The Taylor 2012 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 introd... Read More
The Taylor 2012 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 (GC)
Body Length: 19 1/2" / Body Width: 15" / Body Depth: 4 3/8"
A smaller bodied guitar ideally suited for fingerstyle.
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.
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. Our current generation of GC models continues to accommodate fingerstylists with finger-friendly traits like a shorter 24 7/8-inch 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.
Origin: West Africa
An alternative tonewood that joined the Taylor fold over a decade ago. It’s sometimes mistakenly referred to as African mahogany because it closely resembles the West African wood khaya, which is commercially known as African mahogany. Sapele is a highly sustainable, relatively fast-growing wood. Tonally, it does everything that mahogany does, with a little extra treble zing. We’ll be able to offer it for a long, long time.
Goes Well With: Everything. Like ovangkol, it’s a great all-purpose tonewood that will deliver a consistent, balanced tone in a variety of playing applications, from fingerstyle to strumming.
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I will give some background of some of the acoustic I have owned...a Martin MMV, Gibson Songwriter ec, taylor 416ce. This one takes the cake for all around useability. Records extremely well! Plays great like all Taylors and the best part is it has scalloped bracing which is very important to get a big sound out of an OM body. I tried a bunch of martin OM guitars across the range and some sounded great but had no complexity to the tone. My gc3 has a shimmer like my 416 but a little less bass. This guitar has an extremely balanced tone. Installed an LR baggs M1A pickup and its fits the bill for live performances now as well. Sounds great for finger picking but also incredible for medium to light strumming. I am not a fan of Taylors ES system so I try to stay away from it if possible. The gc3 is a killer guitar and a HUGE value for an all solid wood american made beauty.