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Taylor 816ce Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Case

Experience the best in Taylor craftsmanship with the 816ce acoustic-electric. Its Grand Symphony body shape creates deep low-end response and crisp highs. (3) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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What's special about this product?
Features: What it does for you:
Grand Symphony body shape Robust, strong bass balanced by clear articulation
Indian rosewood back and sides Articulate mids, big lows and smooth highs
Sitka spruce top Projects rich, crisp and responsive tone
Taylor Expression System pickups Innovative multiple pickup system on-board
Visually, the Taylor 816ce acoustic-electric guitar is an instrument of subtle beauty, that reveals its numerous luxurious appointments upon closer inspection. Its voice, however, simply must be heard to be believed. It shimmers with rich and complex overtones, to which its thick Grand Symphony body lends tons of throw and range. The Taylor 816ce has a Venetian-style cutaway, with fret access up through the 17th. Taylor's Expression System, designed in collaboration with Rupert Neve, gives you a great way to amplify your guitar quickly and dial up a great sound in plugged-in situations.

An Entire Symphony in a Single Guitar

The Grand Symphony shape itself was designed to bring out extra power from Taylor's popular Grand Auditorium design. Its dimensions are only slightly greater than the GA, but by placing these expansions in the right places, Taylor has created a guitar with considerably more throw and punch. The fullness and sustain on this instrument will amaze you the first time you strum a chord. This guitar doesn't sacrifice anything by way of bass, however. Its low end is thick and meaty, with unmatched definition on the low E string. Like all Taylor guitars, its strong voice is supported by a bracing system that balances its tone perfectly across its entire frequency spectrum. The sound has been described as "lush" and "potent" -- and if you play one, you'll find out why readers of Guitar Player magazine voted the 816ce the overall Best Acoustic-Electric back in 2009!

A Revolutionary Acoustic-Electric System

The Expression System was another of Taylor's great innovations. In collaboration with the legendary audio engineer Rupert Neve, Taylor was able to create an internal preamp capable of reproducing the Taylor's incredible natural sound -- but without adding the noise or coloration created by most drop-in pickup systems. Taylor did so with a hybrid system that functions more like a series of tiny microphones. Multiple body sensors, inserted into critical points inside the guitar, work together to deliver a complete and accurate acoustic image. The ES's brilliance is completed with an audiophile-grade Class A preamp with 2-way Bass/Treble EQ and balanced line output! This makes an excellent way to work with your guitar in the studio. It is powered with a 9-volt battery.

Beauty in the Details

The Taylor 816ce's gorgeous curly maple binding and unique diamond-like dot fretboard inlays make for a guitar that is elegant, but doesn't try to hide its own luxury. Its sheen is completed with a set of super-high-quality gold-plated tuners.

Features:

- Grand Symphony with Venetian-style cutaway
- Indian Rosewood back and sides
- Sitka Spruce Top
- Tropical Mahogany Neck and Heel
- Taylor Expression System for electric playing
- Curly Maple Binding
- Ebony Fretboard Wood
- Diamond-style Fretboard Inlay
- Tortoise Pickguard
- Indian Rosewood Headstock Overlay
- Black Bridge Pins
- Tusq Nut and Saddle
- Taylor Gold Tuners
- Indian Rosewood Truss Rod Cover
- Hard bag included

The Taylor 816ce acoustic-electric guitar is one the most beautiful and finely crafted instruments made by this great American company. Its rosewood back and sides and style pay tribute to some of the first rosewood instruments that Bob Taylor ever built -- while also adopting some of the great design innovations that Bob has introduced since then.

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Taylor Guitars products.
- Shape: Grand Symphony
- Back/Side Wood: Indian Rosewood
- Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
- Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
- Electronics: ES(R)
- 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
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-943-6782

Product Description

The Taylor 816ce is part of the flagship acoustic-electric series, a line which traces back to Bob Taylor's first rosewood guitars, which helped establish a modern acoustic guitar sound. Contemporary appointments on the 816ce include curly maple binding and a pearl fretboard inlay, which together add a splash of refined style.
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Overall: This guitar is fantastic!
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Overall: Having been an owner/steward of several different makes of guitars, I'm reasonably comfortable in stating this will be the last acoustic guitar I ever have to buy. What an incredible instrument. The fit, finish, construction and material is top-of-the-line. It arrived from zZounds in perfect shape...no set-up needed. The only thing I didn't care for (and this is a subjective thing involving personal taste) were the Elixer Strings that came with the guitar. Being old-school, while treated strings may last longer, they just don't resonate like untreated strings. I've already gone through a half-dozen different brands trying to settle in on a sound. So far (interestingly enough) a set of Martin SP .11 gauge 80/20 strings sound the best. I guess that's my point. No matter how well made and beautiful this guitar is, if it didn't sound righteous across the sound spectrum, then what's the point of spending $3,000.00? Unlike the 210ce which excelled at the high end of tonality, this baby has it all. The lows are low, the mids are not washed out and the highs are high. The ES system sounds like aural warmth. This is a keeper. Just like my other Taylor guitars, I only expect the sound to get better as it gets broken in and loses it's cherry. The action is fantastic and is a wonderful instrument to rock and worship with. That it's made in the USA is cabbage on the corned beef. I fell in love with this ax in a Guitar Center showroom. zZounds made ownership of this guitar possible with their payment plans. One suggestion, it's high time Taylor figured a way to incorporate a low profile on board tuner. Excelsior!
Style of Music: Praise & Worship, Rock N' roll, R & B
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