Acoustic Guitar Review: Taylor Leo Kotkee 12-String Acoustic Guitar


Taylor Leo Kottke 12-String Acoustic Guitar - Review

As far as 12-string guitars go, this one floats to the top.

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Model: Taylor Leo Kottke Signature 12-String No. Strings: 12
Body Type: Jumbo (Large Body)
Cut Away: Venetian
Top Material: Sitka Spruce - Solid
Back & Sides:Tropical American Mahogany - Solid
Soundhole Rosette: Wood
Binding: East Indian Rosewood
Neck Material: Tropical American Mahogany 14 Frets To Body
Neck Shape: Low Profile
Neck Trussrod: Yes, Adjustable
Nut & Saddle Materials: Tusq
Fretboard Radius: 15"
Fretboard Inlay: None
Headstock Overlay: East Indian Rosewood
Fretboard: Ebony - Solid
Bridge: Ebony
Scale Length: 25.5"
Total #Frets: 20
Nut Width: 1-3/4" Finish: Body Gloss, Neck Gloss
Bridge: East Indian Rosewood - Solid
Bracing: Special Kottke Bracing System
Sitka Spruce 5/16" Wide
Tuners: Gold-Plated Taylor Tuners With Ebonoid Buttons
Electronics: None
List Price: $3,398.00 (incl. Hardshell Case)
Warranty: Limited Lifetime
Features: 10.0

The Taylor Leo Kottke Signature 12-String is truly a very beautiful guitar to both look at and play.

If you are into 12-string guitars, this is one of the best. From the well balanced sound from the trebles on through the midrange and into the bass, this guitar can really talk!

Beautiful Sitka Spruce top and great looking Mahogany back and sides make this a striking guitar.

Top bracing has been adjusted to Leo Kottke's liking and his playing taste.

The finish and details are impeccable. I can see no improvement that could be made. The guitar is understated, buy at the same time very tastefully appointed. I like the conservative ebony fingerboard without any ornamentation - looks really cool!

Sound Production: 9.5

As I said above, this guitar is very well balanced and puts out great tone and exceptional volume. I'm sure to match Leo Kottke's specifications.

The only thing I would want to add would be a Taylor Expression pickup system.

Action: 9.5

The action on the Taylor Leo Kottke Signature is great. I can't believe how easy this guitar plays (for a 12-string that is). I've always wondered how Leo Kottke got around on a 12-string with all the difficult passages that he plays. I thought perhaps he had steel in his fingers, as a typical 12-string is known for playing hard. Now I know how he can do it. - It plays great!

Durability: 9.0

Taylor 12-string guitars are know for their durability, especially comforting after all the hype of 12-string top warpage after 2 or so years of ownership. Taylor has complete a lot of research in their top bracing techniques and I believe they are one manufacturer that has solved this nasty problem.

Taylor Leo Kottke Signature 12-string

Taylor Leo Kottke Signature 12-String

Customer Service: 10.0

Be sure to register your Taylor Leo Kottke Signature 12-String. If you treat your guitar right you will be able to keep it in great playing condition for a long time. The biggest enemy of a hollow body acoustical guitar is the lack or the excess of humidity in the air. If you develop problems, a Taylor repair center will take care of you.

Overall Score: 9.6

Are you interested in a great 12-string guitar? Take a long look at the Taylor Leo Kottke Signature 12-string.

From the solid Sitka Spruce top to the high quality Mahogany back and sides, this is a beautiful instrument to both play and look at.

Taylor , through many years of experimentation , has come up with a well-braced and sturdy guitar that will hold up under the much greater string tension inherent with the 12-string .

Finish is perfect as are the details, making a guitar you will be proud to show off.

If you are looking to add a 12-string guitar to you collection, I would recommend the Taylor Leo Kottke Signature in a heartbeat.

Want to sound like Leo Kottke? Check out some of his recordings.

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