The Grand Concert 312e is a great option for players who favor the comfort and intimate feel of a small-body acoustic and want an onboard pickup. Solid sapele back and sides paired with a Sitka spruce top produce a clear, balanced tone, while Elixir HD Light strings bring out bolder highs, fuller lows, and impressive overall warmth. Featured appointments include black binding, a black pickguard, pearl dot fretboard inlays, and a 3-ring rosette. The guitar comes equipped with Taylor's Expression System 2 pickup 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 Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor's ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor's proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup (patent pending), which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. Together with Taylor's custom-designed "professional audio"-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar.
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