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Taylor Academy Series Academy 12e Grand Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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Over the past four-plus decades there’s a resounding theme from Taylor Guitars: passion for improving the guitar-playing experience. As a company that’s passionate about exposing more players to the p... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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Overview

Over the past four-plus decades there’s a resounding theme from Taylor Guitars: passion for improving the guitar-playing experience. As a company that’s passionate about exposing more players to the pleasures of making music, Taylor isn’t content to see people throw in the towel before they have a chance to get their groove on. The Academy Series, which includes the Academy 12e Grand Concert, represents Taylor’s effort to support the development of the entry-level guitar player. Taylor believes that in many respects a player who is just beginning deserves the best-playing guitar.

Most newcomers to the instrument — and parents buying for their kids — are understandably reluctant to pony up for a more expensive, “nice” brand of guitar without knowing whether the interest will last. So the approach tends to be: start with an inexpensive, “good-enough” guitar, and if things progress, upgrade to something better. But all too often this ends in hand-wringing frustration, where would-be music-makers walk away from the instrument blaming themselves for not having enough musical talent or physical dexterity, when, in fact, the real culprit all along was the guitar.

The Playing Experience
Academy Series guitars, like this Academy 12e Grand Concert, are designed to offer enough immediate gratification to encourage a new player to keep playing. To do so, the playing experience was Taylor’s priority:
• Easy to hold and play: The body is comfortable and lightweight, and easy to strum and fret
• Rewarding sound: Yields a good sound easily in the hands of a newer player
• Not too precious: Durable, minimal, so it's not intimidating for a novice to play and care for
• Broad appeal: Covers a broad range of music preferences

Function and Form
The Academy Series Grand Concert is intended as a fingerstyle guitar with the added benefit of a more compact body size for extra playing comfort. The wood pairing is a solid spruce top with layered sapele back and sides. Genuine African ebony – not man-made substitutes - is used for the fingerboard and bridge, just as with all other Taylor models.

The neck is a fully engineered version of Taylor’s patented design, allowing for precise calibration of the neck angle and smooth serviceability throughout the guitar’s life. To enhance the handfeel and overall playability for entry-level players, Taylor chose a 24-7/8-in. scale length with a 1-11/16-in. nut width. The guitar’s top bracing and other internal architecture were optimized for volume and projection. It has full-size guitar dimensions. It has the right depth and width for the right internal architecture, with a seriously straight and true neck on it. These things were meant to go together as a whole without compromising musical function.

Although an armrest is normally reserved as an ultra-premium feature of Taylor’s top-end models, Taylor’s Andy Powers developed a greatly simplified version, produced with function in mind. “It’s important to give a beginning player the most comfortable, gratifying experience to make a welcoming first impression,” he says. “If the guitar is comfortable, plays well, and has a pleasing sound, then a player will have an easier time staying with the instrument.”

The Taylor Difference
The Academy Series also introduces players to the best of what Taylor Guitars brings to the guitar market. 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.

FEATURES

Body
  • Body type: Concert/O Taylor Academy Deep Grand Concert
  • Cutaway: No
  • Top wood: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: Layered Sapele
  • Bracing pattern: Academy Series
  • Body finish: Matte 2
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Standard Taylor Profile
  • Nut width: 1.687 in. (42.8 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Genuine African Ebony
  • Neck wood: Sapele
  • Scale length: 24.87 in.
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Matte 2
Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand: Taylor
  • Configuration: Behind-the-saddle transducer with Adjustable Sensors
  • Preamp EQ: 2-band
  • Feedback filter: No
  • Tuner: Yes
Other
  • Headstock overlay: Lexan
  • Tuning machines: Chrome with Chrome Buttons
  • Bridge: Genuine African Ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Micarta/NuBone
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Armrest
  • Case: Deluxe Gig Bag
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Mexico
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TaylorAcademy Series Academy 12e Grand Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
5.0

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5.0

Pleasantly Surprised And A Bit Blown Away!

By Laura Marie

from Sunnyvale, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Taylor Academy Series Academy 12e Grand Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I have been playing for over 40 years and have owned many acoustic and electric guitars most of them on the lower-end of the price range. I have always dreamed of owning a Taylor for their quality of build, tone and playability, but never thought that I could afford one. I went to my local Guitar Center to find a new acoustic guitar to use for song writing and to generally relax with. I play several of the $299.00 range guitars and was unimpressed. I stepped into the higher-end room where the Martians and Taylors were just for fun and to dream a little and after strumming on a few $1500 - $2500 guitars, I spotted this little Taylor. I instantly fell in love with its playability, style, and tone. They did not have any in stock but the floor model, so I bought the one in my hands and have not been able to put it down since. For the price, this may as well be the best guitar in the Talyor line.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice simple guitar. Fit and finish are great.

    By DANIEL

    from undisclosed

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    Pros

    • Well balanced guitar

    Cons

    • Action just a little high

    Best Uses

    • Practice to performing

    Comments about Taylor Academy Series Academy 12e Grand Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I'm using this guitar in my studio and at some gigs.

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