The Taylor 416ce Grand Symphony Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar is an outstanding instrument that is both beautiful and versatile. The Taylor Grand Symphony body style is unique in both sound and sha... Read More
The Taylor 416ce Grand Symphony Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar is an outstanding instrument that is both beautiful and versatile. The Taylor Grand Symphony body style is unique in both sound and shape. The bold-voiced GS body style, together with an ovangkol/Sitka spruce tonewood pairing, translates into a powerful guitar with impressive tonal breadth and dynamic range. It’ll cover a lot of sonic terrain.
Significant changes in geometry yield a deeper, more piano-like bass. A wider lower bout and higher, wider waist return ample volume and low-end sustain, in symphony with fuller and balanced highs. This guitar is ideal for strumming or flatpicking and a Venetian cutaway gives you superior access to the 20-fret ebony fingerboard.
Other features include an American mahogany neck, forward shifted bracing, ebony bridge, and a Tusq nut and saddle. Adornments include chrome tuners, abalone rosette, and white body binding and heelcap. The Taylor 416ce Grand Symphony Cutaway guitar has a lustrous satin with gloss top finish. The ultraviolet cured finish developed by Taylor is durable, resistant to cold-checking, and is more environmentally friendly than traditional lacquer finishes.
Using proprietary pickup technology developed at Taylor the onboard Expression System incorporates three different magnetic sensors. Two strategically placed Dynamic Body Sensors affixed to the underside of the soundboard capture the complex nuances of the top's vibration, while a Dynamic String Sensor mounted beneath the fretboard extension registers string and neck vibration. The preamp boosts the pickup signal cleanly, without the need for artificial EQ "coloration." The balanced, low-impedance signal the Expression System produces can run direct into a mixer or PA in most situations, and is free of distortion at almost any volume. Three simple, unobtrusive onboard control knobs preserve the aesthetic beauty of your Taylor, yet allow you to easily adjust the volume, bass, and treble to suit your personal preferences and performance environment. This easy-to-use system enables all of the expressive subtleties of your playing to come through, just the way you intended.
Includes Taylor hardshell case.
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While searching for the perfect Taylor at my local Guitar Center, I went all the way up from the 814ce all the way down to the 114ce. For me, the one thing all Taylors had in common was their brightness and annunciation when I strummed. Aside from the Dreadnaught series (Dn3, Dn4) They all lacked the bass I was looking for. Now I was looking for a cutaway guitar, so that ruled out the DN Series.. (Though they are all excellent guitars). For me, the guitar that caught my ear was 414CE. It had a lot of mid range in it... It lacked just a little bit of bass that I was looking for. The satin finish on the back and sides were perfect because I could feel the soft vibration of the guitar as I strummed it (and that's important because in venues where there is a lack of a monitor system , it gives my vocals a tuning reference when I'm singing). The satin neck felt great, so my hand didn't slide past its mark. Now, since there was a lack of bass, I decided to look at the 416ce, which was just ever so slightly larger. There wasn't any in the stores in my area, so I took a risk and ordered it. The risk paid off! It had the perfect amount of boominess for my taste, same satin back and sides, the famous Expression system was awesome. It records great, and it isn't drowned in brightness! As I mentioned the guitar isn't all that much bigger than the 414ce, but it makes all the difference in the world! The guitar isn't decorated quite like the 500- 800 series, but it's a steal with the comparisons to sound. The inlay dots are also updated, and are a bit more oval than the ones that are in the picture. For the price, Taylor has really outdone themselves in taste and quality. It's an American made guitar, and it shines in greatness from looks to sound.
I've been playing guitar for about 35 years. I always loved to play the high end guitars at music stores but always couldn't justify buying one myself. It was not that I was too cheap but if a guitar cost five times as much, did it play five times better? I've played dreadnought sized guitars over the years and was looking for something more unique. The Taylor Grand Auditoriums were intimate sounding but didn't have enough strength when I wanted. I was considering a jumbo but it always sounded a little boomy to me. About the time Taylor announced the Grand Symphony, I got excited about the possibility that this would be the perfect guitar for me. I played literally hundreds of Taylor Grand Symphony sized guitars at over 20 music stores in Los Angeles/Orange County. I tried the various wood combination in different series and even the non-electric version of the GS guitars. It came down to two models, the Taylor 816CE and the Taylor 416 CE. The 816 had prettier inlays and maple binding but using a rosewood back and sides was too traditional sounding for me. It dod not sound bad mind you, it had a good bottom and high frequency clarity with a slightly scooped midrange. The 416 has simpler appointments (dot inlays and white plastic binding) but uses African Ovangkol back and sides. This wood is very balanced throughout the whole frequency spectrum. I really liked the mid-range since it goes well with the human voice for a singer songwriter combination. Now I want to be fair and also mention a few items that I did not like. First, all Taylor acoustic/electrics use the end pin also as a cable plug combined with the battery compartment. I have searched everywhere for a decent removable strap lock that will work with this end pin. The strap pin is too shallow to fit most thicker straps and you can't replace it with a strap lock pin. Using rubber washers is suggested by some but it makes removal of your strap to fit in the case a bother. Second, the case has a blemish where the back edge was coming loose. Perhaps some glue could fix it but a new case should not be falling apart so soon. Third, I assume Taylor select their Sitka Spruce tops according to the line of guitar they will be used in. It would reason that the Presentation, 900 series would get the best looking wood and the 800, 700, 600, 500, 400, etc. down the line would get progressively inferior wood. Since I got the 400 series, I did notice some blemishes in the top. I think these are visual blemishes in the grain and don't significantly affect the sound and tone. I take great care of all my guitars and properly humidify them. Despite these gripes, I am proud to be the owner of my new Taylor 416CE. I use it plugged in most of the time and the expression system is easy to use and works great. Just remember to hold on to that guitar if you are using a strap.
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