Taylor 812ce Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Englemann Spruce top  

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The Taylor 812ce Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Englemann Spruce top is small-bodied but not small-voiced. This redesigned rosewood Grand Concert packs an acoustic-electric wallop in a compact size. It... Read More

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The Taylor 812ce Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Englemann Spruce top is small-bodied but not small-voiced. This redesigned rosewood Grand Concert packs an acoustic-electric wallop in a compact size. It features an Englemann Spruce top; Indian Rosewood back and sides; a Cutaway; and the Expression System Pickup System.

Taylor's second offering in Indian rosewood, the 800 Series traces its roots to the earliest Taylors. Bob's latest design changes speak of traditional lutherie in the form of hand-set, figured maple binding. It's a gorgeous upgrade that complements the beautiful hues of rosewood and sparkling inlay work. For many, the 800 Series is a true Taylor icon.

UV Finish
Developed for Taylor in 1995, the ultraviolet-cured finishes provide the striking appearance, smooth feel, and lasting protection you'd expect to find on Taylor guitars. Unlike lacquer finishes, Taylor's UV finish is resistant to cold-checking and is much more environmentally friendly. It's also clearer than lacquer and doesn't turn yellow, so wood grain and natural colorations are more distinct. It contains as many "solids" as thicker finishes, so a thinner application provides the same protection while still allowing the tonewood to breath. Plus, it ages the same way that one likes a good lacquer finish to age, allowing the guitar to "open up" as it's played over the years.

A durable varnish finish offers protection, good looks, and a smooth feel to the touch.

The Taylor Expression System
It starts with pure acoustic tone, but often doesn't end there. More and more Taylor players want to plug in and enjoy an amplified sound that reflects the same natural acoustic qualities they love about their Taylor.

The debut of the Taylor Expression System in 2003 delivered a major breakthrough in the realm of amplified tone. For years, Taylor had relied on after-market pickups that employed traditional piezo technology. But the result was inevitably a "quacky", distorted tone that failed to capture the natural acoustic richness and dynamics of a Taylor for live performance.

Those limitations inspired several years of extensive R&D, during which Taylor studied the physics of how an acoustic guitar vibrates and deconstructed nearly every acoustic amplification system out there. Their discoveries informed the design of Taylor's own groundbreaking pickup system that uses magnetics much like a microphone does. The result is an exceptionally pure reproduction of a Taylor guitar's natural sound.

The Taylor ES delivers an amplified tone that will satisfy the most demanding pro player, yet makes it simple for anyone to plug in and sound great. Recognized throughout the music industry for its advances in the realm of acoustic electronics, the ES reinforces Taylor's reputation for making the ultimate performance guitar, as shown in the popularity of their Acoustic/Electric line.

Building the ESPlay: High | Low
Bob Taylor and David Hosler narrate a trip through the factory as the ES takes shape. See / Hear
How it Works
The Expression System incorporates three different magnetic sensors. Two strategically placed Dynamic Body Sensors affixed to the underside of the soundboard capture the complex nuances of the top's vibration, while a Dynamic String Sensor mounted beneath the fretboard extension registers string and neck vibration.

The preamp, developed with collaborative input from pro audio pioneer Mr. Rupert Neve, boosts the pickup signal cleanly, without the need for artificial EQ "coloration". The balanced, low-impedance signal the Expression System produces can run direct into a mixer or PA in most situations, and is free of distortion at almost any volume.

Three simple, unintrusive onboard control knobs preserve the aesthetic beauty of your Taylor, yet allow you to easily adjust the volume, bass, and treble to suit your personal preferences and performance environment. When set flat, the tone controls add no color and produce the most natural sound. Or, add bass or treble (or subtract) to adjust for the room or personal tastes.

The payoff is in the purity of high-fidelity amplified tone, unprecedented dynamic range, and extraordinary resistance to feedback and distortion. It enables all of the expressive subtleties of your playing to come through, just the way you intended.

  • Type/Shape: 6-String Grand Concert
  • Back & Sides: Indian Rosewood
  • Top: Englemann Spruce
  • Soundhole Rosette: Abalone
  • Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Fretboard Inlay: Pearl 800 Series
  • Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Binding: Maple
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Gold-plated Taylor Tuners
  • Strings: Elixir Light Gauge Strings with NANOWEB Coating
  • Scale Length: 24 7/8 Inches
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Neck Width at Nut: 1 3/4 Inches
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Fretboard Radius: 15 Inches
  • Bracing: CV - Sitka Bracing w/Relief rout
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Color Options: Natural
  • Sunburst Options: Tobacco, Honey (Top Only)
  • Cutaway: Venetian
  • Electronics: Taylor Expression System
  • Body Width: 15 Inches
  • Body Depth: 4 3/8 Inches
  • Body Length: 19 1/2 Inches
  • Overall Length: 40 1/2 Inches
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By sylvia

from lake forest CA

Taylor is a very good acoustic-electric guitar brand. Highly suggest it, although its expensive, it's a very good brand and guitar. Not really for beginners though.

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By Raul Medina

from Houston, TX

This is definitely my next buy. When I went to guitar center in my town, I saw it...of course it was on the top prices, also obviously it was on the very top of the racks! The smooth sound makes you keep playing this guitar, I truly recommend it to anyone with a serious music profession in mind. The whole aspect of this guitar is to deliver that beautiful tone that everyone loves to hear, from punk rock to melodic pop songs... Just a splenderific thing to watch and play!! great sound..just everything

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Don't buy anything else

By Kyle Weeks

from Kansas City MO

There is no need to buy anything else. Taylor comes full circle once more with the GREATEST acoustics money can buy hands down.

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Amazing Tone

By Jomy Francis

from Kansas

Feels really smooth to play and has a real warmth to the tone. Totally worth for the money

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Its just amazing!!!!

By Esteban Perez

from Caguas, PR

I bought this like 3 months ago and sounds just perfect!!! If you have the money I recommend you to buy this guitar!!!

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Never disappoints

By Khit

from Kansas City, Missouri

Does Taylor ever make a bad guitar? The answer is no. This guitar feels so perfect in my hands. With every pick or strum, a beautiful sound resonates. Such smooth playing. I am in love with this guitar and you will be too.

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By Mike B

from Carol Stream, IL

Amazing guitar... great tone, super low action. The Expression system is really easy to use on the spot, and what I love about it most is the volume knob doesn't effect your tone.

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By Mark

from Moorpark Ca

This guitar really exceeded the expectations I formally had. The price is a bit steep, but you truly are getting what you pay for. The wood and sound is extremely smooth to say the least.

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Taylor had done it again!

By Paul Russert

from clearwater fl

This is a great guitar, the acoustics are amazing, the tone is unmatchable, Taylor has made another great acoustic guitar! This guitar WILL sound good in any room, or with any music style!

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Great Guitar

By michael august

from escondido

Taylor......What can i say...I've used this in a worship situation time and time again...Gorgeous tone...plays like butter..BUY THIS GUITAR!!

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