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The Taylor Academy Series Guitars

Advanced guitar design made affordable

"Whether you’re a beginner looking for a first guitar or an experienced guitarist hoping for a more affordable full-size Taylor, you’d do well to consider the Academy series guitars."

-PegHead Nation, March 2017

Peghead Nation
Making a Taylor Guitar More Accessible

One of the biggest reasons why new guitar players give up is the lack of a quality instrument. High action, bad intonation or cruddy sound will quickly derail the playing experience. That’s why we poured our guitar design expertise into developing our new Academy Series guitars. The goal was to remove all the barriers that get in the way, from feel to sound to cost. The result is a guitar that’s easy on the hands and helps you sound great from your first strum. Our Academy Series guitars will inspire everyone from beginners to seasoned players looking for a great guitar at a great price.

The Academy Sessions: First Guitar

Taylor friends Jason Mraz, Jon Foreman, and others reflect on their first guitars and why starting out with a quality instrument makes all the difference.

The Academy Sessions: Jasmine Commerce

The singer-songwriter explains her need to turn words into songs, her motivation to play guitar, and why the Academy Series is a game changer for any aspiring musician.

The Academy Sessions: Beau Burchell

Guitarist/record producer Beau Burchell (Saosin) explains how he uses a guitar to express himself and why a well-designed acoustic is especially important to electric guitar players.

Why Players Will Love the Academy Series

Taylor master guitar designer Andy Powers explains the inspiration behind the Academy Series guitars.


Taylor’s Andy Powers highlights the physically inviting features of the Academy Series neck and how they create an easier, more relaxing playing experience.


The Academy Series guitars are built to handle everyday life and they’re easy to care for. Andy explains why this makes these guitars more approachable, especially to a novice player.


Andy Powers explains how Taylor’s streamlined manufacturing approach enables high-quality features to fit into an affordable price point. 

Academy Series Features

Each detail was thoughtfully considered to give players an easier, more enjoyable guitar experience. 

Academy Series Models

Choose from three distinctive guitar models. Each is offered with an onboard pickup that also includes a convenient built-in digital chromatic tuner.

Critics' Reviews
Check out what the critics are saying about 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 really easy to love this new Academy series. For beginners, the smart feature set means you can practice more comfortably and for longer periods of time, while experienced players will see these as pretty much the best short-scale guitars they’ve ever played.
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 great mu

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