Taylor's Academy Series 10 was specifically designed and built with beginner guitar players in mind. With it's classic dreadnought shape, slightly shorter 24-7/8-inch scale length, and trademark slim neck, it is much easier to fret strings, hold chords, and bend notes than on a traditional guitar. Taylor features a premium armrest for added comfort while learning how to navigate the larger body of an acoustic guitar. Unlike other lower-budget guitars, the Taylor Academy series 10 gives you a great quality sound without breaking the bank. The guitar projects a warm, rich sound with a strong low end and clear, ringing high tones, smoothened out by a punchy midrange of layered sapele. It's body features a solid spruce top and layered sapele back and sides.