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Taylor Builder's Edition 816ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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Partial-cutaway Grand Symphony acoustic-electric with Indian rosewood back and sides and a Lutz spruce top

The Taylor Builder's Edition 816ce acoustic-electric guitar brings together pioneering innovations to deliver an unforgettable playing experience. Blending the responsive Grand Symphony body shape with Taylor's groundbreaking V-Class bracing and an inventive soundport cutaway, this guitar produces a bold, balanced tone with enhanced volume and sustain. The revolutionary ES2 pickup accurately captures the 816ce's organic acoustic voice. With a comfortable short-scale neck, light strings and streamlined body contours, the Builder's Edition 816ce plays with ease while inspiring creativity.

Revolutionary V-Class Bracing Boosts Volume, Sustain and Intonation

At the heart of the 816ce is Taylor's advanced V-Class bracing. This innovative design optimizes the guitar's response, increasing projection and sustain while improving intonation across the fingerboard. Notes ring out with remarkable clarity and consistency. Chords sound fuller and harmonics sing uniformly up and down the neck. V-Class bracing helps you achieve purer pitch, making tuning fast and smooth.

Innovative Soundport Cutaway Provides an Airy, Balanced Tone

Complementing the V-Class braced Grand Symphony body is an inventive soundport cutaway. By incorporating a second, smaller soundhole, this design broadens the guitar's tonal range. Notes remain even and balanced when playing up and down the fingerboard. The soundport cutaway also enhances note separation and articulation. With its robust low-end, the 816ce's voice is powerful yet refined.

Shorter Scale Length and Light Strings Increase Playability

This Builder's Edition 816ce has a 24-7/8" scale length along with light-gage strings. Together, these features dramatically improve comfort and playability compared to traditional Grand Symphony models. Chords and leads flow effortlessly across the slim mahogany neck. The smooth ebony fingerboard invites creativity. The responsive setup makes this acoustic a joy to play during extended practice or performance.

Taylor ES2 Pickup Captures the Guitar's Authentic Acoustic Tone

When amplified through Taylor's ES2 pickup system, the voice of the 816ce shines with stunning accuracy. Strategically positioned behind-the-saddle sensors preserve the guitar's natural dynamic range. The professional-grade preamp provides exceptional amplified tone. Whether on stage or in the studio, the ES2 faithfully conveys the 816ce's acoustic detail and warm rosewood resonance.


  • Lutz spruce top voiced with Taylor's V-Class bracing reveals another compelling side of rosewood
  • Shorter 24-7/8" scale tropical mahogany neck, genuine West African ebony fingerboard and bridge with chamfered body and fretboard edges and beveled armrest for ultimate playing comfort
  • Gotoh 21:1 antique gold tuners with gold buttons, Expression System 2 electronics for a clear and crisp tone, whether playing acoustically or plugged-in
  • Silent Satin finish for a professional, stage-ready look

A must-have for any guitar collection. Order today.


Builder's Edition 816ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Body type: Taylor Grand Symphony
  • Cutaway: Soundport Cutaway
  • Top wood: Solid Lutz Spruce
  • Back & sides: Solid Indian Rosewood
  • Bracing pattern: Taylor V-Class Bracing with Relief Rout
  • Body finish: Silent Satin Finish
  • Orientation: Right-Handed
  • Neck shape: Taylor Standard Profile
  • Nut width: 1-3/4" (44.5 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Genuine West African Ebony
  • Neck wood: Tropical Mahogany
  • Scale length: 24-7/8"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • Pickup/preamp: Expression System 2 Professional Audio-Grade
  • Brand: Taylor
  • Configuration: Behind-the-Saddle Transducer with Adjustable Sensors
  • Preamp EQ: Volume, Active Bass and Treble
  • Feedback filter: Onboard Phase Switch
  • Tuner: None
  • Headstock overlay: Genuine West African Ebony
  • Tuning machines: Gotoh 21:1 Antique Gold Tuners with Gold Buttons
  • Bridge: Genuine West African Ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Micarta "Wave" Saddle; Teflon-Infused Graphite Nut
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Special features: Beveled Armrest, chamfered body and fretboard edges, Silent Satin Finish, Curve Wing bridge, Gotoh 510 tuners
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: USA

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