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Taylor 500 Series M522 Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar Shaded Edge Burst

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Taylor's all-mahogany Grand Concert 522 yields a smooth, balanced, easygoing character that will work well for blues, country and ragtime picking, with the added playing comfort of a short-scale (24-7... Click To Read More About This Product

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Taylor's all-mahogany Grand Concert 522 yields a smooth, balanced, easygoing character that will work well for blues, country and ragtime picking, with the added playing comfort of a short-scale (24-7/8") neck. Distinctive appointments include a black pickguard, ivoroid binding and rosette, and an ivoroid Solitaire fretboard inlay. Includes case.

Grand Concert
The small-body Grand Concert debuted in 1984 to meet the needs of a new wave of adventurous acoustic fingerstyle players. In contrast to the traditionally darker, boomier voices of bigger body styles like dreadnoughts and jumbos, the GC's compact size and tapered waist kept the overtones in check. It was also more comfortable to play while sitting down, and the guitar's slightly wider neck gave players more room for complex fingerings.

The GC's smaller sonic footprint also fit cleanly in a mix with other instruments when tracking in the studio and with a band on stage, making it a useful tool for professional session and side players. Taylor's current generation of GC models continues to accommodate fingerstylists with finger-friendly traits like a shorter 24 7/8" scale length, which makes fretting easier and adds a slightly slinkier feel on the strings due to the lighter string tension. If you feel more comfortable with a small body or favor controlled overtones, a Grand Concert is a great option.

Tropical Mahogany
Mahogany is a good wood to anchor a discussion of tones, as a lot of other wood tones can be described in relation to it. Its essential sonic profile is well-represented in the midrange frequencies. Acoustic guitars in general tend to live in the midrange portion of the sound spectrum, but mahogany in particular displays a lot of midrange character. That thick, present midrange sound is sometimes described in guitar circles as meaty, organic or even "chewy" - wherever a player digs in on the fretboard, they're tapping into the core of the harmonic content of what a guitar produces. Those great midrange frequencies produce overtones that stack up and produce bloom, giving the sound extra girth. When one hears the resulting harmonics, the "chewy" tone serves up a big mouthful of midrange. As a popular tonewood for many decades, mahogany has been used on scads of old school acoustic recordings, and that sonic heritage carries across various strains of roots music, from blues to folk to slack key.

Taylor Relief Rout
Taylor's patented relief rout is a tone-enhancing voicing technique in which a groove is carved along the inside edges of the top. This groove is similar in function to the re-curve on a violin - it "loosens up" the edges of the top, generating extra flexibility without sacrificing structural integrity. The result is increased bass and volume with a balanced tone.


  • Shape: Grand Concert
  • Number of Strings: 6
  • Back/Side Wood: Tropical Mahogany
  • Scale length: 24-7/8"
  • Top Wood: Tropical Mahogany
  • Body Length: 19 1/2"
  • Body Width: 15"
  • Cutaway: None
  • Body Depth: 4-3/8"
  • Nut and Saddle: Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
  • Neck Width: 1-3/4"
  • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
  • Bracing: Forward Shifted Pattern with Relief Rout
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony
  • Fretboard Inlay: Century
  • Headstock Overlay: Ebony
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Bridge Inlay: None
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony
  • Tuners: Taylor Nickel
  • Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
  • Back/Side Finish: Gloss
  • Top Finish: Gloss
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Armrest Binding: None
  • Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
  • Backstrap Wood: None
  • Backstrap Finish: None
  • Brand of Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze HD Light
  • Buttons: Nickel
  • Edge Trim: None
  • Fingerboard Ext: None
  • Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid
  • Heel Cap Binding: Ivoroid
  • Heel Length: 3-1/4"
  • Peghead Finish: Satin
  • Peghead Inlay: None
  • Peghead Binding: Ivoroid
  • Peghead Logo: Ivoroid
  • Peghead Type: Standard
  • Rosette Mat.: Ivoroid
  • Rosette Size: Single Ring
  • Stain/Sunburst: Medium Brown Stain
  • Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
  • Wedge: None
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I have this model. It's a very nice guitar

By denS

from newark, de

Comments about Taylor 500 Series M522 Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

Hey Guitar Center!!! What you have as info on this guitar has been directly lifted from the Taylor 522 info page. Sure this IS essentially the Taylor 522 yes. It plays and sounds just as nicely as the 522. BUT! it is an M-522 made for Guitar Center sale. The differences are minor and may be inconsequential but it is not as described in you listing. Different; color and finish, fretboard inlays, headstock inlay, it's a 2013/14 model not like the newest Taylor 522 more like the 2013 Taylor model. So it's different then Guitar Center...Just own up to it and post the corrected stats. Still a really nice Guitar.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Really like this Guitar

By Jeff

from Hawaii (Oahu)

About Me Professional Musician


  • Fun To Play
  • Good Mid-Rangy Mahogany Sound
  • Great Feel
  • Lightweight
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune


  • Frets were inconsistent

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    Comments about Taylor 500 Series M522 Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

    I bought this guitar after reading online descriptions, watching every video I could find and then finding one online that looked like near-perfect condition. I love playing this guitar. I am a pro and use it on gigs. I have several other high-end acoustics, and the Taylor m522 is one of my faves. It intrigued me because Taylor mahogany guitars seem to depart from their scooped sound (strong lows, clear highs, but lacking in midrange), which I don't find that useful. This guitar has the midrange beef that I wanted. It's a punchy sound. It's ready to stand out, and that's what I was looking for. I have other acoustics with Rosewood back/sides that are plenty rosewood-y... clear bass resonance, but less in the mid-range.
    And I LOVE the size of the '12 models.
    I sold 2 Gibson J-45s recently because I learned that didn't want a guitar that big. Lately I've switched my fleet over toward the Grand Orchestra models. (and the Martin Orchestra - OM/OO size) I can play for 3 hours on the m522 and not feel jacked up in my neck and back and shoulders. Beautiful fit.
    The finish is elegant. It's really lightweight, mostly because it does not come with the ES2 system. I had a transducer pickup installed. Love it even more now. The ES2 never did much for me either.
    The thing that did annoy me about the m522 is the finish on the frets. Taylors are made by machines. Even their $4000 guitars are made with "leading technology" - machines. And there were several frets that buzzed on the D and G strings. A qualified tech near me fixed that, but I had to pay for it.
    I really love this guitar and consider it a lifelong keeper. It's a blast to play, it "gives" back when you dig in. I really think Taylor makes a nice mahogany guitar. All their high-end guitars are great in different ways. And their necks are unbeatable. I was looking for a mahogany acoustic and found a great one in the m522.

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