Taylor 812ce-N - Rosewood back and sides

6-string Acoustic-electric Nylon-string Grand Concert Guitar with Spruce Top, Rosewood Back and Sides, Taylor ES-N Electronics, and Hardshell Case - Natural
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A Robust Nylon-string Guitar!

If you're looking for a smaller bodied, yet full-voiced, nylon-string guitar, look no further than the Taylor 812ce-N acoustic-electric guitar. From its fast mahogany neck and its ebony fingerboard to its spruce and rosewood body, the 812-N is a player's dream come true. This guitar's supremely comfortable Grand Concert body resonates richly, while the ES-N electronics organically amplify every nuance of your playing. . You'll hear a richer voice, with more complex harmonics and a more open sound that's incredibly vibrant. The secret is that Taylor optimized the wood thickness and bracing patterns to give you the best that the Grand Concert design has to offer. Take it from Sweetwater - you'll love the Taylor 812ce-N nylon-string acoustic-electric guitar.

Taylor 812ce-N Nylon-string Classical 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
  • Exceptional tone, volume, and balance thanks to custom-tailored wood thickness
  • Premium plugged-in tone with Taylor's ES-N electronics
A richer, more vibrant voice than ever before thanks to customized bracing

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

Super-comfortable Grand Concert body style provides excellent tonal balance

Arguably Taylor's most comfortable body style, the 812ce-N's smaller than average Grand Concert shape is the perfect fit for anyone looking for a more manageable instrument. That makes the Taylor 812ce-N a particularly good choice if you're a finger-stylest or if you have shorter arms. It features a beautiful Sitka spruce top, which gives you wonderful projection and the perfect amount of sparkle. Add to that the balanced tone and astonishing projection of the 812ce-N's Indian rosewood back and sides, and you have a guitar with timeless tone.

Exceptional tone, volume, and balance thanks to custom-tailored wood thickness

One of the things we like best about Taylor at Sweetwater is that their various body styles are designed for specific purposes, allowing you to choose a guitar that's the perfect match for your style. With the 812ce-N, Taylor takes that to another level by carefully matching the thickness of the spruce top and rosewood back and sides to the body style. They determined what the optimum wood thickness for the 812ce-N's Grand Concert body would be, to give you maximum tone and light weight while also being equally strong. Taylor is also using real animal protein glue (fish, in fact) instead of synthetic glue. Luthiers have been using protein glues for centuries for their incredible strength, and also for their tone. Protein glue optimizes transfer of vibrations and also holds amazingly well, which means you're sure to get a lifetime of fantastic tone from the Taylor 812ce-N acoustic-electric guitar.

Premium plugged-in tone with Taylor's ES-N electronics

Designed to faithfully reproduce the Taylor 812ce-N's native tone, Taylor's ES-N system uses patented Dynamic Sensors - optimized for nylon strings - to capture top and string vibration like never before. The Taylor ES-N system is seamlessly integrated into the design of the guitar from the ground up. You can use the onboard tone controls to give your sound added flavor, or set them flat if you want an uncolored, exceptionally clean sound.

Taylor 812ce-N Nylon-string Classical Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • Grand Concert body style gives you a dreadnought-esk projection with a more expressive upper register
  • Sitka spruce top provides a light and expressive sound
  • Indian rosewood back and sides add clarity and projection
  • Graceful Venetian cutaway gives you access all the way up the fingerboard
  • Onboard Taylor ES-N electronics give you natural sound even when plugged in live
  • Hardshell case included
If you're looking for a comfortable acoustic-electric nylon-string guitar, then the Taylor 812ce-N is perfect for you!

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Tech Specs

Series 800
String Type Nylon
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Grand Concert
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
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
Fingerboard Material Smoked Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Mother-of-Pearl Element
Number of Frets 17
Scale Length 25.5"
Tuning Machines Taylor Slot Head Tuners
Bridge Material Smoked Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
Nut Width 1.875"
Body Length 19.5"
Body Width 15"
Body Depth 4.375"
Electronics Taylor Nylon Expression System
Strings D'Addario Classical Extra Hard Tension
Case Included Yes
Manufacturer Part Number 812ce-N

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A Fine Guitar

I purchased this instrument because my hands are exhibiting the wear of 50+ plus years of playing. I mostly play Martin flat tops and Gibson arch tops. I didn't use picks for years and then began using them a few years back after having both of my thumbs surgically repaired. It sort of threw a monkey wrench into my style of playing which was mostly finger style. A few years ago I began playing ukulele and discovered I could play finger style on the nylon strings without being too sore the next day. I started to think about picking up a nylon stringed guitar. I had not owned one in over 40 years. After extensive research I bought the Taylor, sight unseen. I went back and forth between the 812 and 814. I'm glad I went with the smaller one. It's the same size as a Martin 000, just a bit thicker. That size is perfect in terms of tonal balance. The neck is not too thick and works well for one used to the instruments mentioned above. My hands are average size at best. I do find using my left thumb to hit a bass note on the low E isn't as easy is it is on a 0000-28 or one of the arch tops. But overall the Taylor plays smooth. It has great tone when played acoustic. It sounds good plugged into a Bose L-1 PA System, but a bit tinny through an AER 60. I'm hedging on reviewing the electronics because I'm still fiddling with the guitar and the sound gear to learn all the options. This is an excellent guitar. I have a collection that includes instruments by Martin, Gibson, Heritage, Fender, Mosrite, and Kaneli'a. I've never owned a Taylor and, quite truthfully, wasn't interested in the Martin 000-C because it's made for the less expensive market and does not have a glossy finish. Martin does not offer any nylon stringed instruments above that level so I looked elsewhere in order to find a higher quality instrument and found it. I am 100% satisfied with this guitar. I wasn't too thrilled having to make such a purchase over the internet. However, these instruments are not easy to find. Even in the SF Bay Area. Working with Sweetwater was a breeze. My personal representative was Stuart. He contacted me by phone after I placed the order and we made a nice connection. The guitar came when they said it would, it was properly set-up, and was ready to tune up and play. No problems at all and I'm quite sure they'd fix any if there were.
Music background: 50+ years playing experience
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Taylor, Taylor Acoustic / Electric Guitars, Taylor Classical/Nylon String Guitars