Taylor 816 - Rosewood back and sides

6-string Acoustic Guitar with Spruce Top, Indian Rosewood Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, and Ebony Fingerboard - Natural
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Taylor 816 - Rosewood back and sides
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A Bold Acoustic Guitar from Taylor

At Sweetwater, we're nuts about the Taylor 816. This gorgeous acoustic guitar combines premium tonewoods with masterful design and craftsmanship for a stunning instrument that's a joy to play. The 816 features a solid Sitka spruce top, Indian rosewood back and sides, a tropical American mahogany neck, and an ebony fretboard for amazingly rich tone and great looks. You'll hear a richer voice, with more complex harmonics and a more open sound that's incredibly vibrant. The secret is that Taylor optimized the wood thickness and bracing patterns to give you the best that the Grand Symphony design has to offer - powerful lows, crisp highs, and exceptional balance across the entire spectrum. Take it from Sweetwater - you'll love the Taylor 816.

Taylor 816 Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
  • Grand Symphony body style gives you balanced sound and incredible projection
  • A richer, more vibrant voice than ever before thanks to customized bracing
  • Exceptional tone, volume, and balance thanks to custom-tailored wood thickness
Grand Symphony body style gives you balanced sound and incredible projection

Taylor's Grand Symphony body style, featured on the 816, is a more modern take on the sleek Grand Auditorium shape, but with the waist moved up toward the neck. This gives the guitar a slightly larger lower bout, and gives you an excellent blend of power and projection, without losing the high-end definition that's a hallmark of the Grand Auditorium body style.

A richer, more vibrant voice than ever before thanks to customized bracing

You'll notice that the Taylor 816 boasts exceptionally vibrant tones with a unique character. Taylor went back to the drawing board and redesigned their bracing patterns, to get the optimum response out of each of their iconic body shapes. Taylor even added side bracing to add rigidity to the sides and enhance top and back movement. In the words of luthier Andy Powers, the updated Advanced Performance bracing pattern gives the updated 816 a "nice, cushy swell and long sustain, even with a delicate touch."

Exceptional tone, volume, and balance thanks to custom-tailored wood thickness

One of the things we like best about Taylor at Sweetwater is that their various body styles are designed for specific purposes, allowing you to choose a guitar that's the perfect match for your style. With the 816, Taylor takes that to another level by carefully matching the thickness of the spruce top and rosewood back and sides to the body style. They determined what the optimum wood thickness for the 816's Grand Symphony body would be, to give you maximum tone and light weight while also being equally strong. Taylor is also using real animal protein glue (fish, in fact) instead of synthetic glue. Luthiers have been using protein glues for centuries for their incredible strength, and also for their tone. Protein glue optimizes transfer of vibrations and also holds amazingly well, which means you're sure to get a lifetime of fantastic tone from the Taylor 816 acoustic guitar.

Taylor 816 Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • A beautiful acoustic guitar with a timeless voice
  • Great for a wide range of musical styles
  • Grand Symphony body style gives you a balanced tone with extra punch and exceptional projection
  • Sitka spruce top provides a light and expressive sound
  • Indian rosewood back and sides gives you a rich, vibrant sound with exceptional projection
  • Hardshell case included
The Taylor 816 gives you timeless acoustic guitar tone anywhere you play!

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A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

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Tech Specs

Series 800
String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Grand Symphony
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Gloss, 3.5 mil
Top Wood Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Indian Rosewood
Body Bracing Advanced Performance Bracing
Binding Pale Maple
Neck Wood Tropical Mahogany
Fingerboard Material Smoked Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Mother-of-Pearl Element
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.5"
Tuning Machines Taylor Nickel Tuners
Bridge Material Smoked Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Tusq Nut, Micarta Saddle
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 16.25"
Body Depth 4.625"
Strings Elixir Phosphor Bronze HD Medium
Case Included Yes
Manufacturer Part Number 816

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