Though they've been a staple of the Taylor line for years, Taylor's ovangkol 400 Series guitars continue to be discovered and embraced by players, thanks in part to a compelling full-range tone profil... Click To Read More About This Product
Though they've been a staple of the Taylor line for years, Taylor's ovangkol 400 Series guitars continue to be discovered and embraced by players, thanks in part to a compelling full-range tone profile that's comparable to rosewood. Ovangkol's natural tonal breadth and dynamic range fit many different playing applications and body styles. An all-gloss body adds a burnished complexion that ties ovangkol's toasted golden color tones together with the buttery Sitka Spruce top. All 400 Series instruments ship in a deluxe hard shell case made by Taylor for optimal fit and protection.
Compared to the Taylor Grand Auditorium, the Grand Symphony has a bigger, rounder lower bout and slightely wider "waist" area, and the bigger sound board (top) means more tonal output. Expect a meaty lower midrange and strong treble shimmer. A GS is best if you want a guitar with a robust low end, strong volume when strumming or flatpicking, and clear articulation in response to light fingerpicking attack.
Tone Wood Pairing
A guitar's top is the primary filter and distributor of vibrating string energy through the guitar, which means it has a huge impact on its sound. Sitka Spruce is the most prevalent guitar top wood of the modern era. It blends stiffness and elasticity in just the right proportions which translates into broad dynamic range with crisp articulation. Solid ovangkol back and sides complement the top with a sound that's comparable to rosewood. Ovangkol is an African relative of rosewood that shares a wide tonal spectrum from lows to highs, but with a slightly fuller midrange and a bright treble that resembles koa.
Taylor's 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 patented 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. The Taylor Expression System 2 operates through a proprietary 9-volt battery compartment and easy-to-use volume, bass and treble controls.
What sets Taylor Guitars apart? Unmatched build quality, the most stable and playable necks, a vast array of tonal options, eco-conscious and ethically-sourced raw materials, and a lifetime of service and support.
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Comments about Taylor 400 Series 416ce Grand Symphony Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
This guitar is well worth the money. It is more expensive than most "generically-branded" beginner guitars but is one of Taylor's mid-priced guitars. However, I consider this particular combination of wood to be a perfect compliment to my playing style. Here's the story: I bought a 414ce years ago and absolutely fell in love with it from the day I played it in the store. Years later I also fell in love with the K24ce which is a more high-end Taylor guitar (a true work of art). At that point I decided to sell the 414ce and replace it with the K24ce. Don't get me wrong, the K24ce is an amazing guitar with amazing sound and playability. However, I started to feel that it just didn't match the tonal characteristics, dynamics and power that the 414ce offered. (I also was a basket-case when performing with the K24ce, always afraid that it would get damaged) The solution: I kept the K24ce and purchased a 416ce recently. The 416 (compared to the 414) is a larger "grand symphony" shaped guitar with a slightly larger body. I was immediately thrilled with the playability and sound of this guitar. It truly "felt like home" to play this special combination of tonewoods (ovangkol, spruce and mahogany). I find this match to be amazing for my picking and strumming styles. The larger body is extremely loud with intense dynamics for the player looking for these attributes. This guitar also comes with the new "ES2" "expression system" electronics that is still the state of the art and incomparable to the electronics of any other acoustic/electric guitar on the market with superior sound and tone that truly captures the unique properties and demands for amplifying an acoustic guitar with true-to-life sound. This guitar will now remain in my arsenal forever. When I need a great performance, practice or recording guitar, this is my personal choice for any guitar of any brand at any price.
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