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Taylor 800 Series 816ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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The essence of the Taylor playing experience lives within the rosewood/spruce 800 Series. With the debut of its comprehensive redesign in 2014, master guitar designer Andy Powers took what was already... Read More

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Overview

The essence of the Taylor playing experience lives within the rosewood/spruce 800 Series. With the debut of its comprehensive redesign in 2014, master guitar designer Andy Powers took what was already Taylor’s flagship guitar series and deployed an array of voicing enhancements, ranging from customized bracing and wood thicknesses for each body style to the use of protein glues and ultra-thin finish, to bring out another level of musicality. Together, these refinements deliver much more than the sum of their parts. For everyone from pros to hobbyists, they make the playing experience more expressive, inspiring and fun.

The 816ce Grand Symphony comes with Taylor Expression System 2 electronics and ships in a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.

Grand Symphony
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.

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. Solid Indian rosewood back and sides complement the Sitka top with sound that's made it one of the most popular tone woods ever. Rosewood produces the strongest bass response among the tone woods commonly used for guitars, with a slightly scooped midrange. Rosewood's sweeping frequency range - deep lows that assert a throaty growl with sparkling highs - rings out with bell-like, high-fidelity clarity. It yields a full-range acoustic voice with complex overtones and extended sustain.

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
Custom-calibrated wood thicknesses and bracing for each body shape, 3.5 mil finish thickness, protein glue (bracing and bridge), rosewood pickguard, rosewood top trim, single ring abalone rosette edged with rosewood, pearl "Element" fingerboard inlay, maple binding (non-figured).

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 Symphony
  • Cutaway:Single Cutaway
  • Top wood:Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides:Solid Indian Rosewood
  • Bracing pattern:800 Series Advanced Performance Grand Symphony Bracing with Relief Rout
  • Body finish:Gloss 3.5 Top, Back and Sides
  • Orientation:Right-Handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape:Taylor Standard Profile
  • Nut width:1.75 in. (44.5 mm)
  • Fingerboard:Genuine African Ebony
  • Neck wood:Tropical Mahogany
  • 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:2-Band
  • Feedback filter: Phase
  • Tuner:No
  • 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:See "Other Features" above
  • Case: Deluxe Hardshell Case
  • Accessories:None
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Taylor800 Series 816ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
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5.0

The Ultimate Acoustic!

By Chris C

from Bensalem, PA

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Pros

  • Amazing Tone
  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Gorgeous Craftsmanship
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

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    Best Uses

    • Any Venue Large or Small
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Taylor 800 Series 816ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This guitar sounds incredible and aesthetically is a gorgeous work of art! Even the case is a masterpiece! The pristine bell like tones and rich piano bass that come out of this baby send chills up my spine. I feel inspired to play more and write new songs on this guitar. It's worth every penny and more! I was on the fence only because of the price, but found a great deal, and so glad I took the plunge! Thanks so much to Jimmy at GC Oxford Valley in Langhorne, PA for a fantastic buying experience!

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    Impecable Taylor

    By BRUCE

    from Wever, Iowa

    Comments about Taylor 800 Series 816ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This beautifully crafted instrument is everything I desired in an acoustic guitar. The tonal range is precisely what I was searching for; very distinct highs, subtle mids and dominant lows. The Expression2 pickup system is one of a kind, as it merely allows amplification of the existing perfect sound without changing it. Most others makers guitars sound better "plugged" than not. The Taylor 816CE is my ultimate guitar. Many Thanks to store staff at the Cedar Rapids store for the great service.

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