Venetian Cutaway Acoustic Electric Guitar With Fishman Electronics
Even among other Taylor guitars, which are always considered the top of the line, Taylors 412CE stands alone as something just a little more special than the rest.
This acoustic-electric guitar combines some of the best features of the 400 series guitars, and of the Taylor-made instruments in general.
The body of this guitar is slimmer and more sleek than others of similar models, so it’s very comfortable to play both sitting and standing. Taylor describes this model as “slim and shapely,” an accurate claim.
The cutaway is a Venetian-style that allows more access to higher frets than most Acoustic-electric (and acoustic) guitars.
Even though this cutaway style (almost a right angle, very extreme for a guitar) was made with practicality in mind, it actually complements pretty well with the rest of the instrument and looks good.
The neck of this guitar is a rounded “V” style that’s slender and fast. The comfort fits right in with the body style.
When put together with the extra easy access to the frets, there aren’t many other guitars that are an easier play, especially for long recording sessions or gigs with a lot of standing.
Taylor's 412CE has a body (sides and back) made of Ovankol wood, an African hardwood that sounds a lot like Rosewood, but gives a more exotic appearance with its mottled, striped natural patterning.
As with many of Taylor’s popular instruments the top is carved from Sitka Spruce, and there is an Indian Rosewood overlay on the headstock. Of course, the fretboard is ebony, along with the bridge. There are pearl dot inlays as fret markers.
The sound you can coax out of this guitar covers a range of styles; it’s versatile enough to carry you through every rock genre and into the realms of jazz and blues with ease.
This is mostly due to the Fishman electronics, the top-shelf gadgets of the electric guitar world.
Taylor's 412CE actually adjusts to your unique playing style.
Even though the price on these runs up to about two thousand dollars, most people who have played (or especially owned) Taylor's 412CE will agree that it’s well worth the money.
If you’re lucky, you can haggle one down to about fifteen hundred.