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Taylor’s 100 Series, which now includes the 150e 12-String Dreadnought acoustic-electric guitar, makes a great guitar-playing experience accessible to everyone with these real wood instruments. For people taking the first or next step in their musical journey, these instruments promise to accelerate players’ growth and enhance their enjoyment. Taylor’s famous neck profile combined with a 1 11/16″ nut width make it easy for developing players to form barre chords.
The Dreadnought is one of the most traditional acoustic guitar shapes. Taylor’s version has been refined to blend its trademark robust low-end tone with a snappy midrange and brilliant treble notes, producing a pleasing balance of power and articulation. If you’re a flatpicker or strummer who likes to dig in on lead or rhythm, the Dreadnought should serve you well.
A guitar’s top is the primary filter and distributor of vibrating string energy through the guitar, which means it has a huge impact on its sound. Sitka Spruce is the most prevalent guitar top wood of the modern era. It blends stiffness and elasticity in just the right proportions which translates into broad dynamic range with crisp articulation. The arched back of the guitar generates more sound from a small-bodied instrument, and using layered wood back and sides create a sturdy yet receptive platform for the vibrating string energy sent by the guitar’s top. Layered wood is also less susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity, making it an excellent choice for players who travel with their instruments or simply require more durability.
Taylor’s ES2 is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. Because the pickup doesn’t sit under the saddle, the bottom of the saddle comes in full contact with the bridge, allowing all the nuance of the guitar’s tone to come through clearly whether playing acoustically or plugged-in. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before while playing plugged-in. Together with Taylor’s custom-designed “professional audio”-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar. The Taylor Expression System 2 operates through a proprietary 9-volt battery compartment and easy-to-use volume, and active bass and treble controls.
Taylor is famous for its 12-string guitars due to their ease-of-play, their stability, their intonation and their overall tone. The Taylor Neck’s slim neck profile and precision system allow precise and low action, resulting in the most comfortable “handfeel” found in a 12-string. The Taylor 150e is Taylor’s most affordable 12-string to date, and the same attributes that make a high-end Taylor 12-string great are found on the 150e.