The 312CE is the entry level grand concert body style electro acoustic and like all the grand concerts, is a fingerpicker's dream. The curvy and shallower depth body of the 312CE, smaller than a grand auditorium, just hugs in real close to the players body giving a great angle for the picking hand. Stylishly plain to look at, the 312CE still retains the well balanced tone with the brightness expected from a sapele back and side guitar. Amplified via the Taylor developed expression system with neutral eq on the guitar and desk, the 312CE sounds very natural. The neck of the 312CE, like all Taylor guitars, is excellent and allows playing to be a pleasure.
The New Stuff
The 312ce was already an incredible guitar that delivered a focused sound that can be used across most playing styles. Though as technology grows sometimes guitars need an update. So for 2015 Taylor have made sure that the 312ce is as up to date with all of the latest trimmings including their Expression 2 System pickup and preamp. This new pickup design improves volume output and frequency response so you get a better sound live that can easily be run through a PA with no worries about volume.
What makes this system so special is the behind the saddle pickup design which means it responds more to your playing. You will hear nuances and frequencies that were just not picked up by your old guitars under saddle piezo pickup system.
Here's what Taylor say about the 312CE
Comfortable and always fun to play, this small-body Grand Concert features elegant black plastic binding on the body and fretboard, a gloss top, Venetian cutaway, and the Taylor Expression System for unparalleled amplified performance.
The all-solid Taylor experience begins with the updated 300 Series. Crisp, black binding flanks the satin-finish sapele back and sides and glossy Sitka spruce top, and then continues up the fretboard. The 300 Series is truly the performer's workhorse, combining technology and craftsmanship with understated style.
- Top: Sitka Spruce
- Back/Sides: Sapele
- Cutaway style
- Taylor Expression System Electronics