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Taylor 362ce 12 String Grand Concert Electro Acoustic, V-Class

The Taylor 362ce 12-String Electro-Acoustic guitar 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.

12 string guitars feature double courses of paired strings. The plain strings are tuned in unison and the wound strings are partnered with strings one octave higher in pitch. Paired strings create volume and a ‘chiming’ sound that sounds like a chorus pedal. Or maybe it’s better to say that a chorus pedal artificially creates a 12-string like sound. Notable 12 string players in history include Doc Watson, Roger McGuinn and even David Bowie.

The back and sides of the 362ce are made of Blackwood, which like Koa is a very desirable wood for the back & sides of guitars. It has the unusual quality of being visually stunning, maturing very well, and having a warm bass response.

The neck is made from tropical mahogany and is topped with an 18-fret West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard, which comes from Taylor’s own ebony sawmill in Cameroon. Here they grow a sustainable supply for high-quality ebony to use on their guitars.

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.

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). This means you get an increased volume up the neck, better intonation, a noticeable change in the way notes blend further up the fretboard and a more stable area behind the bridge.

‘12-Fret’ means the neck has been moved further down to the 12th fret which changes the tone of the guitar - it is warmer and has increased sustain.

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.

The Taylor 362ce is completed with Italian acrylic gemstone inlays on the fretboard, a black pickguard, and a satin finish. It also comes with a Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown case.

Fancy an upgrade? Check out the Taylor 562ce.

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  • Highlights
  • Scale Length: 24-7/8"
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
  • Bracing: V-Class
  • Truss Rod Cover: Black Plastic
  • Pickguard: Black
  • Number of Frets: 18
  • 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: 1-7/8"
  • 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: None
  • Peghead Logo: Italian Acrylic
  • Other
  • Bridge Pins: West African Crelicam Ebony
  • Buttons: Satin Black
  • Fingerboard Ext: None
  • Edge Trim: None

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