Taylor 312 - Sapele back and sides

6-string Acoustic Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top, Sapele Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, and Ebony Fingerboard - Natural
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The Quintessential Small-bodied Acoustic Guitar

Pick up the Taylor 312 6-string Acoustic Guitar, and it'll be the beginning of a life-long love affair. Even the occasional player finds themselves devoting more and more time to playing their new Taylor. In fact, one such part time player, a lawyer, wrote a letter to Taylor stating that he was spending more time playing his new Taylor and less time on his law practice. If you're looking for a small-bodied guitar with a big sound that you can fall in love with, the Taylor 312 Grand Concert is your guitar.

Taylor 312 6-string Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
  • Clear-sounding and comfortable Grand Concert body
  • Sitka Spruce top, sapele back and sides
  • Superb Taylor finish
Clear-sounding and comfortable Grand Concert body

The Taylor 312 Grand Concert is the quintessential small-bodied guitar. Its comfortable shape delivers clarity and a balanced response for an unforgettable player experience. Scaled-down proportions make the 312 Grand Concert ideal for fingerstyle playing.

Sitka Spruce top, sapele back and sides

The warm yet snappy tone of sapele balances the bright and characteristics of a Sitka spruce top. The resulting combination provides clear, balanced tone - the perfect guitar for strong, rhythmic playing styles.

Superb Taylor finish

The finish used to create this guitar's textured satin back and sides and lustrous gloss top was developed at Taylor for maximum durability and resistance to cold-checking. This ultra violet-cured finish is also more environmentally friendly than traditional lacquer finishes.

Taylor 312 6-string Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • Shape: Grand Concert
  • Back and Sides: sapele
  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Soundhole Rosette: Wood Fiber
  • Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Fretboard Inlay: Acrylic diamonds
  • Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Binding: Black Fiber
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Nut and Saddle: Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Chrome-plated Taylor Tuners
  • Scale Length: 24-7/8"
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Neck Width at Nut: 1-3/4"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Bracing: Standard III
  • Finish: Satin with Gloss Top
  • Case: Taylor Hardshell
The Taylor 312: a premium-quality, American-made, solid wood guitar!

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Tech Specs

Series 300
String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Grand Concert
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Satin with Gloss Top
Top Wood Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid Sapele
Body Bracing Standard III
Binding Black fiber
Neck Wood Tropical American Mahogany
Neck Shape Taylor
Fingerboard Material Ebony, 15" radius
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 24.875"
Tuning Machines Chrome-plated Taylor Tuners
Bridge Material Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 19.5"
Body Width 15"
Body Depth 4.375"
Overall Length 40.5"
Strings Elixir Phosphor Bronze HD Light
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 312

Customer Reviews

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It's perfection

This guitar is just the best guitar I have owned. I started with a big baby and liked it but wanted a solid wood guitar. So I parted with it and bought a Yamaha Ac3r. That guitar sounded so beautiful but I had a hard time playing it. Maybe it was the neck or the player so I sold it . Since I had played a Taylor before I knew I would be great. And it is. The size fits me perfectly and it sounds so amazing across all strings. The 1/3/4 nuts size is perfect for my fat fingers. It has volume even for the smaller body. The sapele is gorgeous. This is the last guitar for me . No need to look any farther. I am just astounded with this 312 Taylor.

super fine guitar

I got a good one. Bought it to replace a Breedlove that I smashed by accident. This guitar is like $500 cheaper than the version with a cutaway and electronics. For an extra $500 you know where you can shuve that cutaway and electronics. Just shuve a microphone in front of this thing and save $500 you can get a good mic for less than $100. Mine has spotted reddish brown spruce top flawless cosmetics and sounds like a Martin and plays better than a Martin and is $1,000 cheaper than a Martin. The satin finish is excellent.


I could not be happier with my purchase. I researched for months before deciding on the 312. I am not a professional but the quality of construction in Taylor Guitars is easily seen. The richness of sound, comfortable size and the playability of the Grand Concert closed the deal. My sales Guy Aric Brenner was a great help in making my final selection. Aric's knowledge of tone woods and what I needed really helped. This was my first premium guitar and second large purchase from Sweetwater but not my last.
Music background: Just for fun

Taylor 312, a great guitar

I purchased mine about a month ago from Sweetwater (thanks Scott A.). They shipped it right away and I was playing it two days later.Before getting the guitar I had thoughts of upgrading the tuners to Gotoh 510's, but the stock Taylor tuners have no issues and are as smooth as silk.The neck is a very comfortable shape and is neither too thin or, too thick and I love the ebony fretboard.The Grand Concert body shape fits me well as dreadnoughts are just too big anymore and cause me pains in my right shoulder. Taylor does an excellent job with managing their lumber, my guitar was built the last day of July but is already opening up nicely. I strum, fingerpick, flatpick and play many styles of music (I've been playing for 50 years now).I have the guitar strung with Martin SP's extra lights and they sound fine on this guitar. I was also contemplating bone nut and saddle, but the the stock tusq sounds fine.The smell of the Sapele coming up from the soundhole as you play is worth the price of admission.The sound is rich and full and has nice overtones that can be coaxed out with a little finesse.I had originally started out on the hunt for a Martin 000 MMV, but all the ones I played had unacceptable action and sounded lifeless.One of the key selling points to me is Taylors NT neck design, I am a long time Tele player and like a guitar that can have the neck angle adjusted in minutes.The case is just as awesome as the guitar once you get past the 14,000 latches (5 actually).
Music background: Pro Musician, Hobbyist, Student, etc

Great company, great guitar

What an amazing experience buying a guitar online!This guitar is so beautiful, and so easy to play. I love my new tailor guitar. Thanks again to Jared, I appreciated your enthusiasm and expertise when chatting with you. I won't hesitate to make my next music purchase from sweetwater.
Music background: Garage muscician/ hobbyist
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Taylor, Taylor 6-string Acoustic Guitars