12-strengs med Taylor Expression System 2
Sapele’s clear, balanced tonal properties are well-suited for a 12-string. The cutaway acoustic/electric 356ce delivers plenty of midrange and top-end shimmer, balanced by the low-end power of the Grand Symphony body shape. An ultra-playable neck delivers an effortless fretting experience. Appointments include black binding, a black pickguard, Italian acrylic dot fretboard inlays, and a 3-ring rosette. The guitar features Taylor’s Expression System 2 pickup for a smooth plug-and-play experience and ships in a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.
Body Length: 20" / Body Width: 16 1/4" / Body Depth: 4 5/8"
Rich and robust, the GS yields lots of volume and dynamic range
Designed by Bob Taylor in 2006
Rich, piano-like bass, strong midrange, and thick trebles
Strong volume when strumming or flatpicking, and responsive clarity with a light attack.
The Grand Symphony shape joined the line in 2006 and delivers a rich, powerful acoustic voice. Think of it as a Grand Auditorium with a turbo boost, thanks to expanded physical dimensions, including a slightly wider waist and a bigger lower bout. Strummers and pickers with a driving attack will love the fullness, volume and sustain. Yet for such a robust voice, the GS is also clear and responsive to fast picking runs or a light fingerstyle touch, so if you’re a dynamic player, this shape is a true contender. And the big voice doesn’t come at the expense of balance. The piano-like bass, meaty midrange, and thick, shimmering highs blend seamlessly. These traits also make the GS a great vehicle for 12-Strings. If you like a lush, potent guitar tone that has the horsepower to compete with other acoustic cannons out there, the GS shape is a worthy choice.
With a slightly larger footprint than the Grand Auditorium, the GS yields a slightly more potent and dynamic all-around sound. Players can expect deeper bass, thicker trebles, and increased volume and low-end sustain, all without disrupting the tonal balance and clarity of the guitar.
Origin: Northwestern North America (Coastal Rainforests of Alaska and Canada)
As a guitar soundboard, or top, Sitka spruce is the tonewood standard of the modern era. It’s used on 85-90 percent of the guitars that Taylor makes. Its combination of strength and elasticity translates into a broad dynamic range, yielding crisp articulation and allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking. Sitka spruce is Bob Taylor’s personal favorite for an all-around great guitar.
Goes Well With: All styles of guitars and players.
Origin: West Africa
Used On: 300 Series, Acoustic 3 Series, Laminate 100 Series, GS Mini, Baby and Big Baby
An alternative tonewood that joined the Taylor fold over a decade ago. It’s sometimes mistakenly referred to as African mahogany because it closely resembles the West African wood khaya, which is commercially known as African mahogany. Sapele is a highly sustainable, relatively fast-growing wood. Tonally, it does everything that mahogany does, with a little extra treble zing. We’ll be able to offer it for a long, long time.
Goes Well With: Everything. Like ovangkol, it’s a great all-purpose tonewood that will deliver a consistent, balanced tone in a variety of playing applications, from fingerstyle to strumming.
Expression System® 2
The Taylor Expression System® 2 (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. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. 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.
Behind the ES2 Design: Rethinking the Piezo Pickup
For decades, piezo-electric transducers have been positioned under the saddle of a guitar based on the long-held belief that the string and top vibration cause the saddle to “bounce” up and down. But Taylor’s electronics team, led by developer David Hosler, discovered that the vertical movement is actually heavily restricted, and that the saddle gets “locked down” due to the string tension’s downward pressure. That’s why a traditional under-saddle pickup with piezo-electric crystals often responds with a sound often characterized as thin, brittle, brash or synthetic, especially with more aggressive playing.
The saddle’s natural range of movement as the guitar is being played is actually back and forth like a pendulum. That revelation led Taylor’s design team to relocate the crystals from under the saddle to behind it. The new positioning enables the crystals to respond more naturally to the guitar’s energy as it is transferred through the saddle. Three pickup sensors are installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, with three tiny Allen screws that calibrate the position of the sensors in relation to the saddle.
Like the original Expression System, the ES2 features the same volume and tone control knobs. The preamp is similar but with a slightly different gain structure. As a result it will be about 25 percent hotter, which is more in line with other pickups. This makes it plug-and-play friendly both for artists and live sound mixers.
Read our guide to using the Expression System 2.
Standard on all “ce” models in the 300 Series through the Presentation Series, the Venetian cutaway is known for its soft, round lines. The sloping peak of the cutaway will vary depending on the shape of the guitar. The Grand Concert, Grand Auditorium, and Grand Symphony have a steeper slope, while the Dreadnought and Jumbo are a bit flatter. Our Grand Concert nylon-string models also feature a subtle, flatter slope, while our 100 and 200 Series cutaway models incorporate our flattest slope.
- Shape: Grand Symphony
- Number of Strings: 12
- Back/Side Wood: Sapele
- Scale length: 25-1/2"
- Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
- Body Length: 20"
- Electronics: Expression System 2®
- Body Width: 16 1/4"
- Cutaway: Venetian
- Body Depth: 4 5/8"
- Nut & Saddle: Tusq
- Neck Width: 1-7/8"
- Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
- Bracing: 12-String Bracing with Relief Rout
- Fretboard Wood: Ebony
- Fretboard Inlay: 4mm Dots
- Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
- Binding: Black
- Bridge Inlay: None
- Bridge Pins: Ebony
- Tuners: Taylor Nickel
- Truss Rod Cover: Indian Rosewood
- Back/Side Finish: Satin
- Top Finish: Gloss
- Neck Finish: Satin
- Pickguard: Black
- Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
- Number of Frets: 20
- Armrest Binding: None
- Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
- Backstrap Wood: None
- Backstrap Finish: None
- Brand of Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light
- Buttons: Nickel
- Edge Trim: None
- Fingerboard Ext: None
- Fretboard Binding: Black
- Heel Cap Binding: Black
- Heel length: 3-1/2"
- Peghead Finish: Satin
- Peghead Inlay: None
- Peghead Binding: None
- Peghead Logo: Taylor Colorcore
- Peghead Type: Standard
- Rosette Mat.: Plastic
- Rosette Size: Three Ring
- Stain/Sunburst: None
- Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
- Wedge: None
Models and specifications are subject to change without notice.