Taylor 856 12-string - Rosewood back and sides

12-string Acoustic Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top, Rosewood Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, and Ebony Fingerboard - Natural
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Taylor 856 12-string - Rosewood back and sides image 1
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Taylor 856 12-string - Rosewood back and sides
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A Full-voiced Acoustic 12-string Guitar

The Taylor 856 is an acoustic 12-string guitar that's primed for brawny, full-voiced tone. That's because not only is it constructed with premier tonewoods - there are a solid Sitka spruce top, an Indian rosewood body, and a Tropical mahogany neck. 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 Symphony design has to offer - powerful lows, crisp highs, and exceptional balance across the entire spectrum. Take it from Sweetwater - you'll love the Taylor 856 12-string acoustic guitar.

Taylor 856 12-string Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
  • Choice tonewoods and GS body style give you big tone
  • Taylor Expression System electronics
  • Taylor's prestigious 12-string family
Choice tonewoods and GS body style give you big tone

Taylor's 856 is designed to make the most of the beautiful 12-string sound, thanks to its Grand Symphony body style. You'll enjoy excellent articulation, but enhanced projection - it's a perfect guitar for laying down tracks in the studio, but it's also a great choice onstage. As far as tonewoods, the Taylor 856 features a solid Sitka spruce top alongside an Indian rosewood body. The neck comprises beautiful Tropical mahogany that opposes a smooth black ebony fingerboard. And, a carefully carved Venetian cutaway gives you comfortable access to the 856's upper frets.

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

You'll notice that the Taylor 856 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 856 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 856, 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 856's Grand Symphony 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 856 12-string acoustic guitar.

Taylor 856 12-string Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • Taylor's Grand Symphony cutaway body style gives you dreadnought-like projection with a more expressive upper register
  • Sitka spruce provides a bright and balanced tone
  • Indian rosewood back and sides add clarity and projection
  • Maximum strength and tone with minimum weight, thanks to customized wood thickness
  • Exceptionally open, vibrant sound thanks to real protein glue, no synthetic adhesives used
  • Extremely thin gloss finish (3.5mil thick)
  • Hardshell case included
Taylor's 856 features a Grand Symphony body and choice tonewoods - it's designed to project premium 12-string acoustic tone!

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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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Acoustic Guitar Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Series 800
String Type Steel
Number of Strings 12
Body Shape Grand Symphony
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 25.5"
Tuning Machines Taylor Nickel Tuners
Bridge Material Smoked Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Tusq Nut, Micarta Saddle
Nut Width 1.875"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 16.25"
Body Depth 4.625"
Strings Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light
Case Included Yes
Manufacturer Part Number 856

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Beauty inside and out

I have for some time now had the urge to own a Taylor and I am a Guitar Noob, I also always wanted a 12 string from nostalgia from when I first started doing sound for a band in the 80s, Now I have it ! This thing is beautiful and supreme quality, the Sweetwater check over and setup also makes it a dream, super smooth and off to a great start, this will be a lifelong friend :-)
Music background: FOH Engineer 35 yrs
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