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Taylor 600 Series 616ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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For a while maple might have been a bit misrepresented in the acoustic world, developing a reputation for being too bright for some, and lacking the ...Click To Read More About This Product
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Innovations in voicing and construction to make the Grand Symphony richer than ever.
For a while maple might have been a bit misrepresented in the acoustic world, developing a reputation for being too bright for some, and lacking the richer character of other classic tonewoods. But historically, maple has actually been one of the classic tonewoods for other stringed instruments in the violin family. Taylor has revoiced its maple 600s to re-introduce its true voice to guitar players, and the results have been amazing. If you have preconceptions about maple, check them at the door, because these guitars deliver plenty of the warmth, depth, richness and sustain your ears crave in an acoustic guitar, without losing the clarity and transparency that allows maple to reflect the player and fit into a mix with other instruments.
Compared to the Taylor Grand Auditorium, the Grand Symphony has a bigger, rounder lower bout and slightely wider "waist" area, and the bigger sound board (top) means more tonal output. Expect a meaty lower midrange and strong treble shimmer. A GS is best if you want a guitar with a robust low end, strong volume when strumming or flatpicking, and clear articulation in response to light fingerpicking attack.
A guitar's top is the primary filter and distributor of vibrating string energy through the guitar, which means it has a huge impact on its sound. Sitka Spruce is the most prevalent guitar top wood of the modern era. It blends stiffness and elasticity in just the right proportions which translates into broad dynamic range with crisp articulation. 600 Series guitars feature a special seasoning process for the spruce top called torrefaction, a method of roasting the wood to produce an aged tonal character with greater acoustic resonance and responsiveness. Traditionally known for having a focused tone with a fast note decay that cuts through a mix, our maple (back and sides) guitars have been voiced to produce greater warmth, complexity, volume, sustain and responsiveness, while retaining maple’s naturally clear, linear qualities. The clarity of the high end is still there, but the bottom end has been extended. The result is a more multi-dimensional sound that gives players the kind of musical versatility of other classic tonewoods, making our maple models a compelling choice as a primary guitar, not just a stage guitar. Our maple guitars are voiced to be very reflective of the player’s technique, so a player with a dynamic playing style or someone who likes to vary their picking attack will appreciate how easily those playing nuances come through in the tonal response.
Expression System 2
Taylor's ES2 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. Because the pickup doesn't sit under the saddle, the bottom of the saddle comes in full contact with the bridge, allowing all the nuance of the guitar's tone to come through clearly whether playing acousticly or plugged-in. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before while playing plugged-in. Together with Taylor’s custom-designed “professional audio”-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar. The Taylor Expression System 2 operates through a proprietary 9-volt battery compartment and easy-to-use volume, and active bass and treble controls.
Premium features and appointments include: custom-calibrated wood thicknesses/bracing for each body shape, torrified top, hand-rubbed Brown Sugar stain (back and sides), protein glue (bracing and bridge), grained ivoroid purfling, ebony backstrap with grained ivoroid "wings" inlay, side braces, and a striped ebony pickguard.
The Taylor Difference
What sets Taylor Guitars apart? Unmatched build quality, the most stable and playable necks, a vast array of tonal options, eco-conscious and ethically-sourced raw materials, and a lifetime of service and support.
Body type: Taylor Grand Symphony
Top wood: Solid Torrified Sitka Spruce
Back & sides: Solid Maple
Bracing pattern: 600 Series Advanced Performance Sitka Grand Symphony Bracing w/Relief Rout
Body finish: Gloss 3.5 with Hand-Rubbed Brown Sugar Stain (Back/Sides/Neck)
Neck shape: Standard Taylor Profile
Nut width: 1.75 in. (44.5 mm)
Fingerboard: Genuine African Ebony
Neck wood: Solid Hard Rock Maple
Scale length: 25.5 in.
Number of frets: 20
Neck finish: Satin
Configuration: Behind-the-Saddle Transducer with Adjustable Sensors
Preamp EQ: 2-Band
Feedback filter: Phase
Headstock overlay: Genuine African Ebony
Tuning machines: Taylor Nickel Tuners with Nickel Buttons
Bridge: Genuine African Ebony
Saddle & nut: Micarta "Wave" Saddle; Tusq Nut
Number of strings: 6
Special features: Numerous; see "Other Features" above
Case: Taylor Deluxe Hard Shell Case
Country of origin: United States
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Comments about Taylor 600 Series 616ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
I've been dreaming of owning a Taylor since HS. Finally being in the financial position to purchase my dream guitar, I spent a lot of time going to local shops to play Taylor, Guild, Gibson, and Martin guitars. I was focused on an acoustic electric cutaway that sounded good in drop tunings. Every Taylor I picked up spoke to me. I could not find a single Martin or Gibson that had the same effect. I was really torn between the 814CE, 816CE, and 616CE, all of which are works of art in design and craftsmanship. The real difference came when I put these guitars in drop tunings. The 814ce and 816ce felt too bright and unbalanced when playing Bon Iver, for example. The 616ce, however, felt darker, but definitely balanced. It had the typical Taylor brightness, balanced with a little more low end than other models.