Taylor has a reputation for building guitars to extremely high standards, and the Taylor 516ce Electro Acoustic Guitar is no exception. It is built using tonewoods of the highest quality, playing host to a wealth of beautiful finishing touches, while including Taylor’s intelligent Expression System electronics.
The Taylor 516ce is built using the Grand Symphony body shape, which was introduced in 2006 and has rapidly become a highly desired and sought after design. The Grand Symphony offers up a rich, powerful acoustic voice, without the dreadnought boom. The wider lower bout on the body helps to deliver a richly textured and full-bodied sound - responsive to the lightest of touches - with a very wide dynamic range. Whether you prefer to attack the strings with a fast picking or strumming style, or prefer to play with a deft fingerstyle technique, the 516ce can produce delightfully lush tones.
The back and sides of the 516ce are built using Tropical Mahogany, a dense tonewood that delivers a very bright and punchy low-end. Combined with the Grand Symphony shape it throws forth a full-bodied that is full of character.
The top wood is built using Sitka Spruce which as Taylor have said, “…is the tonewood standard of the modern era.” It has the enviable combination of strength and elasticity. Sitka Spruce also deliver richly textured highs, which compliments the mahogany to give the 516ce a diverse tonal range from a deep, throbbing low-end through snappy mids to crisp highs.
The body includes a smooth venetian cutaway that gives greater access to the upper frets, so the full tonal range of the guitar is within very easy reach.
Taylor have done their utmost to ensure that the unique acoustics and timbre of the guitar are as closely represented as possible, whether it is plugged-in or played acoustically. To guarantee this, Taylor spent several years working in collaboration with renowned audio pioneer Rupert Neve to design and perfect their groundbreaking Expression System ® (ES).
The ES is an all-magnetic acoustic guitar pickup that sits near the soundboard, which acts like a microphone to a produce an exact representation of the acoustics of the guitar. The ES is incredibly simple to command by using the onboard system comprised of three simple controls – volume, bass, treble. These control knobs have been designed to be discrete enough not to interfere with the aesthetic of the guitar yet be easily located for quick adjustment.
Every effort has gone into delivering a guitar that looks as impeccable as it sounds. The 516ce has a wonderfully bright and natural appearance thanks to the high gloss coating, which allows the character of the wood to shine through. It is durable enough to prevent unwanted marking of the body, but it's thin enough to allow the soundboard to resonate without being impeded.
Ivoroid binding protects the edging of the body, fretboard and head to give a beautiful finish of reassuring quality. The strings are securely fastened using stylish yet rugged Taylor tuners in chrome, while a Tusq nut and saddle marries the strings beautifully to the body. A delightful tortoise coloured pickguard protects the lower edge of the body from unwanted scratches or nicks.
Manufacturer Taylor Model 516ce Electro Acoustic Guitar Top Material Solid Sitka Spruce Back & Side Material Tropical Mahogany Fingerboard Material Ebony Body Shape Grand Symphony Cutaway Colour Natural Pickups Taylor Expression System 2 Guitar Size Full Number of Strings 6 Tuners Chrome Scale Length 25-1/2" Binding White Bridge Ebony Nut & Saddle Tusq Truss Rod Adjustable Pickguard Tortoise
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