The Taylor 562ce is a premium Mahogany acoustic guitar that takes classic small body blues design and mixes it up with some modern features for a much larger sound. Still with all the character and feel of a traditional blues box this guitar certainly has some old school cool vibes but with the ability to get a versatile range of tones.
Grand Concert Body
While it is not as small as a parlour guitar the Grand Concert is the smallest full size acoustic body they produce. This keeps the overtones in check while still producing enough volume to be heard even in decent sized bands. By using a small body you get some classic 20's, 30's and 40's tones that you would have heard on early blues and other roots styles from the time.
Because of this smaller body and the fact is slighty shorter in scale length it is perfect for fingerstyle players. The small neck especially helps you get through faster sections without causing your hand to cramp up spanning over multiple frets.
12 Fret Design
What I mean by a 12 Fret Design is that the neck connects to the body at the 12th fret rather than the 14th which you see on most acoustics. While yes it reduces higher fret access the difference it makes to the tone is unbelievable. You will immediately notice just how warm and 'honkey' the tone is. This is all to do with the midrange which has a cool curve that boosts some frequencies and has a slight cut on others. The woods, body shape and 12 fret design all come together to make a classic but full tone.
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. Taylor's electronics team 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.
Taylor moved the pickup 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. What this means is you get a warmer, richer sound. You can dig in and still sound great.
The ES2 features the same volume and tone control knobs as previous versions. 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.
Here's what Taylor say about the 562ce 12 Fret Guitar
Taylor's Grand Concert 12-strings reaffirm Taylor's heritage of easy-playing double course instruments thanks to a lap-friendly body size, a 12-fret neck, and a 24-7/8-inch scale length. The slinky handfeel makes fretting and bending strings easier, the neck and body are comfortably balanced, and the compact body produces a clear 12-string voice. The hardwood mahogany top adds just enough compression to the attack to smooth out the response, bringing an appealing consistency across the tonal spectrum, while still capturing the beautiful octave shimmer. It makes a great 12-string choice for tracking in a studio, and behaves well with other instruments in a live setting. Refined aesthetic touches include a shaded edgeburst body and neck, faux tortoise shell binding, a rosette of faux tortoise shell and grained ivoroid, and a grained ivoroid Century fretboard inlay.
- Shape: Grand Concert
- Back Wood: Tropical Mahogany
- Top Wood: Tropical Mahogany
- Body Length: 19.5"
- Body Width: 15"
- Cutaway: Venetian
- Neck Wood: Tropical Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Pickup: ES2