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Taylor 816ce Builder's Edition

   
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6-string Acoustic Guitar with Lutz Spruce Top, Indian Rosewood Back and Sides, and Taylor ES2 Electronics - Natural
This is the one that blew us all away at the NAMM Show and we were anticipating greatly to get to play her again. The sound that comes from this body is rather amazing and shocking. There is a sweetness that is produces as well as an almost three dimensional sonic landscape that is created. We almost feel as though there is sound coming from behind our right ear as well as pushing forward.  The Builder's Edition guitars our master luthier Andy Powers dream instruments and he hand builds the prototypes until he reaches the level of what he considers to be the best acoustic platform available. We were personally blown away by the rosewood on this piece as there is some gorgeous streaking and great colorizations in the grain. Upon playing her we were again blown away as we were at NAMM. This instrument easily fills the room and the redesigned Grand Symphony guitar from Taylor has a slight cut in the treble side giving a warmer pull to the typically bright spruce and rosewood combo Taylors.

The Taylor 816ce Builder’s Edition acoustic guitar pairs a distinctive body design with an immaculate sound for the ultimate playing experience. Built around Taylor’s innovative V-Class bracing, this Grand Symphony-sized guitar produces a rich and airy orchestral tone with incredible detail, resonance, and projection, supported by an Indian Rosewood back and sides and a crisp Lutz spruce top. The 816ce Builder’s Edition’s eye-catching look derives from its chamfered body and fretboard edges, satin finish, and scooped, treble-side soundport cutaway, which gives access to the upper frets without diminishing tone. Cutting-edge Taylor Expression System 2 electronics provide a clear and accurate amplified sound along with feedback control for an ideal gigging instrument.


  • Grand Symphony-sized acoustic guitar
  • Indian rosewood back and sides and Lutz spruce top
  • Taylor V-Class bracing
  • Soundport cutaway
  • Chamfered body and fretboard edges
  • Shorter 24-7/8th-inch scale neck
  • Curve Wing bridge and Gotoh tuners
  • Taylor Expression System 2 electronics