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The Next Generation of Taylor Tone

Meet Taylor's redesigned, re-voiced 800 Series guitars.

Taylor guitars are some of the most innovative acoustic guitars in the world. Always improving their models, Taylor holds no design sacred. One of the most exciting recent refinements is the completely redesigned 800 series of Taylor acoustic guitars. The 800 series has long been one of Taylor's flagship lines, and it's the perfect place to roll out their latest advances in guitar construction.

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Every new Taylor 800 Series guitar features:

- New Expression System 2 Electronics: Conventional under-saddle acoustic guitar pickups can sound thin and brittle. Taylor's new ES2 system places three pickup sensors just behind the guitar's saddle, barely making contact with it, to capture the saddle's natural back-and-forth range of motion. Three tiny Allen screws calibrate the pressure of the sensors against the saddle. This new positioning enables the piezo crystals to respond more naturally to the guitar's energy.

- New Advanced Performance Bracing: From the large-bodied Grand Symphony and Grand Auditorium models to the parlor-sized Grand Concert, each 800 series guitar's bracing pattern is designed to maximize volume and tone for its specific body shape. No matter which 800 series guitar you pick, it will sound larger than life.

- Dynamic Wood Thickness: Every body shape within the 800 series has a specific wood thickness, helping create the largest and loudest acoustic sound possible from the body's available area. The smaller body designs, such as the Taylor 812e, have thinner top, back and side wood to maximize volume and resonance.

- Protein Glue: Protein glue is very expensive -- and most guitar makers avoid using it. But Taylor's 800 series doesn't cut corners on materials. As protein glue ages, it actually bonds the wood together, enhancing resonance. This allows the entire body of the guitar to sing -- and allows the guitar to mature into an unbelievable tone machine.

- Thin Finish: The finish on the 800 series Taylors is one of the thinnest finishes you will find on any acoustic guitar. At a mere 3.5 mils (that's 3.5 thousandths of an inch) thin, the finish allows the guitar's wood to truly sing and resonate without being bogged down by a heavy coat of finish. Remember, the finish makes the guitar look pretty, but drastically reduces the amount of wood vibration. Less vibration = less tone.

- Updated Design Aesthetics: A slew of stunning appointments sets the 800 series apart. Updates include the rosewood pickguard, with grain orientation in the direction of the picking stroke; 'Element' fingerboard inlay, pale maple binding with back strip, rosewood trim on top and around the abalone rosette, and Taylor nickel hardware.

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