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Taylor 312ce Grand Concert

312ce A Grand Concert cutaway Nylon, with a solid Sitka spruce top, solid Sapele back & sides, V-class bracing, fitted with an ES-N pickup and supplied with a hardshell case.

The Grand Concert Nylon is a fingerpicker’s delight with a 25 & 1/2’’ scale length. The higher tension combined with the hard tension strings gives this guitar the necessary volume and ‘snap’. The nut width of 1 ⅞ ‘’ is appropriate to a nylon-strung guitar.

Sitka spruce is the most common spruce wood in use today. Sitka spruce is good for volume and will age nicely over the first four or five years of the guitar’s life, improving with time. Sapele is now commonly used as an alternative to mahogany and belongs to the same family. It is often slightly darker in (visual) tone but confers similar acoustical properties as mahogany. It sounds very sweet, is responsive to a lighter touch and blends really well with other acoustic instruments. It also has a natural compression.

The cutaway has become a standard feature nowadays. They have been introduced in order to allow access to the higher frets. Since the advent of pickups, it has been possible to get the requisite volume from the lighter strings on the upper frets and so cutaways have become more relevant to acoustic guitars. This guitar has a soft ‘Venetian’ cutaway.

Bob Taylor began building guitars with bolt-on necks and as Taylor design progressed he came up with the idea of a neck to body joint which would preserve the best practical implications of a non-glued neck and restore the quality of tightness that makes hand-fitted necks desirable. The New Technology Neck was the solution arrived at. Essentially the NT neck uses a bolt-on method to hold the neck in place but this is where the similarity with any other bolt-on technique ends. The Fadal CNC (computer-numeric-controlled) milling machine was used to cut a very precise ‘pocket’ in the body of the guitar. A corresponding extension is built into the guitar neck which goes the entire length of the fingerboard. Therefore the tension of the string pull is shared between the fingerboard, which is all of a piece, and the body, which is a more stable setup. The neck can easily be removed for repair and setup purposes and the neck to body angle can be finely adjusted using shims of different thicknesses. A Taylor-approved service centre is required and GAK can easily ship a Taylor guitar to the Amsterdam European HQ.

Taylor’s necks are slim and playable- Bob Taylor has always been able to shape a good neck. As he admits, he’s never been a great player, and this may be why he has always strived to make his instruments entirely user-friendly.

Taylor uses a UV cured polyester finish of their own devising which has none of the traditional vulnerabilities of nitrocellulose. There is a clear undercoat which allows the individual tone and colour of each piece of wood to come through.

The ES-N pickup is fitted with a preamp.

All Taylor 300 Series Guitars come with a hardshell case.

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  • Body size - Grand Concert
  • Woods - Solid Sitka spruce top, solid Sapele back & sides, Ebony fretboard and bridge
  • Cutaway - Yes
  • Bracing - V Class
  • Nut width - 1 & ⅞’’
  • Scale length - 25 & ½’’
  • Neck to body join - Taylor NT neck
  • Neck type - Standard
  • Finish - Gloss
  • Electronics - Expression System N
  • Case - Taylor Deluxe Hardshell (Included)

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