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

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    Premium woods meet advanced design in this big-sounding Taylor.

    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.

    Features

    • 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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    TaylorGC8 Rosewood/Spruce Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar (2011 Model)
     
    4.8

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Guitar

    By Van

    from Montana

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Fingerpicking Strumming
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Taylor GC8 Rosewood/Spruce Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar (2011 Model):

    I've only had this a week, and don't like reviewing things until I've had months or years with the instrument. That said, I can't find anything at all negative about this guitar. It has great projection, excellent treble response with a good bottom end. It is very easy to play, and the body size and shape are exactly what I was looking for. It sounds great with a pick or fingerpicking. Obviously this guitar isn't for everyone, but if you're looking for a smaller bodied acoustic with a bright, resonant response, this is it.

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    5.0

    Not

    By Steve-z3.sX

    from Arizona

    Comments about Taylor GC8 Rosewood/Spruce Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar (2011 Model):

    I've been playing the GC8 at my local Guitar Center for several years now, and I STILL can't get over how amazing this guitar is! I play a lot of fingerstyle, James Taylor type stuff, so the short scale is but one of the features that makes this guitar especially great! A full-size nut-width makes it easy to fingerpick, and the small body is comfortable to cradle. The volume is not a problem on this guitar as it often is on smaller guitars: the rosewood/spruce combo responds and projects like a dream. And of course, you'll get the coveted Taylor tone and feel as well.My ONLY complaint with the GC8 (if I had one) is that it comes without electronics. However, for an extra $500, Taylor will fit it with their Expression System.All in all? Great buy! Worth every penny.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Unexpectedly Brilliant

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Taylor GC8 Rosewood/Spruce Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar (2011 Model):

    I was listening to my acoustic playlist on my iPod for inspiration in producing my own tracks. I was amazed at the sound of this one particular track, blown away by the bass response and the all-in-all robust sound. It turned out to be one of my new-string recordings of this guitar. I needed a smaller guitar because I started to develop shoulder pains, and I didn't want to like the guitar's tone because I thought it was little and a Taylor so it just screamed, tinny, tinny, tinny, but it has the wow factor and a sound that speaks for itself without seeing how gorgeous it is. Especially with Martin SP's, wow, it sounds like something you'd hear on a soundtrack if you're fingerpicking or strumming. My only issue is the scale, though comfortable forces you to alter your right hand technique to keep from deadening some of your fretted notes.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A very long quest

    By P. Young

    from Huntington Beach, CA

    Comments about Taylor GC8 Rosewood/Spruce Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar (2011 Model):

    Everyone looks for the perfect guitar, and I think this could be it. I play a Martin OM Aura and a Martin OM1 now, and I have owned several high end Taylors, Larivees, and a few others over the last 10 years. Most OM guitars have a similar sound and I love the Martins, but since I have very small hands I have been looking for a short scale guitar that might be a little easier to play. The GC8 is beautiful in line and finish and of course it is a perfect size for your lap or on a strap in front of a mike. I have found it more than loud enough to hold its own in a mix or wherever I go. It sounds very similar to the Martin OM's only slightly brighter and a little more woody. It is exactly what I think a guitar should sound like. Taylors are very alike from one guitar to another of like model. When I play in front of my wife she tells me both the OM Aura and the GC8 sound exactly alike. They really do. This is high praise for Taylor as I find most Taylor models too bright for my taste, but this is just my opinion. Taylor GS models sound more to my liking, but the GC8 is perfect for me. I always change the strings to Clear Tones and they always improve the sound. Use the light strings as recommended. The case fits like a glove and should provide superior protection when traveling around. The intonation on Taylors and Martins seem right on even though no guitar is perfect. The neck and action is the best in the industry period. I am a perfectionist and the GC8 is it! I both strum and finger pick and it sounds great doing either one. It is also very load compared to other instruments I own or some I have owned in the past. My criteria for a good guitar is sound, sound, sound. This is one great guitar.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Taylor GC8 Sweet but Timid

    By fingerpick520

    from Ashland, Oregon

    Comments about Taylor GC8 Rosewood/Spruce Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar (2011 Model):

    A great guitar for studio or fingerstyle but with limited projection when played firmly. With flesh and nails it sings. With picks (thumb and brass fingerpicks, it can be overdriven. Neck is sweet and intonation is dead on. A beautiful guitar for composing and for relaxed playing but not for the aggressive performer.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    One of the Best Fingerstyle Guitars Around

    By pcake

    from Los Angeles, CA

    Comments about Taylor GC8 Rosewood/Spruce Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar (2011 Model):

    I've been playing fingerstyle for decades, and a couple years ago I played my first GC8. It blew me away with its clean, intimate and warm sound. The shape is perfect for recording - no feedback - and I've yet to play one that wasn't very well made. It's probably not the right guitar if you're a hard strummer, but everything about this guitar is done right from its perfect tone and slightly wider nut to its beautiful finish and appointments.

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    5.0

    Great for what it's intended to do

    By voodoochile808

    from Honolulu, HI

    Comments about Taylor GC8 Rosewood/Spruce Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar (2011 Model):

    This is a very high quality, stable, consistent guitar. The sound is very even, very well balanced. If you want a guitar with explosive dynamics that shakes the walls when pushed, look elsewhere. This guitar is good for providing steady rhythms, articulate leads, and sweet fingerstyle passages. And it is an excellent performing guitar because it doesn't feed back as easily as other guitars. If you want a good workhorse guitar that performs consistently in the studio and on stage, this guitar is definitely worth looking at. Also, the fact that the expression system is optional allows you to choose a pickup that's right for your style?-for me, a definite plus.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very beautiful guitar.... but...

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Taylor GC8 Rosewood/Spruce Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar (2011 Model):

    I ordered this guitar and to tell you the truth, I am a little disappointed in it, so I won't be keeping it. The guitar is a beautiful work of art to look at. The slotted headstock is gorgeous, however, the tuners appear to be cheap. However, I am disappointed in several things. It just does not have that warm fuzzy feel that a guitar should have. The sound is mediocre. I previously had a Martin 000-15S which I think is a far superior guitar. The 000-15S had a bigger sound and is a smaller guitar at slightly over half the money. Just to let future shoppers know, I am not an expert or anything, so you may like it and think it is the greatest guitar ever. The glossy finish I don't care for, I like a guitar with a matte or flat finish. I would like to see other reviews of this guitar to see what you think.

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