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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 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, ...  Click To Read More About This Product

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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

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (11)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Consistent (10)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Stays in tune (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Recording (5)
  • Jamming (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Novice (3)

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar!

    By Jeremy

    from Orlando, FL

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

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

      Fun to play, sounds great, and very comfortable. I tried all the guitars at GC in and around it's price range and couldn't put this guitar down. Taylor says it's a beginner guitar, but this guitar is so much more!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love the guitar!

      By damar

      from Houston

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

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

        Pleasantly surprised. Awesome guitar. So easy to play. Want to play longer. This guitar is a quality product and good for all level of players. Thanks Taylor!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        You can't go wrong

        By Anand

        from Albany, NY

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Excellent playability
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            ...with this guitar. I started to learn guitar 3 months ago and after trying 4 guitars ( Epiphone PR 150, Ibanez AW54, Yamaha FG 830 and Ibanez Av4c) and returning one by one, bought this one on Jay's recomendation and have been so impressed and amazed since then. After patiently listening to my challenges like bigger body or difficult playability;Jay at guitar center Albany did a good job explaining why this could be the guita for me which helped me take a decision to add another $350 on Yamaha FG 830 price(which I was returning). The playability of this guitar is unmatched and stops a beginner from giving up, sound so rich and feel in the lap very comfortable.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            What Sweet Guitar!

            By Rich

            from Fort Worth, Texas

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Playing for your own enjoyment
              • Practicing
              • Recording

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

              I am 70 years old and have been playing a Stratocaster for three years. I wanted to try an acoustic but I couldn't find one that felt right. Then I came across this Taylor Academy 12e. It was as easy to play as my electric and felt really good. The beveled arm rest makes it very comfortable. I was really surprised at how sweet the sound and the ease of play. Great guitar for the price.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I would buy this again and recommend it to anyone.

              By Eddie

              from Maple Grove, MN USA

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Built in tuner is a great addition
              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • No Cons so far, do not expect any, great quality
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

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

                Dennis at the Guitar Center in Maple Grove was wonderful when looking at a guitar that fit me.
                Has a great knowledge of products in the store. If you need help, see Dennis

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                An amazing guitar and one of best values out there

                By Ron

                from Israel

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Noticeable cut savings for affordability

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

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

                Happy to have this guitar. Great value and sounds very good for this amount of money. This guitar brought me back to music. I love it.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Wow!

                By Schareco

                from Long Island

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Beautiful looking
                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Low Action
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everything

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

                  I went to Guitar Center in Carle Place, Long Island. I recommend dealing with Matt who is super knowledgeable and very patient. I discovered Taylor Guitars there and agonized over which to get. I compared academy 12e, academy 10e and big baby. I finally took the 12e, brought it home and i am officially blown away by this instrument. It's beautiful in every way. I never played an acoustic that played so easily. I will have this guitar forever. If it breaks one day, I'll just get another one.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  An excellent first or 100th guitar

                  By Jeff Lesof

                  from San Diego, Californai

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Small Venues

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

                      If you were a blind musician, choosing just on sound quality, this would be one of your primary choices. While the Academy series is not elaborately decorated, it is 110% functional, with beautiful tone. It sounds better than the GS mini, which is also good in its own right, but the true black ebony for the fingerboard and concert size is what forces it ahead of the mini. The ergonomic cut for the right arm makes a big difference in the feel of this guitar, making it easy to learn upon and comfortable for those long sessions. The sapele sides and curved back are both beautiful and functional. What impressed me the most though was the choice of the spruce for the soundboard. The soundboard has very tight year growth rings which you normally can't get in this price range of guitar. What this does, is literally give you a guitar that sings. Of the other major manufactures, it seems like only Cordoba pays this much attention to the spruce soundboard. However, this is really the key element of any guitar, and the tight spacing, demonstrates not only the quality of the instrument visually, but also sonic-ly.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great sound Great Price

                      By Allen Heath the way for live sound

                      from chico Ca

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Small Venues

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

                        Acoustic Unplugged bands, venues

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Agree with guitar magazines reviews

                        By CB

                        from OH

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Practicing

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

                          Guitar is a good investment for the money-- see Pros above

                          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Nice simple guitar. Fit and finish are great.

                          By DANIEL

                          from undisclosed

                          See all my reviews

                          Verified Buyer

                          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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                          • No
                           
                          5.0

                          Baby Taylor, Big Baby, GS Mini, 114e or Academy 10e / 12e ?

                          By Happy Taylor Owner

                          from Tampa, Florida

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              I wasn't sure which entry level Taylor to get: Baby Taylor, Big Baby, GS Mini, 114e or Academy 10e / 12e. I played them all and clearly decided that, for me, the Academy 12e was the best build/sound/value at the (open box / used) $400-$500 price point. My second choice was a used 114e, but I do not regret purchasing the 12e. These Academy guitars are really something special to play. My Academy 12e keeps sounding better and better each time I play it.

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