I have to admit that this guitar still catches me by surprise sometimes. It's the most affordable of the El Cajon-built Taylors, with modest features—satin-finished sapele back and sides, no pickguard, and no real inlay to speak of. But its tone speaks for itself, and it can easily fool you into thinking you're playing a much more expensive guitar. Even with Taylor's smaller grand concert body, the 312 has plenty of meat and volume under a pick, but with the note focus you'd expect from the smaller body. I make a point of always having one of these in stock, not only because they offer tremendous bang for the buck, but also because I simply like having one to pick up and play. In the low 1000s, you'd be hard pressed to do much better than this. I recommend the 312 wholeheartedly.
- Grand Concert body shape
- Sitka Spruce top over Sapele back and sides
- No onboard electronics
- Includes Taylor hardshell case