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Taylor 900 Series 916ce Grand Symphony Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The Taylor 916ce Grand Symphony is a cutaway acoustic-electric guitar that features the classic Sitka spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides t...Click To Read More About This Product

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Taylors top-of-the-line Grand Symphony is truly a masterwork.

The Taylor 916ce Grand Symphony is a cutaway acoustic-electric guitar that features the classic Sitka spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides that produce clarity, balance, sustain, excellent bass response, and wonderful coloration. The Taylor 916ce Grand Symphony is adorned with pearl 900 series fingerboard inlays, ivoroid binding, and an abalone rosette. Equipped with Taylor Expression System electronics and a Venetian cutaway that gives full fretboard access, the 916ce has the tools to shine in any music venue.

Taylor's rarest, high-grade Indian rosewood is reserved for our 900 Series. In fact, every material used on these guitars is premium quality, from the hand-selected Sitka spruce tops to the iridescent pieces of abalone used for the inlay work to the elegant Gotoh tuners. The 900 Series guitars are true Taylor masterworks.

Though you might see similarities to a Grand Auditorium, The Grand Symphony is unique in both sound and shape. Significant changes in its geometry yield a deeper more piano-like bass. A wider lower bout and higher, wider waist return ample volume and low-end sustain in symphony with fuller mids and balanced 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 916ce 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.

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 900 Series
Binding: Ivoroid
Bridge: Ebony
Nut & Saddle: Bone
Tuning Machines: Gotoh 510
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: Standard II (Forward Shifted Pattern With Relief Rout)
Finish: Gloss
Color Options: Natural with Tobacco Edgeburst
Cutaway: Venetian
Electronics: Taylor Expression System
Left-Handed: Available; No Charge
Body Width: 16-1/4"
Body Depth: 4-5/8"
Body Length: 20"
Overall Length: 41"
Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell

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My Dream Guitar

By Blewcrowe

from Bridgeton, NJ

I recently purchased the 916ce. I'm not a pro; just a really serious hobbyist who practices 60-120 minutes a day. This guitar is a dream. It's more than I need, but it's a work of art, has excellent action and rings like a bell when you play it. For some, they'll not justify the extra cost as compared to the 800 series, and for that reason I didn't give it the highest value rating. But for me, from the moment I first read about the Taylor 916ce, I suspected it could be my dream guitar. Once I saw it and played it, I knew it was!

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By BillyG-wfR_p

from Florida/LA

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Wow... what an awesome guitar. I have been a pro player for the past 20 years. I have always played acoustic and in the past I was partial to Ibanez acoustics, I own 8. I swore I would never pay for a Martin or a Taylor. Well I took a lot of heat from my fellow band mates and decided to shop around Taylor guitars. The 916ce is truely an awesome guitar. The sound is incredible, no matter what rig you play it through, and it is insanely easy to play. Aesthetically it is beautiful, truely a work of art. I give 5s around the board, except for value... any guitar over $1000 to me is an investment and a necessary evil for the true professional of the biz.

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