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Taylor Guitars Academy 12e-N Grand Concert Nylon-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar

A great-sounding, quality nylon-string acoustic-electric guitar from Taylor at an affordable price: Academy 12-N Grand Concert Nylon-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar.


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One of the biggest reasons budding guitarists lose interest in learning and playing the guitar is due to the lack of quality, playability and sound of many entry-level instruments. Keeping this in mind, Taylor is proud to introduce the Academy Series of instruments, which gives students and beginners an affordable instrument that doesn't sacrifice in quality, playability and tone. Making a Taylor guitar more accessible than ever before, the Academy Series was developed with the novice guitarist in mind, but is equally suited for seasoned players that are looking for a budget-friendly option. Each Academy Series model boasts Taylor's signature sleek, hand-friendly necks, a comfortable armrest, great sound, and Taylor-quality construction.

Whether you're just starting out or you're a seasoned steel-string player looking to add a quality, budget-friendly nylon-string to your arsenal, the Taylor Academy 12e-N A12e-N is the answer. The A12e-N features a fingerstyle-friendly Grand Concert body that's made from a solid Lutz spruce top with layered sapele back & sides to offer a warm, mellow sonic response. The A12e-N also sports an ergonomic armrest, which offers an ultra-comfortable playing experience while adding an elegant look. The mahogany neck plays like a dream thanks to the lighter string tension offered by nylon-string guitars. For plug-in-and-play flexibility the A12e-N comes fitted with Taylor ES-N electronics. Includes gig bag.

Get your Taylor Academy 12e-N Grand Concert Nylon-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

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Things You Will Get:

  • Nylon-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar
  • Gig Bag

Great guitar!


Added this to my collection for composing and recording. It's comfortable (12 fret, shorter scale, armrest), sounds good and is easy to play. Highly recommended at a great price!



Taylor's Spanish Classic Modernizes the Discipline Art


Played a lot of Classical guitars over time as it's the only instrument I was formally trained on. It had been awhile since I had looked into them and I stumnled upon the fact that Taylor makes them as well. They might not have the traditional look or feel as the Spanish Classicals do, but it is so in an effort to improve the nature of the instrument. It has a solid sound projection with a crisp tone and less string mellowing. It has an adjustable neck which is not standard on these but avoids costly Luthier interventions to repair or re-commision this type of instrument. It might take a minute to get used to the idea of a narrower neck, but once you play a piece that contais a hand movement that spans over 5 frets, you immediately appreciate the closer position/fret proximity I believe this is the reinvention of the classic guitar, so I did not hesitate much to embrace this new artpiece as my new classical guitar of choice. Thank you Taylor



The nylon sound with a steel experience.


This is a very competent nylon string guitar. If you are coming from a steel guitar this offers a middle of the road experience between steel and classical nylon. It stays in tune, it plays well, it sounds like a nylon, it doesn't buzz even when played hard. It is also comfortable. It is not fancy nor expensive. Nice job Taylor.



Excellent 1st Choice for the Classical Guitar Player


Purchased this guitar in December of 2019. Total for guitar, hard case (extra), 2 yrs of maintenance, and tax came to < $900. The guitar was purchased for my 11yo son who has been taking guitar lessons for about a year and is developing a repertoire in classical and flamenco musical styles. Prior to this, my son was using a simple < $200 starter guitar. But because of his interest and development throughout the year (we rarely have to ask him to practice; he does it on his own), we decided to purchase this guitar as a next step up. We tried a number of guitars, including Cordoba, and from various sellers prior to purchasing this particular guitar. It came down to this model and another model from Cordoba. At this point, my son's guitar teacher (who has been playing professionally for 35+ years) volunteered to visit the store and help with our final selection. We decided on this model because of its sound (very important that *you* like the sound of *your* guitar!) and it is extremely light-weight. Additional features include a built-in tuner, amplifier pick-up (so you can connect to an amplifier if you wish) and has guitar strap connectors. Finally, a particular and unique feature of this guitar is the small bevel where your playing arm rests on the guitar. My son appreciates this simple and unobtrusive feature which allows him to rest his arm on the base of the guitar without the guitar edge digging into his forearm. I highly recommend that you consider this guitar in your selection process!



Academy 12e-N Grand Concert Nylon-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Body Size/Shape Grand Concert
Body Wood Layered Sapele
Top Lutz Spruce
Bracing Academy Series
Cutaway None
Top/Body Finish Varnish
Neck Type Scarf
Neck Wood Mahogany
Neck Finish Varnish
Scale Length 25-1/2"
Fingerboard Ebony
Number Of Frets 17
Nut Width 1-7/8"
Bridge Type Ebony
Nut & Saddle Tusq
Tuning Machines Nylon Nickel w/Pearloid Buttons
Electronics Taylor ES-N®
Orientation Right-Handed
Case/Bag Included Yes
Case Type Gig Bag
Series Academy
Model Academy 12e-N
Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts and labor for the lifetime of the product. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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