The 2014 Fall Limited 712e-FLTD 12-Fret model matches Taylor's short-scale Grand Concert body with visually stunning blackheart sassafras back and sides and a Sitka spruce top. The sassafras imparts a... Click To Read More About This Product
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The 2014 Fall Limited 712e-FLTD 12-Fret model matches Taylor's short-scale Grand Concert body with visually stunning blackheart sassafras back and sides and a Sitka spruce top. The sassafras imparts a blend of low-end warmth, mahoganys woodiness, and rosewoods top-end sparkle, yielding a voice with impressive overall focus and projection. In addition to the 12-fret design, the guitar also features Taylor's Advanced Performance bracing, borrowed from their 800 Series. As a result of both, players can expect a slightly bolder, meatier quality to the sound, which can handle fingerstyle, picking and strumming with ease. Elegant aesthetic touches include rosewood binding, rosewood top edge trim, an abalone rosette outlined in rosewood, mother-of-pearl Heritage Diamond fretboard inlays, and a pickguard-free top. The guitar includes Taylor's Expression System 2 acoustic electronics and ships in a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.
Blackheart sassafras is an exotically beautiful variation on the more common sassafras tree thats native to Tasmania. The œblackheart distinction refers to dark, dramatic striping in the otherwise blond-colored wood, which is caused by fungi that form in the heartwood of the tree. Its tonal properties give it a truly unique sonic personality compared to other tonewoods. It blends some of the dry, woody response of walnut or mahogany; the note separation and focus of maple or myrtle; and the top-end overtones of rosewood.
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 GCs compact size and tapered waist kept the overtones in check. It was also more comfortable to play while sitting down, and the guitars slightly wider neck gave players more room for complex fingerings. The GCs 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 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.
Expression 2 Electronics
The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylors ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylors 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 Taylors 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.