The sonic power and depth of Taylor’s Grand Symphony body shape, especially in the lower mids, add girth and sustain to the overall voice. The cutaway ovangkol/spruce 416ce makes for a bold strumming ... Click To Read More About This Product
The sonic power and depth of Taylor’s Grand Symphony body shape, especially in the lower mids, add girth and sustain to the overall voice. The cutaway ovangkol/spruce 416ce makes for a bold strumming guitar, yielding meaty midrange and strong treble notes, as well as a great choice for flat picking with clear articulation. Its responsiveness to a light touch gives all players a dynamic range to explore. Clean, modern appointments include crisp white binding, Italian acrylic dot fretboard inlays, and a three-ring rosette, with Taylor’s onboard Expression System 2 acoustic electronics responding with a clear, natural amplified sound for performing or recording.
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Comments about Taylor 400 Series 416ce-R Rosewood Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
I have had my eyes on an acoustic electric in this price range for quite some time... I once owned a Taylor 314ce but sold it to help pay for an engagement ring, which all in all turned out to be a pretty good trade.
After playing about 10-15 different guitars, including brands like Taylor, Martin, Gibson, Breedlove, and Takamine, I decided that the Taylor 416ce was the one for me. I love the slightly larger sound I get out of it compared to the 414ce (Grand Auditorium) model, but it still retains the gentle touch and sparkle that makes the *14 Taylor guitars so appealing. It really came down to this guitar versus a couple of the Martin guitars around the same price point give or take. (Sorry but I can't remember the Martin model numbers).
A few things that helped me choose the Taylor over the Martin:
1. I liked that Taylor retained the ebony bridge and fretboard.
2. The ES2 expression system sounded much more natural to me than the Martin's Fishman pickups.
3. The Taylor neck feels faster and more comfortable to me.
4. The finish on the Taylor is more appealing to me.
As for the Breedlove, Takamine, and Gibson... They didn't hold a candle to the Taylor or Martin to me.
I played both models of the 416ce - The Rosewood back and sides and the Ovangkol back and sides. I cannot discern much difference in terms of sound, but the rosewood is more attractive to my eye, plus I like the idea of it being rosewood... To me, it is just a more recognizable guitar wood. I also liked the idea that for much less money I was getting the same basic wood combinations as the Taylor 800 series guitars.
This a beautiful guitar. Both to the eyes and to the ears. You could spend more and get a fancier looking guitar, and sure, a better sounding one to a degree... But for the money, I don't see how you can beat this guitar.
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