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Old 09-27-2023, 02:29 AM
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Smile Taylor's grand concert 12-string guitars

I ran into a used 752ce last weekend. I loved it, but I buy only new guitars because they come with payment plans I can afford.

Taylor has discontinued the 752ce. Here's a L I N K to it.

What do you make of Taylor's current line up of grand-concert size 12-string guitars?

Sweetwater's inventory L I N K

Guitar Center's inventory L I N K
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Old 09-27-2023, 05:05 AM
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What do you make of Taylor's current line up of grand-concert size 12-string guitars?
I inadvertently encountered a 652ce Builders Edition in Wild Honey Burst and immediately fell in love with it! It's my third 12-string, and I love the way it plays, feels and looks.

(Shown here on the left with my custom Holst archtop and GS Mini-e Koa)

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Old 09-27-2023, 05:25 AM
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I like my 552 - this model was out of the Taylor lineup for a while, but now resurrected in different woods: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...guitar-tobacco It's a nice size if you have short-arm syndrome.

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Well I bought a 362ce from Sweetwater back in February. I love it. My first 12 string was a Guild D1212 which did sound fuller/deeper but was just uncomfortable for my beat up shoulders. The 362ce still has the 12 string chime and kind of a rich tone. I almost sold it recently thinking a Larrivee L03-12 might be a perfect size but I was able to try one and it was still too large and sounded kind of bland compared to the 362ce.

Edit: I don't love the two strings per pin setup but will probably get used to it.
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Personally I wish Taylor would bring back the big boys like the x58 Grand Orchestras.
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Personally I wish Taylor would bring back the big boys like the x58 Grand Orchestras.
I've long believed that 12 strings sound best when played through a large guitar bodies...
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Old 09-27-2023, 08:35 AM
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Iíve had a 362ce for a couple of years, and I love it. If you want a big booming 12 string sound the way youíre used to hearing them, the Grand Concert isnít going to give you that. It does give you a very pleasant, different type of 12 string tone, and thatís what I like about it - along with the impeccable quality and ease of playing a body thatís smaller. I play this one a lot. Itís the only Taylor Iíve ever bonded with.
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Smile 552ce

I have a really sweet 552ce from the end of the X brace period

It seems to me like a mini version of my LKSMs. Nice Fat warm tone with Cedar over Mahogany.

True, it won’t BOOM like a Jumbo, but it amplifies GREAT.

I love the comfort of the small body and SS

If I am going to plug in a 12, I would take this.

Had one, and sold it. Missed it and bought another. Great axe for me.

Now a 552 is different woods and V brace…. Not gonna be the same, but Taylor sure knows how to build a 12!

Play on and have fun

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I have a really sweet 552ce from the end of the X brace period ...
True, it wonít BOOM like a Jumbo, but it amplifies GREAT.

I love the comfort of the small body and SS

If I am going to plug in a 12, I would take this...

Paul
The guy who runs the open mic I go does not care for most Taylors when they're DI'd (to put it mildly), but he makes an exception for my 552.

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Thanks for your informative replies.

Aside from the unearthly beauty of its tone and ease of playability, the guitar astonished me with its powerful volume and projection, strange given that Taylor's grand concert is three sizes smaller than a dreadnought, and just two sizes larger than their legendary GS Mini.

Taylor size chart L I N K

Playing it made me feel like one the apes in "2001: A Space Odyssey" when they first encounter the mysterious black monolith.
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Personally I wish Taylor would bring back the big boys like the x58 Grand Orchestras.
Here you go!

https://www.taylorguitars.com/guitars/acoustic/858e-ltd

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$4K is a bit much. Taylor recently unveiled a 112ce. The least they could do is follow suit with a 258 DXL.
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$4K is a bit much. Taylor recently unveiled a 112ce. The least they could do is follow suit with a 258 DXL.
LOL...I guess like with a rogue genie you have to be more specific with your wishes from Taylor. You asked, they granted. $4k is a lot but you didn't wish for an inexpensive one.
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Old 09-28-2023, 08:42 AM
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I love my x braced 552

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I have always thought the Taylor 562CE was a very cool 12-string. The mahogany body on this model seemed to work some magic and I really like the looks. I also think the 12-fret design helps a little.



These things sell used for $2000-2300, so they are a good value. I keep thinking about buying one of these.

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