Taylor 412ce and 417e review

Taylor revamps its ‘workhorse’ rosewood and spruce 400 Series with sunburst tops and new inlays – then there’s the innovative V-Class bracing, not to mention the ES2 electronics. A match made in heaven?

Taylor 412ce
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

The 417e is one great looking non-cutaway with its own personality, sophisticated tones and excellent playability. Similarly, the 412ce is a fantastic stage acoustic that looks superb in sunburst, speaks with a richer, louder voice than expected. But if you want this quality, you had better be prepared to pay for it.


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    Superb playability.

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    Great looks and impeccable build.

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    Both are ready for the stage.

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    V-Class bracing.


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    Hard to fault, but they are expensive.

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Taylor’s chief designer and CEO Andy Powers has been working his way through each of the company’s acoustic guitar ranges, upgrading and modernising them to the latest specs. 

This has included the launch of new body styles, such as the Grand Pacific shape featured in the American Dream Series and on the 417e we see here, adding the groundbreaking V-Class bracing system along the way, and sourcing alternative timbers such as urban ironbark, and some less outrageously figured koa.

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Neville Marten

In the late '70s and early '80s Neville worked for Selmer/Norlin as one of Gibson's UK guitar repairers, before joining CBS/Fender in the same role. He then moved to the fledgling Guitarist magazine as staff writer, rising to editor in 1986. He remained editor for 14 years before launching and editing Guitar Techniques magazine. Although now semi-retired he still works for both magazines. Neville has been a member of Marty Wilde's 'Wildcats' since 1983, and recorded his own album, The Blues Headlines, in 2019.