The Taylor Academy 10 Natural has a Sitka Spruce Top, Layered Sapele Back, Sides, Maple Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, 24 7/8" Scale Length, Chrome Tuners, Incl. Gig Bag.
The Academy Series is Taylor's new game changer, hitting that lower end market for beginners and intermediate strummers alike. They all feature a slightly smaller 24-7/8" scale length, with solid tops and laminate back and sides. You've got the choice of Dreadnought or Grand Concert body shape, and come with or without the ES-B pickup. For all the classical players out there, a nylon strung model is available with the aforementioned pickup option. All models are available in left handed version upon request, and there's no upcharge!
Here's what Taylor have to say about the Academy 10:
This Dreadnought distills the essential features of a great acoustic guitar into a budget-friendly form. Our Academy Series was designed with developing players in mind, so the goal was to create as comfortable a playing experience as possible. The guitar body pairs layered sapele back and sides with a solid Sitka spruce top, and incorporates a feature normally reserved for our premium instruments: a built-in armrest that softens the edge of the body’s treble-side lower bout to enhance the playing comfort.
The patented Taylor neck features a slightly shorter 24-7/8-inch scale length, 1-11/16-inch nut width, and light gauge strings, which make fretting and bending strings easier. Tonally the Dreadnought’s body dimensions produce a bold response with a warm low end and punchy treble, making this a great option for strummers and flatpickers.