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Taylor 316ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The Taylor 316ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar offers the richness of the solid-wood acoustic experience. Sapele shares mahog...Click To Read More About This Product

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A bold guitar with a Sitka spruce top, sapele back and sides, and Taylor Expression System electronics.

The Taylor 316ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar offers the richness of the solid-wood acoustic experience. Sapele shares mahogany™s lively tonal response and, together with a gloss-finish Sitka spruce top, rings out with a brightness and clarity that give these guitars a definitive Taylor voice. Black binding flanks sapele™s ribbon-like grain, with large pearl fretboard dots adding a traditional touch.

Grand Symphony (GS)
Body Width: 15" / Body Depth: 4-3/8" / Body Length: 19-1/2"
The ultimate Taylor strummer.

The Grand Symphony shape joined the line in 2006 and delivers Taylor™s boldest, richest acoustic voice. Think of it as a Grand Auditorium with a turbo boost, thanks to expanded physical dimensions, including a slightly wider waist and a bigger lower bout. Strummers and pickers with a driving attack will love the fullness, volume and sustain. Yet for such a robust voice, the GS is also clear and responsive to fast picking runs or a light fingerstyle touch, so if you'e a dynamic player, this shape is a true contender. And the big voice doesn™t come at the expense of balance. The piano-like bass, meaty midrange, and thick, shimmering highs blend seamlessly. If you like a lush, potent guitar tone that has the horsepower to compete with other acoustic cannons out there, the GS shape is a worthy choice.

Origin: West Africa
An alternative tonewood that joined the Taylor fold over a decade ago. It™s sometimes mistakenly referred to as African mahogany because it closely resembles the West African wood khaya, which is commercially known as African mahogany. Sapele is a highly sustainable, relatively fast-growing wood. Tonally, it does everything that mahogany does, with a little extra treble zing. Taylor will be able to offer it for a long, long time.

Expression System
Natural Sound Made Simple
People love the clear, full acoustic tone of their Taylors. Why should it be any different when they plug in? That™s why Taylor spent several years developing their own onboard acoustic pickup and preamp. Taylor™s ground-breaking Expression System (ES) was designed to naturally amplify the warm acoustic sound of your guitar.

The ES is an all-magnetic acoustic guitar pickup system that works like a microphone to produce a pure signal and a warm, natural acoustic sound. When you plug in, you'll hear the sound of your guitar, not the sound of the pickup. No complicated controls. No tone simulators. Just a clean amplified acoustic guitar sound supported by three simple controls ” volume, bass and treble.

Breakthrough Technology
Years of research brought a simple realization: Nothing sounds as true and musical as a microphone. With that as a starting point, Taylor™s David Hosler led the team responsible for the Expression System's breakthrough technology. Utilizing a unique Dynamic Body Sensor mounted to the soundboard, a Dynamic String Sensor embedded beneath the fretboard, and a discrete preamp, the advanced ES technology is unlike any other guitar pickup system.

Integrated Design
The ES was designed in-house, alongside our acoustic guitars, which allowed Taylor to build the ES seamlessly into the design of the guitar, for an integrated pickup system unlike any other. From the design and location of the body and string sensors to the voicing of the preamp, the ES is fully optimized for the Taylor sound. The elegant design, including the non-intrusive control knobs, also preserves the aesthetic of a Taylor guitar.

  • Shape: Grand Symphony
  • Back/Side Wood: Sapele
  • Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
  • Electronics: ES
  • Bracing: Forward Shifted Pattern with Relief Rout
  • Binding: Black
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony
  • Fretboard Inlay: 4mm Dots
  • Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Bridge Inlay: None
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq
  • Tuners Taylor Chrome
  • Truss Rod Cover: Indian Rosewood
  • Back/Side Finish: Satin
  • Top Finish: Gloss
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Cutaway: Venetian
  • Pickguard: Tortoise
  • Taylor hardshell case

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Taylor316ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


very nice well rounded guitar

By 6string

from WI


  • Balanced Tone
  • Comfortable
  • Easy to play
  • Great Strummer
  • Sounds Good Plugged In
  • Very Dynamic


    Best Uses

    • Good Finger Style Guitar
    • Great Rhythm Guitar

    Comments about Taylor 316ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I bout the Taylor 316ce a year a go to use as a rhythm guitar. And it really excels in that area. It is one loud and proud guitar. I had a Taylor 410ce and I wanted something more comfortable and with a little more shimmer on top. The 316 is much more comfortable to play sitting down and in my opinion has a nicer tonal balance than the 410ce for my playing. Both guitars are similar when playing finger style as far as the amount of effort is needed to play finger style, due to the medium strings. I have a 514 and 914 and with there smaller body and light strings, they are much more finger style friendly. But the 316ce is an excellent well rounded guitar that has great tone and will fit many playing styles well. I even gave some slide a try. man what a blast! While the 316ce is not a cheep guitar, it is a better guitar than its price would suggest.

    (1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


    Full Body for sure, but......

    By Mike Moody

    from USA


    • Easy to play
    • Electronics
    • Great looking
    • low end
    • Wonder Fit And Finish


    • Finicky
    • Setup

    Best Uses

    • Strumming

    Comments about Taylor 316ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Well, I first bought a Martin D35 and loved it but it was a bit difficult to play. It just felt old fashioned. I traded it in for the 316CE and wow what a difference. The Taylor's neck is enough all by itself to sell me on this guitar but then I strummed it and it had a very similar low end to the D35. Recently however, I've found myself playing my old Seagull S6 more often. I stopped and tried to figure out why that was. The bottom line is the s6 has an incredible setup and it's just easier to play. So I took my 316 to the local luthier and they did an ok job with it. It seems like the Taylor needs to be tuned more than I thought it would. Yes, I keep it in a cabinet that is controlled for humidity, the same cabinet also houses my Seagull and it doesn't need tuning as often. Also, it seems like the 5th and 6th strings are a bit dead. I recently changed them and it has helped some but I still keep going back to that darn Seagull. Don't get me wrong, when the Taylor is plugged in, it sounds awesome. The best thing I can say about the electronics is through a clean channel, it sounds just like it should. Anyway, the bottom line is I think this is the best Taylor I've played but that dang Seagull just calls to me.......

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    All Around Amazing

    By willschmid97

    from Minneapolis, MN

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    • All solid woods
    • American Made
    • Beautiful top
    • Expression System pickup
    • Great tone
    • LOUD
    • Plays like a dream


    • none

    Best Uses

    • Alternative
    • Country
    • Fingerstyle
    • Flatpicking
    • Folk
    • Jazz
    • New Age
    • Strumming

    Comments about Taylor 316ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Taylor makes amazing guitars - and this one isn't an exception. What a wonderful axe, plays like a dream, all solid woods, and sounds great! I don't own a better guitar.

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