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Taylor 500 Series 552ce Grand Concert 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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Taylor's revitalized 500 Series mahogany guitars are brimming with appealing refinements, starting with new bracing that boosts the volume, low-end richness and projection, while also making the guita... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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Overview

Taylor's revitalized 500 Series mahogany guitars are brimming with appealing refinements, starting with new bracing that boosts the volume, low-end richness and projection, while also making the guitars more responsive. Western Red Cedar tops respond with warmth and richness. Refined aesthetic appointments add to the elegant charm of these models. All 500 Series instruments ship 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 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 acousticly 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.

Other Features
Building remarkable 12-strings is part of Taylor's heritage. Their ease-of-play, their neck stability, their intonation and their overall tone has made them the most popular 12-strings on the market. Taylor's slim neck profile and New Technology ("NT") neck system allow precise and low action, resulting in the most comfortable "handfeel" possible in a 12-string guitar. The 500 Series 12-fret designs may be the most comfortable, playable Taylor 12-string to date.

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: 1-7/8" (47.6mm)
  • 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 Nickel Tuners with Nickel Buttons
  • Bridge: Genuine African Ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Micarta "Wave" Saddle; Tusq Nut
  • Number of strings: 12
  • Special features: Faux-Tortoise-Bound Sound Hole
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hard Shell Case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: USA
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Taylor500 Series 552ce Grand Concert 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
5.0

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5.0

552ce - 12 Fret - 12 String brings big sound with small box

By rob94551

from Livermore, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Taylor 500 Series 552ce Grand Concert 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I was lucky enough to obtain a Taylor 552ce 12 Fret today. I had been playing on it for a few days and finally purchased the guitar and each time I play it the sounds just get better. The tone is crisp, the 12 Fret makes it easy to transition cords or cover the neck quickly. I was looking into the 600 series and glad I waited until the new 500 series came out.

    I have the cedar top, and the tone is very good. If you really need to gain a BOOMING sound look to the spruce or koa top. I like the mellow tone and the ability to have the softer tones picked up.

    Taylor did a great job with the new 2016 500 series.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Stunned! I'm amazed at what Taylor has accomplished here

    By MJB

    from Fall River, MA

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Taylor 500 Series 552ce Grand Concert 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I have always loved 12 strings but I have to play sitting down and after 30 minutes with a dreadnought in my lap I was very uncomfortable. The Taylor Grand Concert is my shape, my guitar. For Taylor to create a 12 string (12 fret also) Grand Concert is a dream come true. You really can do it all with this guitar, and do it comfortably. I'm still amazed by the big sound you get from such a small shape. I like finger-picking and it's an easy thing to do with this guitar. If you've always wanted a 12 string you can manage this is your guitar. It is really hard to put down. It's got it all. Balance, intonation, harmonics and best of all that amazing Taylor playability. Buy one of these and you'll never let it go. There is an all mahogany version of this guitar for those who aren't into cedar tops. I haven't tried it, but the reviews are good. Taylor is at the very top of their game with these instruments. Unbelievable!

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