Much of Taylor's original reputation was built by their 12-string guitars. Once Neil Young appeared with the Taylor 855 others (including Leo Kottke who had given up playing 12-string guitars at that point) took notice and tried them out - they can be set up to play almost as easy as a 6-string guitar!
This 1992 Taylor 855 remains the flagship of the Taylor 12-strings. The 855 features a solid Sitka spruce top, solid Indian rosewood back and sides, an abalone soundhole rosette, tropical American mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, gold-plated tuners, and an ebony bridge. The jumbo body shape is unique to Taylor, and although this guitar had been in production for several years, the body shape did change slightly in 2000. Taylor also made subtle changes over the years, but the general specifications have remained the same.
Back in 1992 Taylor guitars were mostly handmade with hand cut braces and hand shaped ultra thin necks. These low profile necks along with an excellent factory setup make playing this older 12-strings as easy as some 6-string models.
This guitar is not only easy to play, it sounds amazing! It features nice action with a very comfortable feel and a very open wonderful tone. With crisp clean highs, and rich bottom end you would be hard pressed to find a better 12-string at any price.
This 1992 Taylor 855 12 String Sitka Spruce and Indian Rosewood is in excellent working and excellent sounding condition. There is some very ligng scratches and dents as expected on the top, back and sides. Please review the detailed photos below. Additionally, there is minor fretwear and it includes a the original hardshell case.