Taylor 2014 Spring Limited 456ce-SLTD Grand Symphony 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar


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The Taylor 2014 Spring Limited 456ce-SLTD Grand Symphony 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar offers an upgrade to the popular ovangkol/spruce 400 series 456ce, enhanced with premium features that working musicians are sure to love and appreciate.

The 456ce-SLTD takes the dynamic-voiced spruce/ovangkol 12-string, GS model and incorporates several premium features, including a full gloss finish to accentuate the natural beauty of the ovangkol back/sides, abalone dot fretboard inlays/bridge pins, and the revolutionary Expression System 2 that faithfully reproduces the pure acoustic voice of the guitar in the studio or on the stage.

The rich, well-balanced voice and lush, articulate tones of the Taylor 456ce will accommodate a wide range of 12-string players. For spring 2014, Taylor is proud to introduce the Spring Limited 400 Series 456ce-SLTD, which incorporates several premium enhancements that make this already popular 400 series 12-string guitar even more desirable. Crafted from the same ingredients that made the standard 456ce a hit with musicians in the first place, the 456ce-SLTD features the dynamic Grand Symphony shape, a smooth venetian cutaway, a Sitka spruce top, & ovangkol back and sides. Unlike many other 12-string guitars, the 456ce-SLTD features a sleek mahogany neck with low action to offer superb player comfort. Exclusive to the 400 series Spring Limited models, the body of the 456ce-SLTD 12-String is adorned with a full gloss finish that accentuates the natural beauty of ovangkol. Also solely featured on the Spring Limited models, the ebony fingerboard boasts ornate 4mm abalone dot inlays that are perfectly matched by abalone dots displayed on the ebony bridge pins. Whether you're recording or performing, the electronics used for the 456ce-SLTD have been upgraded to the groundbreaking Expression System 2 electronics to reproduce the natural acoustic voice of the guitar with the highest fidelity. A Spring Limited guitar label and a deluxe hardshell case complete this attractive package.

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 (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. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your 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 often 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 pickup sensors are installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, with three tiny Allen screws that calibrate the position of the sensors in relation to the saddle.

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.


  • Grand Symphony Body with Venetian Cutaway
  • Sitka Spruce Top with Ovangkol Back and Sides
  • Full Gloss Finished Body
  • Forward Shifted Bracing with Relief Rout
  • Three Ring Rosette and White Body/Fretboard/Heelcap Binding
  • Tropical Mahogany Neck with Ebony Fingerboard
  • 4mm Abalone Dot Fretboard Inlays with Matching Abalone Dot Bridge Pins
  • Expression System 2 Electronics
  • Tusq Nut and an Ebony Bridge with Micarta Saddle
  • Taylor Gold Tuners
  • Elixir 80/20 Light Gauge Strings
  • Spring Limited Guitar Label
  • Includes Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Case

Get your Taylor 2014 Spring Limited 456ce-SLTD Grand Symphony 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar 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:

    Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    Hardshell Case
Number Of Frets 20
Scale Length 25-1/2"
Neck Type Scarf
Nut Width N/A
Neck Wood Mahogany
Body Wood Ovangkol
Top Sitka Spruce
Bridge Type Ebony
Tuning Machines Sealed Gears
Other Features Full Gloss Finish, Abalone Dot Fretboard Inlays and Bridge Pins with Abalone Dots, Expression System 2 Electronics
Orientation Right-Handed
Case/Bag Included Yes
Case Type Deluxe Hardshell Case
Series 2014 Spring Limited
Model 456ce-SLTD


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