Taylor 818 - Rosewood back and sides

6-string Acoustic Guitar with Spruce Top, Rosewood Back and Sides, Ebony Fingerboard, and Advanced Performance Bracing - Natural
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$2,999.00
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Taylor 818 - Rosewood back and sides
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Discover the Rich, Bold Voice of the Grand Orchestra

Taylor's 818 acoustic guitar celebrates the first run of the new Grand Orchestra series. The 818 features Indian rosewood back and sides, premium-grade Sitka spruce top, mahogany neck with ebony fretboard, and a pearl inlay design. Taylor went back to the drawing board to create custom bracing for each guitar model to give you the most out of your guitar. 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 Orchestra design has to offer - powerful lows, crisp highs, and exceptional balance across the entire spectrum. Take it from Sweetwater - you'll love the Taylor 818.

Taylor 818 Grand Orchestra Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Taylor's Grand Orchestra body delivers power and detail
  • A richer, more vibrant voice than ever before thanks to custom bracing
  • Exceptional tone, volume, and balance thanks to custom-tailored wood thickness
Taylor's Grand Orchestra body delivers power and detail

The Taylor 818 Grand Orchestra is the biggest guitar body that Taylor makes. At Sweetwater, we love this large footprint because it offers a bold and rich voice that is extremely responsive. Unlike other large body styles, the Grand Orchestra has an even, full-range response with big bass. A custom bracing design increases sustain while coaxing loud, complex tonalities. The Taylor 818 Grand Orchestra acoustic guitar has the power and rich detail you want from an acoustic.

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

You'll notice that the Taylor 818 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 bracing pattern gives the 818 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 818, 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 818's Grand Orchestra 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 818 acoustic guitar.

Taylor 818 Grand Orchestra Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • 818 with updated bracing and electronics
  • Grand Orchestra body shape has a bold, rich voice
  • Custom-designed bracing provides better response, projection, and tone
  • Sitka spruce top with Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Loud performance and uniformly responsive lows and highs
  • Includes hardshell case
Discover the rich, bold sound of the Taylor 818 Grand Orchestra acoustic guitar!

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What Does "Special Order" Mean?

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 Orchestra
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"
Strings Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze Medium (.013-.056)
Case Included Yes
Manufacturer Part Number 818

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