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Taylor 322e Grand Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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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 aura.

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.

The Taylor Expression System is "Natural Sound Made Simple"
You will love the clear, full acoustic tone of the Taylor 322e. Why should it be any different when you plug in? That’s why Taylor spent several years developing their own onboard acoustic pickup and preamp. Taylor’s ground-breaking Expression System (ES) was designed to naturally amplify the warm acoustic sound of your guitar. The ES is an all-magnetic acoustic guitar pickup system that works like a microphone to produce a pure signal and a warm, natural acoustic sound. When you plug in, you'll hear the sound of your guitar, not the sound of the pickup. No complicated controls. No tone simulators. Just a clean amplified acoustic guitar sound supported by three simple controls — volume, bass and treble. Years of research brought Taylor to a simple realization: Nothing sounds as true and musical as a microphone. With that as a starting point, Taylor’s David Hosler led the team responsible for the Expression System's breakthrough technology. Utilizing a unique Dynamic Body Sensor mounted to the soundboard, a Dynamic String Sensor embedded beneath the fretboard, and a discrete preamp, the advanced ES technology is unlike any other guitar pickup system. The ES was designed in-house, alongside Taylor’s acoustic guitars, which allowed them to build the ES seamlessly into the design of the guitar, for an integrated pickup system unlike any other. From the design and location of the body and string sensors to the voicing of the preamp, the ES is fully optimized for the Taylor sound. The elegant design, including the non-intrusive control knobs, also preserves the aesthetic of a Taylor guitar.

Taylor Standard Hardshell Black case included.

Features:

  • Grand Auditorium body style
  • Solid Mahogany top
  • Solid Sapele back and sides
  • Tropical Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fingerboard and bridge
  • Pearloid dot inlays
  • Taylor Expression System onboard electronics
  • Tusq nut and saddle
  • Black body binding
  • Taylor chrome tuners
  • Elixir Light Gauge Strings with NANOWEB Coating
  • 25.5" scale
  • Scalloped X-bracing
  • Taylor Standard Hardshell Black case included
  • Taylor guitars feature a limited lifetime warranty


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