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816ce Rosewood/Spruce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Taylor's second offering in Indian rosewood, the 800 Series traces its roots to the earliest Taylors. Bob’s latest design changes speak of traditional lutherie in the form of hand-set, curly maple bin... Read More


Taylor's second offering in Indian rosewood, the 800 Series traces its roots to the earliest Taylors. Bob’s latest design changes speak of traditional lutherie in the form of hand-set, curly maple binding. It’s a gorgeous upgrade that complements the beautiful hues of rosewood and sparkling inlay work. For many, the 800 Series is a true Taylor icon. The 816ce Rosewood/Spruce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar with its Sitka/rosewood combo casts a commanding presence as a GS. A cutaway and the Taylor ES prime it for every type of playing.

Indian Rosewood/Sitka
Indian rosewood seems as if it was created to be on a guitar. The clarity, balance, sustain, excellent bass response, and wonderful coloration and figure are without equal. Paired with Sitka spruce, it is an unstoppable combination.

Grand Symphony (GS)
Though you might see similarities to a Grand Auditorium, the GS is unique in both sound and shape. Significant changes in its 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 mids and balanced highs.

Expression System®
Using proprietary pickup technology developed at Taylor, the Expression System® amplifies your guitar with an unrivaled, natural live sound. Onboard tone controls provide added flavor, or set flat for an uncolored, exceptionally-clean amplified sound. It’s your tone. Amplified.

The finish used to create this guitar's lustrous gloss top, back, and sides was developed at Taylor for maximum durability and resistance to cold-checking. This ultraviolet-cured finish is also more environmentally friendly than traditional lacquer finishes. Available in natural finish.

  • Shape: Grand Symphony
  • Back/Side Wood: Indian Rosewood
  • Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
  • Electronics: ES
  • Bracing: CV Bracing with Relief Rout
  • Binding: Curly Maple
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony
  • Fretboard Inlay: 800 Series
  • Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Bridge Inlay: None
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony with Abalone Dots
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq
  • Tuners: Taylor Gold
  • Truss Rod Cover: Indian Rosewood
  • Back/Side Finish: Gloss
  • Top Finish: Gloss
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Cutaway: Venetian
  • Pickguard: Tortoise
  • Body Width: 16-1/4"
  • Body Depth: 4-5/8"
  • Body Length: 20"
  • Overall Length: 41"
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By Karlon Cox

from Sunset Texas

I didn't know I was in the market for a new guitar but when my wife was looking at new keyboards one day, I went over to look at the acoustic guitars. I had always dreamed of owning a Gibson. I played a Gibson Studio model for her and on the way home, she said I should save up the money and buy it. Well, suddenly being motivated, I sold a few things and raised the money in a few weeks. We went to another store where the guy was trying to sell me a Taylor but I thought I really wanted the Gibson. We went back to GC so that I could play the Taylor next to the Gibson. I should clarify that previously I had been comparing a 414 model to the Gibson. When we got there, they had thus 816ce marked down imply because it was a 2011 brand new model. It was basically the same price as the Gibson. But the tone was so much better. The Gibson had a robust tone but the high end notes were tinny sounding where the Taylor was incredibly mellow and consistent all the way across the strings. I went in to buy a Gibson and came out with this Taylor. I have had it now for a few weeks and absolutely love the guitar. I've been playing for 44 years. I've hD two Martin's and, as I said, I went in to buy a Gibson. I love my new. Guitar and look forward to it sounding better yet with age.

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Taylor 816ce Rosewood/Spruce Grand Symphony

By Eric Teitelman

from Haymarket, Virginia

I was looking for a new guitar in 2008, and Taylor had just released this new GS model. I am a heavy lead rhythm strummer, so I needed a larger bodied guitar. I have always been a huge fan of Rosewood and Sitka Spruce guitars for their rich sound. I found one at a Guitar Center, and right from the beginning the sound was amazing; even unplugged. But one thing I have to say is that after five years of playing this guitar, the sound today is remarkably better than it was back then. The wood has aged and mellowed, and the notes that come out of the guitar today leave me breathless. Wow! I have other guitars; Martin and Larrivee, but this guitar just blows everything else away. Great job Taylor. Love your guitars!

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Absolutely love this guitar!

By Bill Shaw

from Phoenix, AZ

Bought this as an early Christmas present to myself, so I have had it about a month now. I had narrowed down my search to a few Martin's, being mostly bluegrass and folk player. I was at my local Guitar Center with a buddy of mine and he picked up a Taylor 814ce and an 816ce to play in the sound room. I could not believe the sound. I played both and we both agreed the 816ce had the best sound and even beat out Martin's in the same price range. The next Martin I found that came even close was about $800 more with no electric pickup. So the choice was easy for me. For my ear and style I play, this was the perfect guitar. It has very rich deep lows, excellent tone on through the mids, and sharp crisp highs. Excellent craftsmanship, fit, and finish. Neck fits the hand perfectly and is extremely smooth offering quick movement up and down the neck. There is nothing I can say negative about this guitar! Do yourself a favor and at least test one out when looking for your next acoustic/electric. I am glad my buddy picked one up and started playing.

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from Cornell, Michigan

Awesome guitar. The fit, finish and quality is second to none I've played Martin and Ovation and this thing sounds so much better. I was so impressed with the sound unplugged but was even more so when playing it plugged in. The rosewood gives a much deeper, richer tone. My old guitar would always "pop" when plugged into the church sound system. With the Taylor Expression system, I had to check to see if the sound system was on after I plugged in as there is no sounds at all (and I use the expensive monster cord in both cases). Excellent instrument and a testament to Taylor quality!

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