Taylor 322ce 12-Fret Grand Concert Electro Acoustic, V-Class
Taylor 322ce 12-Fret Grand Concert
322ce Grand Concert 12 fret neck-to-body join, a solid Mahogany spruce top, solid Blackwood back & sides, V-class bracing, is fitted with an ES2 pickup and supplied with a hardshell case.
The re-emergence of the 12 fret guitar has been pioneered by Taylor. The shift of the bridge that comes from moving the neck further down across the body changes the tone of the guitar. It is warmer and has increased sustain.
As an option for a top, Mahogany has made a big comeback in recent years. This may be the continuing influence of pickups as mahogany lacks the volume of spruce but has a remarkably sweet sound and responds very delicately to a lighter touch with a natural compression. Like Koa, Blackwood is a very desirable wood for the back & sides of guitars. It has the unusual quality of being visually stunning in many cases, matures very well and is characterised by a warm bass response.
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.
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.
Taylor guitars come with a 12-year warranty with 2 years covering the electronics. This is activated by registering your details to Taylor’s site. Once this is done you will also receive Wood & Steel, Taylor’s quarterly gazette.
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- Taylor 322ce 12-Fret
- Body size - Grand Concert
- Woods - Solid Mahogany top, solid Blackwood 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, 12-Fret neck-to-body join.
- Neck type - Standard
- Finish - Gloss
- Electronics - Expression System 2
- Case - Taylor Deluxe Hardshell (Included)