Taylor 562ce 12-string V-Class review

Taylor’s revolutionary V-Class bracing system makes its 12-string debut

Taylor 562ce 12-string V-Class review
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Guitar World Verdict

A top-quality 12-string with an immaculate, inventive build and awesome tone, but all this comes at a price.


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    Sharply built and compact.

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    Great clarity,sustain and tuning stability.


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    The price point might put off some casual would-be 12-string players.

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Building an acoustic guitar isn’t exactly rocket science, or is it? Spend a few minutes talking to Andy Powers, Taylor’s chief designer and father of the company’s V-Class bracing system, and you might begin to think otherwise. 

Tuning a 12-string guitar is, for many, an onerous task, and the end result is often a compromise, but Taylor might just be offering frustrated 12-string veterans a little light at the end of the tunnel with its new 562ce.

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.