Taylor 512ce Acoustic-electric Urban Red Ironbark


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A New Chapter in Taylor’s Urban Species Series

Fresh from Taylor’s stunning Urban Species series, the Urban Red Ironbark Acoustic-electric Guitar 512ce stuns with back and sides made from red ironbark, a color-rich tonewood with similarities ebony and rosewood. This guitar marks the next step in Taylor’s Urban Species line made from sustainably sourced urban forestry that was otherwise destined for removal. This wood delivers rich, clear tone augmented by a powerful torrefied Sitka spruce top and sculpted to perfection by Taylor’s acclaimed Grand Concert body shape — a go-to for fingerstyle players and studio pros! Complete with a Florentine cutaway, a bound ebony fingerboard, a comfortable mahogany neck, and gig-ready ES2 electronics, the Urban Red Ironbark 512ce from Sweetwater offers innovative modern looks with classic Taylor features and performance.

Captivating red ironbark construction

Red ironbark back and sides offer rich looks and even richer tone. Natural reddish hues show off lots of wood grain and looks great under stage lights, while the wood itself shares the dense but resonant characteristics of fine cuts of rosewood and ebony. Expect crisp definition with broad response and dramatic sustain. The richness of ironbark is sweetened and enhanced with a torrefied Sitka spruce top, roasted to match the body. Sitka spruce adds excellent volume and projection for seasoned tone and the sparkling resonance that Taylor enthusiasts have come to expect.

Exceptional Grand Concert design

The Grand Concert design is ideal for studio and stage use where pure playing is your top priority. One of Taylor’s original proprietary guitar shapes, the Grand Concert’s compact size and tapered waist keep overtones in check, so chords and fingerpicking stay crisp. Especially favored by modern pickers, the Grand Concert’s shortened scale length creates a silkier string feel up and down the fingerboard. Plus, the 512ce Grand Concert features a Florentine cutaway for excellent access to upper frets. No guitar shape sounds or feels quite like the Grand Concert!

V-Class bracing: a sonic innovation

Bracing supports each acoustic guitar’s interior, and, though it’s almost invisible, bracing shapes guitar acoustics in a big way! X-shape bracing was standard on acoustics for over a century, but Taylor’s revolutionary V-bracing is able to tease more volume and sustain out of a guitar’s sound chamber. V-bracing allows wooden acoustic tops to vibrate with more richness, projection, and sustain, with more space inside the sound chamber for note maturation. And if that wasn’t enough, this groundbreaking innovation also improves intonation and adds more overtones — those subtle harmonic eccentricities that add sparkle to top-of-the-line acoustic guitars like the 512ce.

Taylor Expression System 2 electronics

Need to plug in? Then you’re going to love the Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics built into the 512ce! The ES2 system features a revolutionary segmented pickup located behind the bridge saddle; this pickup position delivers remarkably accurate and clear sound production that’s authentic to your playing. Each ES2 system features a handy master volume knob for fast level adjustments as well as a 2-band EQ for independent treble/bass adjustments to dial in the sound you need. Plus, the ES2 system also has a built-in phase switch that offers essential feedback suppression whenever the system is active.

Taylor 512ce Urban Red Ironbark Acoustic-electric GuitarFeatures:

  • Reimagined take on the 500 series built with red ironbark
  • Urban red ironbark back and sides offer a hearty, modern look with density and tone similar to rosewood or ebony
  • Torrefied Sitka spruce top delivers powerful projection and articulate attack, roasted to match to red ironbark’s look
  • Grand Concert body shape pairs a comfortable playing experience with a silky string feel and minimal overtones
  • Florentine cutaway ensures plenty of upper-fret access
  • Strong mahogany neck with a satin finish and comfortable Taylor neck carve
  • Smooth ebony fingerboard with new 500-series “Aerial” inlays and ebony binding
  • Sculpted bridge and pins made from micarta and African ebony enhance string resonance and intonation
  • Taylor tuning machines for rock-solid tuning stability

Tech Specs

  • String Type:Steel
  • Number of Strings:6
  • Body Shape:Grand Concert
  • Left-/Right-handed:Right-handed
  • Color:Natural
  • Finish:Gloss
  • Top Wood:Torrefied Sitka Spruce
  • Back & Sides Wood:Red Ironbark
  • Body Bracing:V-Class
  • Binding:Black and Maple
  • Neck Wood:Mahogany
  • Neck Shape:Standard Carve
  • Radius:15″
  • Fingerboard Material:West African Crelicam Ebony
  • Fingerboard Inlay:500-series Aerials
  • Number of Frets:20
  • Scale Length:24.875″
  • Tuning Machines:Taylor Nickel
  • Bridge Material:Crelicam Ebony
  • Nut/Saddle Material:Black Tusq/Micarta
  • Nut Width:1.75″
  • Electronics:ES2

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