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Taylor 2014 500 Series 512ce Grand Concert 12-Fret Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Singer-songwriters are often drawn to the 500 Series because mahogany yields its inspiring tone easily, with a breathy midrange and a wonderful balance of warmth, clarity and complexity. The Taylor 50... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Singer-songwriters are often drawn to the 500 Series because mahogany yields its inspiring tone easily, with a breathy midrange and a wonderful balance of warmth, clarity and complexity. The Taylor 500 Series 512ce Grand Concert 12-Fret Acoustic-Electric Guitar Medium Brown Stain model sports a beautiful cedar top. The refined appointment package features a laser-engraved Deco Diamond inlay scheme, faux tortoise shell binding, and a dark body stain that honors mahogany's enduring heritage. Includes Taylor deluxe hard shell case.

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 in a performance or recording environment, and it allows the guitar to be heard more clearly.

The Grand Concert pairs well with both 14-fret and 12-fret neck-to-body construction, and offers an articulate voice with top-end chime. It's perfect for fingerstyle players and light strummers, though flatpickers are known to enjoy its tonal character too. Its intimate size makes it lap/couch-friendly, and a great fit for players who find smaller instruments more physically comfortable.

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. Western Red Cedar is less dense than spruce and as a result produces a warm, played-in sound. It's midrange bloom adds a nice complexity to the guitar's tone, and it responds best to a lighter picking/strumming attack.

Tropical mahogany is known for a meaty midrange featuring a strong fundamental without adding a lot of ringing overtones. It responds well to players with a strong attack who like dry, earthy, lo-fi sounds. It has a natural compression that smooths out strumming and picking technique. Mahogany's clear and direct tonal character makes it a great option for playing and standing out among other instruments.

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, bass and treble controls.

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

Body
  • Body type: Taylor 12-Fret Grand Concert
  • Cutaway: Yes - Venetian
  • Top wood: Solid Western Red Cedar
  • Back & sides: Solid Tropical Mahogany
  • Bracing pattern: Taylor Performance Bracing (Forward Shift with Relief Rout)
  • Body finish: Gloss 6.0
  • Orientation: Right-Handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Taylor Standard Profile
  • Nut width: 1-3/4" (44.5mm)
  • Fingerboard: Genuine African Ebony
  • Neck wood: Tropical Mahogany
  • 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, Bass, Treble
  • Feedback filter: Onboard Phase Switch
  • Tuner: None
Other
  • Headstock overlay: Genuine African Ebony
  • Tuning machines: Taylor Slot Head with Synthetic Ivory Buttons
  • Bridge: Genuine African Ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Micarta "Wave" Saddle; Tusq Nut
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Special features: Faux-Tortoise-Bound Sound Hole
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hard Shell Case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: USA
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Taylor2014 500 Series 512ce Grand Concert 12-Fret Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
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5.0

Great sounding Taylor guitar

By Taylor Player

from Toledo, Oregon

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Relaxed comfortable playing.
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Picking
    • Recording

    Comments about Taylor 2014 500 Series 512ce Grand Concert 12-Fret Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This is a great comfortable grand concert. The shorter neck makes it easy and playable. A+++

     
    5.0

    Another great Taylor guitar.

    By Taylor Player

    from Toledo, Oregon

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording

      Comments about Taylor 2014 500 Series 512ce Grand Concert 12-Fret Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This is a wonderful guitar. Small but a great sounding grand concert guitar. Very comfortable and relaxed feel.

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