Sponsored By

Taylor’s most affordable 12-string offers great sound and playability.

by Teja Gerken
July 31, 2014

From the very beginning of its 40-year history, Taylor has made easy-to-play, rich-sounding, and reliable 12-string guitars. And such diverse players as Leo Kottke, Matt Nathanson, and Neil Young have given their approval. While there is no question that Taylor 12-strings have always offered great value, their prices have been a bit out of reach for some players, with the least-expensive 12-strings (in the company’s 300 series) available at street prices just below $1,500. Having expanded its six-string line with the 100 and 200 series in recent years, Taylor recently introduced a 100-series 12-string: the 150e, the most affordable 12-string Taylor has yet produced.

Built in Taylor’s Mexican factory, the 150e uses a dreadnought body and the same neck dimensions and scale length as Taylor’s other 12-string models. The guitar has a solid spruce top and laminated sapele (an African wood similar to mahogany) back and sides. The 150e has a satin finish, simple appointments, and is equipped with Taylor’s original Expression System electronics.

As with all of the company’s entry-level instruments, the 150e has many of the qualities that have made Taylor’s more expensive models so desirable, but at a bargain price. Playability is superb, and the sound is very satisfying for a variety of playing styles.

SPECS: Dreadnought body with 14-fret neck. Solid Sitka spruce top. Laminated sapele back and sides. Mahogany neck. Ebony fingerboard and bridge. 25½-inch scale. 1⅞-inch nut width. Enclosed chrome tuning machines. Made in Mexico. $699 street. taylorguitars.com

 

Category: Instruments & Gear

Comments and Discussion

Posted by Paul Hegland on
The bridge pin tops are falling off mine during play.
Leave a Reply


Captcha Code

Click the image to see another captcha.



PEGHEAD PARTNERS

Article Thumbnail
Dec 10, 2018
The award-winning guitarist and songwriter plays an original song live in the LR Baggs Nashville studio.




Start Learning Today

One Course: $20/month or $200/year
Two Courses: $30/month or $300/year
Access to All Courses: $100/month

Peghead Nation’s String School is your source for roots music instruction, bringing you full courses in guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, fiddle, and Dobro, featuring talented instructors, high-quality video instruction, accurate notation and tab, and fun songs to play right from the beginning. Enroll and become a Peghead today!