Taylor has a reputation for building guitars to extremely high standards, and the Taylor 322e electro acoustic guitar is no exception. It is built using tonewoods of the highest quality and plays host to a wealth of beautiful finishing touches.
The Taylor 322e has been built with the small-body Grand Concert shape, which was designed to meet the needs of delicate fingerstyle players - who wanted a gentler and more articulate sounding instrument compared to the traditional dreadnought shape. The Grand Concert design features a compact body size and tapered waist to keep overtones limited. It has a wider neck that allows intricate fingerings to be played over a very comfortable surface area. The shortened scale length of the neck - 24-7/8” - reduces string tension, which means less effort goes into fretting notes and makes the guitar much easier to play.
The top wood is built using solid tropical mahogany, a dense tonewood that delivers a very bright and punchy sound. The mahogany top gives a short and snappy tone to the guitar but throughout its life can develop into an incredibly warm and natural soundboard. It is well suited to players who are looking for a tone with plenty of individuality and attitude. The top is reinforced with forward-shifted bracing that features Taylor's patented relief rout. The relief rout allows the stiff mahogany to resonate with greater flexibility, without sacrificing structural integrity.
The back and side wood of the 322e is built using West African sapele wood, which has been utilised by Taylor for over a decade. Sapele is known for having similar harmonic qualities to mahogany in delivering soothing lows and warm mid tones. It is a very-adaptable tonewood that supports a variety of styles from fingerstyle to strumming.
The combination of the mahogany top and sapele back and sides creates a guitar with a high degree of low-end depth that is matched with a bright and snappy upper midrange. The body is bound in black to protect the edges from chips and damage. A black pickguard protect the top of the body beneath the strings.
The neck is constructed from reassuringly unyielding tropical mahogany. Coupled with an ebony fingerboard - that is home to 20 frets - the sonic properties of both woods marry together beautifully to complete the delivery of superbly resonant tones with the softened mid range.
The strings are held in tune by Taylor's reliable chrome tuners, and meet the body via the Tusq nut and saddle who both ensure string action is acutely maintained.
Taylor have done their utmost to ensure that the unique acoustics and timbre of the guitar are as closely represented as possible when it is plugged-in, as to when it is played acoustically. To guarantee this, Taylor spent several years working in collaboration with renowned audio pioneer Rupert Neve to design and perfect their groundbreaking Expression System ® (ES).
The ES is an all-magnetic acoustic guitar pickup that sits near the soundboard, which acts like a microphone to a produce an exact representation of the acoustics of the guitar. The ES is incredibly simple to command by using the onboard system comprised of three simple controls – volume, bass, treble. These control knobs have been designed to be discrete enough not to interfere with the aesthetic of the guitar yet be easily located for quick adjustment.
The Taylor 322e top, back, sides and neck are all protected with a satin finish. This is durable enough to withstand minor scratches and scrapes whilst remaining thin enough to allow the wood to resonate without being impeded. The headstock overlay is fashioned from Indian rosewood.
Manufacturer Taylor Model 322e Electro Acoustic Guitar Top Material Tropical Mahogany Back & Side Material Sapele Neck Material Tropical Mahogany Fingerboard Material Ebony Body Shape Grand Concert Colour Natural Pickups Taylor Expression System Guitar Size Full Number of Strings 6 Tuners Chrome Scale Length 25-1/2" Bracing Forward shifted bracing with relief rout Binding White Bridge Ebony Nut & Saddle Tusq Truss Rod Adjustable Pickguard Black
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