Taylor's 500 series models, like this 2013 516e acoustic-electric - with their focused midrange punch - have made a big impression on the liveliest of pickers and strummers. These models respond espec... Click To Read More About This Product
Taylor's 500 series models, like this 2013 516e acoustic-electric - with their focused midrange punch - have made a big impression on the liveliest of pickers and strummers. These models respond especially well to players with a strong attack. And because of mahogany's strong fundamental tonal character, it behaves well with other instruments in a stage or recording context.
The 2013 516e includes a deluxe hardshell 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.
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. For the back and sides, tropical mahogany is known for a meaty midrange featuring a strong fundamental without adding a lot of ringing overtones. It responds well to players with a strong attack who like dry, earthy, lo- fi sounds. It has a natural compression that smooths out strumming and picking technique. Mahogany's clear and direct tonal character makes it a great option for playing and standing out among other instruments.
The Taylor Expression System (ES) — a groundbreaking concept in acoustic guitar amplification. It combines a state-of-theart pickup system with a “professional audio”- quality preamp. Taylor Guitars developed proprietary sensing technology for the ES, utilizing the guitar’s entire soundboard to create a network of magnetic, surface-sensing microphones. A strategically-placed Dynamic Body Sensor captures vibrations in the top of the guitar. A patented Dynamic String Sensor mounted beneath the fretboard measures string vibrations and converts them into an electronic signal. The advanced design is seamlessly integrated into your guitar, allowing for total control with three unobtrusive, side-mounted knobs. Your guitar’s natural tone will sing loud, clear and true. The Taylor ES is designed to be plugged-in using a standard quarter-inch guitar cable, which will work in every circumstance: with an acoustic guitar amplifier, a standard direct box, or any other guitar-ready application. The ES also is designed to be “Pro Ready,” which means it can be plugged directly into a “balanced line level input” such as an input on a mixer using a TRS to XLR cable. The result is a higher signal level, which translates into the ability to drive long cable distances without any frequency loss, due to the low impedance of the system. With this application, you can plug directly into a stage snake or recording/mixing console without the use of a direct box.
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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.
Body type: Grand Symphony
Top wood: Solid Sitka spruce
Back and sides: Solid Mahogany
Bracing pattern: Taylor Standard II (Forward shift pattern) with relief rout
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck shape: Taylor Standard Profile
Nut width: 1.75 in. (44.45 mm)
Fingerboard: Genuine African ebony
Neck wood: Solid Mahogany
Scale length: 25.5 in.
Number of frets: 20
Neck finish: Satin
Configuration: Dynamic body sensor and dynamic string sensor
Preamp EQ: 2-band
Feedback filter: On/Off switch for dynamic body sensor
Headstock overlay: East Indian Rosewood
Tuning machines: Taylor gold with gold buttons
Bridge: Genuine African ebony
Saddle and nut: Tusq
Number of strings: 6
Case: Deluxe hardshell case
Country of origin: United States