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Taylor 816ce Grand Symphony Cutaway ES2 Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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      Taylor 816ce Grand Symphony Cutaway ES2 Acoustic-Electric Guitar (109864587)
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Big-bodied acoustic with Sitka spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides paired with Taylor's Expression System 2 electronics.

Slightly bigger than Taylor’s Grand Auditorium body style, the Grand Symphony 816ce yields a powerful and rich sound without sacrificing bell-like articulation. It makes a potent strummer, and dynamic fingerstylists will enjoy the thick, full-bodied character of the notes. As part of Taylor’s 800 Series revoicing package for 2014, the GS will sound even richer with more low-end rumble. Premium appointments include maple binding and back strip, rosewood top edge trim, a rosewood pickguard, Taylor’s new Element fretboard inlay in mother-of-pearl, a marbled fretboard, and new Expression System 2 acoustic electronics. The guitar also features a Venetian cutaway for a steeper slope and easier access to the upper frets, and includes a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.

Grand Symphony
The Grand Symphony shape joined Taylor's line in 2006 and delivers a rich, powerful acoustic voice. Think of it as a Grand Auditorium with a turbo boost, thanks to expanded physical dimensions, including a slightly wider waist and a bigger lower bout. Strummers and pickers with a driving attack will love the fullness, volume and sustain. Yet for such a robust voice, the GS is also clear and responsive to fast picking runs or a light fingerstyle touch, so if you’re a dynamic player, this shape is a true contender. And the big voice doesn’t come at the expense of balance. The piano-like bass, meaty midrange, and thick, shimmering highs blend seamlessly. These traits also make the GS a great vehicle for 12-Strings. If you like a lush, potent guitar tone that has the horsepower to compete with other acoustic cannons out there, the GS shape is a worthy choice.

Indian Rosewood
The 816ce features one of the most popular and traditional guitar woods of all time, rosewood, which takes the basic sonic thumbprint of mahogany (which has a strong midrange) and expands it in both directions. Rosewood sounds deeper in the low end and brighter on the top end (one might describe the treble notes as zesty, sparkly or sizzly, with more articulation). If you look at its frequency range visually, rosewood would appear to be more scooped in the middle, yielding less midrange bloom than mahogany. Like mahogany, rosewood’s vintage heritage has helped firmly establish its acoustic legacy. It’s a great sound in part because we know that sound. In some music circles in which preserving the traditional sound helps bring a sense of authenticity to the music — certain strains of Americana, for example — rosewood has an iconic status. Also like mahogany, rosewood is a versatile tonewood, which has contributed to its popularity. One can fingerpick it, strum it and flatpick it. It’s very consistent, so players can usually rely on it to deliver.
If you like a guitar with fuller low end and brighter treble (bluegrassers, for instance), rosewood will do the trick. Its high-end sizzle and clear articulation will benefit players with “dark hands”.

Expression System 2

The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. Together with Taylor’s custom-designed “professional audio”-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar.

Taylor 816ce Grand Symphony Cutaway ES2 Acoustic-Electric Guitar Features:

  • Body Style: Grand Symphony
    Number of Strings: 6
    Back/Side Wood: Indian rosewood
    Scale length: 25-1/2"
    Top Wood: Sitka spruce
    Body Length: 20"
    Electronics: Expression System 2
    Body Width: 16-1/4"
    Cutaway: Venetian
    Body Depth: 4-5/8"
    Nut and Saddle: Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
    Neck Width: 1-3/4"
    Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
    Bracing: Advanced Performance with Relief Rout
    Fretboard Wood: Ebony
    Fretboard Inlay: Element
    Headstock Overlay: Ebony
    Binding: Maple .080"
    Bridge Inlay: None
    Bridge Pins: Ebony with Abalone Dots
    Tuners: Taylor Nickel
    Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
    Back/Side Finish: Gloss 3.5
    Top Finish: Gloss 3.5
    Neck Finish: Satin
    Pickguard: Rosewood
    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 Phosphor Bronze Medium
    Buttons: Nickel
    Edge Trim: Indian Rosewood
    Fingerboard Ext: None
    Fretboard Binding: Maple
    Heel Cap Binding: Maple
    Heel length: 3-1/2"
    Peghead Finish: Gloss
    Peghead Inlay: None
    Peghead Binding: Maple
    Peghead Logo: Taylor Mother of Pearl
    Peghead Type: Standard
    Rosette Mat.: Abalone
    Rosette Size: Single Ring
    Stain/Sunburst: None
    Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
    Wedge: None




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  • Impecable Taylor

    As reviewed by BRUCE on 7/12/2014

    This beautifully crafted instrument is everything I desired in an acoustic guitar. The tonal range is precisely what I was searching for; very distinct highs, subtle mids and dominant lows. The Expression2 pickup system is one of a kind, as it merely allows amplification of the existing perfect sound without changing it. Most others makers guitars sound better "plugged" than not. The Taylor 816CE is my ultimate guitar. Many Thanks to store staff at the Cedar Rapids store for the great service.

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  • Heavenly bliss

    As reviewed by tim on 11/7/2014

    Just received my 816ce today, plays beyond expectations. Granted I just had a 314ce before and love it, and still have it but this guitar is amazing. Bottom end is definitely more pronounced, very balanced. Took it to a friends house who is a Taylor Dreadnought fanatic and he loves it as well. Plugged it into his system and it sings. Can't wait to get it to church. The finish on it is beautiful, I'm in love again! I stretched myself purchasing this but I'm glad I did. Taylor is all about quality from their low end guitars to the high echelons.

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