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Taylor 322ce 12-Fret Grand Concert Electro Acoustic, V-Class

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.

The Taylor 322ce has a Mahogany top, which 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.

Blackwood is a very desirable wood for the back & sides of guitars, and 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, which is used in the 322ce.

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.

The neck is made from tropical mahogany and is topped with a 20-fret West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard. This ebony comes from Taylor’s own ebony sawmill in Cameroon, which was started so Taylor could have a sustainable source of high-quality ebony to use on their guitars.

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.

The Taylor 322ce is completed with a black pickguard, Italian acrylic gemstone fretboard and peghead inlays, and a satin finish. The 322ce comes with a Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown case.

This model is also available without the cutaway - check out the Taylor 322e 12-Fret

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  • Highlights
  • Scale Length: 24-7/8"
  • Nut & Saddle: Black Graphite, Micarta saddle
  • Bracing: V-Class
  • Truss Rod Cover: Black Plastic
  • Pickguard: Black
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Tuners: Satin Black
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
  • Brand of Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light
  • Body Length: 19 1/2"
  • Body Width: 15"
  • Body Depth: 4 3/8"
  • Body
  • Binding/Edge Treatment: Black
  • Top Finish: Satin
  • Back Config: 2-piece
  • No Wedge
  • Backstrap Finish: None
  • Rosette Size: Three Ring
  • Bridge Inlay: None
  • Back/Side Finish: Satin
  • Armrest Binding: None
  • Backstrap Wood: None
  • Rosette Mat: Plastic
  • Stain/Sunburst: Blackwood Stain Back/Sides, Medium Brown Stain Top/Neck, Shaded Edge Burst Top
  • Wedge: None
  • Armrest: no
  • Neck
  • Neck Width: 1-3/4"
  • Fretboard Inlay: Gemstone, Italian Acrylic
  • Fretboard Binding/Edge Treatment: Black
  • Heel Cap Binding: Black
  • Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
  • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
  • Fretboard Wood: West African Crelicam Ebony
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Heel Length: 3-1/4"
  • Peghead
  • Peghead Finish: Satin
  • Peghead Binding: None
  • Peghead Type: Standard
  • Peghead Purfling: None
  • Headstock Overlay: West African Crelicam Ebony
  • Peghead Inlay: Gemstone, Italian Acrylic
  • Peghead Logo: Italian Acrylic
  • Other
  • Bridge Pins: West African Crelicam Ebony
  • Buttons: Satin Black
  • Fingerboard Ext: None
  • Edge Trim: None

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  • Jason Wells

    10/4/2019

    Beautiful guitar

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