Compared to other Taylor body styles, the Grand Concert has always drawn attention for its playability and compact size, both of which make it an appealing option for players of smaller stature as well as those who simply prefer an intimate guitar-playing experience. With its focused, articulate sound, the Grand Concert is beloved by fingerstyle players and anyone seeking a comfortable, inspiring playing experience.
This year, we’ve sweetened the package even further by adding V-Class bracing to the Grand Concert mix. As it has with Grand Auditorium guitars since last year’s launch, the new bracing design brings new tonal depth and character to the Grand Concert body, adding sustain and volume that make this small-bodied guitar sound much bigger than its modest footprint suggests. Along with the cleaner intonation that comes with V-Class bracing, this means a fuller, more robust sound from a compact frame, one that at once makes these guitars more versatile while enhancing the core tonal benefits of the Grand Concert shape.
The unique architecture of the Grand Concert body made it a compelling choice for the next round of V-Class guitars. We’ve produced both 12-fret and 14-fret configurations in this body shape, with each offering a distinctive sonic flavor and playing feel. Andy Powers, master guitar designer for Taylor, shares his thoughts on the differences between the two now that V-Class is available in both.
“The GC 14-fret is a modern sound; call it the fingerstyle guitar. It is so articulate in every note you play; it shimmers and chimes. That’s why fingerstyle players love them — every single note is vibrant, brilliant and precise. The 12-fret version is fascinating because moving the bridge position changes the way the guitar responds, and that’s true with the V-Class idea as well. You end up with this warm and friendly kind of sound. With V-Class, the 12-fret versions have additional warmth and sweetness.
“If I wanted to strum chords, I’d probably choose a 12-fret first. It’ll make those chords pour out of the guitar in a big harmony. If I wanted to play some fingerstyle music or jazz or something where I want a vibrant, precise sound, I’d go with the 14-fret version. Its chime and articulation can’t be beat, in addition to having two extra frets clear of the body.”
You’ll find our new V-Class Grand Concert guitars in stores by the end of March.
V-Class Grand Concert Models
800/800 DLX Series: Rosewood/Sitka Spruce
812ce 12-Fret DLX
500 Series: Mahogany/Cedar (512) or All-Mahogany (522)
300 Series: Sapele/Spruce (312) or Blackwood/Mahogany (322)