Taylor 812e, Natural

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Spruce Top, Rosewood Back and Sides, and ES2 Electronics - Natural
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Taylor 812e, Natural image 1
$3,299.00
Sweetwater Savings: $939.00 MSRP: $4,238.00

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Taylor 812e, Natural
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Small-bodied Taylor with Big Tone!

Taylor's redesigned 812e acoustic-electric guitar is the culmination of 40 years of experience and research. The 812e 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. 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. The Taylor 812e Grand Concert has a robust output, dynamic range, and sensitive response for all types of players.

Taylor 812e 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 812e acoustic-electric guitar's smaller body and tapered waist not only make it the ultimate studio and stage guitar, but its short scale and lighter string tension also make it a fingerstyle favorite.

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

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

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 812e, 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 812e'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 812e acoustic-electric.

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

Traditionally, acoustic-electric guitars have employed under-saddle piezo transducers, but Taylor has discovered a better way. Their revolutionary Expression System 2 uses a proprietary pickup behind the saddle. The pickup's three individually calibrated, precisely positioned piezo-electric sensors respond organically to the instrument's acoustic energy as it's transferred through the saddle. In concert with Taylor's custom-designed preamp (which delivers a 25% hotter signal), the result is a more natural acoustic sound with incredible dynamic range and responsiveness to your pick or finger attack. Sweetwater's guitar gurus are mightily impressed with Taylor's Expression System 2. Whether you're onstage through a PA, plugged into an acoustic amp, or direct into recording software, the ES2 faithfully conveys the voice of a Taylor guitar.

Taylor 812e Grand Concert Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • 812e with updated bracing and electronics
  • Smaller Grand Concert body gives you focused, balanced tone
  • Custom-designed bracing provides better response, projection, and tone
  • Expression System 2 electronics deliver natural acoustic sound to your amp or PA
  • Exceptionally open, vibrant sound thanks to real protein glue, no synthetic adhesives used
  • Sitka spruce top provides a light and expressive sound
  • Indian rosewood back and sides gives you a rich, vibrant sound with exceptional projection
  • Maximum strength and tone with minimum weight, thanks to customized wood thickness
  • Extremely thin gloss finish (3.5mil thick)
  • Includes hardshell case
Taylor's 812e Grand Concert acoustic-electric is a distinctive, ultra-playable beauty!

What Does "Special Order" Mean?

A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

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Tech Specs

Series 800
String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Grand Concert
Body Style No 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
Fingerboard Material Smoked Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Mother-of-Pearl Element
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 24.875"
Tuning Machines Taylor Nickel Tuners
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 Expression System 2
Strings Elixir Phosphor Bronze HD Light
Case Included Yes
Manufacturer Part Number 812e-ES2

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Love my new 812e

My new Taylor 812e is just what I had hoped it would be. Rich full tones and sustain in a more compact size. I could not be more pleased.
Music background: Playing for 50+ years
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Taylor, Taylor 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Taylor Acoustic / Electric Guitars