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Taylor 656ce 12-String Grand Symphony Sitka Spruce & Maple ES2


SKU: 656CE15

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Taylor’s latest design refinements add extra overall girth to our 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 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.


  • Shape: Grand Symphony
  • Number of Strings: 12
  • Back/Side Wood: Maple
  • Scale length: 25-1/2"
  • Top Wood: Torrefied Sitka
  • Body Length: 20"
  • Electronics: Expression System 2®
  • Body Width: 16 1/4"
  • Cutaway: Venetian
  • Body Depth: 4 5/8"
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
  • Neck Width: 1-7/8”
  • Neck/Heel: Hard Rock Maple
  • Bracing: Advanced Performance with Relief Rout
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony
  • Fretboard Inlay: Grained Ivoroid Wings
  • Headstock Overlay: Ebony
  • Binding: Ebony
  • Bridge Inlay: None
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony
  • Tuners: Taylor Nickel
  • Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
  • Back/Side Finish: Gloss 3.5
  • Top Finish: Gloss 3.5
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Pickguard: Striped Ebony
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Armrest Binding: None
  • Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
  • Backstrap Wood: Ebony with Inlay
  • Backstrap Finish: Gloss
  • Brand of Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light
  • Buttons: Nickel
  • Edge Trim: None
  • Fingerboard Ext: None
  • Fretboard Binding: Ebony
  • Heel Cap Binding: Ebony
  • Heel length: 3-1/2”
  • Peghead Finish: Gloss
  • Peghead Inlay: Grained Ivoroid Wings
  • Peghead Binding: Ebony
  • Peghead Logo” Grained Ivoroid
  • Peghead Type: Standard
  • Rosette Mat.: Ebony/Grained Ivoroid/Abalone
  • Rosette Size: Single Ring
  • Stain/Sunburst: Brown Sugar
  • Type of Neck Joint: Scarf

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