Extremely playable 12-string with exotic tonewoods.
Taylor’s 300 Series has introduced countless players to the pleasures of the all-solid-wood acoustic experience; it’s the entry point to Taylor’s USA-made instrument line. Players who step up to a 300 Series instrument, like this 362ce Grand Concert 12-String acoustic-electric guitar, will be rewarded with a guitar-for-a-lifetime that will only sound better with age. It doesn’t take but a few strums to learn how the mix of tone woods, construction and appointments combine to make Taylor’s famous playability, intonation and tone. The 300 Series has everything you need and nothing you don’t need in a fantastic sounding and playing instrument. The 362ce Grand Concert ships in a deluxe hardshell case made by Taylor for optimal fit and protection.
Taylor’s Grand Concert is slightly smaller that its Grand Auditorium and yields controlled overtones, so the sound won’t occupy a lot of sonic space. This is often a key consideration when other instruments are in the mix, such as in a performance or recording environment, and it allows the guitar to be heard more clearly. The Grand Concert pairs well with this instrument’s 12-fret neck-to-body construction, and offers an articulate voice with top-end chime. It’s perfect for fingerstyle players and light strummers, though flatpickers are known to enjoy its tonal character too. Its intimate size makes it lap/couch-friendly, and a great fit for players who find smaller instruments more physically comfortable.
A guitar’s top is the primary filter and distributor of vibrating string energy through the guitar, which means it has a huge impact on its sound. Tropical mahogany is known for a meaty midrange featuring a strong fundamental without adding a lot of ringing overtones. It responds well to players with a strong attack who like dry, earthy, lo-fi sounds. It has a natural compression that smooths out strumming and picking technique. Mahogany’s clear and direct tonal character makes it a great option for playing and standing out among other instruments. Tonally, blackwood behaves somewhere in the middle of rosewood and mahogany, with a little extra shimmer and chime that shows its family resemblance to koa. Pairing blackwood with the mahogany top not only gives you that roll-in effect associated with a mahogany top – really smooth attack and balance – but extra complexity as the note decays. It’s a great combination.
Taylor’s ES2 is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. Because the pickup doesn’t sit under the saddle, the bottom of the saddle comes in full contact with the bridge, allowing all the nuance of the guitar’s tone to come through clearly whether playing acousticly or plugged-in. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before while playing plugged-in. Together with Taylor’s custom-designed “professional audio”-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar. The Taylor Expression System 2 operates through a proprietary 9-volt battery compartment and easy-to-use volume, and active bass and treble controls.
Building remarkable 12-strings is part of Taylor’s heritage. Ease-of-play, neck stability, intonation and overall tone has made them the most popular 12-strings on the market. With the Taylor Double-Compensated Saddle, each string on a Taylor 12-string is precisely compensated for intonation and individual string height, making the strings more even in height across the picking surface. Taylor’s slim neck profile and neck system (the “Taylor Neck”) allow precise and low action, resulting in the most comfortable “handfeel” possible in a 12-string guitar. These 12-fret designs may be the most comfortable, playable 12-strings available.
The Taylor Difference
What sets Taylor Guitars apart? Unmatched build quality, the most stable and playable necks, a vast array of tonal options, eco-conscious and ethically-sourced raw materials, and a lifetime of service and support.
- Double-compensated saddle for even string height
- Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light strings
- 2-piece no wedge back
- Three-ring plastic rosette
- Blackwood stain back/sides
- Medium Brown stain top/neck
- Shaded Edge Burst top
- Small diamond fingerboard inlays
- Black fingerboard binding, edge treatment
- Italian acrylic peghead logo
- Body type: 12-Fret Grand Concert
- Cutaway: Venetian
- Top wood: Solid Tropical Mahogany
- Back and sides: Solid Tasmanian blackwood
- Bracing pattern: Taylor Performance (Standard III with relief rout)
- Body finish: Satin
- Orientation: Right handed
- Neck shape: Taylor Standard Profile
- Nut width: 1.87″ (47.6 mm)
- Fingerboard: Genuine West African ebony
- Neck wood: Tropical mahogany
- Scale length: 24.87″
- Number of frets: 18
- Neck finish: Satin
- Pickup/preamp: Yes
- Brand: Taylor
- Configuration: Behind-the-saddle transducer with Adjustable Sensors
- Preamp EQ: 2-band
- Feedback filter: Phase
- Tuner: No
- Headstock overlay: Genuine West African ebony
- Tuning machines: Taylor nickel with nickel buttons
- Bridge: Genuine West African ebony
- Saddle and nut: Micarta “Wave”/TUSQ
- Number of strings: 12
- Special features:
- Case: Hardshell case
- Accessories: None
- Country of origin: United States