Several years ago, it was difficult to imagine anyone improving upon Taylor's vaunted 800 series. Most people would be terrified to try and fix something so decidedly unbroken, but Andy Powers is not most people. He built his first guitar at age eight, and he's had his nose to the grindstone ever since. So, the redesigned 800 series is a celebration of a storied tradition by a builder with twenty years of experience, but it it also injects that tradition with oodles and oodles of youthful energy. This combination of innovation and experience has resulted in a truly stunning final product.
To give the 800 series a tonal facelift, the esteemed Mr. Powers developed the revelatory Advanced Performance bracing system through an incredibly involved, laborious design process. Though their main goal was to generally increase warmth and midrange projection for each guitar in the 800 series, Powers and the team at Taylor found the exact perfect placement of each brace on each of Taylor's body sizes to emphasize the natural tonal strengths of each shape. So, the bracing on a Grand Auditorium will be different from a Dreadnought, because those two guitars do different things!
The obsessiveness didn't stop there, though--they even recalculated the ideal thickness of every top, back, and side of every guitar, and they decided to finish each piece of wood with a very thin polyester gloss finish to optimize projection. Also, each body size features side bracing to help improve connection between the top and back to increase frequency response. This doesn't even take into account the redesigned ES-2 System--which delivers truly incredible plugged-in tone--or the stunning new aesthetic updates like figured maple binding, an Indian rosewood pickguard, and an abalone rosette.
Serial Number: 1105168087
Brand Taylor Guitars
Model Wildwood Adirondack 856CE 12-String
Type Grand Symphony
Finish Color Natural
Top Wood Sitka Spruce
Top Finish Gloss
Bracing Adirondack 800 Series 12-String Bracing with Relief Rout
Back & Sides Wood Indian Rosewood
Back & Sides Finish Gloss
Neck Wood Tropical Mahogany
Neck Dimensions .840 1st - .880 9th
Fretboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlays Mother-of-Pearl Element
Scale Length 25.5"
Width at Nut 1 7/8"
Nut Material Tusq
Headstock Ebony Headstock Overlay
Binding Pale Non-Figured Maple
Purfling Rosewood Top Edge Trim and Rosette Outline
Rosette Single-Ring Abalone with Rosewood
Electronics Taylor Expression System 2
Tuners Taylor Nickel
Case Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Case