Taylor 416ce-R - Rosewood back and sides

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top, Indian Rosewood Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, and ES2 Electronics - Gloss Natural
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Taylor Grand Symphony with the Sound of Rosewood

This Taylor 416ce-R acoustic-electric guitar is a popular performer that sings with the sound of Indian rosewood. You'll revel in the punch and clarity the rosewood back and sides and Sitka spruce top bring to the 416ce-R. Its Grand Symphony body is a favorite for its larger dimensions and ability to pump out massive low end. And your onstage performances will sound flawless thanks to the onboard Taylor Expression System 2 electronics. The 416ce-R is a popular performing acoustic for fingerstyle players around the world.

Taylor 416ce-R Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Expression System 2 electronics, for flawless amplified sound
  • Grand Symphony body
Indian rosewood back and sides

The 416ce-R 6-string acoustic-electric is one of Taylor's most affordable guitars built with solid Indian rosewood back and sides. Indian rosewood - considered by Bob Taylor to be one of the greatest tonewoods of all time - effortlessly adds depth to your low frequencies, sparkle to your high end, and a bit of a midrange scoop that aids in note definition.

Expression System 2 electronics, for flawless amplified sound

Traditionally, acoustic-electric guitars have employed piezo transducers under their bridge saddles. But Taylor's Expression System 2 is different. It uses a proprietary pickup behind the saddle. The pickup features three individually calibrated, precisely positioned piezo-electric sensors that respond organically to the instrument's acoustic energy as it's transferred through the saddle. In concert with Taylor's custom-designed, studio-grade preamp, the result is a natural acoustic sound with incredible dynamic range and responsiveness to your pick or finger attack. The Expression System 2 is definitely a favorite around Sweetwater.

Grand Symphony body

Taylor's Grand Symphony body design is well suited for rhythm acoustic guitarists who need an instrument that will easily handle bold strumming technique. It delivers a similar balance of frequencies as Taylor's famed Grand Auditorium, but with much more power across the spectrum. Your strumming will hold its own against other instruments, and your single-note playing will project through a dense mix thanks to the Grand Symphony's larger lower bout. And the guitar still provides plenty of high-end detail when you need to pull things back a bit.

Taylor 416ce-R Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • Grand Symphony acoustic-electric guitar
  • Solid Indian rosewood back and sides provide a powerful and clear tone
  • Sitka spruce top enhances your tonal nuance
  • Grand Symphony body is Taylor's most powerful design
  • Taylor ES2 electronics are beloved for their natural tonality
  • Ebony fretboard and bridge add high-end snap to the tone
The 416ce-R is Taylor's most affordable rosewood-backed Grand Symphony.

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Grand Symphony
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Indian Rosewood with Gloss finish
Body Bracing Standard III
Binding White
Neck Wood Tropical American Mahogany
Radius 15"
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Progressive Dots
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.5"
Tuning Machines Chrome-plated Taylor Tuners
Bridge Material Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Tusq
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 16.25"
Body Depth 4.62"
Overall Length 41"
Electronics ES2
Strings Elixir NANOWEB Medium Gauge (.013-.056)
Case Included Hardshell Case Included
Manufacturer Part Number 416ce-R

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The guitar I've been looking for...

This is my 5th Taylor. Last year I sold my 314ce and impulse bought a K22ce 12 fret. Gorgeous guitar but it just didn't have the depth and projection that I've come to expect from the other Taylors I've owned. I sold it and started looking for the replacement. I couldn't decide between the 6/7/8 series but knew I wanted the Grand Symphony size like the Taylor 356ce 12 string I have. When I saw the new 416ce with rosewood, I was drawn to it. I'd never played one, but my gut check said to try it. I love the 800 series so figured I could hardly go wrong, especially for the price. I wasn't wrong. It's everything I hoped it would be. Taylor really hit it out of the park with this model. It's a great balance of price/performance...though to me it's a better value than the 800s. I couldn't be more pleased with this guitar.


I bought this Taylor after selling my Martin DCPA4R, and for me the Taylor, was just an easier playing guitar. The 416ce has one of the best acoustic necks I have ever played and it sounds fantastic, its just a great overall guitar.


I bought this guitar after playing it side by side next to the new revoiced 814 and the new 614. i sat in a room with all 3 for an hour and decided on this one despite having the budget for any of the 3. I just liked the tone of this one the most, it was the most balanced sound from top to bottom, had just a touch less volume than the other 2, but only by a small margin. This guitar is equally suited for aggressive strumming, delicate finger style, quick flat-picking, or soloing. All notes ring out richly with great volume, sustain, and those nice tosewood overtones, and it sounds perfect all over the neck top to bottom. Setup was perfect ftom taylor, low but not too low, and intonatuon is also perfect. I cant recommend this guitar highly enough. Same woods as the highest end Taylors, lovely understated looks (love the simple white binding next to the rosewood), great sound and playability.

Beautiful (To The Eyes & Ears)

I have had my eyes on an acoustic electric in this price range ($1500-$3000) for quite some time... I once owned a Taylor 314ce but sold it to help pay for an engagement ring, which all in all turned out to be a pretty good trade.After playing about 10-15 different guitars at my local guitar store (from whom I would never actually buy anything) all priced from $1500-$3000 including brands like Taylor, Martin, Gibson, Breedlove, and Takamine, I decided that the Taylor 416ce was the one for me. I love the slightly larger sound I get out of it compared to the 414ce (Grand Auditorium) model, but it still retains the gentle touch and sparkle that makes the *14 Taylor guitars so appealing. It really came down to this guitar versus a couple of the Martin guitars around the same price point give or take $500. (Sorry but I can't remember the Martin model numbers). A few things that helped me choose the Taylor over the Martin:1. I liked that Taylor retained the ebony bridge and fretboard.2. The ES2 expression system sounded much more natural to me than the Martin's Fishman pickups. 3. The Taylor neck feels faster and more comfortable to me.4. The finish on the Taylor is more appealing to me. As for the Breedlove, Takamine, and Gibson... They didn't hold a candle to the Taylor or Martin to me. I played both models of the 416ce - The Rosewood back and sides and the Ovangkol back and sides. I cannot discern much difference in terms of sound, but the rosewood is more attractive to my eye, plus I like the idea of it being rosewood... To me, it is just a more recognizable guitar wood. I also liked the idea that for $1500 less I was getting the same basic wood combinations as the Taylor 800 series guitars. This a beautiful guitar. Both to the eyes and to the ears. You could spend more and get a fancier looking guitar, and sure, a better sounding one to a degree... But for the money, I don't see how you can beat this guitar. Special thanks to my sales engineer Ken Davis for making this a great purchase experience! I love Sweetwater and appreciate all they do to provide their customers with great pricing and great customer service!
Music background: Worship Leader
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Taylor, Taylor 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Taylor Acoustic / Electric Guitars