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Taylor 456ce Grand Symphony - Cutaway, Electronics, Natural Reviews

5.0 stars based on 5 customer reviews
  • from Boston, MA USA January 24, 2014Music Background:
    church bands since 1999

    I finally got it!

    I've been looking at this guitar for a long time now and thanks to a bonus check at the end of the year (and a green light from my wife), I got it. The sound is amazing. I play it in our church band and it adds a fullness that was never there before, and the people notice. I confess I'm a Taylor fan, this is my 3rd (I have a nylon & regular 6 string). I know there are less expensive 12 strings out there, and I'm sure they're good, but this guitar is amazing!

  • from Savannah, GA May 4, 2013Music Background:
    Playing on and off over forty years

    Taylor 456ce 12 string

    Its great to have a 12 string again. It's the second Taylor I've purchased and they both sound fantastic. Couldn't say more about Sweetwater. This was my first purchase of a guitar online and I was a little nervous, however, I couldn't beat the price locally. The staff was great, shipping fast and the guitar arrived as scheduled in perfect condition.

  • from Bridgewater NJ December 21, 2012Music Background:
    Playing over 50 years. Teach and still gigging.

    Sweetwater improves the Taylor

    I have had my eye on the Taylor 456ce for quite some time. The tone and playability are amazing. This review is more about Sweetwater's service. I am an old guy who has been playing for over 50 years. I still do gigs and when I get home, I have to ice up my left hand due to the arthritis. I was very reluctant to buy an acoustic guitar online. My sales engineer, TOM KOCH was very helpful and patient with me. We must have talked several times over a few weeks. He gave me a great deal. I'm not sure how these quitars come out of the box, but Sweetwater's set up made this guitar play better than any that I tried in the stores. Also, their return policy gave me the confidence to try an oline purchase. Thanks to TOM KOCH, I was not disappointed.

  • from Del Rio, TX February 28, 2012

    It's got "that" sound

    Taylor knocks it out of the park with this guitar. Fantastic balance of tone. Rich, not tinny highs and beautiful bellowing lows. My quest for the perfect 12 string has ended. Thanks to Josh at sweetwater for all his professional help.

  • from Cary, NC USA March 18, 2014Music Background:
    Experienced musician, Hobbyist

    Great acoustic/electric 12 strings

    I was very nervous ordering such an instrument online but I trust Taylor guitars are getting out of the shop well set up and I decided to give a try with Sweetwater. I like the idea of seeing the pictures of the instrument before buying.

    Fortunately it arrived at my door in perfect condition. The guitar case was in a Taylor box which was in another box which was not dented at all. I was eager to try it, especially the electronic.

    First of all, the fretwork is superb. The action is low and the playability very nice. All Taylor guitars are very light, well balance and project crisp sound which I love. However they are more fragile then Seagull for sample so this guitar will be used for studio work and inside venues exclusively.

    The sound is very shimmering and has surprisingly as much low end as one would expect from a 12 strings. It's my first cutaway and this feature is really convenient for my playing style.

    Now the electronic: I like the discrete knobs, the super light weight electronic and the fact there is no tuner because electronic tuners tend to dye early, so the electronic on this guitar will not depreciate the instrument with time. I tried it on studio with nice high end monitors and the electronic really captures the detailed sound of the 12 strings. I like the EQ flat with a bit of low end boost. To get the best and most natural hi-end sound (less boxy) I had to cut about 5db in the 800Hz area. It makes the sound less in your face, but you actually want a slightly scooped sound with a 12 strings. Might need to leave mids flat though when fighting live with other instruments. Remember this is in studio environment. The electronic will never beat two condenser mics, but it is meant for live performance and it works really well capturing the essence of this instrument without adding extra weight. I can't wait to impress the audience in live situation with this 12 strings. Just one detail that puzzles me. I played with the body sensors switch and I did not notice any sonic difference. It sounds great though as it is, but I was expecting a sensible difference by switching off the body sensors. Anyway, doesn't disturb me very much, since I like the sound as it is, full and detailed.

    I am very happy with it.

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