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Taylor GC3 Grand Concert Sapele/Sitka Series Acoustic Guitar  

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The Taylor GC3 Sapele/Spruce Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar has volume that belies its size. Signature Taylor performance, quality, and value make our sapele/spruce acoustic guitars a great introductio... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Taylor GC3 Sapele/Spruce Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar has volume that belies its size. Signature Taylor performance, quality, and value make our sapele/spruce acoustic guitars a great introduction to the solid-wood Taylor experience. Simple, traditional styling and renowned Taylor craftsmanship make this combination one of our most popular models.

Because of its smaller size, the Taylor GC3 Grand Concert is a curvy and comfortable, "intimate" guitar”something to wrap oneself around. Its clarity, balanced response, scaled-down proportions, and scalloped bracing make it ideal for fingerstyle playing. Stage performers appreciate its body-friendly size and contours, and those who work in the recording studio love its controlled overtones. Other features include a bound neck and body, chrome-plated tuners, and an Indian rosewood headstock overlay.

A fingerstylist's dream, this small-body guitar shines on stage, in the studio, or in your lap

Grand Concert
Bob Taylor introduced the small-bodied Grand Concert in 1984 as an alternative to the boomier tonal tendencies of traditional, larger-bodied guitars. The GC spoke to the evolving styles of acoustic guitarists at that time, as solo instrumental fingerstyle music was growing in popularity.

Bob developed the GC with input from Chris Proctor, the 1982 National Fingerpicking Champion, who would go on to be Taylor's first guitar clinician. Proctor wanted a comfortable body shape with clarity and balance from bass to treble, a cutaway, and a wider neck than the 1-11/16" then used on the Taylor Dreadnought and Jumbo.

Beyond its compatibility with fingerstyle players, the GC's smaller body and tapered waist made it the ultimate studio and stage guitar. With its controlled overtones, it doesn't take up too much sonic space ” an important consideration if other instruments are being recorded, and it records well with a microphone. The GC also curbed the kind of sonic bloom that often caused feedback with bigger guitars on stage.

The GC body geometry and sound have continued to evolve in recent years. In 2004, the body depth was expanded by a quarter-inch, and it was revoiced to add volume and bass response, giving the GC a tone that belies its intimate size.

Play a GC if: You prefer a guitar with controlled overtones for recording or performance, and like the physical comfort of a smaller-bodied guitar.

  • Body Style: 6-String Grand Concert
  • Back & Sides: Sapele
  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Rosette: Plastic
  • Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony with Binding
  • Fretboard Inlay: Small Pearl Dots
  • Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Binding: Cream Plastic
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Nut and Saddle: Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Taylor Chrome Tuners
  • Strings: Elixir Light Gauge Strings with Nanoweb Coating
  • Scale Length: 24-7/8"
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Neck Width at Nut: 1-3/4"
  • No. of frets: 20
  • Fretboard Radius: 15"
  • Bracing: Standard II (Forward Shifted Pattern W/Relief Rout)
  • Finish: Satin with a Gloss Top
  • Electronics: None
  • Body Width: 15"
  • Body Depth: 4-3/8"
  • Body Length: 19-1/2"
  • Overall Length: 40-1/2"
  • Case: Taylor Hardshell
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from Hawai'i

I own and play a James Goodall Grand Concert guitar. It is a magnificent instrument, but I cannot bring myself to take it out of the house. I needed a guitar that I could take to gigs and not worry about anyone stealing or thrashing the Goodall; bring on the GC3. I must admit that I was seriously impressed vrom the first note!! The tone, sustain, ease of play were fight up there with the Goodall...for 1/5 the price!! It is unbelieveable that for the small price came a seriously wonderful sounding instrument. If this guitar was lost or stolen, I would buy another, immediately!

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