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Taylor GC3 Grand Concert Sapele/Sitka Series Acoustic Guitar  

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    Supremely comfortable to play, with rich, tightly focused sound and controlled overtones.

    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.

    Features
    • 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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    5.0

    Incredible!!!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Taylor GC3 Grand Concert Sapele/Sitka Series Acoustic Guitar:

    The volume and tone of this guitar are simply amazing. I own a Taylor 714 and a high end Martin. For a 300 series Taylor, this thing is simply incredible. No need to spend thousands on a quality instrument. Finger picking and strumming are an absolute joy with the GC3. Buy this guitar.....you won't be disappointed.

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    By innocci

    from cheyenne wyoming

    Comments about Taylor GC3 Grand Concert Sapele/Sitka Series Acoustic Guitar:

    I was looking for a good finger style guitar and I found it, if your looking for a heavy strumming and picking guitar this isn't it. This guitar is perfect for holding in the classical position. The gc3 has great sound and ring, the shorter scale takes a little getting used to and the low e string can slip off the neck if not aproached correctly. I think d'adario strings sound best an this guitar as opposed to the elixers. This guitar for it's price range is a great fingerstyle guitar and you will be very pleased. The craftmanship is top notch and the case is very good quality. Remeber when buying a guitar fit it to the style of music your playing and you will always be satisfied. I will never let a pick touch this guitar I have other guitars for strumming. Don't give up on a guitar until you have had a chance to let it become an extension of your body. You won't go wrong with this guitar.

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    5.0

    Great sounding, great playing guitar

    By Robert-Vu9cr

    from Tucson, Arizona

    Comments about Taylor GC3 Grand Concert Sapele/Sitka Series Acoustic Guitar:

    Elegant simplicity is the operative term here. Construction is flawless, and the features are basic. Mine even lacks the pickguard shown in the catalog.The tone and playability are first rate. Excellent for fingerpicking with or without thumb pick. The bass is suprisingly strong, yet does not overpower midrange or treble. Excellent for flatpicking as well. Volume is surprisingly strong - suitable for anything short of a driving string band.My purchase decision was a toss up between it and the Taylor GC7, which I thought had a sligthly superior tone - so sligthly superior that I went with the GC3 and saved with no regrets.

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    5.0

    Taylor GC3 is very nice..

    By Corey-kvGqK

    from Elkmont, AL

    Comments about Taylor GC3 Grand Concert Sapele/Sitka Series Acoustic Guitar:

    I received my Taylor GC3 about a week ago (Aug. '07). Upon opening the box and case, I was instantly impressed by the dramatic "bear-claw" figuring in the Spruce top [the gloss finish is fantastic]. I was originally drawn to this guitar because of the simple appointments and lack of "overkill" features. The only feature that I would've changed is the nut & saddle material [I prefer bone (instead of tusq)]. The GC3's tone is well balanced and versatile.. and quite-a-bit louder than I anticipated. In summary, this guitar is very comfortable and resonant. Especially if you enjoy sittin' on a stool and plucking some acoustic blues/folk, you'll find the GC3 to be very satisfying.

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    5.0

    Fit, finish and sound are top notch

    By sixstringman

    from Ashburn, VA

    Comments about Taylor GC3 Grand Concert Sapele/Sitka Series Acoustic Guitar:

    I got mine with the optional Taylor electronics built-in. This is a great sounding guitar when not plugged in, but nothing really beats a dreadnought for a full acoustic sound, so this small-bodied guitar will mostly be used in a band setting and plugged in. As with all guitars, fit and finish sometimes vary from guitar to guitar. The one I bought is as well done as Taylor's high-end models. I've gotten stuck with sloppy workmanship on lower end models from Taylor before, but not on this one. The GC3 is perfect. Not a flaw on it. The action is set just right. No string breakage (as reported on some Taylors with Elixir strings). The smallness of it makes it very comfortable, yet it doesn't sound too thin. It's bright, but not cheap sounding. The guitar stays in tune, the electronics aren't invasive and even the case is very nice. I am assuming that with proper care, this guitar will last a long time and will begin to sound even better after a couple of years. In my book, no Taylor is inexpensive, but this one isn't beyond reach price-wise. It's solid wood all around, and the ebony fretboard and frets are smooth. No sharp frets! The bound neck makes it even nicer feeling. The guitar has a real professional feel. There isn't a pick guard, so it has a very neat look about it. It's certainly worth a try if you are looking for a compact guitar with top of the line features. I tend to lean towards Martin guitars, but this Taylor is a winner in looks, feel and sound.

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