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Academy 10e

This Dreadnought distills the essential features of a great acoustic guitar into a budget-friendly form. Our Academy Series was designed with developing players in mind, so the goal was to create as comfortable a playing experience as possible. The guitar body pairs layered sapele back and sides with a solid Sitka spruce top, and incorporates a feature normally reserved for our premium instruments: a built-in armrest that softens the edge of the body’s bass-side lower bout to enhance the playing comfort. The patented Taylor neck features a slightly shorter 24-7/8-inch scale length, 1-11/16-inch nut width, and light gauge strings, which make fretting and bending strings easier. Tonally the Dreadnought’s body dimensions produce a bold response with a warm low end and punchy treble, making this a great option for strummers and flatpickers. Onboard ES-B electronics include a built-in digital chromatic tuner with an LED display for tuning and low battery indication. Whether you’re at the front end of your guitar journey or just looking for a great strumming guitar without breaking the bank, the A10e will serve you well.


Historically speaking, student and budget guitars have hardly been known for their sound and playability. Taylor addresses this problem brilliantly in the Academy series.
The 10e and the 12e are great-playing right out of the box, and their fine sounds should make it inspiring to learn any style on the instruments. At the same time, these smart guitars would be appropriate for a gigging or recording player on a tight budget.
It's a great beginner's guitar but equally at home in the hands of a veteran who can make it sing, because sing it will.
The first this that jumps out about the Taylor Academy 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 help whoever has his or her hand around it produce some...
Although there, fortunately, are plenty of affordable decently made guitars out there these days, the Academy series is extremely comfortable and easy to play; and I would recommend it to students that can afford to spend a little more than a cheaper guitar, but don’t want to purchase a super...
The 10e would make an excellent guitar for beginners and more experienced players alike, and I would definitely consider adding one to my collection.
If even the most experienced acoustic specialist were to play Taylor’s Academy Series guitars blindfolded, I doubt that he or she would guess that they are instruments with street prices around $500. The playability is incredibly comfortable, and the tone completely outshines anything else in...
The 10e delivers classic dreadnought tone with a powerful, assertive voice that is surprising considering its shorter scale length and that the guitar was strung with light-gauge strings.
Taylor Guitars are known for making well-designed, and well-built instruments with premium materials. All of this usually comes with a premium price tag. With Taylor’s Academy Series, all of that acoustic goodness is now available in a reasonable price range.
In terms of comfort and playability, Taylor should be applauded for accomplishing their design objectives with style and grace. But the 10e has admirable musical breadth and complexity, too, and like the GS Mini and Baby, is likely to find admirers who use it in situations well beyond the realm...


Discover the features that make this guitar unique



Taylor’s Dreadnought captures the potent tone flatpickers and strummers love.

Sitka Spruce

Top Woods

The soundboard choice for most guitars, Sitka spruce produces a broad dynamic range and accommodates a versatile range of playing styles.

Layered Sapele

Body Woods

Layered wood construction is used to offer attractive, durable and affordable models.



This pickup/preamp combo includes a built-in digital chromatic tuner.



The clean, symmetrical look of a traditional acoustic guitar.


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