A traditional tone and 12-fret design meets Taylor’s latest electronics! The 522e features a 12-fret Grand Concert body crafted from Tropical Mahogany. This combination yields a meaty midrange with a focused, broken-in sound thanks to its small body. Fingerstyle players will fall in love with this beauty. Taylor also gives the 522e their revolutionary pickup design that delivers incredible dynamics and natural sound like never before!
Taylor 522e ES2 12-Fret Grand Concert Acoustic Electric Features
- 12-fret Grand Concert body shape ideal for fingerstyle players
- Tropical Mahogany top, back and sides for a focused midrange
- Short-scale 24-7/8-inch neck makes fretting easier
- Distinctive appointments include a black pickguard, grained ivoroid binding and rosette
- Grained Ivoroid Century inlays on the Ebony fingerboard
- Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics with proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup which allows more dynamic range
The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s proprietary 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 pro 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 ES2 faithfully conveys the voice of the 522e 12-fret.
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 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 an under-saddle pickup with piezo-electric crystals often responds with a sound often characterized as thin, brittle, brash or synthetic.
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.