Here is a rare bird – a Taylor 712-C from the early 90s. The specs are a little different from the later 712CE model which currently retails for US $3,898, and it’s been a little challenging to find accurate info on the original 712-C model. So much so that we wrote to Taylor Guitars seeking assistance. Email as follows –
Subject: Taylor 712-C
Message: Greetings from Sydney. My business PREMIER GUITARS in Sydney Australia is a commission based sales agency for owners of high quality guitars. One of my clients wishes to list his Taylor 712-C acoustic guitar with us, but I am having difficulty finding much information. Its serial # is 11xx1 which appears to date it to 1990. It has a sharp-ended Florentine cutaway, not the Venetian cutaway of the 712-CE. It has a pickup but no controls. I’d be grateful for any info regarding construction – top, sides, neck etc, and what was the recommended retail price when it was made. Many thanks – John Spence – www.premierguitars.com.au
The very next morning this reply was in our inbox –
Good morning John. Looking up that serial I can see it was built in 1990. Unfortunately I do not have serial number specific spec sheets going that far back, but the general specs of the 712 back then was Sitka spruce tops, Indian Rosewood back & sides, mahogany neck, ebony fret board & bridge. The Florentine cutaway would have been a special order option, and the pickup was likely a Fishman Matrix Pin. Retail list price for a 712 in 1991 was US$1618, but there would have been an added cost for the Florentine cutaway & the pick-up. Hope that helps. Best regards,
Chris Bearden – Customer Service Representative taylorguitars.com
So there we have it – a top quality, high spec Taylor from 1990 in excellent, almost mint condition – structurally & cosmetically flawless.
It has a somewhat smaller body than Taylor’s Grand Auditorium models, which makes it perfect for smaller framed people, or just makes sitting with it much more comfortable. The sound, however, is still powerful and nuanced like all high end Taylors. The Florentine cutaway makes this guitar a bit special as pointed out in Chris’s email.
Scale length is 25.5″, and the neck is 1.74″ wide at the nut.
The pickup sounds great, but acoustically this guitar speaks with its own voice.
All solid woods, naturally, and includes original fabulous Taylor hard shell case.