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Taylor Academy 10E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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Product Price $649.0
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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 tha...Click To Read More About This Product

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An amazing entry-level guitar to inspire aspiring guitarists long after they get the hang of it.

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 10e Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar, 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 10e Dreadnought, was 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. The guitar is easy to strum and fret.
• Rewarding sound: this guitar yields a good sound easily in the hands of a newer player.
• Not too precious. Durable. Minimal. A guitar that’s too precious can be intimidating for a novice to play and care for.
• Broad appeal: it covers a broad range of music preferences.

Function and Form
The Academy Series begins with the classic dreadnought body shape, in part because it’s a widely-recognized guitar shape that makes a good strumming and flatpicking guitar. Taylor borrowed the slightly smaller footprint of its famous Big Baby Taylor for comfort, but opted for a body depth that’s three-quarters of an inch deeper to give the guitar a fuller voice with more low-end response. 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: Taylor A10 Dreadnought 15/16th-Scale
  • Cutaway: No
  • Top wood: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: Layered Sapele
  • Bracing pattern: Academy Series Bracing
  • Body finish: Matte 2.0 Varnish
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Taylor Standard Profile
  • Nut width: 1.69 in. (43 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Genuine African Ebony
  • Neck wood: Saplele
  • Scale length: 24.87 in.
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Matte 2.0 Varnish
Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand: Taylor
  • Configuration: Behind the saddle transducer
  • Preamp EQ: 1-band
  • Feedback filter: No
  • Tuner: Yes
Other
  • Headstock overlay: Lexan
  • Tuning machines: Chrome Tuners with Chrome Buttons
  • Bridge: Genuine African Ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Micarta "Wave"/NuBone Nut
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: None
  • Case: Deluxe Taylor Gig Bag
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Mexico

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TaylorAcademy 10E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
5.0

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5.0

LOVE this guitar!

By brooks

from boulder

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Comments about Taylor Academy 10E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I love this guitar! such a great sound and feel.
I really like the armrest it makes it very comfortable to play. Being a smaller frame guy the size is about perfect for me compared to a traditional dread.
The build quality is excellent, very happy with my purchase.

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5.0

Great Guitar

By Lightman

from Kentucky

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Taylor Academy 10E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Nice guitar for anyone of any age that's wanting to learn to play or a nice sounding guitar for singing and performances, churches, music shows etc. I bought it after playing at a local music store. It was so comfortable with the short scale and the arm rest as well as having a nice sound. I found myself wanting to play it for quite some time and was very much in like with the Academy 10ce. A few days later was on M.F. and just pulled the trigger. I later ordered a pickguard that I liked and am very satisfied with the guitar. I have been using it for practice just playing around the house but am sure I will be using it in performances as well.

     
    5.0

    Great sound!

    By Brad P.

    from Decatur AL

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Taylor Academy 10E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is sweet! I picked this one up as a scratch and dent. When it arrived I couldn't find anything wrong with it. It plays great and sounds great! I couldn't be happier especially for the price. It has the true Taylor sound.

       
      5.0

      Excellent Guitar

      By Keeks

      from Portland Oregon

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      Comments about Taylor Academy 10E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This is the perfect take along guitar. Weighs nearly nothing. I bought the one with the electronics and they are amazing. I am blessed to be able to lead worship every week at church and this guitar is very cool and it's at a great price point. The armrest is a big plus. Super easy to play and it inspires you to want to play more. Get it, you won't be disappointed.

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