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Taylor 312ce Grand Concert Electro Acoustic, Spruce/Sapele

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Taylor 312ce Grand Concert

The Taylor 312ce is a Grand Concert cutaway, with a solid Sitka spruce top, solid Sapele back & sides, V-class bracing, fitted with an ES2 pickup and supplied with a hardshell case.

The Grand Concert is a fingerpicker’s delight with a 24 ⅞ scale length. The lower tension combined with the balance of the smaller body means tricky fingerpicking manoeuvres are made easier and some models have the slightly broader nut width of 1¾ which also assists fingerpicking.

Sitka spruce is the most common spruce wood in use today. Sitka spruce is good for volume and will age nicely over the first four or five years of the guitar’s life, improving with time. Sapele is now commonly used as an alternative to mahogany and belongs to the same family. It is often slightly darker in (visual) tone but confers similar acoustical properties as mahogany. It sounds very sweet, a little quieter than spruce wood, responsive to a lighter touch and blends really well with other acoustic instruments. It also has a natural compression.

Taylor has used various voicings based on the classic ‘X’ pattern embraced throughout the industry. The big breakthrough has been Andy Powers’ creation of the V-class bracing. Traditional X bracing has been the mainstay for steel-strung guitars- it works very well. The sound is complex and brings out overtones, especially as you play further up the neck, that both blend and clash. One quality of X bracing is that the very strong sound one gets from playing closer to the nut and especially using the open strings can be diminished further up the neck. It’s just a tradeoff. However, the V class bracing works differently. Andy Powers first imagined it as water running either side of a post holding up a jetty. The V shape channels the energy through the guitar in a way that holds the centre of the top more rigidly than the sides, which respond with a rocking motion (not actually visible to the eye, of course). The result is an improvement in volume up the neck, better intonation, an audible change in the way notes blend further up the ‘dusty’ end of the fretboard and one assumes a more stable area behind the bridge. It is a tremendous innovation to have been introduced to the modern guitar and demonstrates Taylor’s good sense in promoting Andy Powers as the new Master guitar Designer.

Taylor uses a UV cured polyester finish of their own devising which has none of the traditional vulnerabilities of nitrocellulose. There is a clear undercoat which allows the individual tone and colour of each piece of wood to come through.

The ES2 pickup is different from the standard under saddle piezo system which is under constant tension from the strings. This tension has a negative effect on tone, according to Taylor, and so they place their pickup on the side of the saddle, tensioned by 3 hex bolts which can be adjusted to calibrate the pickup response.

All Taylor 300 Series Guitars come with a hardshell case.

Fancy an upgrade? The 512ce 12-fret is glossy with Tropical Mahogany timbers and the warm, downhome 12-fret tone.

<< Click here to learn more about the Taylor 300 Series >>

  • Body size - Grand Concert
  • Woods - Solid Sitka spruce top, solid Sapele back & sides, Ebony fretboard and bridge
  • Cutaway - Yes
  • Bracing - V Class
  • Nut width - 1 & ¾’’
  • Scale length - 24 & ⅞’’
  • Neck to body join - Taylor NT neck
  • Neck type - Standard
  • Finish - Gloss
  • Electronics - Expression System 2
  • Case - Taylor Deluxe Hardshell (Included)



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