Taylor 858e 12-string - Rosewood back and sides

12-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with a Sitka Spruce Top, Indian Rosewood Back and Sides, and ES2 Electronics
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12-string Taylor with a Big Resonant Voice

Sweetwater guitarists recommend the Taylor 858e Grand Orchestra for an immersive 12-string experience. This acoustic-electric boasts Taylor's biggest body style to date along with 800-series resonance enhancements, like protein glued bracing and a nearly-nude 3-mil gloss finish, for a multi-octave wall of rich Taylor acoustic tone. Still, the 858e has a wide dynamic range to respond naturally to heavy strumming or delicate fingerpicking. A Sitka spruce top gives focus to the bright and projecting Indian rosewood body, and Taylor ES2 electronics provide convenient and natural-sounding amplification for the stage and studio.

Taylor 858e Grand Orchestra 12-string Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
  • Premium tonewoods for Taylor's signature full sound
  • 800-series enhancements for added body and resonance
  • Taylor ES2 electronics for a natural and dynamic plugged-in tone
Premium tonewoods for Taylor's signature full sound

The 858e's rich 12-string sound, with its swirling octaves and rich harmonics, still has the full-range Taylor tone and broad response you rely on. This is thanks to a Sitka spruce top that adds focus and definition to body back and sides made from bold Indian rosewood. From folksy fingerpicking to classic rock chord strumming, the Taylor 858e has sounds to cover your bases.

800-series enhancements for added body and resonance

From wood thickness to the thin 3-mil finish, this Taylor 12-string has been optimized to deliver an open tone and fast response. Check out the 858e for a 12-string sound that can fill a room and enhance your arrangements with new sonic textures.

Taylor ES2 electronics for a natural and dynamic plugged-in tone

Artists who play plugged in will appreciate the Taylor 858e's natural-sounding Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics. This system features a three-section proprietary pickup located behind the guitar's saddle for clear and accurate sound reproduction. A master volume control and a pair of tone controls let you tweak your sound and output from the stage, and a discreet phase switch provides vital onboard feedback suppression.

Taylor 858e Grand Orchestra 12-string Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • 12-string acoustic with Taylor's signature fullness
  • Great for folk and classic rock styles
  • Fleshes out song arrangements with new textures
  • Breathes new life into your chord shapes and leads
  • Large Grand Orchestra body with 800-series resonance enhancements
  • Sitka spruce top for focus and definition
  • Indian rosewood back and sides for power and projection
  • Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics provide natural sound reproduction and a full dynamic response
  • Balanced output for noise-free amplification
Immerse yourself in swirling 12-string goodness with the Taylor 858e Grand Orchestra 12-string acoustic!

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Tech Specs

Series 800
String Type Steel
Number of Strings 12
Body Shape Grand Orchestra
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Indian Rosewood
Body Bracing Advanced Performance
Binding Maple
Neck Wood Tropical Mahogany
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Element
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.5"
Tuning Machines Nickel
Bridge Material Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Tusq/Micarta
Nut Width 1.875"
Body Length 20.625"
Body Width 16.750"
Body Depth 5"
Electronics ES-2
Strings Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 858e

Customer Reviews

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Taylor 858e

I received the guitar on Christmas Eve. Delivery was quick and was handled with care. Not even a scratch on the box. Upon opening the guitar case I was in awe. The guitar was breathtaking to just look at. Unfortunately I was not able to play it due to shoulder surgery. It sat there staring at me for a couple of weeks. Finally I was able to remove it from the case and hold it. I still can't get carried away due to the surgery but it sounds fantastic. The fit and finish of the components demand attention and gets raves from everyone seeing it. The sound is full and bright. This is my third Taylor and cements my support to the company from now on.
Music background: Recreational musician

Taylor 858e 12 string cannon!

The Taylor 858e sounds like jingle bells with a canon behind it! The guitar looks completely awesome as expected with a Taylor instrument... definitely some of the best money I ever spent! Thanks again to Scott A. for pointing me in the right direction and Sweetwater for delivering another quality product. This is the 3rd guitar I purchased from sweetwater among other things. Thanks again guys and what a great guitar ! Next it line will be the 6 string Taylor 818!
Music background: 30 years

Taylor 858e 12 String

Excellent fit and finish. Pleasantly surprised by the depth and tone of this 12 string. Action and playability was above expectations. Never considered Taylor to be a top tier brand. I do now.
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