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.