Taylor Guitars Prototype Builder’s Edition 652ce
Wildwoodians, if you like Taylor twelve-strings, you are in for a treat! Our friends in El Cajon have sent us the prototypes for the newest addition to their Builder's Edition family, the 652ce. These maple-bodied monsters deliver some of the best twelve-string tone we've ever heard, and we are so grateful to Taylor for sending these prototypes our way. If you're a twelve-string slinger (or want to be one), this is your chance to snag a piece of Taylor history!
Joining the growing family of master-crafted Builder’s Edition guitars, this 652ce is a 12-string for a new generation of acoustic guitarists. Built with figured Big Leaf maple for the back and sides with a torrefied Sitka spruce top, this model’s shimmering, octave-rich tone benefits from maple’s clarity and focus, offering an expressive, easily-recorded sound that will inspire players to expand their sonic palette. V-Class bracing delivers a unique boost in the 12-string configuration, adding texture and tonal bloom as notes resonate with increased sustain and power, while the guitar takes on additional punch resulting from the reversed string orientation. Placing the fundamental string at the top of each pair adds warmth and body, and our new double-mounted string anchoring system provides cleaner intonation with each string crossing the saddle at the same point.
Taylor's special roasting process draws a more aged-in, sweetened response from the torrefied spruce top, and the 12-fret setup brings the bridge closer to the center of the lower bout for stronger midrange presence and a slinkier, more relaxed feel for your fretting hand. This 652ce is appointed to deliver a playing experience that matches its robust tone, with chamfered body and fretboard edges, a smooth Curve Wing bridge, and beveled armrest and cutaway providing a truly fluid, intimate connection between player and instrument. Like many of its Builder’s Edition counterparts, this 12-string is finished in an edgeburst-hued Silent Satin sheen that reduces incidental noise for clean recordings, along with Scepter inlays in shell and mother-of-pearl for an artful, eye-catching visual character. It ships with ES2 electronics in a deluxe Taylor hardshell case.
|Model||Builder's Edition 652ce|
|Top Wood||Solid Torrefied Sitka Spruce|
|Top Finish||Silent Satin Wild Honey Burst|
|Back & Sides Wood||Solid Figured Big Leaf Maple|
|Back & Sides Finish||Silent Satin Wild Honey Burst|
|Neck Wood||Hard Rock Maple|
|Neck Dimensions||.840 1st - .870 7th|
|Fingerboard||West African Crelicam Ebony|
|Fingerboard Inlays||Mother-of-Pearl Sceptre|
|Scale Length||24 7/8"|
|Width at Nut||1 7/8”|
|Nut Material||Black Graphite-Infused Tusq|
|Rosette||Single-Ring Big Leaf Maple|
|Electronics||Taylor Expression System 2|
|Bridge||West African Crelicam Ebony|
|Case||Taylor Brown Hardshell Case|
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