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Taylor 800 Series 816ce Grand Symphony Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar   

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This grand symphony has it all - quality, beauty, and unsurpassed tone.

The Taylor 816ce Grand Symphony acoustic-electric guitar features the classic combination of a Sitka spruce top with Indian rosewood back and sides to create its remarkably well-balanced, open tone. As with other Grand Symphony models, the 816ce has a very balanced output from top to bottom. Bass notes are strong and tightly focused. The midrange is complex and harmonically rich while retaining articulation. Treble notes ring out with clarity tempered by the warmth of the rosewood. MOP 800 series fingerboard inlays, deluxe maple binding, and an intricately designed abalone rosette offer visuals to match this guitar's formidable sound. The Taylor Expression System electronics are worthy of the 816ce's unplugged sound, faithfully transmitting it to your amp or the venue's audio system. The Venetian cutaway gives complete access to the fingerboard during those high-note solos.While this Grand Symphony guitar has similarities to Taylor's Grand Auditorium models, it has its own distinct sound and shape. The body profile brings out slightly emphasized bass response. The broader lower bout and a higher, fuller waist produce high volume that sustains bass notes while creating complex mids and sweetly tempered highs.Designed to faithfully reproduce your guitar's native tone, the Expression System utilizes patented Dynamic Sensors to capture top and string vibration like never before. Created in partnership with renowned audio pioneer, Rupert Neve, the Taylor ES is seamlessly integrated into the design of the guitar from the ground up. Onboard tone controls provide added flavor, or set flat for an uncolored, exceptionally clean amplified sound.The finish used to create the Taylor 816ce guitar's lustrous gloss top, back, and sides was developed at Taylor for maximum durability and resistance to cold-checking. This ultraviolet-cured finish is also more environmentally friendly than traditional lacquer finishes.

FEATURES
  • Type/Shape: 6-String Grand Symphony
  • Back & Sides: Indian rosewood
  • Top: Sitka spruce
  • Soundhole Rosette: Abalone
  • Neck: Tropical American mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Fretboard Inlay: Pearl 800 Series
  • Headstock overlay: Indian rosewood
  • Binding: Maple
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Gold-plated Taylor Tuners
  • Strings: Elixir Medium Gauge Strings with NANOWEB Coating
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2"
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Neck Width at Nut: 1-3/4"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Fretboard Radius: 15 Inches
  • Bracing: CV (Sitka Spruce with Relief Rout)
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Color Options: Natural with Tobacco Edgeburst
  • Cutaway: Venetian
  • Electronics: Taylor Expression System
  • Left-Handed: Available; No Charge
  • Body Width: 17"
  • Body Depth: 4-5/8"
  • Body Length: 21"
  • Overall Length: 42"
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Taylor800 Series 816ce Grand Symphony Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No greater sound

By Taylor816ce

from Undisclosed

Comments about Taylor 800 Series 816ce Grand Symphony Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have played high end guitars throughout my life always working towards being able to have one that I could enjoy playing AND listening to. It always just seemed that I couldn't find that balance between the two. As for this site, there is no other better support and service, trust me I know. I have spent thousands and thousands at a very well known national guitar chain. Always just for the same "I don't care/I don't want to be here" attitude. I gave up on them and now I understand what I was missing. Love my guitar and love this website.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is the finest instrument I've ever played

By Kenny Rose

from Florida

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Comments about Taylor 800 Series 816ce Grand Symphony Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

The Taylor expression system amplifies the guitar in it's true voice. But not plugged in is where this instrument really shines. It's rich full lows and clear crisp highs are unbeleivable!
The sound and fell of this guitar is amazing.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

WOW! You definitely get what you pay for....

By Pastor Gumby

from Boonton, NJ

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Comments about Taylor 800 Series 816ce Grand Symphony Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I'm loving this instrument! It is leap from a 414 CE that i own - which is light, and resonant, but compresses when played hard. The 816 CE is heavier," denser- even utilizing ""medium"" elixir strings- but you get what you pay for; Incredible tone", piano like bass, wow!
A beautifully and elegantly appointed guitar! I love the Indian Rosewood & Sitka Spruce combo, sweet,warm, powerful projection through the grand symphony body.

The Expression system keeps it simple,and gives you a balanced sound when plugged in!
I love the delicate pearl inlays on the fretboard and abalone rosette purfling around the sound hole," and the maple binding tracing the shapre of the guitar!
A work of art! Flawless and amazing to play!
I gave it an ""8"" for value", as this is a pricey guitar... but it's well worth it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Good Guitar

By Mike the jazz guitarist

from Frisco, Texas

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Comments about Taylor 800 Series 816ce Grand Symphony Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I considered Martin and Taylor when in the market for a good quality acoustic-electric. I found what I wanted in the Taylor 816ce. Small and light, this guitar sounds like a big dreadnought. I especially like the resonance of the bass strings. Another item that I appreciated was the playability of the neck which is fairly thin. The setup on the guitar I received was perfect out of the box. I recommend this guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

816ce Grand Symphony Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

By Corey

from undisclosed

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Comments about Taylor 800 Series 816ce Grand Symphony Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Fantastic.
This guitar is literally a piece of art! It not only looks beautiful, but it sounds amazing! The materials, the finish and the workmanship are the best I've ever seen. I'm particularly impressed with the maple bindings, the abalone rosette inlay and the finish... gorgeous!

The sound this guitar produces blows me away every time I play it. The piano like tones and sustain are, again, the best I've ever heard.

I love this guitar and would not hesitate to make this kind of investment in a Taylor product again, if I had it to do over.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Guitar

By cc-M5Pi5

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Comments about Taylor 800 Series 816ce Grand Symphony Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Hi..I just ordered an 816ce after trying many, Martins and Taylors. The 400s did not have it, thought the 300s were better at least they are bold, so if you are trying to be heard in a loud band, the 300s may do the trick (with less lows and less feedback as well). A X16 at same or similar price to a X14 is well worth it. Do not buy an x14 until you have played an x16, really. The sound is much better on every x16 (vs x14)series I tried. They x16s I tried had Elixir coated medium strings and x14s had lights (.13 vs .12), so little difference to my fingers, but maybe it made a difference in the extra lows and richer sound. I may switch to Elixer coated lights later. The x16 is just slightly larger than x14, hard to even see it when side by side or back to back. So maybe its the size or shape that makes the extra sound, and it was very noticeable. If you are lazy (like me) and rest your arm on top, it is actually better for a person of small frame (5' 8/9' like me). My hand lined up with strings and sound hole better. The 816 is a really great guitar...Hard to find fault with such a nice instrument, but hear goes..I guess they do not really offer Brazilian Rosewood anymore, the Indian Rosewood sounds somewhat similar, but does not look as nice. Would have been nice if they could have squeezed one more tiny hole on top a tuner display. I though the 2399 cost SDM was kind of steep for a guitar, but a very nice guitar. To the best of my knowledge, Indian Rose wood is not any more scare than other cheaper taylor woods, so I gues they are just getting what they can cause they know we want it. Be great if Taylor would offer some narrower necks, like Martin, but I still got the Taylor, so what does that say? Oh the ES is amazing, sound is so real (unlike some of the new tech ones that blend in recorder sounds), feed back (so far) was not an issue (but if playing in a big noisy band seriously consider the 300 series). With the rose wood (800 series) and the ES, the lows come out even more than if it is just acoustic (when played flat all around an no effects), really nice system. I mean wow, the difference with an amp from the 800s to the 300s is very clear. If I played out in a band I may have got a 300, but all they had was 315ce, jumbo, and it was just a little too big for a small person like me. I hope my 816ce lasts!

 
5.0

Best Acoustic Guitar for a hard strummer

By Big Rand

from Traverse City MI

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Pros

  • BEAUTIFUL
  • Comfortable to play
  • Lots of bass
  • Wonderfull Neck Profile

Cons

  • Expression Sytem Ok

Best Uses

  • Professional Or Hobbyist

Comments about Taylor 800 Series 816ce Grand Symphony Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have owned the following Taylors: 315ce, 314ce T-5, NS34. Of all the Taylors I have owned, this is by far the best sounding. I almost bought a Gibson J-200 as I am a hard strummer, but I'm glad I bought the Taylor. Beautiful guitar to play as well as look at. Nice deep bass, great mids, and clear and crisp highs. The only thing I would like to see, is for Taylor to put a little more Mid EQ control. Without an external EQ, the guitar (like all expression system guitars), is a bit nasaly in the mid range for my taste. To scoop the mids, you have to boost the highs and boost the lows. Minor concern though if you use a quality parametric EQ as I do. I will be keeping this guitar! Also, Taylor does not make a soft case for the 16 body size, but a Gator Dreadnaught soft case fits perfect!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

RIDICULOUS

By zman43

from Cincinniti, OH

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Comments about Taylor 800 Series 816ce Grand Symphony Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitat is just amazing. I have a Washburn that I thought was nice, but this think is just absolutely fantastic. Not trying to go over the top, but I can't recommend this guitar enough. No matter how hard you strum, there is no buzz. Sounds just as good plugged in, too.

 
5.0

TAYLOR 816 CE

By guitaraholoic

from new york

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Comments about Taylor 800 Series 816ce Grand Symphony Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

What a great guitar. I had mine set up with medium elixers. Wonderful balanced tone, great resonant bottom, clear midrange and sweet highs. Beautiful maple bindings look stunning against the dark rosewood. Excellent matching of top and back woods. This guitar has the sound like a guitar that has opened up after 10 or 12 years. If it sounds this good already I can't wait to see how it will sound as it ages. I've been playing over forty years and can only describe the sound as very rich.
The expression system is second to none, it give you a true reproduction of the guitars natural sound. Scott at the reserve shop was excellent, a pleasure to deal with.
yes it is expensive, but you get what you pay for. Your ears will confirm that.

 
5.0

This is the Best of the Best!

By Cope-Acga.

from Cincinnati Ohio

Comments about Taylor 800 Series 816ce Grand Symphony Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have the tabaco finish and I love the looks. It also has a sound second to none. I have owned Martins, Gibsons and Taylors, and this one walks away with the gold. I traded in my Taylor 710ce which had replaced my Martin D28, but the 710 had to go when I played the 816. I love the fast neck and beutiful body. No one will be touching my new toy. I have been playing for over 20 years and with 8 guitars in my studio this one is great for recording and playing out. It costs alittle more but it was money well spent.

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