Taylor 818e - Rosewood back and sides

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Spruce Top, Rosewood Back and Sides, Ebony Fingerboard, and ES2 Electronics - Natural
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Discover the Rich, Bold Voice of the Grand Orchestra

Taylor's 818e acoustic-electric guitar celebrates the first run of the new Grand Orchestra series. The 818e 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 love the sound of Taylor's updated Expression System 2 at your plugged-in gigs. The Taylor 818e Grand Orchestra has a robust output, dynamic range, and sensitive response for all types of players.

Taylor 818e 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
  • Taylor Expression System 2 electronics deliver superior sound onstage
Taylor's Grand Orchestra body delivers power and detail

The Taylor 818e 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 818e Grand Orchestra acoustic-electric 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 818e 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 818e a "nice, cushy swell and long sustain, even with a delicate touch."

Taylor Expression System 2 electronics deliver superior sound onstage

If you play plugged in, then you're going to love the Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics built into your 818e acoustic-electric guitar. 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 818e'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. Sweetwater knows that your plugged-in tone is important to you, and we're confident that the Taylor 818e has the sound you want.

Taylor 818e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • 818e with updated bracing and electronics
  • Grand Orchestra body shape has a bold, rich voice
  • Custom-designed bracing provides better response, projection, and tone
  • Expression System 2 electronics deliver natural acoustic sound to your amp or PA
  • 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 818e Grand Orchestra acoustic-electric guitar!

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Tech Specs

Series 800
String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Grand Orchestra
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Indian Rosewood
Body Bracing Advanced Performance GO
Binding Maple
Neck Wood Mahogany
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Element
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.5"
Tuning Machines Taylor Gold
Bridge Material Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 20.625"
Body Width 16.75"
Body Depth 5"
Electronics Expression System 2
Strings Elixir Phosphor Bronze Medium
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 818e-ES2

Customer Reviews

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Great Sounding Guitar

I was looking for some what of a jumbo sound, wasn't sure of what I really wanted. I played several upper end guitars and my budget was $4500.00. I'm not going to spend that kind of money without playing it first. I found a couple I was impressed with but still not sure. Seen a Taylor 818E on YouTube and wanted to try one, finally found one in the Denver area. They handed me the guitar and I played it about 5 minutes and knew it had a great sound and had to have this guitar. I bought it on the spot. I get complimenst from people playing all brands of upper end guitars that are impressed with the great tone this thing has. With in a year I am going the buy the same model in a 12 string 858E my plans for about May possibly April.
Music background: Praise and Worship leader, Outreatch worshi team guitar player, Help out other worship team and fill in.

Well worth the investment

This is my 3rd Taylor that I've purchased from Sweetwater in the past couple of years. The BIG sound, the feel (easy to play), and the way the 818e looks is important to me. The 818e is beyond my expectations. I own several acoustic guitars including a Martin D28, which I love playing but the 818e is different. When I jam with my friends this Taylor stands out whether I'm strumming or doing a lead. I just got it, so I haven't had a chance to experience the electronics yet, but if it's anything like my other Acoustic/Electric Taylor I know is going to be great! My decisions to purchase my guitars at Sweetwater have been greatly influenced by my SW engineer of may years. I trust his knowledge and the fact that we can discuss products at length before hand. That makes a huge difference.
Music background: recreational

In love with this guitar

I bought this guitar from Sweet Water in March, and have been meaning to write a review since then. I've played guitar for most of my life, but it's always been just a hobby. I'm now in my fifties, and having always played low to mid range guitars, I decided to finally invest in a nice guitar. The second I first played the 818, I knew this guitar was "THE" guitar for me. I just couldn't believe the full rich bass, and singing high ends. I kid my wife that I can actually hear the sound I was trying to make all these years.My 86 year old father passed away recently, and I got a chance to play this guitar in a small chapel for his service. It's sound filled the room. More than one person came up to me afterwards and said how beautiful the guitar sounded. I felt really good about being able to play this guitar for my Dad.Of course, Sweet Water was more than professional as well. Everything about them is top notch. You found a great guitar, and a great place to buy it from!
Music background: long time hobby player

Big Baby Joy.

I was originally intrigued by a picture of this guitar in the 900 series in the Sweetwater catalog last year. I've always wanted a rosewood sided acoustic so I kept checking for reviews on this or similar Grand Orchestra guitars on YouTube. The 900 series Taylors are a little too ornate for me which makes the 800 series just perfect. I could bring this guitar out of the house. I ordered it and once I received the guitar it was set up so perfectly. Not sure if Taylor or Sweetwater did the setup. I never played an acoustic that was made with such precision and played so easily; it begs to be played. The 818e Taylor is just so classy with beautiful rosewood sides, spruce top and just the right amount of abalone. The Rosewood pick guard just brings the guitar above so much out there. How does it sound? It sounds tight, sweet and not overly loud. It's a big boy and responds surprisingly well. It doesn't have the string energy of my Rainsong but there is a trade-off with guitars that have very low action like Taylors. I wasn't looking for something that behaved like my Rainsong anyway. No 16th fret hump that you see on many top name acoustics. I few notes are plunky but I've never played an acoustic guitar that didn't have a few plunky notes; that's just the nature of acoustic instruments. I can't wait to get home and play it every day; it's already made me a better player. The Expression 2 sounds good but I haven't put that through the paces yet. I prefer to play acoustics when they are not plugged in anyway. The Taylor case it came with is top notch. Get one; you'll be blown away too.
Music background: Hobbyist
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Taylor, Taylor 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Taylor Acoustic / Electric Guitars