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Taylor 656ce Grand Symphony 12-String Acoustic Electric wCase

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Product Description

Clear, clean and bold 12-string tone that commands a presence! The Taylor 656ce Grand Symphony 12-String Acoustic Electric Guitar features a Sitka Spruce top and Big Leaf Maple back and sides for a refined look and wonderfully brilliant tone that really allows every one of the 12 strings to jump out and shine. The Grand Symphony body shape projects a big, bold voice that is ideal for both acoustic playing and when you need to plug in. Taylor gives the 656ce final touches of crisp white binding and Twisted Oval fretboard inlays.

Product Specifications
Taylor 656ce Grand Symphony 12-String Acoustic Electric Specifications
  • Shape: Grand Symphony
  • Back/Side Wood: Big Leaf Maple
  • Scale length: 25-1/2 inches
  • Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Body Length: 20 inches
  • Electronics: ES
  • Body Width: 16 1/4 inches
  • Cutaway: Venetian
  • Body Depth: 4 5/8 inches
  • Nut and Saddle: Tusq
  • Neck Width: 1-7/8 inches
  • Neck/Heel: Hard Rock Maple
  • Bracing: 12-String Bracing with Relief Rout
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony
  • Fretboard Inlay: Twisted Ovals
  • Headstock Overlay: Ebony
  • Binding: White
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony with Abalone Dots
  • Tuners: Taylor Gold
  • Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
  • Back/Side Finish: Gloss
  • Top Finish: Gloss
  • Brand of Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light
  • Neck Finish: Gloss
  • Pickguard: Tortoise
  • Frets: 20
  • Fretboard Binding: White
  • Heel Cap Binding: White
  • Heel length: 3-1/2 inches
  • Peghead Binding: White
  • Peghead Logo: Taylor Mother of Pearl
  • Rosette Material: Abalone
  • Rosette Size: Single Ring
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
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iplay4JC from NorCal
Playability and Feel
Beuatifully crafted guitar with nice 12 string tonalities
Your general opinion of this product.
I played a 656ce at a local guitar store and was absolutely amazed. I must've demoed it for about 15-20 minutes and was immediately sold. Thankfully I was able to take advantage of AMS's 12 month financing deal to make owning one a reality! I received my 656ce a few days ago and am pleased as punch!
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
This was my first purchase from AMS and I was worried. Since I hadn't really seen or played the guitar, my thoughts were, "What if I get a dead one?" My fears were relieved as the quality of this guitar is typical Taylor: Top notch. From the neck, to the body binding, the fingerboard and soundboard, the back, sides, headstock, etc. Taylor does quality work.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Since I demoed this guitar at a local store, I knew about its playability and feel. Strumming, picking and playing arpeggios weren't an issue. Not owning a 12 string for several years, it's going to take time to develop muscle memory. However the playability and feel of this 656Ce is ergonomically sound.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
Compared to the 656ce I demoed, this one sounds a little on the bright side. I know the maple back, sides and ebony fingerboard factor into that equation. However I also know the one I demoed is a 2012 model so its wood has had time to "develop". To get an idea of its tone, I strummed above and behind the soundhole. I heard sweet warm, round tones when strumming at the neck and 2-4 inches above the soundhole. So I know when this guitar settles down, it'll be sweet as my 616ce did the same thing.
How was the action out of the box?
Perfect. The guitar was shipped detuned and I was concerned it may need a set-up after tuning it. By the way, I let the guitar sit in the house for 5.5 hours before I opened the box and removed it from its case. After tuning it to pitch, I let the guitar set in for 20 minutes. Some fine re-tuning was required and the 656ce took it in stride. At concert pitch the action remained low and the neck didn't require an adjustment. NOTE: Taylor no longer supplies a truss rod wrench with their guitars. Thankfully I kept one from a 310ce I purchased in 2000.
How did the stain or paint job look?
The finish was superb. No uneven areas or gaps. Excellent job Taylor!
How has it stood up over time?
I can't comment on this as I just received it a few days ago. However I'm also the proud owner of a 616ce. Knowing Taylor quality, I'm certain the 656ce will be just as reliable.
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