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Taylor Sapele/Sitka Grand Auditorium 12-String

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The Grand Auditorium has been the mainstay of Taylor's acoustic-electric line for years. Now they™ve taken this shape and applied a purely acoustic design, resulting in an entirely new guitar, yet one... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Grand Auditorium has been the mainstay of Taylor's acoustic-electric line for years. Now they™ve taken this shape and applied a purely acoustic design, resulting in an entirely new guitar, yet one that feels as if you™ve known it forever.

The 12-string is part of acoustic guitar lore, and a major part of Taylor history. The Sapele/Sitka Grand Auditorium 12-String is a contemporary take on the tradition: full 12-string tone yet with a more slender, hour glass Grand Auditorium shape.

The warm tone and open midrange of sapele balances the bright and snappy characteristics of a Sitka spruce top. The resulting combination provides the perfect guitar for strong, rhythmic playing styles.

Grand Auditorium (GA)
The GA is Taylor' most versatile and popular shape, excelling at light-touch fingerstyle to full-blown strumming. Great for mic™ing and recording, the GA' balanced mid-range and bright tone exemplify the Taylor voice.

Gloss Top/Satin Back & Sides
The finish used to create this guitar's textured satin back and sides and lustrous gloss top was developed at Taylor for maximum durability and resistance to cold-checking. This ultraviolet-cured finish is also more environmentally friendly than traditional lacquer finishes.


  • Type/Shape: 12-String Grand Auditorium
  • Back & Sides: Sapele
  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Soundhole Rosette: Plastic
  • Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony with Binding
  • Fretboard Inlay: Small Pearl Dots
  • Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Binding: White
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Chrome-plated Taylor Tuners
  • Strings: Elixir® Light Gauge Strings with NANOWEB® Coating
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2"
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Neck Width at Nut: 1-7/8"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Bracing: Standard II (Forward Shifted Pattern)
  • Finish: Satin with Gloss Top
  • Case: Taylor Hardshell
  • Body Width: 16"
  • Body Depth: 4-5/8"
  • Body Length: 20"
  • Overall Length: 41"
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TaylorSapele/Sitka Grand Auditorium 12-String

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Taylor GA3 - 12 string

By Jim Petanovich

from Montecito, California

Comments about Taylor Sapele/Sitka Grand Auditorium 12-String:

This is the most beautiful sounding guitar I have ever played! I purchased it from Guitar Center in Oxnard California. While trying out several different guitars, I found this to be the easiest to play and the best sounding. The guitar is very light weight and easy to play. I can?t put it down! I strummed the guitar and timed the ring of the strings, it was 25 seconds long. The Sapele backs and sides produce such a big sound and match perfectly with the solid spruce top. It shocked me the first time I strummed this guitar and could feel the air around the guitar moving! The Sapele is truly a great tone wood, and all my future guitars will be made from Sapele. You can?t go wrong with this guitar; it?s truly the best thing I have done to further my guitar playing. I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Taylor hard shell case is very well made and fits the guitar perfectly. The only complaint I have, is I?m having trouble using a capo. I tried two different kinds; the old style and the newest is the Planet Waves all metal capo. You squeeze it to set the tension. Both capos buzz on the smaller diameter bass strings. There may be a way to use a capo on a 12 string guitar but I haven?t figured it out yet. I should mention While trying out guitars at G.C., I played several Martins and Gibson, some in the $5,000 range none of them even came close to this guitar! This is the best sounding guitar for the money; now go try one for your self. You be glad you did.

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Outstanding guitar

By Steven Strong

from Lake Stevens, Washington

Comments about Taylor Sapele/Sitka Grand Auditorium 12-String:

I received this guitar as a Christmas gift from my wife. She knew I wanted a 12 string and called a friend who knows guitars and among the brands he mentioned was Taylor. It was a total shock as my wife was against me getting another guitar to add to my collection. At first, I was unsure about the guitar and unfamiliar with Taylor. Over the next couple of days I figured out from playing it that this was no ordinary guitar. I love playing guitar perhaps more than anything else, and this guitar has really spiked my interest in playing. This guitar is so easy to play and it sounds so good. The sound is a little higher than my others but it's a great sound. I just can't imagine finding a more expensive guitar that plays as well as this one. And the case it came in is 100% first class. And I keep this one in the case when I'm not playing it. Best gift I ever got.

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