Review: Taylor Academy 10e Acoustic-Electric Guitar and Taylor GS Mini-e Acoustic-Electric Bass

Taylor Academy 10e Acoustic-Electric Guitar

The first thing that jumps out about the Taylor Academy 10e acoustic-electric is the confidence the neck gives off. Kind of a strange word to use about a guitar neck, maybe, but the feel of this neck instantly projects and a confidence that will help whoever has his or her hand around it produce some great music.

Much of Taylor’s marketing press surrounding this guitar focuses on the neck, and it’s not hype. This solid neck of Taylor’s Standard Profile design is made of sapele, with a genuine African ebony fingerboard that features Italian acrylic dot inlay. The scale is 24 7/8”, slightly shorter than most other Taylor models. It joins the body at the 14th fret of 20, and the intonation is as close to perfect as possible with excellent ringy harmonics.

There’s a lot more to love here than just the neck, though. This dreadnought’s combination of a Sitka spruce top and a sapele back and sides results in a warm, balanced tone with sweet sustain and not too much of any one frequency. A NuBone nut, Micarta saddle and ebony bridge add to the sonic flavor. This guitar is versatile and good for rhythm, lead or fingerpicking.

Its understated appearance is a thing of simple beauty, with the natural look of the woods highlighted by varnish, and complemented by a single-ring... Sign In to Keep Reading

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