Taylor 855E 12 String Jumbo Acoustic Guitar 1996 - Used  From Taylor

A twelve-string Taylor with dare I say...vintage voice!

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What We Think

You don't typically think of Taylor guitars as valuable vintage items, the brand is, after all, known the cleanliness of its builds. This nearly 20-year old guitar has awesome clear and warm tone that you'd typically find in a old Martin or Guild 12-string. The Sitka top has this golden sunset quality to it, it's aged remarkably well. Set-up by our crack in-house luthier Rob Sharer, there's no style of music, from Leadbelly to Led Zeppelin to James Taylor, that this guitar couldn't handle!

Manufacturer's Description from Taylor

Established in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug, Taylor Guitars has evolved into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium acoustic, acoustic/electric and electric guitars. 
 
Headquartered in El Cajon, California, Taylor Guitars employs nearly 700 people and currently produces hundreds of guitars per day in its state-of-the-art factory complexes in both El Cajon and in Tecate, Mexico. The company maintains an active dealer network with Taylor guitars available in over 800 retail locations in North America and international distribution to 60 countries, including a distribution warehouse in the Netherlands. 
 
Renowned for blending an innovative use of modern technology with a master craftsman's attention to detail, Taylor guitars are widely considered the best sounding and easiest to play in the world. The company was a pioneer of the use of computer technology, lasers and other high-tech tools and machinery and today, Bob Taylor is widely recognized throughout the musical instrument industry as the visionary acoustic guitar manufacturer. The company’s innovations include, but are not limited to, the New Technology ® (NT) neck, the first major innovation in the construction of the acoustic guitar in the last 100 years; the award-winning Expression System® (ES) pickup, a groundbreaking, high-tech approach to amplifying an acoustic guitar; and the T5, the first, true hybrid acoustic and electric guitar that can produce amplified acoustictones, full-crunch electric, and everything in-between with the flip of a five-way switch.
 
Outstanding playability, flawless craftsmanship, and stunning aesthetics are just a few of the reasons that many of today’s leading musicians make Taylor their guitar of choice. The company’s artist roster numbers in the thousands, and includes the likes of Dave Matthews, Taylor Swift, Prince, Jason Mraz, and Zac Brown, among many others
Taylor Guitars

About Manufacturer

Headquartered in El Cajon, California, Taylor Guitars was founded in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug, and has grown into the leading global builder of premium acoustic guitars. Taylor employs over 900 people and currently produces hundreds of guitars per day in its state-of-the-art factory complexes in both El Cajon and in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. The company maintains an active dealer network, with Taylor guitars sold through hundreds of retail locations in North America and with international distribution to 60 countries, including a distribution warehouse and factory service center in the Netherlands.

Renowned for blending modern, innovative manufacturing techniques with a master craftsman's attention to detail, Taylor guitars are widely considered among the best-sounding and easiest to play in the world. The company was a pioneer in the use of computer mills, lasers and other high-tech tools and proprietary machinery, and today, Bob Taylor is widely recognized throughout the musical instrument industry as the visionary acoustic guitar manufacturer. Among the company’s many innovations are its patented Taylor Neck, the first major innovation in the construction of the acoustic guitar in the last 100 years; the award-winning Expression System® 2 (ES2) pickup, a groundbreaking approach to amplifying an acoustic guitar; and the T5, the first, true hybrid acoustic and electric guitar that can produce amplified acoustic tones, full-crunch electric, and everything in-between with the flip of a five-way switch.

In addition to its forward-thinking approach to guitar design and manufacturing, Taylor has applied that same approach to its wood sourcing and environmental sustainability initiatives. Taylor is dedicated to the pursuit of best practices in forest management, new models of reforestation, and bringing ethically harvested tonewoods to market. This approach, together with outstanding playability, flawless craftsmanship, and stunning aesthetics, are just a few of the reasons that many of today’s leading musicians make Taylor their guitar of choice. The company’s artist roster numbers in the thousands, and includes the likes of Taylor Swift, Jason Mraz, Zac Brown, and many other established musicians.

Specifications

Body Style: 12-String jumbo
Back & Sides: Indian Rosewood
Top: Sitka Spruce
Rosette: Abalone
Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony
Fretboard Inlay: Pearl 800 series
Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
Binding: White Plastic
Bridge: Ebony
Nut and Saddle: Tusq
Tuning Machines: Gold-plated Taylor Tuners with Ebonoid Buttons
Pickguard: Tortoise shell
Strings: Elixir Light Gauge Strings with Nanoweb Coating
Scale Length: 25-1/2"
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Neck Width at Nut: 1-7/8"
No. of frets: 20
Fretboard Radius: 15"
Bracing: Scalloped, X Brace
Finish: Gloss
Cutaway: Venetian
Electronics: Undersaddle transducer
Body Width: 17"
Body Depth: 4-5/8"
Body Length: 21"
Overall Length: 43"
Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell