arrow icon-cart icon-email icon-facebook icon-g-plus icon-instagram icon-pin icon-print icon-search icon-show-hide icon-twitter icon-youtube logo-mobile

The Taylor Academy Series Guitars

Advanced guitar design made affordable

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.

Academy Sessions: First Guitar

The Academy Sessions: First Guitar

Academy Sessions: First Guitar

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.

Saosin's Beau Burchell | The Academy Sessions: Episode 1 | Taylor Guitars

The Academy Sessions: Beau Burchell

Saosin's Beau Burchell | The Academy Sessions: Episode 1 | Taylor Guitars

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.

Academy Series Guitar Design Philosophy with Andy Powers - Taylor Guitars

Why Players Will Love the Academy Series

Academy Series Guitar Design Philosophy with Andy Powers - Taylor Guitars

Why Players Will Love the Academy Series

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

Academy Series - Acoustic Guitars - Playable

Playability

Academy Series - Acoustic Guitars - Playable

Playability

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

Academy Series - Acoustic Guitars - Durable

Durability

Academy Series - Acoustic Guitars - Durable

Durability

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.

Academy Series - Acoustic Guitars - Affordable

Affordability

Academy Series - Acoustic Guitars - Affordable

Affordability

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.

Enhanced Playability

Our sleek, hand-friendly necks feature light-gauge strings and optimized dimensions for a slinky feel.

A Comfortable Armrest

This ergonomic feature is built into the guitar body to offer a more relaxed and rewarding playing experience.

Killer Sound

Besides clear tone and impeccable intonation, these guitars are voiced to respond easily to a player’s touch.

Quality Construction

Our guitars are engineered to last a lifetime. Our patented neck and durable body design make these guitars easy to maintain.

Affordability

An emphasis on design simplicity enabled us to produce a fully engineered Taylor guitar at an entry-level price.

Broad Musical Appeal

Choose from a Dreadnought for strumming or flatpicking, a Grand Concert for fingerpicking, or a nylon-string Grand Concert.

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.

Dreadnought Academy 10e

$798 US MSRP

Grand Concert Academy 12e

$798 US MSRP

Nylon-String Grand Concert Academy 12e-N

$858 US MSRP

Explore the Academy Series

Browse Guitars

View all Academy Series guitars

Compare Guitars

Compare Academy Series models side by side