Taylor 816ce Natural

6-string Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Spruce Top, Indian Rosewood Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, and Taylor ES2 Electronics - Natural
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A Stunning 800 Series A/E

At Sweetwater, we're nuts about the Taylor 816ce. This gorgeous acoustic-electric guitar combines premium tonewoods with masterful design and craftsmanship for a stunning instrument that's a joy to play. The 816ce 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. The cutaway Grand Symphony body style makes this instrument very comfortable to play, while Taylor's combination of woods, construction, and Expression System 2 electronics make this 816ce bloom with tone, onstage or off.

Taylor 816ce Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • A classic tonewoods combination - Sitka spruce and Indian rosewood
  • Grand Symphony body style gives you balanced sound and incredible projection
  • Cutting-edge Taylor Expression System 2 electronics deliver superior amplified sound
A classic tonewoods combination - Sitka spruce and Indian rosewood

Nothing beats the sound of real rosewood topped with spruce - and that's exactly what you get with the Taylor 816ce. It features a beautiful Sitka spruce top, which gives you wonderful projection and the perfect amount of sparkle. Add to that the balanced tone and astonishing projection of the 816ce's Indian rosewood back and sides, and you have a guitar with timeless tone.

Grand Symphony body style gives you balanced sound and incredible projection

Taylor's Grand Symphony body style, featured on the 816ce, 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.

Cutting-edge Taylor Expression System 2 electronics deliver superior amplified sound

If you play plugged in, then you're going to love the Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics built into your 816ce. The key to this fantastic system is the 3-section proprietary pickup located behind the saddle. Because of where it's positioned and how it's integrated into the 816ce's saddle, the ES2 pickup provides you with remarkably clear and accurate sound. In addition to a master volume control, a pair of tone controls let you tweak your highs and lows to get the sound you need, and a discreet phase switch offers vital onboard feedback suppression.

Taylor 816ce Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • A beautiful acoustic-electric 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
  • Onboard Taylor Expression System 2 electronics deliver natural sound onstage and in the studio
  • Hardshell case included
The Taylor 816ce gives you timeless acoustic guitar tone anywhere you play!

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Tech Specs

Series 800
String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Grand Symphony
Body Style Venetian 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 with Relief Rout
Binding Pale Maple
Neck Wood Tropical Mahogany
Neck Shape Taylor
Fingerboard Material Smoked Ebony, 15" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Element, MOP
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.5"
Tuning Machines Nickel Taylor 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"
Electronics Taylor Expression System 2
Strings Elixir NANOWEB Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (.013-.056)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 816ce

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Love my new Taylor!!

GORGEOUS build, Fantastic tone, excellent sustain, body and playability.Simply fantastic. Totally happy I went with the 816ce. Would recommend most certainly.And a big thanks to SWEETWATER for an awesome buying experience!!!!!!
5/5

After 30 Months Couldn't Be Happier

I bought my 816 in December of 2013, long awaited Christmas gift:) I got the Tobacco finish, which is so amazing I sometimes just sit and stare, still. The guitar plays like a dream, the tone is sublime, and when you run it through a PA it sounds better than anything on the stage (and I often run through an LR Baggs Venue straight to the board) crystal clear, very balanced, no issues whatsoever. I am often asked "what kind of acoustic rig" I am running, it's just the 816 and a touch of reverb, truly plug and go for anyone out doing acoustic gigs. Taylor continues to set the bar with the Expression system, and I've compared them all, you just can't beat it for adjustable on the fly (great, simply three band EQ, cause most people like to tweak that on stage---to the dismay of soundmen/women), reliability, etc. I check the neck frequently, but have only adjusted it once, very slightly, and more out of preference than necessity. The neck and action feel like butter, not much else I can say. Personally I am a maple neck strat guy, but it's an extremely well designed neck/fretboard, radius feels perfect all the way up. I own another Taylor I purchased in 2001, a 3 series (Legends of the Fall version?---has inlay on the back of the neck), it's still my backup and works great as well, and it has a lot of miles on it, really appreciate the quality of a company that produces so many guitars, hand built quality that doesn't cost 10K. You can't go wrong with this guitar, enjoy!As always, hats off to SW---no one else even comes close!
5/5

beautiful in every way

After reading reviews from different sites about the projection, the low end on this model I pulled the trigger about a year ago. My only other acoustic at the time was a Taylor 314ce. The reviews do not do this model justice. Action is great, I did lower it a tad. The electronics are superb, the sound guy at church is amazed how this beauty outshines the older es1 systems in our main guitarist Taylors. (Yes, he has several, 410, 910, 914) Finish is superb, and I get nothing but compliments about every aspect on this guitar. I have since ordered a 856ce and 916ce. I'm sure Martin makes a fine guitar, all personal preference, this house has Taylors :). Thank you Ben Porter and Sweetwater for providing first class service, second to none.
4.5/5

816CEeeeeee!!

ive been playing guitar for 40+ years and have had some very nice high end guitars of every brand. This Taylor is as good as any in quality looks and SOUND and FEEL. guitars are very personal instruments and this one is a good friend. Spend some more than you wanted too and buy a GREAT ONE like this!!!
Music background: professional amateur
4.5/5

One Nice Guitar

This is a very nice guitar. I played the older 816 at a guitar shop before holding out for this one, and it was certainly worth it! I have had it about nine months now. The sustain is incredible. It has a very well-balanced voice. I really appreciate the mid-range response. The volume is hard to believe. The first time I played it in church, one of my friends thought I had it plugged in. I did not. I have plugged it in a few times, and am quite satisfied with the sound; however, most of the time, I go unplugged.If I had a complaint, it would be the size of the strap button on the battery holder. It is huge! Even with a strap made for a Taylor, I find it difficult to get the strap on this button.
Music background: Well Experienced Player
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