Taylor's redesigned 812ce Grand Concert V-Class acoustic-electric guitar is the culmination of almost half a century of experience and research. The 812ce features Indian rosewood back and sides, premium-grade Sitka spruce top, mahogany neck with ebony fretboard, and a pearl inlay design. Taylor went back to the drawing board to create custom bracing for each guitar model to give you the most out of your guitar. Everyone at Guitar World is impressed with how the 812ce Grand Concert V-Class guitar sounds unplugged. And you'll love the sound of Taylor's updated Expression System 2 at your plugged-in gigs. The Taylor 812ce Grand Concert V-Class has a robust output, dynamic range, and sensitive response for all types of players.
Bracing is the internal framework of an acoustic guitar that helps shape its sound. Although X-bracing has been standard in acoustic guitars for over a century, it creates an innate conflict between two key elements of a guitar’s sound: volume and sustain. The guitar's top (its soundboard) contributes to both. The flexibility of the top generates volume (projection), while its stiffness generates sustain. And with X-braced guitar tops, here's where the trade-off comes in: when something is made stiffer, its flexibility is reduced (and vice versa).
With Taylor's V-Class bracing, an acoustic guitar top can be both stiff and flexible — for more volume and sustain. V-Class bracing provides stiffness parallel to the strings for more rigidity and hence sustain. Flexibility on either side generates the air movement necessary for robust projection. It's the best of both worlds. This groundbreaking innovation also improves intonation, not only producing notes that are louder and with longer sustain — but more in tune with each other. V-Class bracing boosts volume evenly across the tonal spectrum, increases sustain, and improves the natural intonation of the instrument by creating a more synergistic response from the soundboard. This fosters a more harmonious relationship between the notes you play, helping chords to ring out in cohesive splendor. Pick up a Taylor with V-Class bracing and experience it for yourself.
Taylor's Grand Concert body style gives you clarity, focus, and balanced tone that sits beautifully in thicker arrangements where a larger-bodied acoustic would take up too much sonic space. At Guitar World, we've found that the 812ce Grand Concert is a wonderful choice if you want a smaller-bodied guitar, while still maintaining a full, focused sound.
If you play plugged in, then you're going to love the Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics built into your 812ce Grand Concert. The key to this fantastic system is the 3-section proprietary pickup located behind the saddle. Because of where it's positioned and how it's integrated into the 812ce's saddles, the ES2 pickup provides you with remarkably clear and accurate sound. In addition to a master volume control, a pair of tone controls lets you tweak your highs and lows to get the sound you want, and a discreet phase switch offers vital onboard feedback suppression.