it yields surprising tonal power, midrange warmth and vibrancy, thanks to the bridge's position near the center of the lower bout. The design is physically efficient, so it has strong projection that makes it sounds like a huge instrument. Taylor 12-fret guitars are not just great for fingerstyle and light playing; players who love strumming or digging in with a heavier attack also appreciate them for their tonal character. Pairing a 12-fret neck design with a cutaway body blends the unique response from the bridge sitting back a little farther on the lower bout with the accessibility to the upper register — you get to play the high notes.

Tone Wood 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. 600 Series guitars feature a special seasoning process for the spruce top called torrefaction, a method of roasting the wood to produce an aged tonal character with greater acoustic resonance and responsiveness.

Traditionally known for having a focused tone with a fast note decay that cuts through a mix, Taylor's maple (back and sides) guitars have been voiced to produce greater warmth, complexity, volume, sustain and responsiveness, while retaining maple’s naturally clear, linear qualities. The clarity of the high end is still there, but the bottom end has been extended. The result is a more multi-dimensional sound that gives players the kind of musical versatility of other classic tonewoods, making their maple models a compelling choice as a primary guitar, not just a stage guitar. Taylor's maple guitars are voiced to be very reflective of the player’s technique, so a player with a dynamic playing style or someone who likes to vary their picking attack will appreciate how easily those playing nuances come through in the tonal response.

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 acoustically 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.

V-Class Bracing
Taylor's V-Class bracing is a fundamental innovation in acoustic guitar design. It marks an important evolution beyond traditional X-bracing, introducing an entirely new platform for acoustic performance. It is essentially a "sonic engine" that optimizes the response of an acoustic guitar in three key ways: by boosting volume, sustain, and by largely resolving the intonation (in-tune-ness) issues that have long plagued acoustic guitars. V-Class bracing creates purer, more orderly notes that don't cancel each other out or sound "off". They have clearer, more consistent response, and the whole fretboard is brought into greater sonic alignment for a more musical playing/listening experience.

Guitars with V-Class bracing are easier to tune; the pitch sounds purer and more solid, and electronic tuners can more easily locate notes for quick, precise tuning. Other benefits: harmonics ring more uniformly down the neck, notes are louder with more projection and sustain, and notes are more consistent, i.e., upper register notes don't get choked out or swallowed. Fewer "sour" sonic qualities exist with chords; a more agreeable relationship is created between notes as they ripen, bloom and decay.

MPN: BE 652ce

Designed for electric players, with tones you'll love playing for years. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
Body
  • Body type: Taylor Grand Concert
  • Cutaway: Beveled Cutaway 
  • Top wood: Solid Torrified Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: Solid Figured Big Leaf Maple
  • Bracing pattern: Taylor V-Class Bracing with Relief Rout
  • Body finish: Silent Satin Finish with Wild Honey Burst around the body and neck
  • Orientation: Right-Handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Taylor Standard Profile
  • Nut width: 1-7/8" (44.625 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Genuine West African Ebony
  • Neck wood: Hard Rock Maple
  • Scale length: 24-7/8"
  • Number of frets: 18
  • 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, Active Bass and Treble
  • Feedback filter: Onboard Phase Switch
  • Tuner: None
Other
  • Headstock overlay: Genuine West African Ebony
  • Tuning machines: Gotoh 21:1 Antique Gold Tuners with Gold Buttons
  • Bridge: Genuine West African Ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Micarta Double-Compensated Saddle; Teflon-Infused Graphite Nut
  • Number of strings: 12
  • Special features: Beveled cutaway, beveled armrest, Curve Wing bridge with double-mounted string anchoring, reverse-strung setup, Gotoh tuners, Silent Satin finish
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hard Shell Case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: USA

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