Players who find the traditionally bigger size of a 12-string body unwieldy will love the playing comfort of the 552ce 12-Fret. Not only does it feature a compact Grand Concert body, but the 24-7/8-inch scale length together with the 12-fret neck give players a slinky handfeel that make these among the most playable 12-strings Taylor has ever offered. The smaller body produces a wonderful focus and articulation that will sit well in an instrument mix, while the cedar top paired with mahogany back and sides imparts natural warmth that responds well to fingerstylists and other players with a light touch. Taylor’s Performance bracing is optimized to boost the power and projection evenly across the tonal spectrum. Additional features include a Venetian cutaway and Taylor Expression System 2 electronics.
Taylor’s cutaway Grand Auditorium body and a Tasmanian blackwood/Sitka spruce pairing add up to a guitar that can cover a lot of ground. The GA body produces a well-balanced sound with signature Taylor clarity, while the tonal tandem of blackwood and spruce produces a focused midrange topped with shimmering treble overtones. Appointments include a shaded edgeburst body complemented by a faux tortoise shell pickguard, along with a crisp ivoroid binding and inlay package. A Venetian cutaway opens up more of the fretboard, while Taylor’s Expression System 2 acoustic electronics accurately capture the guitar’s range of tonal flavors.
Taylor’s 500 Series Dreadnoughts boast several uniquely compelling design features, including a slightly shorter 24-7/8-inch scale length and a V-carve neck with a slotted headstock. The result is an inviting handfeel with less string tension — making string bends fun — and matches up well with chord strummers and vocals. The dynamic response of the Lutz spruce top works especially well with the dry, woody sound of mahogany, producing a balanced voice with crisp highs and soft lows. With Taylor’s Performance bracing optimized for the Dreadnought shape and the model’s other features, the 510e makes a musically versatile instrument that blends well with other instruments, either unplugged or amplified with Taylor’s Expression System 2 electronics.
The cutaway Grand Auditorium 514ce is a perennial favorite with singer-songwriters and light-to-medium strummers. The pairing of mahogany back and sides with a cedar top yields a tone with a strong, clear midrange presence, while the cedar top adds warmth and a bit of overtone bloom that suggests an older, played-in guitar. With the addition of Taylor’s Performance bracing, the overall voice responds with more power and volume. Appointments include faux tortoise shell binding and pickguard, a rosette of faux tortoise shell framed by grained ivoroid, and a grained ivoroid Century fretboard inlay. A Venetian cutaway offers greater access to the guitar’s upper register, while Taylor’s patented Expression System 2 pickup translates the sonic warmth and detail into a natural-sounding amplified tone.