Taylor’s new 12-Fret Model was inspired by Taylor’s 35th anniversary in late 2009. A series of commemorative guitars in ultra-limited quantities including a 12-fret Grand Concert model were built. The guitar’s unique sound prompted the design of a rosewood/spruce 12-fret model for the 2010 line.
Because the neck meets the body at the 12th fret instead of the 14th the bridge sits farther back on the soundboard. The end result is that the guitar’s tone sounds wonderfully aged right out of the case.
Some features include Indian rosewood back and side, Sitka spruce top and a cutaway body allowing access to the upper registers. Premium features include Ivoroid binding, abalone rosette with Ivoroid-bound soundhole and abalone inlaid ebony bridge pins. The mahogany neck features a 24 7/8-inch scale length with a slotted peghead and Indian rosewood fretboard. The guitar’s voicing is enhanced by a special 12-Fret bracing pattern and Taylor’s Expression System pickup.
The 12-Fret guitar joins the Baritone 8- and 6-String models in their Specialty line. Suggested retail price will be $3,898 and will be available in late spring.