Taylor 322e Grand Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar
(Satin Natural Ebony Fingerboard, Black Pickguard)
6 String Acoustic Guitars
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Travel-friendly sized guitar with exotic tonewoods and Taylor's special electronics.
The 322e mahogany top Grand Concert Acousitc-Electric makes a great match for rootsy fingerstyle players in search of a comfortable-size guitar. The short-scale neck makes fretting and bending easier, while the mahogany/sapele wood pairing yields a surprisingly dynamic tonal range for a smaller body. Appointments include a black pickguard and binding with a crisp white top trim and rosette. Expression System electronics ensures you get clear, accurate tone when plugged in.
Taylor's 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. Taylor's current generation of GC models continues to accommodate fingerstylists with finger-friendly traits like a shorter 24-7/8" 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.
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. Like ovangkol, it’s a great all-purpose tonewood that will deliver a consistent, balanced tone in a variety of playing applications, from fingerstyle to strumming.
Forward Shifted Bracing with Relief Rout
The 322e's bracing shifts the X forward (closer to the soundhole) and incorporates Taylor’s patented relief rout, a tone-enhancing voicing technique in which a groove is carved along the inside edges of the top. This groove is similar in function to the re-curve on a violin — it “loosens up” the edges of the top, generating extra flexibility without sacrificing structural integrity. These refinements enable more of the top to vibrate, enhancing the tone.
Natural Sound Made Simple
People love the clear, full acoustic tone of their Taylors. Why should it be any different when they plug in? That’s why Taylor spent several years developing their own onboard acoustic pickup and preamp. Taylor’s groundbreaking Expression System (ES) was designed to naturally amplify the warm acoustic sound of your guitar.
The ES is an all-magnetic acoustic guitar pickup system that works like a microphone to produce a pure signal and a warm, natural acoustic sound. When you plug in, you'll hear the sound of your guitar, not the sound of the pickup. No complicated controls. No tone simulators. Just a clean amplified acoustic guitar sound supported by three simple controls — volume, bass and treble.
Years of research brought us to a simple realization: Nothing sounds as true and musical as a microphone. With that as a starting point, Taylor’s David Hosler led the team responsible for the Expression System's breakthrough technology. Utilizing a unique Dynamic Body Sensor mounted to the soundboard, a Dynamic String Sensor embedded beneath the fretboard, and a discrete preamp, the advanced ES technology is unlike any other guitar pickup system.
The ES was designed in-house, alongside Taylor's acoustic guitars, which allowed them to build the ES seamlessly into the design of the guitar, for an integrated pickup system unlike any other. From the design and location of the body and string sensors to the voicing of the preamp, the ES is fully optimized for the Taylor sound. The elegant design, including the non-intrusive control knobs, also preserves the aesthetic of a Taylor guitar.
- Shape: Grand Concert
- Number of Strings: 6
- Back/Side Wood: Sapele
- Scale length: 24-7/8"
- Top Wood: Tropical Mahogany
- Body Length: 19-1/2"
- Electronics: Expression System
- Body Width: 15"
- Cutaway: None
- Body Depth: 4-3/8"
- Nut and Saddle: Tusq
- Neck Width: 1-3/4"
- Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
- Bracing: Forward Shifted Pattern with Relief Rout
- Fretboard Wood: Ebony
- Fretboard Inlay: 4mm Dots
- Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
- Binding: Black
- Bridge Inlay: None
- Bridge Pins: Ebony
- Tuners: Taylor Nickel
- Truss Rod Cover: Indian Rosewood
- Back/Side Finish: Satin
- Top Finish: Satin
- Neck Finish: Satin
- Pickguard: Black
- Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
- Number of Frets: 20
- Armrest Binding: None
- Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
- Backstrap Wood: None
- Backstrap Finish: None
- Brand of Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze HD Light
- Buttons: Nickel
- Edge Trim: None
- Fingerboard Ext: None
- Fretboard Binding: Black
- Heel Cap Binding: Black
- Heel length: 3-1/4"
- Peghead Inlay: None
- Peghead Binding: None
- Peghead Logo: Taylor Colorcore
- Peghead Type: Standard
- Rosette Mat.: Plastic
- Rosette Size: Three Ring
- Stain/Sunburst: None
- Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
- Wedge: None
- Includes hardshell case
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