We dipped our toes in the shallow end of the pool of rosewood 400s last year with the Taylor 412-R, which I thought was Taylor's best model introduction of the year. So when they announced that they'd be revisiting the same guitars this spring—this time with an upgrade to Performance Bracing—that was a no-brainer.
The dreadnought you see here is not just a surprisingly affordable rosewood dread—it really is a nice guitar, with all the ring and fat tone you'd expect, along with great playability (including the comfort of a 1 3/4" nut). I've left the electronics off this model, which makes the price even more accessible. This one's a keeper.
- Dreadnought body shape
- Sitka Spruce top over solid Rosewood back and sides
- Perfomance bracing
- No onboard electronics
- Includes Taylor hardshell case