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Taylor Academy Series: zZounds Spotlight

Taylor Academy Series Acoustic Guitars

Budget-friendly guitars designed for beginners and pros

Taylor Guitars' Academy Series models are here to school us in the way we think about budget-friendly guitars. It's no secret that inferior-quality instruments can be less fun than they are a headache, so Taylor has stepped in to bridge that playability gap.

A beautiful, solid Sitka spruce top brings these guitars to life, making the Academy guitars sing with that sparkling Taylor top end. Each model also features layered sapele backs and sides, adding some midrange punch for a powerful overall tone. Take comfort knowing that the Academy Series guitars are made with the same construction quality as other Taylor guitars, and they even include an ergonomic armrest -- a feature that's often been reserved for the highest-end models.

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Incredible Sound -- Acoustic or Plugged In

Tone is always the name of the game with a Taylor, and these Taylor Academy guitars are ready to play. Despite their affordability, you shouldn't overlook the huge tone these instruments are capable of creating. Solid Sitka spruce tops on these guitars lay down the foundation for your overall tone, producing crisp, clean highs, while layered sapele backs and sides keep the overall sound punchy and robust.

Each Academy model is also available with optional ES-B electronics for superior sound at any venue. The electronics feature a built-in digital chromatic tuner as well, so you can keep your chords ringing true.

Superb Craftsmanship

Each guitar that proudly wears the Taylor name has been crafted with the utmost attention to detail, with the Academy Series guitars being no exception. Taylor's patented neck design and durable body construction make these guitars super easy to maintain. High quality materials like Sitka spruce and ebony are typically only found on higher-end guitars, but these come standard on every Academy Series acoustic.

Another high-end feature found on the Academies is a comfortable armrest. Typically only found on Taylor guitars demanding a much more expensive price, this ergonomic feature rewards every player with a satisfying and comfortable playing experience.

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Find Your Fit

No matter your playing style, you shouldn't have any problem finding an Academy model that suits you the best. The Academy 10 & Academy 10e feature a larger dreadnought size, and feel right at home playing anything from country and folk classics to being a developing songwriter's composing tool of choice.

The steel-string Academy 12 & 12e feature a smaller Grand Concert body size, that accentuates the nuances inherent in fingerstyle picking. The smaller surface area of the Grand Concert top doesn't require as much energy to vibrate, so subtleties in your playing are heard loud and clear.

Friendly to All Budgets

Establishing themselves over the years as a manufacturer of fine musical instruments, Taylor Guitars created the Academy Series in order to get professional-quality instruments into the hands of as many players as possible. Starting at $499, these models represent what can be done when resourcefulness and careful engineering are pushed to their limits.

Taylor Guitars knows the frustration beginners (and even pros) suffer when an instrument just doesn't feel or play that well. Pick up an Academy Series guitar today and finally play a budget-friendly guitar that you'll actually love.

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