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Taylor 600 Series 618e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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For a while maple might have been a bit misrepresented in the acoustic world, developing a reputation for being too bright for some, and lacking the richer character of other classic tonewoods. But hi... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

For a while maple might have been a bit misrepresented in the acoustic world, developing a reputation for being too bright for some, and lacking the richer character of other classic tonewoods. But historically, maple has actually been one of the classic tonewoods for other stringed instruments in the violin family. Taylor has revoiced its maple 600s to re-introduce its true voice to guitar players, and the results have been amazing. If you have preconceptions about maple, check them at the door, because these guitars deliver plenty of the warmth, depth, richness and sustain your ears crave in an acoustic guitar, without losing the clarity and transparency that allows maple to reflect the player and fit into a mix with other instruments

Grand Orchestra

The Grand Orchestra is Taylor’s biggest, deepest body shape and delivers the richest, most complex voice. It's incredibly balanced for a big-bodied acoustic guitar. Specially braced to respond to a light touch, the Grand Orchestra is a good fit for players who want the richest, most powerful acoustic voice, for players who like a voluptuous, Jumbo-size guitar, and for solo performers looking for an expansive palette of sonic colors and textures.

Tonewoods
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. 600 Series guitars feature a special seasoning process for the spruce top called torrefaction, a method of roasting the wood to produce an aged tonal character with greater acoustic resonance and responsiveness.

Traditionally known for having a focused tone with a fast note decay that cuts through a mix, our maple (back and sides) guitars have been voiced to produce greater warmth, complexity, volume, sustain and responsiveness, while retaining maple's naturally clear, linear qualities. The clarity of the high end is still there, but the bottom end has been extended. The result is a more multi-dimensional sound that gives players the kind of musical versatility of other classic tonewoods, making our maple models a compelling choice as a primary guitar, not just a stage guitar. Taylor's maple guitars are voiced to be very reflective of the player’s technique, so a player with a dynamic playing style or someone who likes to vary their picking attack will appreciate how easily those playing nuances come through in the tonal response.

Expression System 2 Electronics
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. Because the pickup doesn't sit under the saddle, the bottom of the saddle comes in full contact with the bridge, allowing all the nuance of the guitar's tone to come through clearly whether playing acousticly or plugged-in. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before while playing plugged-in. 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, and active bass and treble controls.

Other Features
Premium features and appointments include: custom-calibrated wood thicknesses/bracing for each body shape, torrified top, hand-rubbed Brown Sugar stain (back and sides), protein glue (bracing and bridge), grained ivoroid purfling, ebony backstrap with grained ivoroid "wings" inlay, side braces, and a striped ebony pickguard.

The Taylor Difference
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.

Features Body
  • Body type:Taylor Grand Orchestra
  • Cutaway:Non-Cutaway
  • Top wood:Solid Torrified Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides:Solid Maple
  • Bracing pattern:600 Series Advanced Performance Sitka Grand Symphony Bracing w/Relief Rout
  • Body finish:Gloss 3.5 with Hand-Rubbed Brown Sugar Stain (Back/Sides/Neck)
  • Orientation:Right-Handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape:Standard Taylor Profile
  • Nut width:1.75 in. (44.5 mm)
  • Fingerboard:Genuine African Ebony
  • Neck wood:Solid Hard Rock Maple
  • Scale length:25.5 in.
  • Number of frets:20
  • Neck finish:Satin
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp:Expression System 2 Professional Audio-Grade
  • Brand:Taylor
  • Configuration:Behind-the-Saddle Transducer with Adjustable Sensors
  • Preamp EQ:Volume, Active Bass and Treble
  • Feedback filter:Onboard Phase Switch
  • Tuner:None
  • Other
  • Headstock overlay:Genuine African Ebony
  • Tuning machines:Taylor Nickel Tuners with Nickel Buttons
  • Bridge:Genuine African Ebony
  • Saddle & nut:Micarta "Wave" Saddle; Tusq Nut
  • Number of strings:6
  • Special features:Numerous; see "Other Features" above
  • Case:Taylor Deluxe Hard Shell Case
  • Accessories:None
  • Country of origin:USA
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Taylor600 Series 618e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.5

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5.0

Taylor 618e

By Alfonso Cavazos

from Mission,Texas

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Balanced Complex overtones.
  • Excellently made to precision elegance.
  • Fast Action with plenty of Snap, Attack, & delay
  • Great responsive Action
  • Great strummer or fingerpicked ability.
  • Incredible Bass response.
  • Quick even tone with fine balance.
  • Solid tone, very balanced.

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All occasions!

    Comments about Taylor 600 Series 618e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This guitar has me intrigued, the more I play it, the more impressed I become.
    It sounds like a fine custom built oval hole arch top, with more sustain, and it is
    an Incredible Value.
    Do yourself a favor, go see the professional staff at "The Guitar Center". Play the Taylor
    618e and let your ears speak to you.
    I have owned and still own some of the finest guitars that this world has to offer, it takes
    a lot to perk my ears up! The Taylor 618e is one fine guitar that I must have in my collection.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    It's Growing On Me

    By Jordan Rainer

    from Nashville

    Comments about Taylor 600 Series 618e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This guitar was on clearance when I saw it hanging on the wall at Guitar Center. I picked it up and played a few chords, and at first, I honestly was not blown away by it. The tone seemed "stiff" to me, if that makes any sense. Didn't seem to have much flare or character.
    But after playing literally every other Taylor on the wall, I kept coming back to this one; something just kept calling to me. So I played it for another two hours, getting to know it a bit. The more I played it, the more I started to figure its voice out a bit and I liked it. Bought it.
    Took it home for the big test.... the studio. How would it sound micd up?
    Well, honestly, it was another disappointment. Other guitars of mine translate very well with really no adjustment needed to my UA 610B pre or other gear. But I had to fiddle and change settings trying to get a balanced tone to translate to recording. Stil, it consistently produced a muddy tone where the mids and highs just didn't come through at all. This was saddening to me, but I am not ready to give up on the guitar just yet.
    Just like in the store, the more I play this guitar and "figure her out", the more fond of it I become for its uniqueness. I will likely end up keeping it, but just know, this guitar isn't for everyone. It could just be my playing style that produces a challenge, and it may be a perfect fit for yours. Give it a try. Taylor never makes a bad guitar, so you technically can't go wrong buying one. It's just dependent on what you need out of it.

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