"The sound is perfectly bright and balanced": Taylor Academy 12e-N review

Is this stripped-back nylon-strung acoustic the perfect platform for beginners?

Taylor Academy 12e-N Review
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Guitar World Verdict

Its price makes it better suited for the more committed learner, but you’ll struggle to find a beginner’s classical guitar with this much quality anywhere else.


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    Quality build

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    Lightweight body

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    Onboard tuner


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    The narrow neck won’t be to everyone’s taste

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As many players will attest, particularly those who’ve graduated onto more svelte, lithe instruments, beginner classical guitars occasionally get a bad rap. You probably have your own story, and it possibly includes a cheap nylon-strung guitar with flaky paint and an action high enough to cut cheese. Thankfully, you can banish those memories to the past because a proper classical guitar is a wondrous thing and, in the Taylor Academy 12e-N, we have one such example to talk about here. 

The 12e-N is not what you’d call an extravagant guitar by any means - but nor is it meant to be. As part of Taylor’s Academy range, the 12e-N is aimed squarely at beginners and anyone learning their craft. The Grand Concert body shape is ideal for this model; small enough for younger players, and when combined with the slightly narrower neck it’s also great for electric guitar players looking to dabble in a bit of flamenco on the side. 

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Chris Corfield

Chris Corfield is a journalist with over 12 years of experience writing for some of the music world's biggest brands including Orange Amplification, MusicRadar, Guitar World, Total Guitar and Dawsons Music. Chris loves getting nerdy about everything from guitar gear and synths, to microphones and music production hardware.