Advanced Design. Affordable Price.
Designed to provide signature Taylor playability and vibrant tone at an accessible price, the Academy Series blends innovative features with a comfort-focused design philosophy. New players will appreciate features such as a narrower 1-11/16″ nut width for relaxed fretting and a carved armrest for a seamless, accommodating feel. Together with the light-gauge strings and 24-7/8″ scale length, those elements add up to a slinky handfeel that makes it easier to grow your skills. Solid tops produce rich projection and clarity, and models with electronics also boast a built-in digital tuner. Whether you’re just picking your first guitar or hunting for a more affordable Taylor experience, the Academy Series is for you.
Designed with newer guitar players in mind – but appealing to experienced players as well, the Academy 10e combines the rich voice of the Dreadnought body shape with a comfortable feel that will encourage beginners to grow their skills. A solid spruce top serves up plenty of volume and articulation, making this a musically versatile choice for players wanting a guitar with a broad sonic range. In this model, the slender Taylor neck features a slightly narrower nut width of 1-11/16″, helping make chords and notes easier to hold, and the armrest takes some pressure off your strumming arm. The Academy 10e includes an ES-B pickup with a built-in digital tuner and a gig bag
Body Width: 16″ / Body Depth: 4 5/8″ / Body Length: 20″
The potent tone flatpickers and strummers love.
Designed for a hard picking attack
Deep low end with driving rhythms
Maintains overall tonal balance keeping the low end from getting “muddy”
The most traditional of guitar shapes, Bob Taylor has evolved the Taylor Dreadnought over time to honor its enduring sonic heritage yet also refine the look and sound into a more modern package. The Taylor Dreadnought still boasts that powerful dreadnought tone that old school pickers expect, with deep lows and crisp highs, but with a voice that, like every Taylor, is more evenly balanced across the entire tonal spectrum. Perhaps more than any other shape, the Dreadnought remains linked with roots music like bluegrass and folk, in part because of its traditional role in defining those sounds. Pickers and strummers with an aggressive attack will love our Dreadnought’s blend of power and articulation, which allows for clear lead lines and crisp, driving rhythms.
Taylor’s refined take on the classic Dreadnought shape produces a robust voice with low-end power, a snappy midrange, and strong, clear treble notes, retaining the essence of the balanced Taylor sound. The guitar will appeal to flatpickers and lovers of traditional guitar shapes and tones.
A traditional shape for flatpickers, refined for the modern era.
Used On: The 100 Series, GS Mini, Baby, Big Baby
While the rich tones of solid wood remain unmatched, a layered wood construction can yield great sound in a beautiful, durable and affordable instrument. Such is the case with layered sapele, in which we use interior and exterior veneers of sapele with a core layer of poplar between them. One of the benefits of layered wood for guitars is extra resilience in the face of fluctuating humidity conditions. This comes in handy for guitars like the GS Mini and Baby Taylor models, which are travel-friendly guitars that may be more directly exposed to different environments. All Taylor layered-wood models feature a solid wood top to optimize the tonal response.
Origin: Northwestern North America (Coastal Rainforests of Alaska and Canada)
As a guitar soundboard, or top, Sitka spruce is the tonewood standard of the modern era. It’s used on 85-90 percent of the guitars that Taylor makes. Its combination of strength and elasticity translates into a broad dynamic range, yielding crisp articulation and allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking. Sitka spruce is Bob Taylor’s personal favorite for an all-around great guitar.
Goes Well With: All styles of guitars and players.
ES-B™ Acoustic Electronics
This version of our ES-B electronics incorporates Taylor’s Expression System® 2 piezo design elements and features a multifunctional onboard preamp with a built-in digital chromatic tuner and active tone-shaping EQ control. The preamp/tuner unit features an LED display for tuning and low battery indication, along with a Volume control and 3-band EQ. The preamp/tuner is powered by a 9v battery. With an alkaline battery, battery life expectancy when using the preamp only is over 500 hours, and when using the tuner is over 50 hours. Plugging in the guitar will activate the battery. A low battery indicator on the LED display (located on the preamp circuit board) will light up when the battery reaches 4.5 volts.