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 $649. 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 and lower string tension from the shorter 24 7/8” scale, 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.