Taylor’s latest design refinements add extra overall girth to the maple/spruce 12-string sound, while also highlighting maple’s articulation, enabling all the octave courses to be heard. A maple-specific back bracing profile adds warmth, and a special seasoning process for the spruce top called torrefaction produces an aged tonal character with greater acoustic resonance and responsiveness. Protein glues for the bracing and bridge boost the tonal transfer between key wood components, while an ultra-thin gloss finish minimizes dampening.
A hand-rubbed 'Brown Sugar' stain on the back and sides is achieved using an arduous process common in 1920's instrument making gives maple’s striking figure a beautiful violin-hued appearance without adding extra thickness to the finish. Featured appointments include grained ivoroid Wings fretboard inlays, an inlaid ebony backstrap, ebony binding with ivoroid purfling, an ebony/ivoroid rosette, and a striped ebony pickguard, along with Taylor’s Expression System 2 acoustic electronics. The guitar features a Venetian cutaway and comes with a deluxe hardshell case.
Taylor 656ce ES2 12-String Acoustic Electric Features
- Hard rock maple neck
- Maple back/sides
- Striped ebony pickguard
- Sitka spruce top
- 600 Series advanced performance bracing with protein glue
- Hand-rubbed brown sugar back/sides using a process common in 1920's instrument making
- Deluxe hardshell case included
- Expression System 2 pickup