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Taylor Academy 12e - Real-Life Guitar Review

Hi fam,

Chelsea and I recently did a fly gig in Toronto where I had to rent a guitar. Traveling with a two-year-old adds a lot of extra luggage. :) I ended up getting a Taylor Academy 12e and liked it so much that I figured I would do an on-the-road/real-life review of it.

I know that Taylor Guitars can be pretty expensive, but I think the Academy series is a pretty exceptional option if you want a great sound without breaking the bank. The video goes through all my thoughts on the Taylor Academy 12e, but here are some of the main things that stuck out to me.

1 - The bass response and volume of this guitar were unexpectedly great. It’s a smaller body style with laminate back and sides, so this surprised me a bit.

2 - I thought that the arm bevel was going to be more of a cosmetic gimmick, but it ended up being one of my favourite features. It was super-comfortable.

3 - Initially, I thought the electronics sounded just okay. However, the sound man for our first gig asked me what pickup was in the guitar because he thought it sounded fantastic. These two opposing views lead me to believe that the electronics on the guitar are good enough to get the job done in almost any situation.

4 - The sound profile of this guitar reminded me of a Gibson Dove. Dove’s have solid maple back and sides, and that gives them a pretty mid-scooped sound with a lot of bass and treble. The Taylor Academy 12e had a lot of bass and treble, but the mid-scoop was more subtle than a Dove.

If you’ve played or own this guitar, leave your opinions and comments below. That may help others make a more informed buying decision.

Thanks for watching,


Here is a link to the Taylor Academy 12e on Sweetwater:

Taylor's Website:

Guitar Specs:

String Type: Steel

Number of Strings: 6

Left-/Right-handed: Right-handed

Body Shape: Grand Concert

Back & Sides Wood: Layered Sapele

Top Wood: Sitka Spruce

Finish: Varnish

Color: Natural

Neck Wood: Hard Rock Maple

Neck Shape: Slim

Radius: 15"

Fingerboard Material: Ebony

Fingerboard Inlay: Dots

Number of Frets: 20

Scale Length: 24.875"

Nut Width: 1.6875"

Nut/Saddle Material: NuBone/Micarta

Bridge Material: Ebony

Tuning Machines: Taylor Closed Gear with Chrome buttons

Electronics: ES-B

Strings: D'Addario XS Coated Phosphor Bronze Light, .012-.053

Case/Gig Bag: Gig Bag

Manufacturer Part Number: FA02033017000011000

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Tammy Anderson
Tammy Anderson
29 nov 2023

Thanks for the review! I have a Blueridge BR40 that I really like but have an itch to get something smaller to use from time to time. I’ve always like the sound of @Chelsea Amber’s GS Mini. Hmm, these give me some things to think about.

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29 nov 2023

Excellent real world review! How about a clip from the show?😉

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John K
John K
03 dic 2023
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I second that clip from the show.

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Greg Weber
Greg Weber
29 nov 2023

A smaller body; but the material specs don't sound all that different from the Martin D-X2E that I have. HPL back and sides with a solid spruce top. I've been completely happy with that guitat both acosutically and plugged in to an amplifier. Sounds like your Toronto gig went well Nate. 🎸

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John K
John K
29 nov 2023

I LOVE my Taylor GS Mini sooo much, thank you for the review Have a blessed tour wish I could have tagged along. God bless

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28 nov 2023

Thanks for dropping this vid I really loved the review , Taylor guitars sound absolutely amazing and I've always wanted to own one !

I finally bought a baby Taylor BT2 a few months ago in September which was such good value. I wanted a guitar at home that my kids could also use and is travel light to teach other children in my community next year and it did not disappoint !

The next Taylor I've got my eye on is an academy12e-N every time I go to my local guitar shop it out shines the other guitars in its price range and the cutaway isn't too much of an issue

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