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Taylor GC8 Rosewood/Spruce Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar (2011 Model) Natural

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The Taylor GC8 Rosewood/Spruce grand concert guitar has volume that belies its size. The slotted peghead and short-scale neck deliver a more "woody" tone and an unbelievably easy feel on the fretboard... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Taylor GC8 Rosewood/Spruce grand concert guitar has volume that belies its size. The slotted peghead and short-scale neck deliver a more "woody" tone and an unbelievably easy feel on the fretboard. The clarity, balance, sustain, excellent bass response, and wonderful coloration of the India Rosewood back and sides of the GC8 is without equal. When paired with solid Sitka spruce top, it is an unstoppable tonal combination. Other features of the GC8 acoustic include an ivoroid bound neck and body, Indian rosewood headstock overlay, abalone rosette and fretboard dots, and a traditional slotted peghead.

Because of its smaller size, the Taylor GC8 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.


  • Body Style: 6-String Grand Concert
  • Back & Sides: Indian rosewood
  • Top: Sitka spruce
  • Soundhole Rosette: Abalone
  • Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony with Binding
  • Fretboard Inlay: Abalone Dots
  • Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Nut and Saddle: Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Taylor Slot-head 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: Gloss
  • Electronics: None
  • Body Width: 15"
  • Body Depth: 4-3/8"
  • Body Length: 19-1/2"
  • Overall Length: 40-1/2"
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell
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(31 of 33 customers found this review helpful)


Outstanding Guitar

By Andy

from Michigan

I am not a highly experienced player who can necessarily discern subtle variances in tone or construction like more experienced and fanatical enthusiasts. However, this is my second Taylor guitar and I absolutely love it. [1] I am a smaller person and the body of the concert model is perfect and comfortable. I have noticed that I remain more comfortable for longer durations as compared to my Taylor 314 (auditorium). [2] The volume, tonal quality and clarity are surprising for a smaller body guitar (probably the best point of this guitar). [3] The styling is great. It has some serious extras at the price point, including vintage looking hardware, some inlays, etc.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


Just A Perfect Guitar


from Independence, KY

I have a Martin HD-28 and a Taylor 814 CE. The GC8 is not like either. The sound is crisp and bright but without a great deal of bass or volume of the hd28 or 814ce. I purchased the guitar for intimate personal use and it fills the bill perfectly. The GC8 is a beautiful guitar with a very comfortable size and I love the looks of the slotted head. Although I have strummed the guitar with a pick playing an assortment of songs, I prefer to fingerpick with it most of all. This is my go-to guitar when I'm home and just want to relax, think, and play. I used to have a classical guitar for this use but the GC 8 gave me the sound and comfortable size but with the steel strings that I prefer on a 1 3/4" nut. I love this guitar and I am considering purchasing another for the road. My disappointment is the Taylor guitar case. The tolex seams are separating and pealing and for the price I expect better than what I got. But, I don't play the case so I'll give the guitar 5 stars. Add this guitar to your collection.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Love the sound

By gloria

from Connecticut

The GC8 is a perfect size for those under 6 foot tall. The size, style and sound allows the guitar to become an expression of you and you can become one. This instrument makes me want to play because of it's mellow intimate smooth warm sounds.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Perfect voice and action

By e j

from Tampa, FL

Went in to GC seeking a a playable couch guitar. I picked up and played at least a dozen different guitars from several makers. When I got around to picking up the simply felt just right in my hands and had a perfect voice and i fell in love with it. It is extremely playable, perfect for fingerpicking as well as strumming. It is not suited for hard pounding strums like a dread, so understand that. I do strum it, which it loves..and it really excels when it is fingerpicked.... The GC8 is simply one of the best sounding and most playable guitars you could select. It has extended my playing time versus my dread. The 1.75 inch wide nut is a feature I love. The mids, highs and sustain of of the guitar are exactly what you ears long to hear. The action and playability of this guitar inspire to practice and play every day and longer each time. The workmanship is impeccable. After having it now for a few months and changing strings, I find the sound as perfect and even richer as i continue to break the GC8 in. The folks at GC were very friendly and their professionalism during the entire purchase process was excellent. Good luck on your search...and if you are looking for a very playable, sweet sounding guitar, give the Taylor GC series a test drive.

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