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Taylor 800 Series 818e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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The 800 Series 818e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar is part of flagship series of acoustic/electrics which trace back to Bob Taylor's first rosewood guitars, which helped establish a modern a... Read More

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The 800 Series 818e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar is part of flagship series of acoustic/electrics which trace back to Bob Taylor's first rosewood guitars, which helped establish a modern acoustic guitar sound. This year's model benefits from a major redesign that includes optimized dimensions, different glues, a thinner finish, better strings and the new Expression System pickup and preamp. Contemporary appointments include curly maple binding and a pearl fretboard inlay, which together add a splash of refined style.

Taylor's biggest, most complex voice is also balanced and responsive
The newest shape to join the Taylor family unleashes the boldest, richest voice available in a Taylor guitar. Just as the Grand Symphony yields a deeper, more powerful voice than the Grand Auditorium, the Grand Orchestra stands out as a more robust alternative to the Grand Symphony. The GO shape features a slightly bigger footprint and a deeper body, which helps produce a potent low-end response. Under the hood, a new bracing scheme optimizes the movement of the soundboard to produce louder, more complex tone with incredible sustain.

What separates the Grand Orchestra from other big-bodied guitars is how balanced the tone is from top to bottom, especially given its brawny bass. And unlike other big-body guitars that require an aggressive attack to get the top moving, the GO is responsive to a light touch, rewarding players who have a dynamic playing style. If you crave a guitar sound that's brimming with power and rich detail, the Grand Orchestra won't disappoint. From big cowboy chords to lush fingerstyle arrangements, the Grand Orchestra might be the most expressive and versatile big guitar you ever play.

Expression System 2
The Taylor Expression System 2 (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 proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup (patent pending), which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. 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.

Behind the ES2 Design: Rethinking the Piezo Pickup
For decades, piezo-electric transducers have been positioned under the saddle of a guitar based on the long-held belief that the string and top vibration cause the saddle to "bounce" up and down. But Taylor's electronics team, led by developer David Hosler, discovered that the vertical movement is actually heavily restricted, and that the saddle gets "locked down" due to the string tension's downward pressure. That's why a traditional under-saddle pickup with piezo-electric crystals often responds with a sound often characterized as thin, brittle, brash or synthetic, especially with more aggressive playing.

The saddle's natural range of movement as the guitar is being played is actually back and forth like a pendulum. That revelation led Taylor's design team to relocate the crystals from under the saddle to behind it. The new positioning enables the crystals to respond more naturally to the guitar's energy as it is transferred through the saddle. Three pickup sensors are installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, with three tiny Allen screws that calibrate the position of the sensors in relation to the saddle.

Like the original Expression System, the ES2 features the same volume and tone control knobs. The preamp is similar but with a slightly different gain structure. As a result it will be about 25 percent hotter, which is more in line with other pickups. This makes it plug-and-play friendly both for artists and live sound mixers.

  • New for 2014
  • Advanced performance designs deliver greater warmth, midrange, balance and sustain
  • Optimized dimensions help bring out the best of each body shape
  • The strategic use of animal glues enhance the transfer of tone between important guitar components
  • A thinner finish proves less equals more when it comes to sound
  • Custom strings made by Elixir
  • New Expression system
  • Elegant appointment package
  • Includes case
  • Shape: Grand Orchestra
    Number of Strings: 6
    Scale length: 25-1/2"
    Body Length: 20-5/8"
    Body Width: 16-3/4"
    Body Depth: 5"
    Neck Width: 1-3/4"
    Bracing: CV Bracing with Relief Rout
    Fretboard Inlay: 800 Series
    Binding: Curly Maple
    Bridge Pins: Ebony with Abalone Dots
    Truss Rod Cover: Indian Rosewood
    Top Finish: Gloss
    Pickguard: Tortoise
    Number of Frets: 20
    Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
    Backstrap Finish: None
    Buttons: Gold
    Fingerboard Ext: None
    Heel Cap Binding: Curly Maple
    Peghead Finish: Satin
    Peghead Binding: Curly Maple
    Peghead Type: Standard
    Rosette Size: Single Ring
    Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
    Back/Side Wood: Indian Rosewood
    Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
    Electronics: Expression System
    Cutaway: None
    Nut & Saddle: Bone
    Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
    Fretboard Wood: Ebony
    Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
    Bridge Inlay: None
    Tuners: Taylor Gold
    Back/Side Finish: Gloss
    Neck Finish: Satin
    Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
    Armrest Binding: None
    Backstrap Wood: None
    Brand of Strings: Elixir Medium
    Edge Trim: None
    Fretboard Binding: Curly Maple
    Heel length: 3-7/8"
    Peghead Inlay: None
    Peghead Logo: Taylor Mother of Pearl
    Rosette Mat. : Abalone
    Stain/Sunburst: None
    Wedge: None

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