Taylor’s Grand Symphony shape yields a beefy acoustic sound with extra low-end horsepower. Coupled with the package of tone-enhancing strokes brought to the maple/spruce 600 Series, players can expect impressive richness, volume and sustain. Design nuances include a back bracing profile that’s optimized for maple and a special seasoning process for the spruce top called torrefaction to produce an aged tonal character with greater acoustic resonance and responsiveness. Protein glues and an ultra-thin gloss finish minimize tonal dampening. A hand-rubbed “Brown Sugar” stain on the back and sides gives maple’s striking figure a beautiful violin-hued appearance without adding extra thickness to the finish. Featured appointments include grained ivoroid Wings fretboard inlays, an inlaid ebony backstrap, ebony binding with ivoroid purfling, an ebony/ivoroid rosette, and a striped ebony pickguard, along with Taylor’s Expression System 2 acoustic electronics. The guitar features a Venetian cutaway and comes with a deluxe hardshell case.
Slightly bigger than Taylor’s Grand Auditorium body style, the Grand Symphony 816ce yields a powerful and rich sound without sacrificing bell-like articulation. It makes a potent strummer, and dynamic fingerstylists will enjoy the thick, full-bodied character of the notes. As part of Taylor’s 800 Series revoicing package for 2014, the GS will sound even richer with more low-end rumble. Premium appointments include maple binding and back strip, rosewood top edge trim, a rosewood pickguard, Taylor’s new Element fretboard inlay in mother-of-pearl, a marbled fretboard, and new Expression System 2 acoustic electronics. The guitar features a Venetian cutaway and includes a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.
The sonic power and depth of Taylors Grand Symphony body shape, especially in the lower mids, add girth and sustain to the overall voice. The cutaway rosewood/spruce 416ce-R makes a bold strummer, yielding a full spectrum of sound with strong, sparkling treble richness, while the guitars responsiveness to a light touch rewards players with a dynamic range to explore. Clean, modern appointments include crisp white binding, Italian acrylic dot fretboard inlays, and a three-ring rosette, with Taylors onboard Expression System 2 acoustic electronics responding with a clear, natural amplified sound for performing or recording.
The cutaway acoustic/electric 316ce features Taylors Grand Symphony body shape, which responds with a powerful voice characterized by a rich low end, thick treble notes, and impressive volume and sustain. Sapeles natural treble sparkle is balanced by the bigger bodys tonal output, making the guitar a robust strummer and lively flatpicker with broad dynamic range. Appointments include black binding, a black pickguard, Italian acrylic small diamond fretboard inlays, 3-ring rosette, and satin-finish back and sides with a gloss-finish spruce top. The guitar comes equipped with Taylors Expression System 2 pickup and ships in a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.
The pairing of Taylors full-bodied Grand Symphony shape with the tonewood duet of sapele back and sides and a mahogany top makes for a dynamic strummer with a potent all-around voice. Midrange power is balanced by a husky low end and clear, crisp highs, and especially with the mahogany top, players can expect a linear response across the tonal spectrum. A shaded edgeburst top, black pickguard and black binding supply vintage details that complement the rich-grained mahogany top, giving the guitar undeniable throwback appeal. A Venetian cutaway and Taylors Expression System 2 electronics add modern touches that bring greater versatility to the playing experience.