Taylor 812ce 12-Fret - Natural

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Spruce Top, Rosewood Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Smoked Ebony Fingerboard, and ES2 Electronics - Natural
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An Acoustic-electric 12-Fret Taylor

Taylor's redesigned 812ce 12-Fret acoustic-electric guitar is the culmination of 40 years of experience and research. The 812ce 12-Fret features Indian rosewood back and sides, premium-grade Sitka spruce top, mahogany neck with ebony fretboard, and a pearl inlay design. Taylor went back to the drawing board to create custom bracing for each guitar model to give you the most out of your guitar. Everyone at Sweetwater is impressed with how the 812ce 12-Fret guitar sounds unplugged, especially with its natural 12-fret projection. You'll love the sound of Taylor's updated Expression System 2 at your plugged-in gigs. The Taylor 812ce 12-Fret Grand Concert has a robust output, dynamic range, and sensitive response for all types of players.

Taylor 812ce 12-Fret Grand Concert Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Super-comfortable Grand Concert body style provides excellent tonal balance
  • A richer, more vibrant voice than ever before thanks to custom bracing
  • Taylor Expression System 2 electronics deliver superior sound onstage
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 812ce 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 812ce 12-Fret is a wonderful choice if you want a smaller-bodied guitar with a full-bodied sound.

A richer, more vibrant voice than ever before thanks to custom bracing

You'll notice that the Taylor 812ce 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 bracing pattern gives the 812ce 12-Fret a "nice, cushy swell and long sustain, even with a delicate touch."

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 812ce 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 812ce 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 812ce 12-Fret has the sound you want.

Taylor 812ce 12-Fret Grand Concert Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • 812ce 12-Fret 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
  • Expression System 2 electronics deliver natural acoustic sound to your amp or PA
  • Custom-designed bracing provides better response, projection, and tone
  • Sitka spruce top with Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Includes hardshell case
Taylor's 812ce 12-Fret Grand Concert acoustic-electric is a distinctive, ultra-playable beauty!

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Tech Specs

Series 800
String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Grand Concert 12-Fret
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Gloss, 3.5 mil
Top Wood Sitka spruce
Back & Sides Wood Indian Rosewood
Body Bracing Advanced Performance Bracing
Binding Pale Maple
Neck Wood Tropical Mahogany
Neck Shape Taylor
Fingerboard Material Smoked Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Element
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 24.875"
Tuning Machines Classical chrome with pearloid buttons
Bridge Material Smoked Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Tusq nut, Micarta saddle
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 19.5"
Body Width 15"
Body Depth 4.375"
Electronics Taylor Expression System 2
Strings Elixir Phosphor Bronze HD Light
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 812ce 12-Fret-ES2

Customer Reviews

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Taylor 812 twelve fret and Sweetwater

he Taylor 812 ce, twelve fret is an amazing instrument. The volume, tone and sustain are outstanding. The fit and finish of the guitar leave nothing to be desired. It weighs in at three pounds and is extremely comfortable to play in a seated position. I have had a 412ce for several years, which solved a rotator cuff issue for me. The twelve fret now makes those barre chords close to the nut much easier. I bought this guitar without ever holding one, as local dealers do not have anything similar to this model . Sweetwater made the decision much easier with the side by side comparison, weight and detailed pictures. The customer service at Sweetwater seems unequaled and my order even included a Taylor Big Baby at no additional cost. The staff are friendly and knowledgable, I am not sure I have ever dealt with such a customer orientated business. The action is very low and the finish on the back and sides could almost be used to shave with. I was given the contact information for my sales engineer, technical support, and the company’s president and vice-presidents. Taylor makes outstanding instruments but Sweetwater enhanced the transaction so much. Taylor did send me a questionnaire that I completed and received a coupon good for 25% off a guitar strap.
Music background: Beginner
5/5

Fantastic guitar- I'm amazed by this CG

This is my 4th model of the new Taylor 800 series that I've bought from sweet water It's also my first 12 fret, this guitar sounds fantastic, the setup if nice and low perfect for my finger style arrangements Sweet water did their normal incredible job of customer service and delivery Thanks to Chris Leonard for his extra efforts on this guitar purchase Taylor deserves a lot of praise on these guitars, and you can't go wrong with sweet water
Music background: 25 year hobiest
5/5

Be prepared to be astounded

I believe the 812 is probably the best of the re-voiced 800 series from Taylor. The sustain, clarity, and richness of tone this guitar produces is as my review title suggests astounding. Put in the 12 fret version and you get even more low end. That said, the projection this guitar produces will rival larger bodied guitars. Combine that with the lightness and compactness of the GC body and you have a playing experience that will have you smiling, grinning, and shaking your head at how did Andy Powers do it. The build quality is beautiful and even though I bought this guitar primarily for fingerstyle, it does a everything very, very well.
Music background: Intermediate and passionate hobbyist
4.5/5

Taylor 812ce 12 Fret

Excellent guitar, Loud for such a small body... I would give it a 5 if the pickguard edges were slightly rounded. The sharp edges can be a little annoying..Otherwise, really a great instrument.
Music background: 45 years guitar/banjo--local pro
4/5

Got Gas Again

I’m a closet guitar player who plays with others for fun. I have three high end Martins, two high end Taylors, and a next-to-high end Taylor.I wrote a review on the new design maple 612CE 12 fret earlier. I liked it a lot and once again fell for Taylor’s ‘new and improved story’ and bought the 812CE 12 fret.Four of these guitars are 12 fret, slot head (Martin OOO Norman Blake, Martin O28VS, 812, 612, both Taylor new design. Two are 14 fret (Martin OO18V, 414ce, old Taylor design).My opinion is the best sounding acoustics have 12 frets to the body, slot heads, and a V-shaped neck. The Taylors have slight V. The two Taylor 12 frets just sound terrific and support my opinion.The Martins are all smoother than the Taylors. Sound tends to blend. All the Taylors have good string separation and have more high frequency overtones.414ce: I bought this after taking the Taylor tour and playing all combinations of size and material. Before the latest redesign. It was the least jangly at the time. It has a big sound. Probably the best strummer of the lot. The sound quality is simple. Clean. Not big on overtones. 612ce 12 fret (maple): bright. Great string separation. The sound just wants to jump right off the guitar. Complexity in the highs. Just a great quality of sound. When I first got it, I thought it was kinda quiet. But this guitar has really settled it. It’s plenty loud. Projects great. This is the one I use when doing lead against a couple other strummers. This is probably my favorite. This one is the winner in looks.812ce 12 fret (rosewood): this is the new one. Pretty much everything you’d expect in a rosewood version of the 612. A couple steps in the Martin smoothness direction. Still lots of great sounding overtones, but not quite as in-your-face as the maple. Very balanced. Just sounds great. I think most people would prefer the sound of this one over the 612. Volume very good.My brother and I compared a 814ce 14 fret to the 812ce 12 fret and we thought the clear winner in sound quality was the 812ce. No contest.Both 12 fret Taylors have significantly settled in and improved since walking in my door. The maple took a little longer than the rosewood. But in both cases, some original high frequency ‘clutter’ or maybe ‘clatter’ has all but disappeared. In all cases I changed the strings to mostly Martin SPs.I love’em all. They’re all different enough to keep. And yes, Wayne Davis at Sweetwater went an extra mile to help me select from the several 812s he had in inventory. One wart. The tuning machines on the 12 fret Taylors ‘stick’. OK, that may be a little of an overstatement, but they are NOT nearly as smooth as the Martin tuners, which are Waverlys. If you look at the metal surfaces, you can clearly see the Martins are smoother. I complained to Taylor, they sent me new tuners, but they were the same ones. No different. Same ‘not smooth’ surfaces. It’s not worth the time, money, and effort to change the tuners because they work ‘well enough’, but ‘well enough’ isn’t what I’d expect on a $3,000+ guitar.
Music background: Decades in the Closet, lately playing with others
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