Taylor 612ce 12-fret - Brown Sugar Stain

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Torrefied Sitka Spruce Top, Big Leaf Maple Back and Sides, Maple Neck, and ES2 Electronics - Natural with Stained Back
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12-fret Taylor Acoustic-electric with Maple Back and Sides

Get the punch of maple and the focused tone of a small body with the Taylor 612ce 12-Fret Grand Concert acoustic-electric guitar. The torrefied Sitka spruce top and Big Leaf maple back and sides deliver a full and articulate sound. The Grand Concert body shape is a favorite among fingerstyle players for its focused voice and balanced tone. You'll love the sound of Taylor's updated Expression System 2 at your plugged-in gigs. Expand your tonal palette with the Grand Concert-sized Taylor 612ce 12-Fret acoustic-electric guitar.

Taylor 612ce Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • A richer, more vibrant voice than ever before thanks to customized bracing
  • Super-comfortable Grand Concert body style provides excellent tonal balance
  • Taylor Expression System 2 electronics deliver superior sound onstage
A richer, more vibrant voice than ever before thanks to customized bracing

You'll notice that the Taylor 612ce 12-Fret boasts exceptionally vibrant tones with a unique character. Taylor went back to the drawing board and redesigned their bracing patterns, to get the optimum response out of each of their iconic body shapes. Taylor even added side bracing to add rigidity to the sides and enhance top and back movement. In the words of luthier Andy Powers, the updated Advanced Performance bracing pattern gives the updated 612ce 12-Fret a "nice, cushy swell and long sustain, even with a delicate touch."

Super-comfortable Grand Concert body style provides excellent tonal balance

Taylor's Grand Concert body style gives you clarity, focus, and balanced tone that sits beautifully in thicker arrangements where a larger-bodied acoustic would take up too much real estate. The 612ce 12-Fret's modified bracing and shorter scale length give you a darker and punchier tone than the standard 14-fret model. At the same time, the way the neck joins the body at the 12th fret adds serious natural acoustic projection to this instrument. All told, the 612ce 12-Fret is a wonderful choice if you want a smaller-bodied guitar with a full-bodied sound.

Taylor Expression System 2 electronics deliver superior sound onstage

If you play plugged in, then you're going to love the Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics built into your 612ce 12-Fret acoustic-electric 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 612ce 12-Fret'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. Sweetwater knows that your plugged-in tone is important to you, and we're confident that the Taylor 612ce 12-Fret has the sound you want.

Taylor 612ce Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • Grand Concert 12-Fret guitar with updated bracing and electronics
  • Smaller than average 12-fret Grand Concert body style is extremely comfortable and naturally loud
  • Shorter scale length and modified bracing give you a darker, punchier sound
  • Torrefied Sitka spruce top provides a light and expressive sound
  • Maple back and sides add chiming brightness to your sound
  • Onboard Taylor Expression System 2 electronics give you natural sound even when plugged in live
  • Includes hardshell case
If you're looking for an acoustic-electric guitar with extra bite, then the Taylor 612ce 12-Fret is just what you need!

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Tech Specs

Series 600
String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Grand Concert 12-Fret
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Brown Sugar Stain
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Torrefied Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Big Leaf Maple
Body Bracing Advanced Performance Bracing
Binding Ebony
Neck Wood Maple
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Wing inlays
Number of Frets 18
Scale Length 24.875"
Tuning Machines Slotted head
Nut/Saddle Material Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
Nut Width 1.75"
Electronics Expression System 2
Strings Elixir Phosphor Bronze HD Light
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 612ce 12 Fret

Customer Reviews

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Taylor - When only THE BEST will do...

I own a few Taylors, this one being the latest addition to my acoustic collection.I am completely taken back with the quality and playability of this one!!!This one reaches a step above Taylors middle of the road model/options.Fit and playability are EXCEPTIONAL at this price point and series.I'll be completely honest, this guitar is slightly weak in terms of projection, but Imust stress, Taylor more than makes up for this in terms of electronics-(Which renders my last point moot) making this guitar sound as strong or soft at the players whim.I've played and owned MANY guitars over the years, MANY!!! And I must say, that besides my Gibson Hummingbird (Mid-Eighties) this guitar is one of those RARE instruments that gets everything RIGHT!!!Except for projection, but I'm overly critical about gear and instruments and YMMV !!!I thought my Hummingbird was in a class by itself, meaning it played, sounded, and continued to get better with age, like no other acoustic instrument I'd ever played, or owned, but then I see and play this model and that, I've got a secret, smile comes to my face, and immediately, I know that this one is without a shred of doubt, a KEEPER and is coming home with me!!! Its a piece of art! I can only hope, and I honestly believe, that this guitar, over time, will mature into just as an exceptional instrument as my Gibson. It has ALL the right appointments, build quality, wood, and the Taylor name, which truley means something!Other than projection (which is probably fine for most- I'm just a picky %^$%!!!) and which is immediately fixed with its onboard electronics, if you're playing to a crowd... The amount of instrument you're getting here is nothing short of AMAZING!!! Bank on it!!!I really feel that this particular guitar had been custom made just for me!!! Like I had it ordered to fit me specifically, my hands, etc. Feels custom made in every sense of the word!!!Here it is folks. This could put an end to the endless hours of searching for THAT guitar!!!Other than My Hummingbird (that I'll be buried with LOL) this guitar is the next in line for me.My EXCALIBUR, if you will !!!I'm hoping this helps anyone on the fence regarding this Taylor model and the pros (MANY) and the cons (FEW) too!!!Of course YMMV...RegardsMichael P.S. I HAD ALMOST FORGOTTEN the other part of the story here...You're getting THE ABSOLUTE BEST customer service, shipping, and follow through in the industry!!! Sweetwater is in a class all by itself in regards to your purchase and will go the extra mile in regards to you being 100% happy with your entire purchase, no matter how big or small!!!
Music background: Semi-Professional

Taylor 612ce 12-Fret - Natural, Stained Back

I had a great experience visiting the Sweetwater store in Fort Wayne. They pulled out 8 guitars I asked for me and I tried them all for as long as I wanted until I settled on the Taylor612ce 12 fret. It is small and very comfortable to hold. The sound is great from this small guitar, as well as the action. The maple body is beautiful. The torrefied Sitka top does make it sound a bit more aged I believe. This guitar is very different from a larger rosewood dreadnought, which is exactly what I wanted. My Martin guitar is jealous since it lost a lot of playing time to this Taylor.

Taylor 612ce

Purchased in early May 2015 and I haven't been able to put it down for the last 5 1/2 months.I really like this guitar. Perfect for gigs.

Got Gas

I bought Taylor's line on their new maple guitars, hook, line and sinker. Couldn't help myself. I just received the 612CE 12 fret. Beautiful. It didn't seem quite as loud as some of my other guitars (my cheap Ibanez solid mahogany parlor size is LOUD), and the body doesn’t seem to contribute as much to the sound (the Ibanez is real light and the whole guitar gets into the act), but the sound itself is great. Suweet. Good string definition. Clear sound. Good string balance. The cutaway gives me access to the same frets as a 14 fret non-cutaway, so no downside to 12 fret, unless you want to work past the 15th fret. Does well with fingers and with a pick. Want louder, just hit it harder. Seems to hold it. What you play is what you get. GREAT bass. Sounds more like a Martin than what I’ve come to know from Taylor (although not my Taylors. None have that Taylor jangle). Half my acoustics are 12 fret, half 14 fret. Martins, Taylors, a carbon fibre guitar (unbelievable bass), and an inexpensive parlor solid mahogany. Sizes parlor to OOO+. I strongly prefer the smaller sizes. All have good bass response. There’s something about the sound of a 12 fret that’s just better to my ear. More organ-like sound. I think it’s that the bridge is closer to the center of the lower bout. Plus, the neck is closer to you, feels more intimate, more in control. The 612 is all of that.My guitars should really be owned by a better guitar player.
Music background: Closet guitar player
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