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Hammond101
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Apr 20th, 2018 11:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

It was a CL deal. The seller was looking for a Strat as he was more of an electric player and I had an '06 60th anniversary Am Dlx I never played. I could not bond with the guitar in 12 years of trying. Neck too thin, never liked the sound and it was rosewood boarded and I prefer maple. He loved it!

The Taylor is a 2010 12 Fret. When Taylor started the 12 fret guitars they only put 12 Fret in the model/serial tag but made them with varied appointments. This one has a spruce top, Indian rosewood back and side, a 900 series rosette, a slotted headstock, ES1 electronics, concert sized cutaway body, ivroid binding, exactly what I was looking for.

The thing is a case queen and has never really been played. There is zero fret wear and no dings anywhere. The finish on the top had aged nicely to a nice amber hue or it got an amber tint at the factory. I called Taylor with the serial number but their records show no finish spec changes other than listed as gloss. In today's numbers the guitar would be an 812ce 12 Fret model.

The neck angle is perfect but the string height was a little high at the nut. I fixed that last night. Having never been played the guitar still sounds a bit tight but the top should open up a bit with use. It looks to have the original Elixer strings on it and they are in perfect condition. I may change them just to see if that brings out the top a bit.

I'm very pleased with this instrument and can't wait to play it Tuesday night at my acoustic duo gig.

The top

Hammond101
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Apr 20th, 2018 11:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

The grain in the back really drew me to this guitar.

The back

Hammond101
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Apr 20th, 2018 11:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

I would have been happy with a solid headstock but the slot head is a bonus.

Slot head

damuniz
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She turned me into a newt!....
Apr 20th, 2018 12:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Beautiful!

I know not everyone likes the Taylor sound but I've been jonesing for one for many years.

Just too expensive for me new. I've considered used but I don't play my current guitars enough to justify it.

Leftee
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Apr 20th, 2018 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very very nice!

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Get ready for the

Buena Buena
Apr 20th, 2018 02:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

WOW that is a peach!

Pristine shape? I think you came out ahead in the deal, brother.

Leftee
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Apr 20th, 2018 02:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

That was a big CL win.

Foggy1
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Apr 20th, 2018 03:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice Hammond101.

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Apr 20th, 2018 04:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

That was win-win!

Hammond101
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Apr 20th, 2018 05:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah Geno, the little girl is almost a virgin. Not a mark on it except for a small cutting mark in the finish on the back at the lower binding. Barely noticeable, truly a near mint guitar.

Oh yah, I came out on top of this one. I would have been willing to throw in a bit of cash but it was not needed. Lucky find, wonders of the internet. I will say the Strat looked just as good as the Taylor. Not a ding on it. Excellent++ All the case candy was there. The 60th anniversary case was amazing with the embroidered logo inside.

I can't wait to get home tonight and play it for a while. It will be fast food tonight. No time to cook. LOL

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Apr 21st, 2018 04:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

Gorgeous, love that rosewood back!

Does a Taylor like that one have a different neck shape than the standard Taylor shape? Maybe a bit chunkier to go with the 12-frets and the slot head?

HeavyDuty
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Apr 22nd, 2018 07:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

Beautiful! I love 12 frets, and slot heads, and Taylors. Trifecta!

Cal-Woody

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Apr 22nd, 2018 11:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

That is a beautiful guitar!
Excuse my ignorance, but are they called 12 fret because of where the body joins at the neck? I see this all the time and have often wondered why.
Thanks and enjoy your new acquisition.

Leftee
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Apr 22nd, 2018 07:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is correct, CW.

Hammond101
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Apr 23rd, 2018 10:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ragtop, Unfortunately all the Taylor neck shapes are basically the same, just a bit on the thin side of medium with just the slightest, tiny amount of V. I'd personally prefer just a bit more chunk (roundness) but they play easily and don't cause fatigue for me.

I put new strings on the 12-Fret last night and detailed the neck. I got a bit more volume and definition in the low end. This guitar really needs to be played however. It has a nice woody tone plugged in and that's how it will be used most of the time. I'm quite pleased with this guitar being a Taylor guy. Acoustic duo gig tomorrow. Guess which guitar I'm taking?

reverend mikey
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Apr 24th, 2018 04:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm not much of a Taylor fan, but that's a beautiful guitar, and I would've made the same trade in a heartbeat! Well done! Enjoy 'er!

Hammond101
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Apr 24th, 2018 04:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

I was never much of a Taylor fan until I dated a gal whose son owned a 514ce circa 2005 or so. Another good friend owned one of the new at the time GS5 models.

I played both, enjoyed the feel then did some research on how they were made. IMO they really the Telecaster of the acoustic guitar world. Modular in construction with bolt necks by then, they seemed very serviceable, well made and nicely appointed although a little pricey. I like the fact that they are American made and the company is into sustainable materials as well as some very cool and expensive legacy tonewood. My first was a 2005 GS5 then a 2005 612ce then a 2007 814ce. The GS and the 612 are gone but in their place came an 810ce, GC6e and now this 12-Fret. I really can't think of another Taylor I would want other than to replace that 2005 612ce if one came up at a good deal. it would have to be a 2005, three piece back, cutaway with ES1 and vintage tint.

There was also a 312ce that I sold to my good friend and bandmate in my acoustic duo. He got the jones/drank the koolaid and two weeks later bought a brand new 522ce from Sweetwater.

(This message was last edited by Hammond101 at 06:54 PM, Apr 24th, 2018)

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Apr 25th, 2018 12:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nice, those machine heads look industrial. Taylors are nice guitars, my nephew loves them.

Hammond101
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Apr 25th, 2018 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

The tuning machines look better from a side view. Sort of a cast-in engraved look. This set works very well. The set on my GC6e can be just a slight bit finicky.

I have no idea who makes these.

HeavyDuty
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May 10th, 2018 06:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

How are you settling in with the new guitar?

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