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Taylor 816ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar (with Case)

Immerse yourself in the full-bodied sound that only Sitka spruce and Indian rosewood can produce. A Florentine cutaway adds flair to your stage presence. Rate and review this product
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Taylor 816ce Grand Symphony Natural Gloss
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Features: What it does for you:
Sitka spruce top Projects rich, crisp and responsive tone
East Indian rosewood back and sides Rich low end; smooth mids; articulate highs
Ebony fretboard Delivers strong high-midrange and crisp treble
Taylor Expression System 2 pickups Captures dynamic range of acoustic sound

Taylor 816ce Grand Symphony Acoustic

The Taylor 816ce Acoustic-Electric Guitar features a Grand Symphony body shape which is ideal for strummers of all types, producing a rich, strong voice.

The Sitka Spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides for classic response with great warmth, clarity and projection. The Expression System 2 (ES2) with proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup yields remarkable acoustic dynamics when plugged in. Premium 800-series appointments include maple binding and back strip, rosewood top edge trim and rosewood pickguard.

New Element inlay on the marbled ebony fingerboard

Guided by the design strokes of luthier Andy Powers and the manufacturing expertise of Bob Taylor, Taylor has re-conceived its flagship 800 Series, infusing it with a sweeping array of tone-enhancing refinements. Virtually every element of the guitar's material construction was optimized: bracing, wood thicknesses, glues, finish, strings and acoustic electronics, topped off with a refreshed design aesthetic. The end result is the perfect type of musical celebration: a more inspiring playing experience.

The resulting tonal distinctions between each shape, Bob Taylor feels, are far from subtle. "I think players will really enjoy experiencing these new guitars and comparing different models," he says. "In a way, there's a rebirth of every one of them."

Expression System 2 (ES2)

The heart of the ES2 is Taylor's proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup, 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 pro audio-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and response.

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 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.

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- Shape: Grand Symphony
- Number of Strings: 6
- Back/Side Wood: Indian Rosewood
- Scale length: 25-1/2 inches
- Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
- Body Length: 20 inches
- Electronics: Expression System 2
- Body Width: 16 1/4 inches
- Cutaway: Florentine
- Body Depth: 4 5/8 inches
- Nut and Saddle: Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
- Neck Width: 1-3/4 inches
- Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
- Bracing: Advanced Performance with Relief Rout
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Fingerboard Inlay: Element
- Headstock Overlay: Ebony
- Binding: Maple .080 inch
- Bridge Pins: Ebony with Abalone Dots
- Tuners: Taylor Nickel
- Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
- Back/Side Finish: Gloss 3.5
- Top Finish: Gloss 3.5
- Neck Finish: Satin
- Pickguard: Rosewood
- Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
- Frets: 20
- Brand of Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light
- Buttons: Nickel
- Edge Trim: Indian Rosewood
- Fingerboard Binding: Maple
- Heel Cap Binding: Maple
- Heel length: 3-1/2 inches
- Peghead Finish: Gloss
- Peghead Binding: Maple
- Peghead Logo: Taylor Mother of Pearl
- Peghead Type: Standard
- Rosette Material: Abalone
- Rosette Size: Single Ring
- Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 23 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 47 x 21 x 8 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 816ce-Flor
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-943-6782
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