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The Taylor 816ce Builder's Edition pairs a distinctive body design with an immaculate sound for the ultimate playing experience. Built around Taylor's revolutionary V-Class bracing, this Grand Symphony-shaped guitar produces a rich and airy tone with incredible detail, resonance and projection, supported by an Indian rosewood back and sides, and a crisp Lutz spruce top. The 816ce Builder's Edition's eye-catching look derives from its chamfered body and fretboard edges, satin finish and scooped, treble-side soundport cutaway, which gives access to the upper frets without diminishing tone.

V-Class Bracing Unlocks the True Potential of Rosewood

Taylor's V-Class bracing is a fundamental innovation in acoustic guitar design that introduces an entirely new platform for acoustic performance. It boosts volume, sustain, and largely resolves the intonation issues that have long plagued acoustic guitars, creating purer, more orderly notes. The 816ce Builder's Edition has a rootsy personality, emphasizing a fundamental focus that responds directly to a player's attack, while capturing all of rosewood's classic richness. The Grand Symphony body, combined with V-Class bracing and a revolutionary soundport cutaway, delivers a powerful voice with more projection and volume.

A Short Scale and Light Gauge Provide Superior Playability

Considering the ample body dimensions and lung capacity of the Grand Symphony, Taylor made two design choices that improve the playability and responsiveness: using a shorter 24-7/8" scale length and light-gauge strings. The sound and feel of the Builder's Edition 816ce is a completely new approach to the Taylor Grand Symphony, providing a compelling playing experience for guitarists at any level.

Cutting-Edge Electronics Provide a Clear and Accurate Amplified Sound

Taylor's Expression System 2 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. Together with Taylor's custom-designed preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness for performance or recording.

Premium Appointments for a Premium Instrument

The 816ce Builder's Edition ships in a deluxe hardshell case made by Taylor for optimal fit and protection. It features a ebony fingerboard and bridge, bone nut and saddle, chrome tuners, and abalone rosette and fingerboard inlays. With premium tonewoods, innovative engineering and elegant aesthetics, the Taylor 816ce Builder's Edition is an acoustic guitar made to be treasured.

Taylor Builder's Edition 816ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural
Taylor Builder's Edition 816ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural
Taylor Builder's Edition 816ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, and to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to

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  • Body type: Taylor Grand Symphony
  • Cutaway: Soundport Cutaway
  • Top wood: Solid Lutz Spruce
  • Back & sides: Solid Indian Rosewood
  • Bracing pattern: Taylor V-Class Bracing with Relief Rout
  • Body finish: Silent Satin Finish
  • Orientation: Right-Handed
  • Neck shape: Taylor Standard Profile
  • Nut width: 1-3/4" (44.5 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Genuine West African Ebony
  • Neck wood: Tropical Mahogany
  • Scale length: 24-7/8"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • 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
  • Headstock overlay: Genuine West African Ebony
  • Tuning machines: Gotoh 21:1 Antique Gold Tuners with Gold Buttons
  • Bridge: Genuine West African Ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Micarta "Wave" Saddle; Teflon-Infused Graphite Nut
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Special features: Beveled Armrest, chamfered body and fretboard edges, Silent Satin Finish, Curve Wing bridge, Gotoh 510 tuners
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: USA