Taylor 456e 12-string - Ovangkol back and sides

12-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top, Ovangkol Back and Sides, Tropical American Mahogany Neck, and Taylor Expression System 2 Electronics - Natural
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Taylor 456e 12-string - Ovangkol back and sides
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A Full-bodied 12-string That Delivers Superb Taylor Tone!

Taylor's full-bodied 456e 12-string acoustic-electric guitar gives you a wonderful blend of classic tonewoods, acoustic projection, and next-gen electronics. With a 456e, you get a gorgeous solid Sitka spruce top complemented by an ovangkol back and sides. Thanks to its non-cutaway Grand Symphony body style, the 456e provides you with both an excellent tonal balance and powerful projection. You'll love the way this guitar sounds unplugged, but it also comes loaded with Taylor's Expression System electronics, so it also sounds fantastic when you plug in onstage. If you're looking for an 12-string acoustic guitar that's ready for any playing style or venue, the Taylor 456e is perfect for you.

Taylor 456e 12-string Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Choice tonewoods - Sitka spruce and ovangkol offers rich, full-bodied tone
  • Grand Symphony body style gives you balanced sound and incredible projection
  • Taylor's Expression System 2 delivers incredibly natural sound with full dynamics
Choice tonewoods - Sitka spruce and ovangkol offers rich, full-bodied tone

The 456e, is a prime example of the high-quality tonewoods Taylor selects for their guitars. It features time-proven Sitka spruce as its top, which gives you wonderful projection with the perfect amount of sparkle. The 456e's ovangkol back and sides also give it an intensely vibrant quality that's similar to rosewood, but with a unique character all of its own.

Grand Symphony body style gives you balanced sound and incredible projection

Taylor's Grand Symphony body style, featured on the 456e, is a more modern take on the sleek Grand Auditorium shape, but with the waist moved up toward the neck. This gives the 456e a slightly larger lower bout, giving you an excellent blend of power and projection, without losing the high-end definition of the Grand Auditorium body style. This 456 model also features a non-cutaway body, which gives it a bigger and fuller acoustic sound.

Taylor's Expression System 2 delivers incredibly natural sound with full dynamics

If you play plugged in, then you're going to love the Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics built into your 456e acoustic guitar. The key to this fantastic system is the 3-section proprietary pickup located behind the saddle. Because of where it's positioned and how it's integrated into the 456e's saddle, the ES2 pickup provides you with remarkably clear and accurate sound. In addition to a master volume control, a pair of tone controls let you tweak your highs and lows to get the sound you need, and a discreet phase switch offers vital onboard feedback suppression. We were more than impressed when Taylor came to Sweetwater to show us what this system can do, and we think you will be too.

Taylor 456e 12-string Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • A 12-string acoustic-electric guitar with a bold and vibrant sound that's great for a wide range of playing styles
  • Grand Symphony body style gives you a balanced tone with extra punch and exceptional projection
  • Non-cutaway body offers bigger and fuller acoustic sound than the standard cutaway body
  • Sitka spruce top provides a light and expressive sound
  • Ovangkol back and sides add resonance and color, similar to that of rosewood
  • Onboard Taylor Expression System 2 electronics give you natural sound even when plugged in live
  • Hardshell case included
If you're looking for a great all-around 12-string acoustic-electric guitar, then the Taylor 456e is just what you need!

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Tech Specs

Series 400
String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Grand Symphony
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Ovangkol
Body Bracing Standard III
Neck Wood Tropical American Mahogany
Nut/Saddle Material Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
Electronics Expression System 2
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 456e ES2 Gloss

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