Taylor 516ce - Natural

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Lutz Spruce Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, and Taylor ES2 Electronics - Natural
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The One You've Been Waiting For

Take Bob Taylor's masterful Grand Symphony body shape, add in the tonewood cocktail of tropical mahogany back and sides and a Lutz spruce top (a naturally occurring hybrid that tonally resembles Adirondack) — and you've got one gorgeous and musically superlative guitar. The Taylor 516ce 6-string acoustic-electric guitar has a midrange projection that's bookended by a beefy low end and clear treble, while the top — bolstered by Taylor's Performance bracing — fortifies the instrument's sonic gusto. Sweetwater guitarists love everything about this highly playable beauty, from its Florentine cutaway to its impeccable 500 Series appointments — not to mention the flawlessly amplified signal from the Expression System 2 electronics. The Taylor 516ce, this is the one you've been waiting for.

Grand Symphony really means grand!

The body shape of the 516ce is called Grand Symphony — and it's not just a name. Just a bit larger than Taylor's Grand Auditorium body style, the wide lower bout of the Grand Symphony produces powerful low to midrange frequencies, and its narrow waist directs that melodic power through the beautiful faux tortoiseshell-surrounded soundhole to the listener's ear. The Grand Symphony shape is musically and ergonomically wonderful to hear and to play.

Hybrid vigor yields beautiful tone

A result of interbreeding between Sitka and white spruce trees found in British Columbia and the Alaskan panhandle, Lutz spruce lumber often exhibits the physical dimensions and stiffness of Sitka — but it's less dense, as white spruce tends to be. This makes Lutz spruce an excellent soundboard material. The Taylor 516ce has a Lutz spruce top that projects with enhanced volume and extra-resonant highs, much like Adirondack spruce. In combination with the warm, focused midrange of the 516ce's tropical mahogany back and sides, its Lutz spruce top would make this guitar a featured soloist in the guitar choir — if there were such a thing!

ES2 electronics deliver superior sound onstage

Artists who play plugged in will appreciate the natural-sounding Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics onboard the 516ce. This system features a 3-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.

Taylor 516ce 6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:

  • Grand Symphony body style projects boldly with superior articulation to cut through the mix
  • Florentine cutaway is visually striking and lets you easily access upper frets
  • Lutz spruce top resonates with powerful richness and volume
  • Tropical mahogany back and sides deliver warm, robust midrange focus
  • ES2 electronics deliver your 516ce's tone safely to the PA or recording console

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Acoustic Guitar Buying Guide

Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Grand Symphony
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Lutz Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Mahogany
Body Bracing Performance Bracing
Binding Faux Tortoise
Neck Wood Mahogany
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Ivoroid Century
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.5"
Tuning Machines Taylor Nickel, 17:1 ratio
Bridge Material Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Tusq/Micarta
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 16.25"
Body Depth 4.62"
Electronics ES2
Strings Elixir Phosphor Bronze Medium
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 516ce,Flor

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