The Taylor 316ceES2 Sapele/Spruce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar offers the richness of the solid-wood acoustic experience. Sapele shares mahogany's lively tonal response and, together with a... Click To Read More About This Product
The Taylor 316ceES2 Sapele/Spruce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar offers the richness of the solid-wood acoustic experience. Sapele shares mahogany's lively tonal response and, together with a gloss-finish Sitka spruce top, rings out with a brightness and clarity that give these guitars a definitive Taylor voice. Black binding flanks sapele's ribbon-like grain, with large pearl fretboard dots adding a traditional touch. Also features a generous Venetian cutaway and Tayor's Expression System 2 electronics for better plugged-in performances.
Grand Symphony (GS)
The Grand Symphony shape joined the line in 2006 and delivers Taylor's boldest, richest 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. 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.
An alternative tonewood that joined the Taylor fold over a decade ago. It's sometimes mistakenly referred to as African mahogany because it closely resembles the West African wood khaya, which is commercially known as African mahogany. Sapele is a highly sustainable, relatively fast-growing wood. Tonally, it does everything that mahogany does, with a little extra treble zing. Taylor will be able to offer it for a long, long time.
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 (patent pending), 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.
Shape: Grand Symphony
Back/Side Wood: Sapele
Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
Bracing: Forward Shifted Pattern with Relief Rout
Fretboard Wood: Ebony
Fretboard Inlay: 4mm Dots
Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
Bridge Inlay: None
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Nut and Saddle: Tusq
Tuners Taylor Chrome
Truss Rod Cover: Indian Rosewood
Back/Side Finish: Satin
Top Finish: Gloss
Neck Finish: Satin