Lacking neither tone nor comfort, the Academy 12e from Taylor Guitars offers cross-genre versatility and workmanlike utility in one reasonably priced package.
The Grand Concert frame, made with layered sapele back and sides with a solid spruce top, provides a welcoming feel for any player, whether you're learning your first chords, recording your fifth studio album or touring the nation.
The addition of a carved armrest helps raise this guitar from entry-level status to true workhorse, removing the barriers that can dissuade to keep first-time players from sticking with it long enough to get over the hump.
Plus, it comes equipped with everything you could need, such as built-in electronics, a digital tuner and light-gauge strings. It also includes a soft gig bag for easy transportation.