I have an Academy 12 and it's a great sounding, easy playing guitar. I bought it for taking on the road, sitting around the campfire kind of playing. I am finding it has become my "go to" guitar. I have a similar Taylor, a 312 in solid wood and the difference in sound is very subtle. The 310 is warmer in the mids, and the Academy 12 is brighter. It has everything you need and nothing that you don't . Overall, I find the Academy 12 is easier to play. Bar chords are a breeze on this baby!
Sergeant Bluff, Ia