- Body Length: 19 1/2" / Body Width: 15" / Body Depth: 4 3/8"
- Clarity and balance reign in this small, comfortable body shape
- The smaller body and tapered waist make it the ultimate studio and stage guitar
- Features a short scale and lighter string tension making it easier to play
The small-body Grand Concert debuted in 1984 to meet the needs of a new wave of adventurous acoustic fingerstyle players. In contrast to the traditionally darker, boomier voices of bigger body styles like dreadnoughts and jumbos, the GC’s compact size and tapered waist kept the overtones in check. It was also more comfortable to play while sitting down, and the guitar’s slightly wider neck gave players more room for complex fingerings. The GC’s smaller sonic footprint also fit cleanly in a mix with other instruments when tracking in the studio and with a band on stage, making it a useful tool for professional session and side players. Our current generation of GC models continues to accommodate fingerstylists with finger-friendly traits like a shorter 24 7/8-inch scale length, which makes fretting easier and adds a slightly slinkier feel on the strings due to the lighter string tension. If you feel more comfortable with a small body or favor controlled overtones, a Grand Concert is a great option.
The smallest of Taylor’s full-size body shapes. Its compact dimensions make for a physically comfortable guitar with an intimate feel and sound. The smaller footprint keeps the overtones in check, contributing to a focused, articulate sound that’s well-suited for recording and stage work.Indian Rosewood
One of the most popular and traditional guitar woods of all time, rosewood takes the basic sonic thumbprint of mahogany (which has a strong midrange) and expands it in both directions. Rosewood sounds deeper in the low end and brighter on the top end (one might describe the treble notes as zesty, sparkly or sizzly, with more articulation). If you look at its frequency range visually, rosewood would appear to be more scooped in the middle, yielding less midrange bloom than mahogany. Like mahogany, rosewood’s vintage heritage has helped firmly establish its acoustic legacy. It’s a great sound in part because we know that sound. In some music circles in which preserving the traditional sound helps bring a sense of authenticity to the music — certain strains of Americana, for example — rosewood has an iconic status. Also like mahogany, rosewood is a versatile tonewood, which has contributed to its popularity. One can fingerpick it, strum it and flatpick it. It’s very consistent, so players can usually rely on it to deliver.
Goes Well With: Most applications. If you like a guitar with fuller low end and brighter treble (bluegrassers, for instance), rosewood will do the trick. Its high-end sizzle and clear articulation will benefit players with “dark hands”. If you’re looking for a traditional acoustic sound, a rosewood Dreadnought or Grand Auditorium is right up your alley.Sitka Spruce
Origin: Northwestern North America (Coastal Rainforests of Alaska and Canada)
As a guitar soundboard, or top, Sitka spruce is the tonewood standard of the modern era. It’s used on 85-90 percent of the guitars that Taylor makes. Its combination of strength and elasticity translates into a broad dynamic range, yielding crisp articulation and allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking. Sitka spruce is Bob Taylor’s personal favorite for an all-around great guitar.
Goes Well With: All styles of guitars and players.Expression System 2
The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. Together with Taylor’s custom-designed “professional audio”-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar.Highlights
- Scale Length: 24-7/8"
- Tuners: Taylor Nickel
- Strings: Phosphor Bronze Light
- Body Width: 15"
- Nut & Saddle: Black Tusq Nut, Micarta Saddle
- Number of Frets: 20
- Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
- Body Length: 19 1/2"
- Body Depth: 4 3/8"
- Solid sitka spruce
- Indian Rosewood Back and Sides
- Binding Edge Treatment: White
- Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
- Rosette Size: Three Ring
- Back/Side Finish: Gloss
- Backstrap Wood: None
- Armrest: No
- Top Finish: Gloss
- Backstrap Finish: None
- Bridge Inlay: None
- Armrest Binding: None
- Wedge: None
- Tropical Mahogany Neck
- Neck Width: 1-3/4"
- Fretboard Binding/Edge Treatment: Black
- Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
- Fretboard Wood: Ebony
- 20 Frets
- Dot fretboard inlays
- Heel Length: 3-1/4"
- Fretboard Inlay: 15"
- Heel Cap Binding: White
- Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
- Neck Finish: Satin
- Peghead Type: Standard
- Peghead finish: Satin
- Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
- Peghead Logo: Italian Acrylic
- Peghead Binding: None
- Peghead Inlay: Renaissance