The outstanding reputation that Taylor has built with regard to the fine instruments they produce, has been through tireless dedication to perfecting their craft. The 816e electro-acoustic guitar is a perfect example of what they're capable of; combining superb tonewoods, solid build quality and an electronics system that compliments the timbre of the guitar excellently, to create a sublime instrument that is studio and stage ready. The 816e is shaped to the Grand Symphony body, serving up a powerful acoustic voice thanks to its wide wait and larger lower bout. If you're a player that prefers to strum or pick their guitar with vigour, but don't want to compromise on sound quality or articulation, then the Grand Symphony body is perfect. Even fingerstyle players will appreciate the dynamic range offered by this shape, as deft finger picking is represented well with wonderfully lush tones.
The Taylor 816e body back and sides have been crafted from Indian Rosewood, a delightfully rich and complex tonewood that produces a full and robust mid to low-end force. The top is made from Sitka Spruce - a Taylor favourite - due to its excellent resonant properties that allow it to project huge sounds with the greatest of ease. The bright-sounding Spruce works wonderfully with the Rosewood and body shape to create an incredibly complex tonal palette.
The body has been given a gloss finish to protect from unwanted nicks and scrapes that come through playing. It also enables the guitar to cope with changes in humidity and temperature capably, making this a fantastic touring and gigging partner.
The neck is made from Tropical Mahogany, given it a reassuringly sturdy feel in the hand. Married to the Mahogany is a sumptuous Ebony fingerboard, giving a delightfully playable surface to navigate along. The Mahogany and Ebony combine perfectly to create a highly resonant platform for the strings, guaranteeing that every note rings out with the utmost clarity. The neck has been treated with a satin finish to give it a smooth playing feel, even after hours on stage.
The 816e electro-benefits from Taylor's newly designed Expression System 2 (ES2), their behind-the-saddle pickup and custom-designed "professional-audio"-grade preamp. As part of their never-ending quest for better tone, they shifted their usual 'under-the-saddle' design as they found that by placing the pickup behind-the-saddle, a less brittle, brash and synthetic sound could be captured. This means that no matter how aggressively you play, the natural warmth produced by the tonewoods rings out beautifully.
The control layout features the same volume and tone control knobs as on the original Expression System, with Taylor changing the gain structure of the preamp slightly to make it a little hotter. When playing live, this subtle adjustment gives the 816e the boost you need to be heard loud and clear.
High-quality hardware is used throughout to ensure a professional-level finish is achieved. Taylor nickel tuners work in partnership with the Tusq nut and Miscarta saddle to ensure tuning integrity, string tension and the string's connection to the body is perfectly maintained. A Maple .080” binding, which also enhances the stunning natural grain of the tonewoods, protects the body edges.
The impressive Taylor 816e also comes with its very own Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown case, perfect for transporting this beauty between your home, the studio and to gigs. If you're looking for a fantastic all-rounder that can produce enormous tones, then this is the partner for you!
Manufacturer Taylor Model 816e Electro Acoustic Guitar Guitar Size Full Size Guitar Shape Grand Symphony Back and Sides Material Indian Rosewood Top Material Sitka Spruce Neck Material Tropical Mahogany Fingerboard Material Ebony Number of Frets 20 Number of Strings 6 Binding Maple .080 inch Rosette Single Ring Tuners Taylor Nickel Nut/Saddle Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle Electronics Taylor Expression System 2 Finish Gloss Natural Includes Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown Case Elixir Phosphor Bronze Medium Guitar Strings
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