Taylor 856ce Grand Symphony 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar (SN:1103244118)


Print page
Image for 856ce Grand Symphony 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar (SN:1103244118) from SamAsh
You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video.
  • Images (10)
  • Video (8)
Large View

Recommended Accessories

MSRP: $4,578.00 $3,549.00 Save : $1,029.00 (22%)
Availability: In Stock
Limited Quantity Available!
MSRP: $4,578.00 $3,549.00 Save : $1,029.00 (22%)
Add to Cart

Product Rating:


(No reviews)

Be the first to

Write a Review
  • Description
  • Specifications
  • Reviews
  • Warranty
  • More Info

You are looking at a Taylor 856ce Grand Symphony 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar, serial number 1103244118. This is the actual guitar you will receive should you decide to purchase.

The Taylor 800 Series Models gives their flagship rosewood/spruce 800 series guitars a whole new twist, offering up an expansive array of tone-enhancing refinements by optimizing virtually every element of the guitar's material construction. These refinements include customized bracing and wood thickness' for each shape to bring out the best tonal qualities of each, animal protein glue adhesive for superb tonal transfer, a thinner gloss finish and groundbreaking Expression System 2 electronics, all packaged together with a refreshed design aesthetic. With the rebirth of the 800 series, Andy Powers, designer/luthier behind these instruments, sought to highlight the distinctive characteristics and unique acoustic voice of each different body shape.

Harnessing the full-spectrum tonal range of rosewood, the expressive Taylor 856ce 12-string is the perfect mixture of power, balance, and crystal-clear articulation. Combined with Advanced Performance bracing with the tone-enhancing Relief Rout, the 856ce has a richer, sweeter sound with more low-end rumble than ever before. The 856ce will give you the full, rich response that you'd expect from a larger-body 12-string for strumming chords, while providing a thick, swirly, powerful response when flatpicking or playing fingerstyle arrangements. For a beautiful glossy luster without sacrificing tonal response, the body of the 856ce is all dressed up in a 3.5 mils full-gloss finish that's over 40 percent thinner. A smooth venetian cutaway offers comfortable access to the higher frets.

The ultra comfortable Taylor 12-string neck of the 856ce is topped off with a light-marbled ebony fingerboard. The fingerboard boasts elegant mother-of-pearl Element fingerboard inlays that were inspired by the diamond-like shape of the various 800 series inlays over the years.

This tastefully appointed 856ce Grand Symphony makes use of some of the finest materials available—the body, peghead, fingerboard and heelcap are all bound by pale maple and a matching pale maple back strip adds a nice touch. To showcase the rosewood-rich heritage of the 800 series and the wood's natural beauty, the 856ce is adorned with stunning rosewood accents which include a rosewood trim along the top edge, a gorgeous rosewood pickguard that's perfectly matched with back and sides, and a stunning green abalone rosette outlined with rosewood.

The Taylor Expression System 2
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, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated piezo-electric 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 pro audio-grade preamp, the ES2 produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the ES2 faithfully conveys the voice of a Taylor guitar.

Behind the ES2 Design: Rethinking the Piezo Pickup
For decades, piezo-electric transducers have been positioned under the saddle of a guitar based on the long-held belief that the string and top vibration cause the saddle to “bounce” up and down. But Taylor’s electronics team, led by developer David Hosler, discovered that the vertical movement is actually heavily restricted, and that the saddle gets “locked down” due to the string tension’s downward pressure. That’s why a traditional under-saddle pickup with piezo-electric crystals often responds with a sound characterized as thin, brittle, brash or synthetic, especially with more aggressive playing.

The saddle’s natural range of movement as the guitar is being played is actually back and forth like a pendulum. That revelation led Taylor’s design team to relocate the crystals from under the saddle to behind it. The new positioning enables the crystals to respond more naturally to the guitar’s energy as it is transferred through the saddle. Three piezo sensors are installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, with three tiny Allen screws that calibrate the pressure of the sensors against the saddle.

Like the original Taylor 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.

This Taylor 856ce Grand Symphony 12-String Acoustic-Electric guitar comes with the full protection of a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.


  • Shape: Grand Symphony
  • Number of Strings: 12
  • Cutaway : Venetian
  • Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Back/Side Wood: Indian Rosewood
  • Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
  • Body Length: 20"
  • Body Width: 16 1/4"
  • Body Depth: 4 5/8"
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2"
  • Body Finish: Gloss 3.5
  • Bracing: Advanced Performance with Relief Rout
  • Binding: Maple .080"
  • Edge Trim: Indian Rosewood
  • Rosette: Single Ring Abalone
  • Pickguard: Rosewood
  • Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
  • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Neck Width: 1-7/8"
  • Heel Length: 3-1/2"
  • Heel Cap Binding: Maple
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Fretboard Inlay: Element
  • Fretboard Binding: Maple
  • Peghead Type:Standard
  • Headstock Overlay: Ebony
  • Peghead Finish: Gloss
  • Peghead Binding: Maple
  • Peghead Logo: Taylor Mother of Pearl
  • Tuners: Taylor Nickel
  • Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony with Abalone Dots
  • Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Medium
  • Buttons: Nickel
  • Electronics: Expression System 2
  • Includes Taylor Hardshell Case

Get your Taylor 856ce Grand Symphony 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar (Serial#: 1102064086) today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

    12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    Hardshell Case
Number Of Frets 20
Scale Length 25-1/2"
Neck Type Scarf
Nut Width 1-7/8"
Neck Wood Tropical Mahogany
Body Wood Indian Rosewood
Top Sitka Spruce
Bridge Type Ebony
Tuning Machines Sealed Gears
Other Features Grand Symphony Body with Venetian Cutaway, a Thin 3.5 Mil Gloss Finish, and Advanced Performance Bracing with Relief Rout
  • Optimized Dimensions/Wood Thickness to Bring Out the Best of Each Body Shape
  • Protein Glue for Enhanced Tonal Transfer
  • Indian Rosewood Edge Trim and Pickguard
  • Abalone Rosette Outlined with Indian Rosewood
  • Maple Binding and Back Strip
  • Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
  • Taylor Expression System 2 Electronics
  • Orientation Right-Handed
    Case/Bag Included Yes
    Case Type Hardshell Case
    Series 800
    Model 856ce


    by PowerReviews

    The manufacturer's warranty covers parts and labor for the lifetime of the product. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

    Information not available