Taylor has been making big changes to it's 800 series guitars! Bob Taylor's protege and current heir-apparent Andy Powers was given the task of updating and refining the 800s, Taylor's most popular series. While the body shape and essence have remained the same, all aspects of the construction of these models have been reviewed and optimized to make a lighter, more responsive guitar. Most notably they've thinned the finish out by almost half (from 6 mils to 3.5 mils), and have opted for protein glue on the braces and bridge (an idea borrowed from vintage guitar construction). The result is a more lively instrument, with an even response and warmth not previously heard from Taylor.
The Grand Symphony body shape has been an incredibly popular option since it's introduction. Physically the GS is slightly bigger than the Grand Auditorium, which gives it a slight edge in volume and bass response and suits open chords a bit more readily. However, while in the act of playing it's hard to feel a difference between the two shapes as both are exceedingly comfortable. The new 816ce has been given the same makeover as the rest of the line, resulting in a lighter and more powerful guitar!
Pictured guitar is in stock!
Sitka Spruce Top
Indian Rosewood Back & Sides
Advanced Bracing with Relief Rout
25 1/2" Scale Length
1 3/4" Nut Width
Element Fretboard Inlays
Maple Biding with Rosewood Purfling
Ebony Bridge, Bridge Pins, and Fretboard
Gloss 3.5 mil finish
Expression System 2
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