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Taylor Academy Series Academy 12 Grand Concert Acoustic 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 tha...Click To Read More About This Product

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An enhanced entry-level guitar designed to be your go-to even after you've matured as a player.

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 this Academy 12 Grand Concert Acoustic, 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
The Academy Series, which includes this Academy 12 Grand Concert, 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, 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 12 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.

Body type: Taylor Deep Grand Concert
Cutaway: No
Top wood: Solid Sitka Spruce  
Back & sides: Layered Sapele
Bracing pattern: Academy Series
Body finish: Matte 2.0 Varnish
Orientation: Right handed
Neck shape: Standard Taylor Profile
Nut width: 1-11/16 in. (42.8 mm)
Fingerboard: Genuine African Ebony
Neck wood: Sapele
Scale length: 24.87 in.
Number of frets: 20 
Neck finish: Matte 2.0 Varnish 
Pickup/preamp: No
Brand: Not applicable
Configuration: Not applicable
Preamp EQ: Not applicable
Feedback filter: Not applicable
Tuner: Not applicable
Headstock overlay: Lexan 
Tuning machines: Chrome Tuners 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 12 Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar

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By bangitmsom

from Indiana

About Me Experienced


  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Taylor Academy Series Academy 12 Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

    Need to note that I do not own this guitar, just have played it a little.
    I was in the market for new guitar and actually stopped by another music store. I own a Breedlove and really love that guitar, but wanted a second one because I'm back in a band and just wanted a second guitar. They didn't have the Alvarez Artist Series model that I did buy on Musiciansfriend the next day, but I played a few guitars they did have and upon first few strums of this Taylor, I fell in love. I sat there for quite a while because it was a great experience. I grabbed a similarly priced Martin and only played it a few minutes and went right back to this Taylor. Honestly, if Musiciansfriend offered a better financing deal on this, it would be getting delivered today. Maybe in a few months I'll jump (actually, will most likely do it). It's super nice for the price.



    By Humble in worship

    from Lynbrook, New york

    About Me Experienced


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


      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Taylor Academy Series Academy 12 Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

      Workmanship is excellent- both on strumming and finger picking it sounds great-action perfect . arm rest makes it earlier to play.


      Outstanding guitar

      By Toonz

      from Cody, Wy

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      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Taylor Academy Series Academy 12 Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

      Just got this last week. I'd been waiting for it to be available. I have 3 other Taylor Grand Concert sized guitars. It's my favorite shape. Although the Academy series is described as an entry level series, this guitar would be great for anyone of any level. It sounds great. The neck is the same shape as other Taylors that cost much more although the nut width is 1 11/16. Just a tad narrower but it is the same width as many other manufacturers. The arm rest is a great plus. Most comfortable. Best acoustic guitar for the money in my opinion.

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