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Taylor 816ce Grand Symphony - Cutaway, Electronics, Tobacco S Reviews

4.5 stars based on 2 customer reviews
  • from CT, USA January 7, 2013Music Background:


    I wanted a switch up from the somewhat dull earthy tones of my Martin D-15. The D-15 never recorded very well so I checked out various Taylors. Having played am 814ce I decided on the 816ce without actually playing one, as I play a little more rhythm than fingerstyle. When I got the 816 I wasn't disappointing. Although it is set up for medium gauge strings, it plays almost exactly the same as the 814 with it's lights, and that is to say amazingly! I can play lead on it almost as well as an electric, fingerstyle is a breeze and it sounds amazing for strumming - bight clearly articulated with a well rounded but not overwhelming bass presence.
    The expression sound system is a huge leap forward form standard Piezo pickups, and I would not hesitate to use it in a live setting, although I get better results in the studio recording with a decent condensor mic.
    As expected, the overall finish of the guitar is of an incredibly high standard and it looks beautiful too. An inspiring instrument to play and in every way worth the price!

  • from Toledo, Ohio January 19, 2013Music Background:
    Recording artist, performer, singer/songwriter.

    A Fine Instrument

    I've played a Taylor W-15 for about 10 years, and have always loved the distinct Taylor tone. When it came time to select another guitar (can't have just one!) I again looked to Taylor. I wanted rosewood this time around (the W-15 is a jumbo walnut) so the 800 series was a natural choice.

    Given that I like larger body, the 16-size (grand symphony) caught my attention immediately.

    This guitar is gorgeous to look at and beautiful to play/listen to. My only issue was trying to dial in the expression system, but I had an LR Baggs Dual Source put in, so no biggie there.

    Overall, I love my 816, and it sounds fabulous in the studio with a mic in front of the sound hole.

    As an added bonus, Ryan Sloan has once again provided the ABSOLUTE BEST customer service in the land. Snag him to help you out next time if you can!

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