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      Taylor 618e Grand Orchestra Maple Acoustic-Electric Guitar (108942954)
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A luscious guitar with a Sitka spruce top and Expression System electronics.

The Taylor 618e Grand Orchestra Maple Acoustic-Electric Guitar uses maple for the back & sides. While maple is known for its bright tone and fast decay, the Grand Orchestra design enriches maple’s natural tonal palette to produce a full-bodied voice with impressive sustain. Big Leaf maple is paired with a Sitka spruce top featuring a new bracing scheme, which adds responsiveness to the powerful output. Includes hardshell case.

Grand Orchestra (GO)
Body Length: 20-5/8" / Body Width: 16-3/4" / Body Depth: 5"
Taylor's biggest, most complex voice is also balanced and responsive.
The newest shape to join the Taylor family unleashes the boldest, richest voice available in a Taylor guitar. Just as the Grand Symphony yields a deeper, more powerful voice than the Grand Auditorium, the Grand Orchestra stands out as a more robust alternative to the Grand Symphony.

The GO shape features a slightly bigger footprint and a deeper body, which helps produce a potent low-end response. Under the hood, a new bracing scheme optimizes the movement of the soundboard to produce louder, more complex tone with incredible sustain. What separates the Grand Orchestra from other big-bodied guitars is how balanced the tone is from top to bottom, especially given its brawny bass. And unlike other big-body guitars that require an aggressive attack to get the top moving, the GO is responsive to a light touch, rewarding players who have a dynamic playing style. If you crave a guitar sound that’s brimming with power and rich detail, the Grand Orchestra won’t disappoint. From big cowboy chords to lush fingerstyle arrangements, the Grand Orchestra might be the most expressive and versatile big guitar you ever play.

Expression System
Natural Sound Made Simple
People love the clear, full acoustic tone of their Taylors. Why should it be any different when they plug in? That’s why we spent several years developing our own onboard acoustic pickup and preamp. Taylor’s ground-breaking Expression System® (ES) was designed to naturally amplify the warm acoustic sound of your guitar.

The ES is an all-magnetic acoustic guitar pickup system that works like a microphone to produce a pure signal and a warm, natural acoustic sound. When you plug in, you'll hear the sound of your guitar, not the sound of the pickup. No complicated controls. No tone simulators. Just a clean amplified acoustic guitar sound supported by three simple controls — volume, bass and treble.

Breakthrough Technology
Years of research brought us to a simple realization: Nothing sounds as true and musical as a microphone. With that as a starting point, Taylor’s David Hosler led the team responsible for the Expression System's breakthrough technology. Utilizing a unique Dynamic Body Sensor® mounted to the soundboard, a Dynamic String Sensor® embedded beneath the fretboard, and a discrete preamp, the advanced ES technology is unlike any other guitar pickup system.

Integrated Design
The ES was designed in-house, alongside our acoustic guitars, which allowed us to build the ES seamlessly into the design of the guitar, for an integrated pickup system unlike any other. From the design and location of the body and string sensors to the voicing of the preamp, the ES is fully optimized for the Taylor sound. The elegant design, including the non-intrusive control knobs, also preserves the aesthetic of a Taylor guitar.

Taylor 618e Grand Orchestra Maple Acoustic-Electric Guitar Features:

  • Grand Orchestra body shape
    Sitka spruce top
    Big Leaf maple back & sides
    Twisted Oval inlays
    Expression System electronics
    Includses hardshell case


Taylor 618e Grand Orchestra Maple Acoustic-Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Shape: Grand Orchestra
    Number of Strings: 6
    Back/Side Wood: Big Leaf Maple
    Scale length: 25-1/2"
    Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
    Body Length: 20 5/8"
    Electronics: ES®
    Body Width: 16 3/4"
    Cutaway: None
    Body Depth: 5"
    Nut & Saddle: Tusq
    Neck Width: 1-3/4"
    Neck/Heel: Hard Rock Maple
    Bracing: Grand Orchestra Bracing
    Fretboard Wood: Ebony
    Fretboard Inlay: Twisted Ovals
    Headstock Overlay: Ebony
    Binding: White
    Bridge Inlay: None
    Bridge Pins: Ebony with Abalone Dots
    Tuners: Taylor Gold
    Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
    Back/Side Finish: Gloss
    Top Finish: Gloss
    Neck Finish: Gloss
    Pickguard: Tortoise
    Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
    Number of Frets: 20
    Armrest Binding: None
    Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
    Backstrap Wood: None
    Backstrap Finish: None
    Brand of Strings: Elixir Medium
    Buttons: Gold
    Edge Trim: None
    Filler (Body): Clear
    Filler (Neck): Clear
    Fingerboard Ext: None
    Fretboard Binding: White
    Heel Cap Binding: White
    Heel length: 3-7/8
    Peghead Finish: Gloss
    Peghead Inlay: Twisted Ovals
    Peghead Binding: White
    Peghead Logo: Italian Acrylic
    Peghead Type: Standard
    Rosette Mat.: Abalone
    Rosette Size: Single Ring
    Stain/Sunburst: None
    Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
    Wedge: None


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