Taylor 552ce 12-Fret ES2
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Manufacturer's ID: 552ce
What we say:
This rather special 12 string is an important part of Taylor's 500 series.
The rich and highly satisfying sounding 500 series all share a feature of having Tropical Mahogany for their backs and sides. This warm wood is particularly strong in the midrange, which allows a lot of focus for note playing and fundamentals. The 500 series offers a range of tone woods for the top so you can really zero in on the sound you want. All 500 series models feature faux tortoise shell binding and tasteful Art Deco fretboard inlays to increase the subtle opulence of this beautiful range.
Taylor have really found something with these smaller bodies 22 string guitars. Using the Grand Concert body size is a great idea: it tightly focuses the notes and allows them to blend into a strong shimmer with some really clear projection. 12 string guitars can be difficult to work with but these are specially designed to be the complete opposite: the neck is joined two frets closer into the body to easy tension and allow for a very easy and addictive left hand playing experience. There's an addictive slinkiness to playing this 12-fret model. The scale length is a little shorter too (24 7/8") to further emphasise that playability.
These innovations don't get in the way of the sound at all: it's certainly a different sound to the all-encompassing wall of shimmer that a large bodied 12 string offers: in many ways it's more useful and will more easily find it's own home in an audio mix. We can't stress enough how much fun it is to pick one of these up and just go for it: lush chords, spectral arpeggios, classic songs, it all just falls out as you go on your player's journey.
This model features a Venetian cutaway to allow the performer access to the highest frets. Also present is Taylor's top-of-the-line Expression System 2 pickup. This is widely recognised as being one of the greatest acoustic pickup systems available: it translates every ounce of tone, detail and dynamic from your fingertips, strings and guitar wood to give the audience an accurate and fully realistic translation of your performance.
|Number of Strings||12|
|Back/Side Wood||Tropical Mahogany|
|Top Wood||Western Red Cedar|
|Body Length||19 1/2"|
|Electronics||Expression System 2®|
|Body Depth||4 3/8"|
|Nut & Saddle||Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle|
|Neck Wood||Tropical Mahogany|
|Bracing||Performance with Relief Rout|
|Truss Rod Cover||Ebony|
|Case||Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown|
|Number of Frets||18|
|Brand of Strings||Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light|
|Heel Cap Binding||Ebony|
|Peghead Logo||Grained Ivoroid|
|Rosette Mat.||Grained Ivoroid/Tortoise/Grained Ivoroid|
|Rosette Size||Single Ring|
|Stain/Sunburst||Medium Brown Stain|
|Type of Neck Joint||Scarf|