The Taylor 356ce Electro Acoustic Guitar is a highly desirable 12-string that is coveted by many not only for its incredible tonal qualities but also for beautiful lines and luxurious looks. Introduced in 2006, and built using the Grand Symphony body shape, this guitar delivers a rich, powerful acoustic voice. Offering a richly textured and full-bodied sound, which is responsive to the lightest of touches, the body offers an outstanding dynamic range. Whether you prefer to attack the strings with a fast picking or strumming style, or prefer to play with a deft fingerstyle technique, the Taylor 356ce delivers a beautifully lush tone.
Taylor twelve-strings employ reinforced braces in comparison to 6-strings to account for the increased string tension and to prevent the top from buckling. This means the Taylor 356ce features a thicker top piece, denser pin plates, and heavier, non-scalloped bracing, in order to support the top and adequately amplify the tone of the guitar.
The back and side wood of the 356ce is built using West African Sapele wood, which has been utilised by Taylor for over a decade. Sapele is known for having similar harmonic qualities to mahogany in delivering soothing lows and warm mid tones. It is a very-adaptable tonewood that allows a variety of styles from fingerstyle to strumming to really shine.
The top wood is built using Sitka Spruce which as Taylor say, “…is the tonewood standard of the modern era.” It has the enviable combination of strength and elasticity. Sitka Spruce also delivers richly textured highs, which compliments the Sapele to give the 356ce a diverse tonal range from a deep, throbbing low-end through warm mids to crisp highs.
The neck is constructed from reliably strong Tropical Mahogany, which is set at a comfortable 25-1/2” scale length. Coupled with an Ebony fingerboard, the sonic properties of both woods marry together beautifully to complete the delivery of superbly resonant tones.
Taylor have done their utmost to ensure that the unique tonal qualities of the Taylor 356ce are as closely represented as possible when it is plugged-in, as to when it is played acoustically. To guarantee this Taylor spent several years designing and perfecting their groundbreaking Expression System ® (ES).
The ES is an all-magnetic acoustic guitar pickup, which acts like a microphone to a produce an exact representation of the acoustics of the guitar.
The ES is incredibly simple to command by using the onboard system comprised of three simple controls – volume, bass, treble. These control knobs have been designed to be discrete enough not to interfere with the aesthetic of the guitar yet be easily located for quick adjustment.
The fit and finish of the Taylor 356ce is in keeping with their incredibly high standards featuring a softly, rounded Venetian cutaway, which offers greater access to the upper frets. Black binding seals the fretboard, whilst chrome tuners and buttons complete the high-class aesthetic.
Manufacturer Taylor Model 356ce Electro Acoustic Guitar Top Material Sitka Spruce Back & Side Material West African Sapele Neck Material Tropical Mahogany Fingerboard Material Ebony Body Shape Grand Symphony Cutaway Colour Natural Pickups Taylor Expression System Guitar Size Full Number of Strings 12 Tuners Chrome Scale Length 25-1/2" Bracing Forward shifted bracing with relief rout Binding White Bridge Ebony Nut & Saddle Tusq Truss Rod Adjustable Pickguard Tortoise Included Accessories Taylor hard case
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