Taylor 316ce Grand Symphony (Cutaway, Electronics, Natural) Reviews4.8/5.0 based on 4 customer reviews
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from St. Louis, MO USA
April 15, 2013Music Background:
Beautiful great tone and playabilityBeautiful woods (love the smell). Action great out of the box. This guitar has great clear bass and sparkling highs. Responsive to fingerpicking, which is good even with the medium gauge strings. It also really sings when strumming. Thanks again to Delvin for the exceptional customer service.
January 15, 2013Music Background:
More Than a Feeling---Taylor 316ceThe 316ce is an amazing guitar. I bought my Taylor 316ce Black Friday and I have been playing it ever since.
I use to play the guitar and take lessons as a kid, and I am now getting back into it. After testing out guitars over time, I had decided I wanted a 314ce because of the Taylor sound and the 300 series are all wood.
On the day I was to order the 314ce, I saw the 316ce also on the web site. I didn't know anything about the 316ce and I immediately researched blogs online, youtube, etc... and learned a great deal about the Grand Symphony shape which was now available in the 300 series. From everything I heard, it sounded like it could the "guit" for me. I purchased the 316 with the faith that Taylor would deliver, and they absolutely have.
For those considering the 316, It has medium strings, a deeper base, and it really responds to strumming, I love it. The *16 shape is only slightly larger than the *14. And to me barely noticeable, I had tested out various Taylor's. *16 and *14 side by side at the local shop several times.
Also, I am 6'2, have big hands, I really like the 1.75 nut as well.
When I pick up acoustics at the local shops I am usually disappointed in comparison now that I have found such a good friend in the 316ce.
5 Stars for Sweetwater Service As Well
from southern wI
March 3, 2012Music Background:
Great all around GuitarI was looking for a guitar to play out with. I was replacing a Taylor 410ce that I had. And I wanted a guitar that had a better ballance and defined tone then the 410, and more comfortable to play sitting down. I tried out the 314ce and 414ce. and was torn. Because I liked the more defined sound of the bottom and mids of the 314, but the top end was a little more forward than I would like. Where the 414 has a nice balance on top,but The Ovengol gives the bottom a woolly un- defined sound to me. But not as much boom as the 410 had. And then Along comes the 316ce, to save the day. This guitar has a more uniform balance form top to bottom than either the 410,314 or 414. I would describe The character of the 316 as rich and full bottom and mids with a real sweet top end. This coming from a guitar that plays loud easily. But lighten up and the 316 is good with delicate finger style playing as well. though I notice the Medium strings playing finger style. And the the GS body shape is more comfortable then the dreadnought body shape. Though the GA body shape of the X14's is still my favorite.
In conclusion I find the 316 to be a well rounded guitar that does many things well. I will still use my 514ce for finger style but if I am out with the 316 and the mood strikes me, I will be right at home.
Adam Lee (Sundae Drives)
from Cincinnati, OH
February 29, 2012Music Background:
A Singer/Songwriters DreamAs a performer you are in constant pursuit of that perferct marriage between you & your instrument...Until you find it - My new partner in crime is the 316 & there arent enough adjectives to describe the way I feel about how this guitar plays/sounds. Theres just something about the Taylor tone & with the Grand symphony body style available now, I beleive without a doubt that this is the new standout guitar of the 3 series. This guitar came with a virtually perfect setup, its loud & impressive but you wont get the full gist of this thing until you PLUG IT IN...Youll be glad you spent every dollar. Unplugged it will outshine anything, the only reason that I gave it 4.5 stars is because the bottom end is rich but not bold, wich are what Taylor are known for anyways (with the shimmering highs & mids), it doesnt matter once you plug in the electronics can be managed to do whatever. I write all my material on straight acoustic Seagulls & other Godin family guitars & when its showtime I play Martin (never again) but, now with the 316 I cant stop writing, Im on creative overflow. This guitar makes you sound better than you sound if that makes scense. Its a modern guitar & you will not be able to take it out of its comfort zone, it plays ANYTHING. Last but not least a shoutout to my incredible service/sales rep Keith. It was the best purchase ever due to the guitar but its true what the say about Sweetwater & their service & its a big plus when someone cares about your satisfaction the way these people do. Rich & smooth lows, loud & pronounced mids, sparkling & dream-like highs, & the best electronics Ive ever heard on any guitar ever...So yea...A singer/songwriters dream
6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Grand Symphony Body Style, Sitka Spruce Top, Sapele Back and Sides, Tropical American Mahogany Neck, Taylor Expression System Electronics, and Hardshell Case - Natural