The Academy Series is easily one of our favorite entry-level guitars in the shop. It's incredibly well made, fun to play, and sounds great with features typically only found on boutique-level guitars. Toss in a beautifully made gig bag and optional pickup with a built-in tuner, and it's easy to see why the Academy is one of our top selling entry-level guitars.

Meet The Academy Series

Academy 12 & 12e
  • Body Width: 15"
  • Body Depth: 4 3/8"
  • Scale Length: 24-7/8"
Academy Nylon
  • Body Width: 15"
  • Body Depth: 4 3/8"
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2"
Academy Dreadnought
  • Body Width: 16"
  • Body Depth: 4 5/8"
  • Scale Length: 24-7/8"

Academy Features

Solid Tops

Every Academy Series guitar is built with a solid-wood top, meaning a single piece of spruce through its thickness. The result is a powerful, clear acoustic voice that can be heard alongside vocals or other instruments.

Player-Friendly Curves and a Slender Neck

The armrest built into every Academy Series guitar is a premium comfort feature usually reserved for much more expensive guitars. Likewise, the slim Taylor Neck design gives these guitars a high-end, accommodating feel.

ES-B Electronics with Built-In Digital Tuner

All three base models in the Academy Series offer optional ES-B electronics, which include an acoustic pickup for rich amplified tone and a digital tuner with an easy-to-read LED display.

Practical, Modest Visual Style

Taylor has kept the appointment package for the Academy Series focused on performance with unbound edges, a herringbone rosette, a satin finish and 4mm dot fretboard inlays.

Options for Steel or Nylon Strings

The Academy Series boasts two steel-string guitars—a compact Grand Concert model and a classic Dreadnought. The Series also features the Academy 12-N, a nylon-string Grand Concert with a snappy, neo-classical sound and a neck catered to fingerstyle play.

Gig Bags Included with Every Guitar

Every guitar in the Academy Series ships with a durable, lightweight gig bag for transportation and storage.