Taylor 12 String Guitar

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Say, “12-string guitars” to the uninitiated acoustic guitar player they flex their hands in anticipation of pain. If your first foray into 12-strings was a low-end brand bargain buy, it is likely you gave up in the same 5 minutes you started. When you’re ready to have another go at it, look at the Taylors.

Taylor 12 String Guitar

Taylor 12 String Guitar

From the GA3-12 Grand Auditorium with its slender, but curvy, hourglass shape, to the luxurious Koa series Jumbo, Taylor’s legendary quality is evident. Woods are carefully chosen for the best resonance and range of tones. Action on Taylor’s 12-strings will absolutely change your mind about what it should feel like to play one. Talk to a Taylor owner and you’ll find many have named their guitars and considered putting them in their wills.

However, the feather-feel of the Taylor, as compared to the beefier Guilds, is not everyone’s cup of tea. Jumbo’s perform well for power strummers, but the Guild 12-strings will likely do those musical performance styles more justice.

Finger style players will perhaps lean in Taylor’s direction for the insanely low action and nimble playability. The jangle is clean enough so that a trained ear could nearly pick out the individual string sounds as they are made by the finger style player. If you vary your styles in performance, the Taylor is a great choice as an all-around stage instrument.

The choices may make you dizzy, but here are some buying tips. At a manageable price point you’ll find the GA3-12 with its Sitka spruce top and sapele sides and back. The sound is balanced and on the bright side. Fingerpickers should absolutely take the GA6-12 out for a spin before deciding on anything else. It’s slimmer than the average 12-string and, therefore more maneuverable. For the richest range and warmest sound, splurge on the Koa line. Named for the Hawaiian koa wood that the back, top and sides are made from, these guitars feature tropical mahogany necks and an ebony fretboard. This stunning instrument is elegantly finished with abalone inlay on the soundhole rosette and fretboards.

Now that you have an idea of what you want, the question becomes where to look for it. After visiting all the traditional bricks and mortar outlets and online portals, don’t forget eBay! Do your due diligence on your sellers the way you would with any important purchase and get ready for some nice price surprises.

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