Taylor 326e Baritone-8 - Shaded Edgeburst

8-string Baritone Acoustic-electric Guitar with Solid Mahogany Top, Blackwood Back and Sides, Tropical Mahogany Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, and Taylor ES2 Electronics - Shaded Edgeburst
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Limited-edition Taylor Bari with Rich Upper Octaves

This Taylor 300-series baritone acoustic is tuned B-B: a perfect fourth below a standard acoustic. This makes a great pairing for lower-voiced singers, musicians who play in duos/ensembles with other guitarists, and players who want to give new life to their chord voicings. The 326e Baritone-8's two middle strings (A and D) have neighboring +8va octave strings to give chords and leads a chorus-y sound and to help keep your bass-register chords from turning to mud in a mix. Despite its 27" scale length, the Taylor 326e Baritone-8 plays with normal string tension to give Taylor fans a robust, unique guitar sound with the action they already know and love.

Taylor Grand Symphony 326e Baritone-8 Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • 8-string Grand Symphony acoustic has a voice all its own
  • Taylor Expression System 2 electronics deliver superior sound onstage
  • Taylor's durable satin finish ages beautifully
8-string Grand Symphony acoustic has a voice all its own

The Taylor 326e Baritone-8 delivers a beefy low end, healthy volume and sustain, and superb articulation. These are characteristics of the Grand Symphony body style - a Bob Taylor innovation. Factor in this unique instrument's 27" scale length with B-B tuning and mid-string octaves, and you have a guitar that speaks with a commanding presence. This limited-edition bari has blackwood back and sides with a solid mahogany top for rich tone and robust projection. Take hold of the slim, fast neck, and let your fingers dance on the silky ebony fingerboard. Add in gorgeous 300-series appointments, superb Expression System 2 electronics, and a refreshingly gentle price tag, and the Taylor 326e is a baritone that all players can get behind.

Taylor Expression System 2 electronics deliver superior sound onstage

Artists who play plugged in will appreciate the natural-sounding Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics aboard the 326e Baritone-8. This system features a three-section proprietary pickup located behind the guitar's saddle for clear and accurate sound reproduction. A master volume control and a pair of tone controls let you tweak your sound and output from the stage, and a discreet phase switch helps you squelch feedback before it starts. For a natural plugged-in tone you can count on, Sweetwater guitarists are happy to recommend Taylor ES2 electronics.

Taylor's durable satin finish ages beautifully

The satin finish used on the 326e Baritone-8 was developed at Taylor to give its instruments durability and resistance to cold-checking. The unique formula allows a thinner coverage to be applied, which lets the wood resonate more freely, ultimately giving you fuller tone. Plus it's clearer than lacquer and won't yellow over time the way lacquer does, and it's more environmentally friendly to boot.

Taylor Grand Symphony 326e Baritone-8 Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • 8-string Taylor baritone guitar
  • Ships with a Taylor Limited Edition label
  • 27" scale length with B-B tuning plays with normal string tension
  • Middle octave strings (A and D) add upper harmonics to chords and extra shimmer to leads
  • Non-cutaway Grand Symphony body is tapered for comfort and braced for superb low end
  • Solid mahogany soundboard is warm, smooth, and balanced
  • Solid Tasmanian blackwood back and sides provide power and projection
  • Tropical mahogany neck glides fast through the hand
  • Ebony fingerboard has rich sustain and clear articulation
  • Understated Italian acrylic small diamond fretboard inlays
  • Handsome 3-ring soundhole rosette
  • Black binding with white/black top purfling imparts a touch of luxury
  • Taylor nickel tuners keep you sounding your best
  • Behind-saddle pickup with balanced output for clean and natural amplification
  • ES2 electronics let you control volume, tone, and feedback from the stage
A unique voice with classic Taylor playability: the Taylor Grand Symphony 8-string baritone!

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Tech Specs

Series 300
String Type Steel
Number of Strings 8
Body Shape Grand Symphony
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Shaded Edgeburst
Finish Satin
Top Wood Mahogany
Back & Sides Wood Blackwood
Body Bracing Standard III Baritone
Binding Black
Neck Wood Tropical Mahogany
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Italian Acrylic small diamond
Number of Frets 19
Scale Length 27"
Tuning Machines Taylor Nickel
Nut/Saddle Material Bone/Bone
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 16.25"
Body Depth 4.625"
Electronics ES-2
Strings Elixir Baritone
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 326e Baritone-8 LTD

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Taylor 8 String Baritone 326e

Yep Blown Away........ It is a sound that guitars have been waiting for!!!Thanks Matt!!!!......... Cliff


This guitar is just amazing, sounds and looks perfect. Its sounding better now after a few months. Great customer service from Scott B. this guitar will shed your calluses and give you new ones. make playing guitar inspiring. Thanks again Scott.
Music background: 20 + years

Awesome guitar!

Wow, what an awesome guitar! I've played an Alvarez ABT60 6-string baritone for a while, but when I saw this guitar featured in Wood & Steel, I just had to have it. While the ABT60 was nice, and I was happy with it, the sound and the playability of this Taylor are in a different class entirely. Glad that Taylor is making baritones in the 300 Series, which is certainly more affordable than their previous entries in the market. Perfect fit and finish, setup was right on the money straight out of the included hard shell case. The mahogany/blackwood combo is gorgeous to look at, and warm to listen to. The shimmer of the octave strings is just enough to bring out the mid-range that is often muddy in other baritones, without the jangle of a twelve string. On the ABT60, I always felt like I was pressing down on suspension bridge cables, and was always conscious of the thickness of the strings. Not so with this Taylor. It plays smooth and easy! I'm a finger picker, and found it very easy to adapt to the octave strings, and to vary whether they ring or not based on brushing down or digging in a little deeper when playing. The expression system adds lots of dimension when playing amplified, and even sounds good through a little G-Dec Junior amp. Can't wait to try this through a dedicated acoustic amp! My G7th and Shubb C1 capos don't do a good job on this guitar, allowing the octave strings to buzz. I'm told that using a 12-string capo will work much better, so that's a consideration if you play with a capo. I'm totally blown away by this instrument, and rather than an addition to my collection, I think it's heading toward being my main guitar.
Music background: Playing guitar, banjo, and mandolin for near 40 years.


The first reviewer was spot on about this instrument. I purchased mine from sweetwater recently and been playing on it for about 2 weeks now. I've always been skeptical to buy acoustic instruments without playing them first, however I am glad I did with this beauty! Sweetwater takes great photos, and the descriptions are accurate. I find Taylor guitars have a "unique" tone to them so I would purchase a Taylor online without hesitation again. It did take me a few hours to "adjust" my playing to accommodate the 8 string layout, but once I was dialed in...... WOW the sound is absolutely astonishing!!! I haven't had the chance to plug it in to check out the new expression system however I will assume that is as good or better than the original system on my 414ce (now my second favorite guitar). Jason at Sweetwater is great to deal with also. I ordered mine at approximately 2 PM Sweetwater time, paid for expedited shipping thinking I would see it in two days. As luck would have it, they got it boxed up and on the truck within an hour and it arrived in Seattle the next day! Pleasure doing business with these guys.

Taylor 326e Baritone

This baritone has to be one of the best sounding guitars I have listened to and played. The extra two strings bring a fullness to the music that can't be matched. When played as a solo it sounds great with out the tinny sound of a 12 string, and it adds a lower range to assist a regular guitar. I was unsure of the satin finish but the understatement of the guitar gives it a Cinderella effect when played. "That sound came from that guitar, wow!" The feel of the neck and the big body sound makes it fun to play, not too heavy but weighted so it feels like a quality instrument. This is my first Taylor. I have a Martin J 40 and other quality guitars but this Taylor, from the electronics to the look, feel, and performance is in a class by itself. Nick at Sweetwater helped me with some special requirements to put the deal together. I could not be happier with the guitar, the sales representative, and the quick delivery from Sweetwater.
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