For both versatility and value these Taylor Academy Series nylon string models are favorites here at Gryphon for several reasons. One is the 1 7/8" wide neck, a bit more narrow than the full 2 inch wide standard found on Spanish-style classicals, but still giving your fingers plenty of room. Another plus is the slightly radiused fingerboard, which makes chords, especially barre chords, easier for the left hand. Last, but certainly not least, is the sound as they have excellent balance and plenty of volume. Especially impressive is the tone of the unwound G string, a notorious weak point on lower priced nylon string guitars but not on these Taylor.
Taylor's Academy Series
These guitars prove what an asset Taylor’s secondary Tecate factory is for north-of-the-border guitarists, especially those on a budget. The excellent sound and playability is achieved by combining highly efficient production with a clean, functional aesthetic that looks simple, rather than looking stripped. The solid spruce tops are lightly braced and deliver a clean, clear tone with plenty of warmth and harmonic complexity. In impromptu blindfold tests here at Gryphon, these guitars consistently fool players expecting far less impressive sound for $699. These guitars get the same ebony fingerboard and finely-dressed frets as higher Taylor models so playability is equally impressive.
All three Academy Series models have Taylor’s ES-B pickup which includes a built-in tuner as well as tone and volume controls, and changing the battery takes just a few seconds (no tools are needed). Along with low string action player comfort is further enhanced by the arm bevel on the lower bout which makes your right arm more comfortable as it’s not pressed against a hard 90-degree edge. When combined with the thin natural finish the result is a very woody, huggable guitar.