This 12-fret Grand Concert blends mahogany's meaty midrange character with the focused sound of a smaller body, and incorporates a 12-fret design for a slightly warmer, more "broken-in" tone. The short-scale (24-7/8-inch) neck also makes fretting easier. Distinctive appointments include a black pickguard, ivoroid binding and rosette, an ivoroid Century fretboard inlay, and Taylor Expression System 2 acoustic electronics.
The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor's ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor's proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup (patent pending), which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. Together with Taylor's custom-designed "professional audio"-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness.
Like the original Expression System, the ES2 features the same volume and tone control knobs. The preamp is similar but with a slightly different gain structure. As a result it will be about 25 percent hotter, which is more in line with other pickups. This makes it plug-and-play friendly both for artists and live sound mixers.
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