Taylor 356ce 12-string - Sapele back and sides

12-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top, Sapele Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, and Taylor ES2 Electronics - Natural
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The 12-string You've Been Waiting for

Take Bob Taylor's masterful Grand Symphony body shape, add in the tonewood cocktail of Sapele (back and sides) and Sitka spruce (top), and you've got one gorgeous 12-string: the Taylor 356ce. This acoustic-electric's midrange projection is bookended by a beefy low end and clear treble, while the spruce top adds sparkle and zing. Sweetwater guitarists are in love with this highly playable beauty. Its updated traditional appointments look stunning under stage lights, and the amplified signal from the Expression System 2 electronics is flawless. The Taylor 356ce. This is the axe you've been waiting for.

Taylor 356ce Features:
  • Grand Symphony 12-string acoustic-electric guitar
  • Sapele back and sides deliver robust midrange focus
  • Sitka spruce top adds sparkle and zing
  • Elegant Venetian cutaway provides upper-register access
  • Taylor ES2 Electronics
The Taylor 356ce: You're going to love this guitar!

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Tech Specs

Series 300
String Type Steel
Number of Strings 12
Body Shape Grand Symphony
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Sapele
Body Bracing Performance 12-string
Binding Black
Neck Wood Tropical Mahogany
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.5"
Tuning Machines Taylor Nickel
Bridge Material Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Tusq nut/Micarta saddle
Nut Width 1.875"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 16.25"
Body Depth 4.625"
Electronics ES-2
Strings Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 356ce

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Taylor V. Martin

I have a Taylor 6-string that has become my axe-of-choice. I tried an inexpensive 12-string, but it only teased me as to what a 12-string should be. I sold that 12'er and started doing my homework. I was thinking HARD about the Martin GPC12PA4. YouTube had a demo of the Martin played in a style similar to mine, (More finger-style than strumming) but I could only find the Taylor demonstrated with strumming. I was tempted strong to buy the Martin, but I feared the Fishman electronics. Being a Taylor player, I pulled the trigger and bought the 356CE. My Sweetwater consultant came through again (not the first time Robby's expertise helped me with a tough decision) and got me a great price. My Taylor came the NEXT DAY. I played the new 12-string frequently over the following days and quickly learned I was a genius for making this call! It stood-up to aggressive Kottke-style finger picking and had a golden tone like I need from my 12-String. The guitar came ready-to-play and I even learned a lot looking at the materials shipped with this AWESOME guitar. It plays like my Taylor 6-string, has great action, great "feel," great sound, and the ES2 Electronics brings that sound to the PA system spot-on. ES2 has wide dynamic range, low noise and crystal clear reproduction. I fell in love with this guitar quickly and it's already broadening my horizons. This kind of cash needs to be spent carefully. Sweetwater took my purchase VERY seriously, and I was treated with the kind of respect you once needed to cultivate at the local guitar store. BRAVO TAYLOR and SWEETWATER!
Music background: Veteran fingerstyle blues, evolving Americana musician

Wow! Breathtaking!

This is my 1st purchase through sweetwater, and i can honestly say that they went way beyond my expectations. Hands down, the best customer service I've experience in my 30 years of guitar playing. I received the guitar on time, and packaged with the best care. The guitar is much more gorgeous in person than the picture shows. The guitar's sound delivers as in the desciption, and IMO goes well beyond that. The craftmanship and sound sustainability is incredible. The guitar's action is comfortable, and an ease to play. The tonality is deep and rich and crisp. Well done, Taylor!
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