There's no greater thrill for a guitarist than going onstage and playing for an eager crowd, and no greater joy than getting more and more in touch with your instrument. The guitar is such an important part of a musician's life that we always feel a degree of anxiety when we're searching for a new one. Thankfully, the Taylor grand concert series gives you the opportunity to relax: there's no need to feel anxious when you can be sure in advance that you're getting an outstanding instrument.
The mark of a great luthier is no secret. It just takes a team of craftspeople as passionate about building instruments as you are about playing them. Taylor proved it had that passion when it was founded in 1974 - its three founders were working in a guitar shop in El Cajon and, when they decided that they could take things further, they bought the shop from its owner and haven't looked back since.
The grand concert guitars are perfect examples of where Taylor's commitments have brought them in the years since then. They introduced this smaller-bodied shape in 1984 to support the growing popularity of intricate finger-style playing by acoustic guitarists. By trimming the guitar's waist and shrinking the overall body size, Taylor managed to rein in the overtones to create an instrument that's precise, clear and brilliant. The advantages go beyond sound alone, too: grand concert guitars are very comfortable to play while sitting down, and their necks have a subtle increase in width that gives you more space to pull off complex fingering techniques.
Like most of Taylor's guitars, the grand concert style gives you the choice between acoustic and acoustic-electric models. Both are excellent options, and the right one for you will depend on what you're looking to get out of your guitar. For playing small venues and around the house or campfire, an acoustic is all you need. But if you plan to travel to larger spaces or big outdoor concerts, acoustic-electric is worth a look. With a model like the 412ce, you'll be able to connect directly to an amplifier to take advantage of the grand concert's incredible playability while powering up your volume levels at the same time.
There's a lot to appreciate about Taylor grand concert guitars. Compact and well-built, they're simple to travel with and easy to handle. Finger-style is an absolute joy with their impressive playability, and the scale length and neck width make fretting a cinch while giving the strings a beautiful, slinky feel. For a guitar that's comfortable, begs to be played and keeps overtones under control, a Taylor grand concert can't be beat.