Taylor Fall 2013 Edition 516e Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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Full-bodied tropical mahogany guitar with European spruce top for full-bodied sound with Expression System 2 electronics.

The body style of Taylor's Fall 2013 Edition Grand Symphony matches well with the tonewood pairing of beautiful curly mahogany and European spruce, producing a powerful, warm and sophisticated acoustic voice that suggests a refined take on a bluegrass guitar. Premium touches include tone-enhancing Adirondack spruce CV bracing, figured mahogany edge trim on the soundboard, a rosette of figured mahogany and boxwood, a newly designed “Avian” fretboard inlay in boxwood, rosewood binding, a boxwood peghead logo, Gotoh gold tuners and new Taylor Expression System acoustic electronics. The model features a 2013 Fall Limited Edition label inside the guitar and ships in a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.

Grand Symphony (GS)
Body Length: 20"/Body Width: 16-1/4"/Body Depth: 4-5/8"
Taylor's Grand Symphony shape joined the line in 2006 and delivers a rich, powerful acoustic voice. Think of it as a Grand Auditorium with a turbo boost, thanks to expanded physical dimensions, including a slightly wider waist and a bigger lower bout. Strummers and pickers with a driving attack will love the fullness, volume and sustain. Yet for such a robust voice, the GS is also clear and responsive to fast picking runs or a light fingerstyle touch, so if you’re a dynamic player, this shape is a true contender. And the big voice doesn’t come at the expense of balance. The piano-like bass, meaty midrange, and thick, shimmering highs blend seamlessly. These traits also make the GS a great vehicle for 12-strings. If you like a lush, potent guitar tone that has the horsepower to compete with other acoustic cannons out there, the GS shape is a worthy choice.


  • Shape: Grand Symphony
  • Number of Strings: 6
  • Scale length: 25-1/2"
  • Body Length: 20"
  • Body Width: 16-1/4"
  • Body Depth: 4-5/8"
  • Neck Width: 1-3/4"
  • Bracing: CV Bracing with Relief Rout
  • Back/Side Wood: Tropical Mahogany
  • Top Wood: European Spruce
  • Electronics: Expression System 2
  • Cutaway: None
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
  • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony
  • Fretboard Inlay: None
  • Headstock Overlay: Ebony
  • Binding: Indian Rosewood
  • Bridge Inlay: None
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony
  • Tuners: Gotoh
  • Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
  • Back/Side Finish: Gloss
  • Top Finish: Gloss
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Armrest Binding: None
  • Back Config: Two-piece No Wedge
  • Backstrap Wood:None
  • Backstrap Finish: None
  • Brand of Strings: Elixir Medium
  • Buttons: Gold
  • Edge Trim: None
  • Fingerboard Ext: None
  • Fretboard Binding: Indian Rosewood
  • Heel Cap Binding: Indian Rosewood
  • Heel length: 3-1/2"
  • Peghead Finish: Gloss
  • Peghead Inlay: None
  • Peghead Binding: Indian Rosewood
  • Peghead Logo: Taylor Mother-of-Pearl
  • Peghead Type: Standard
  • Rosette Size: Single Ring
  • Stain/Sunburst: Medium Brown Stain
  • Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
  • Wedge: None
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell, Brown

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