Taylor 312ce-N Grand Concert Nylon String Electro Acoustic Guitars With Bag- Natural Overview:
Our nylon-string Grand Concert 312ce-N balances sapele’s bright and focused tone with the naturally mellow flavors of the nylon sound. This makes a great choice for players who favor the comfort of a small-body acoustic and crave modern steel-string features like a cutaway and an onboard pickup on a nylon-string guitar. Additional details include a 1-7/8-inch neck, black binding, Italian acrylic small diamond fretboard inlays, and a 3-ring rosette. The guitar incorporates a Venetian cutaway for easy access to the upper register, comes equipped with Taylor’s ES-N pickup for great amplified tone, and ships in a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.
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 GC’s compact size and tapered waist kept the overtones in check. It was also more comfortable to play while sitting down, and the guitar’s slightly wider neck gave players more room for complex fingerings. The GC’s smaller sonic footprint also fit 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. Our current generation of GC models continues to accommodate fingerstylists with finger-friendly traits like a shorter 24 7/8-inch 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 smallest of Taylor’s full-size body shapes. Its compact dimensions make for a physically comfortable guitar with an intimate feel and sound. The smaller footprint keeps the overtones in check, contributing to a focused, articulate sound that’s well-suited for recording and stage work.
As a guitar soundboard, or top, Sitka spruce is the tonewood standard of the modern era. It’s used on 85-90 percent of the guitars that Taylor makes. Its combination of strength and elasticity translates into a broad dynamic range, yielding crisp articulation and allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking. Sitka spruce is Bob Taylor’s personal favorite for an all-around great guitar.
An alternative tonewood that joined the Taylor fold over a decade ago. It’s sometimes mistakenly referred to as African mahogany because it closely resembles the West African wood khaya, which is commercially known as African mahogany. Sapele is a highly sustainable, relatively fast-growing wood. Tonally, it does everything that mahogany does, with a little extra treble zing. We’ll be able to offer it for a long, long time.
The ES-N is a single-source, under-saddle transducer featuring a preamp and tone controls that were customized to complement the nylon-string voice. Our standard Expression System control knobs enable plenty of tone-shaping and preserve the natural design aesthetic. Installed on nylon-string models.
Our soft cutaway has a flatter slope than our standard Venetian style. Grand Concert nylon-string models feature a subtler version, while our 100 and 200 Series cutaway models incorporate a flatter style.
- Scale Length: 25-1/2"
- Nut & Saddle: Tusq
- Bracing: Nylon Bracing
- Truss Rod Cover: Black Plastic
- Pickguard: None
- Number of Frets: 17
- Tuners: Classical Nickel
- Case: Taylor First Edition Hardshell Brown
- Brand of Strings: Pro Arte Carbon Hard Tension
- Body Length: 19 1/2"
- Body Width: 15"
- Body Depth: 4 3/8"
- Binding/Edge Treatment: Black
- Top Finish: Gloss
- Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
- Backstrap Finish: None
- Rosette Size: Three Ring
- Bridge Inlay: None
- Back/Side Finish: Satin
- Armrest Binding: None
- Backstrap Wood: None
- Rosette Mat.: Plastic
- Stain/Sunburst: Medium Brown Stain
- Wedge: None
- Armrest: no
- Neck Width: 1-7/8"
- Fretboard Inlay: Small Diamonds
- Fretboard Binding/Edge Treatment: Black
- Heel Cap Binding: Black
- Type of Neck Joint: Taylor Neck
- Neck/Heel Tropical Mahogany
- Fretboard Wood: Ebony
- Neck Finish: Satin
- Heel Length: 3-1/2"
- Peghead Finish: Satin
- Peghead Binding: None
- Peghead Type: Slot Head
- Peghead Purfling: None
- Headstock Overlay: Ebony
- Peghead Inlay: None
- Peghead Logo: Italian Acrylic
- Bridge Pins: None
- Buttons: Pearloid
- Fingerboard Ext: None
- Edge Trim: None