Taylor 322e Grand Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Fingerstyle players and blues guitarists will love the warm, balanced voice of the mahogany-top Taylor 322e Grand Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar.

The solid-wood Taylor experience begins with the 300 Series. The Taylor 322e 'Hog Top' is a stunning acoustic guitar with Mahogany top and Sapele back and sides for a visually stunning look and dark but sweet complex tone that's perfect for a wide range of styles while maintaining a unique character. To complement the dark, rich-grained complexion of the mahogany tops, these models feature a black pickguard with a mix of black binding and white purfling and a crisp black and white rosette. An all-satin finish evokes an earthy vintage vibe.

The African sapele used for backs and sides of the 300 Series shares many of mahogany's tonal properties; distinctions include slightly less midrange punch and an extra splash of treble brightness. Compared to a Sitka spruce top, the mahogany top's greater density produces extra compression, which translates into a more controlled, focused tone. A spruce top will yield a quicker response, while a mahogany top adds a more subtle "roll-in" effect to the notes, along with even sustain. The mahogany's tonal focus will articulate clearly with other instruments both on stage and in a recorded mix. The compression of the mahogany top will suit players who have a more aggressive strumming or picking attack.

The Taylor 322e is a Grand Concert shaped guitar. The Grand Concert is a smaller bodied guitar ideally suited for fingerstyle. 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 Grand Concert's compact size and tapered waist kept the overtones in check. It is also more comfortable to play while sitting down, and the guitar's slightly wider neck gives players more room for complex fingerings. The Grand Concert's smaller sonic footprint also fits 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. Taylor's current generation of Grand Concert models continues to accommodate fingerstylists with finger-friendly traits like a shorter 24-7/8" 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 Taylor 322e features Forward Shifted with Relief Rout bracing. The Standard II version used on the 300 series instruments shifts the X forward (closer to the soundhole) and incorporates a Taylor-patented relief rout. The Taylor patented relief rout is a tone-enhancing voicing technique in which a groove is carved along the inside edges of the top. This groove is similar in function to the re-curve on a violin — it "loosens up" the edges of the top, generating extra flexibility without sacrificing structural integrity. Taylor first began using this groove in 2002. The result is increased bass and volume with a balanced tone. These refinements enable more of the top to vibrate, enhancing the tone. Equipped with Taylor's revolutionary Expression System 2 electronics, the 322e will deliver that same beautiful, warm natural acoustic voice when plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier or PA system. Comes delivered inside of a Taylor hardshell case.

The Taylor 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 proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated piezo-electric 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 pro audio-grade preamp, the ES2 produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the ES2 faithfully conveys the voice of a Taylor guitar.

Behind the ES2 Design: Rethinking the Piezo Pickup
For decades, piezo-electric transducers have been positioned under the saddle of a guitar based on the long-held belief that the string and top vibration cause the saddle to "bounce" up and down. But Taylor’s electronics team, led by developer David Hosler, discovered that the vertical movement is actually heavily restricted, and that the saddle gets "locked down" due to the string tension’s downward pressure. That's why a traditional under-saddle pickup with piezo-electric crystals often responds with a sound characterized as thin, brittle, brash or synthetic, especially with more aggressive playing.

The saddle's natural range of movement as the guitar is being played is actually back and forth like a pendulum. That revelation led Taylor’s design team to relocate the crystals from under the saddle to behind it. The new positioning enables the crystals to respond more naturally to the guitar's energy as it is transferred through the saddle. Three piezo sensors are installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, with three tiny Allen screws that calibrate the pressure of the sensors against the saddle.

Like the original Taylor Expression System, the ES2 features the same volume and tone control knobs. The preamp is similar but with a slightly different gain structure. As a result it will be about 25 percent hotter, which is more in line with other pickups. This makes it plug-and-play friendly both for artists and live sound mixers.

Get your Taylor 322e Grand Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Acoustic-Electric Guitar
  • Hardshell Case
Number Of Frets 20
Scale Length 24-7/8"
Neck Type Scarf
Nut Width 1-3/4"
Neck Wood Tropical Mahogany
Fingerboard Ebony
Body Wood Sapele
Top Tropical Mahogany
Bridge Type Ebony
Tuning Machines Sealed Gears
Other Features Grand Concert Body

2-Piece Back, No Wedge

Body Length: 19-1/2"
Body Width: 15"
Body Depth: 4-3/8"

Forward Shifted Bracing with Relief Rout

Satin Top, Back & Side Finish

Black Binding

3-Ring Plastic Rosette

Black Pickguard

Satin Neck Finish

Standard Peghead with Indian Rosewood Headstock Overlay, Indian Rosewood Truss Rod Cover and Taylor Colorcore Logo

Black Fretboard/Heel Cap Binding

Tusq Nut & Saddle

Taylor Nickel Tuners

Taylor Expression System 2 Electronics
Orientation Right-Handed
Case/Bag Included Yes
Case Type Hardshell Case
Series 300
Model 322e

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