Taylor primarily had accessibility in mind when designing the brand new Academy Series, an incredibly high quality range of acoustic guitars at an affordable price. The Academy 12e-N is a left handed electro acoustic nylon-string Grand Concert model, and it is potentially the best nylon-string guitar you will get at this price on the market right now.
The left handed Academy 12e-N has a Grand Concert, smaller body design, improving comfort alongside the nylon strings which feel a little easier on the fingertips. The body features a tapered waist, and an ergonomic armrest is built into the body to further improve the playing feel.
The soundboard is constructed from a natural hybrid of Sitka and White spruce known as Lutz Spruce. The spruce provides a dynamic response and a strong attack as well as spacious, clear projection. Beneath the soundboard the Academy 12e-N features internal bracing to add warmth to your sound, working with the mellow tone of the nylon strings for fingerpicking and strumming. Layered sapele makes up the back and sides of the Academy 12e-N which has a striking appearance and a sturdy playing feel.
The Academy 12e-N is firmly joined with a smooth, patented mahogany neck via a scarf neck joint. Topping the neck is an ebony fingerboard with decorative 4mm dot inlays to guide you throughout each fret transition with confidence.
The Academy 12e-N is fitted with the ES-B pickup / preamp combo, a blend of Taylor's Expression System 2 piezo design with a built-in digital chromatic tuner. The ES-B preamp has an LED display allowing you to easily see when you are retuning your strings, and it conveniently shows the live battery status. The Tone and Volume controls allow you to easily tweak your tone to suit your playing needs. The preamp requires just two button cell 3v lithium batteries which will then give you around 300 hours of use; so from the practice session through to the live gig you can be sure that you won't have a power out. The ES-B preamp can automatically switch itself off when it is not in use for over three minutes to conserve battery power.
Nylon nickel tuners with pearloid buttons align the headstock to ensure that superb Academy Series sound is as accurate as possible. A Tusq nut and saddle works with the tuners and bridge to augment sustain of the nylon strings. Each Academy 12e-N comes supplied with a lightweight gig bag for protection when travelling with your guitar out on the road. The Taylor Academy 12e-N is a sublime left handed electro acoustic at a remarkable price for the quality on offer, ideal for fans of nylon-string acoustics or for anyone looking for a change from the usual steel-string models.
Manufacturer Taylor Model Academy 12e-N Left Handed Electro Acoustic Guitar Top Material Lutz Spruce Back & Side Material Sapele Neck Material Mahogany Fingerboard Material Ebony Body Shape Grand Concert Colour Natural Pickups ES-B Guitar Size Full Number of Strings 6 Tuners Nylon Nickel with Pearloid buttons Scale Length 25-1/2 inch Binding None Nut & Saddle Tusq Pickguard None Bracing Academy Series
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