Taylor 316ce - Sapele back and sides

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top, Sapele Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, and Taylor ES2 Electronics - Natural
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The Axe You've Been Waiting for

Take Bob Taylor's masterful Grand Symphony body shape, add in the tonewood cocktail of Sapele (back and sides) and Sitka spruce (top), and you've got one gorgeous guitar: the Taylor 316ce. This acoustic-electric's midrange projection is bookended by a beefy low end and clear treble, while the spruce top adds sparkle and zing. Sweetwater guitarists are in love with this highly playable beauty. Its updated traditional appointments look stunning under stage lights, and the amplified signal from the Expression System 2 electronics is flawless. The Taylor 316ce. This is the axe you've been waiting for.

Taylor 316ce Features:
  • Grand Symphony 6-string acoustic-electric guitar
  • Sapele back and sides deliver robust midrange focus
  • Sitka spruce top adds sparkle and zing
  • Elegant Venetian cutaway provides upper-register access
  • Taylor ES2 Electronics
The Taylor 316ce: You're going to love this guitar!

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Tech Specs

Series 300
String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Grand Symphony
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Sapele
Body Bracing Performance bracing
Binding Black
Neck Wood Mahogany
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.5"
Tuning Machines Taylor Nickel
Bridge Material Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Tusq nut/Micarta saddle
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 16.25"
Body Depth 4.625"
Electronics ES-2
Strings Elixir Phosphor Bronze Medium
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 316ce

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Only getting better

I bought my 316ce from Sweetwater three years ago and while I wrote a review at the time, I wanted to follow up as its finally breaking in. The Good I upgraded the saddle and nut to bone and with a new set of Elixirs the guitar is really sweet. The bass has warmed up very nicely and projection and overtones have also really improved. I had purchased a new 816ce, and while the 816 was louder I found myself going back to my 316. For me the neck is also more comfortable. I have the Taylor plugged into a Fishman Pro at church and it sounds amazing with just a touch of chorus and reverb...the ES2 system doesnt just fine if you dont push the volume on the guitar too high. Room for improvement I had to make quite a few adjustments to the saddle and trust rod to find the balance between good tone and playability. Turns out the neck geometry is slightly off. However the same was true for the 816. The trust rod is super easy to adjust and very responsive, so for me, not the end of the world. Bottom line Sounds beautiful strummin, picking, plugged in or just outside on the deck. Highly recommended.
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Taylor, Taylor 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Taylor Acoustic / Electric Guitars