Taylor's 300 Series has introduced countless players to the pleasures of the all-solid-wood acoustic experience; it's the entry point to Taylor's USA-made instrument line. Players who step up to a 300... Click To Read More About This Product
Taylor's 300 Series has introduced countless players to the pleasures of the all-solid-wood acoustic experience; it's the entry point to Taylor's USA-made instrument line. Players who step up to a 300 Series instrument will be rewarded with a guitar-for-a-lifetime that will only sound better with age. It doesn't take but a few strums to learn how the mix of tone woods, construction and appointments combine to make Taylor's famous playability, intonation and tone. The 300 Series has everything you need and nothing you don't need in a fantastic sounding and playing instrument. All 300 Series instruments ship in a deluxe hard shell case made by Taylor for optimal fit and protection.
Taylor's Grand Concert is slightly smaller that its Grand Auditorium and yields controlled overtones, so the sound won't occupy a lot of sonic space. This is often a key consideration when other instruments are in the mix, such as in a performance or recording environment, and it allows the guitar to be heard more clearly. The Grand Concert pairs well with both 14-fret and 12-fret neck-to-body construction, and offers an articulate voice with top-end chime. It's perfect for fingerstyle players and light strummers, though flatpickers are known to enjoy its tonal character too. Its intimate size makes it lap/couch-friendly, and a great fit for players who find smaller instruments more physically comfortable.
Tone Wood Pairing
A guitar's top is the primary filter and distributor of vibrating string energy through the guitar, which means it has a huge impact on its sound. Mahogany is a hardwood that produces a natural compression, yielding more "roll-in" effect to a note. The compression evens out a lively attack for a more linear response. Mahogany tops deliver strong fundamentals with clear and direct focus. Tonally, blackwood behaves somewhere in the middle of rosewood and mahogany, with a little extra shimmer and chime that shows its family resemblance to koa. Pairing blackwood with the mahogany top not only gives you that roll-in effect associated with a mahogany top - really smooth attack and balance - but extra complexity as the note decays. It's a great combination.
Taylor's ES2 is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before.
Together with Taylor’s custom-designed “professional audio”-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar. The Taylor Expression System 2 operates through a proprietary 9-volt battery compartment and easy-to-use volume, bass and treble controls.
What sets Taylor Guitars apart? Unmatched build quality, the most stable and playable necks, a vast array of tonal options, eco-conscious and ethically-sourced raw materials, and a lifetime of service and support.
Body type: Taylor Grand Concert
Cutaway: Yes - Venetian
Top wood: Solid Tropical Mahogany
Back & sides: Solid Blackwood
Bracing pattern: Taylor Standard III with Relief Rout
Body finish: Satin 5.0 Top, Back and Sides
Neck shape: Standard Taylor Profile
Nut width: 1-3/4" (44.5mm)
Fingerboard: Genuine African Ebony
Neck wood: Tropical Mahogany
Scale length: 24-7/8"
Number of frets: 20
Neck finish: Satin
Pickup/preamp: Expression System 2 "professional audio"-grade
Configuration: Behind-the-Saddle Transducer with Adjustable Sensors
Preamp EQ: Volume, Bass, Treble
Feedback filter: Onboard Phase Switch
Headstock overlay: Indian Rosewood
Tuning machines: Taylor Nickel Tuners with Nickel Buttons
Bridge: Genuine African Ebony
Saddle & nut: Micarta "Wave" Saddle; Tusq Nut
Number of strings: 6
Special features: Taylor New Technology ("NT") Neck System
Case: Taylor Deluxe Hard Shell Case
Country of origin: USA
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Comments about Taylor 300 Series 322ce Grand Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
I'm mostly an electric player, so I put Silk and Steel strings on for a softer feel. Action was still a little high for my liking, so I sanded down the bridge saddle, which made this guitar a joy to play. I had a Grand Auditorium but it was just a bit big, so I traded it in for this Grand Concert 322ce, which I find much more comfortable. The ES2 system sounds much better than the older system that was in the GA214ce; however, it still has a hint of the piezo plink, but fiddling with the tone knobs all but eliminates that, especially with the Silk & Steel strings, which almost sound like nylon strings. The neck on this guitar is nice and beefy and I think a little wider than that of the GA214; it also is a shorter (24-7/8"?) scale, so it is overall easier to play. The mahogany top matched with the Tasmanian Blackwood side produce a nice rich tone, which along with the softer strings makes for a nice mellow sound.
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