Just as Guitarbear wondered why Taylor has been so quiet leading up to Winter NAMM, fresh news came as they launched the new Academy Series.
Designed with playing comfort and affordability in mind, the new guitars seems geared towards learners who need all the creature comforts they can find in a “first guitar”. Retail price starts at US$798.
A10e (US$798 retail)
Each guitar in the series comes standard with beveled armrest and onboard tuner. In addition, the dreadnought model has a shorter 24 7/8 inch scale for less string tension so that new players won’t be overly intimidated by tired fingers.
Tone woods are quite standard for affordable guitars – Solid spruce top with layered sapele b/s.
A12e (US$798 retail)
The star of the series would undoubtedly be the GC sized A12e. At US$798 retail, this is perhaps the most affordable GC ever made. One would previously look to the 312 to get a feel of the GC shape guitar.
A12e-N (US$858 retail)
Also comes in the form of classical guitar. The A12e-N retails at US$858. While the price increment here could be due to the more complex construction, classical guitar players will be happy to note that the nylon string model gets a Lutz Spruce top.
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