Taylor 916ce - Rosewood back and sides

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Spruce Top, Rosewood Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, and ES2 Electronics - Natural
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The Upper-echelon of Taylors!

When we first saw this Taylor 916ce Grand Symphony acoustic-electric guitar at Sweetwater, we could see that it was something special. When you get your hands on this phenomenal acoustic-electric guitar, you'll marvel at its full low end, high-end sizzle, and clear articulation - all wrapped around a direct, punchy tone with loads of headroom. Whether you're fingerpicking, strumming, or flatpicking, this 916ce will make your playing sound both beautiful and memorable. And with sophisticated touches like a "Cindy" inlay, Indian rosewood binding, red purfling accents, and abalone top trim, you'll appreciate the eye-catching appearance of this remarkable guitar as well. Factor in exquisite-sounding Expression System 2 electronics, and you know that this 916ce Grand Symphony is a masterpiece of an acoustic-electric guitar.

Taylor 916ce Grand Symphony 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
  • Taylor's Expression System 2 delivers incredibly natural sound with full dynamics
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 this Taylor 916ce Grand Symphony acoustic-electric guitar. It features a beautiful Sitka spruce top, which gives you wonderful projection and the perfect amount of punch. Add to that the clear, balanced tone and astonishing projection of this 916ce's Indian rosewood back and sides, and you have an acoustic-electric guitar with timeless tone.

Grand Symphony body style gives you balanced sound and incredible projection

Taylor's Grand Symphony body style, featured on this Taylor 916ce acoustic-electric guitar, is a more modern take on the sleek Grand Auditorium shape, but with the waist moved up toward the neck. This gives this 916ce a slightly larger lower bout, giving you an excellent blend of power and projection, without losing the high-end definition of the Grand Auditorium body style.

Taylor's Expression System 2 delivers incredibly natural sound with full dynamics

If you play plugged in, then you're going to love the Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics built into your 916ce Grand Symphony acoustic-electric guitar. The key to this fantastic system is its 3-section proprietary pickup. Because of where it's positioned and how it's integrated into this 916ce'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. We were more than impressed when Taylor came to Sweetwater to show us what this system can do, and we think you will be too.

Taylor 916ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • An acoustic-electric guitar with a punchy yet balanced voice
  • Grand Symphony body style gives you balanced sound and incredible projection
  • Sitka spruce top provides a direct and punchy tone
  • Indian rosewood back and sides add full low end, high-end sizzle, and clear articulation
  • Graceful Venetian cutaway gives you access all the way up the fingerboard
  • Onboard Taylor Expression System 2 electronics deliver a natural amplified sound
If punchy yet balanced tone is your desire, then this Taylor 916ce is the acoustic-electric guitar for you!

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Tech Specs

Series 900
String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Grand Symphony
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Gloss, 3.5 mil
Top Wood AA Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood AA Indian Rosewood
Body Bracing Advanced Performance Bracing
Binding Ebony with Ebony armrest and backstrap
Neck Wood Mahogany
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Ascension with Pink Abalone
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.5"
Tuning Machines Gotoh 510
Nut/Saddle Material Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 16.25"
Body Depth 4.625"
Electronics Expression System 2
Strings Elixir Medium Phosphor Bronze strings
Manufacturer Part Number 916ce

Customer Reviews

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Awesome Guitar

This guitar is not only about looks but the sound is amazing both just acoustic or connected to my fishman loudbox. I was really blown away. I am really blessed to have this guitar. From the details to the intonation and the hardware that was used on this guitar are all top grade. I wish i can describe everything about this guitar but my suggestion if you have a chance to check it out please do so and i can assure that you will love this beautiful instrument like i do. once again, thank you sweetwater and Jeff Law for always giving me the best custoner service. God bless you guys as always...
Music background: Hobbyist, Guitar Collector

Outstanding Guitar

One of the luxuries of being a 53 year old teenager is that I get to specialize my guitar collection. So I went out into cyberspace searching for a guitar with the comfort of my small body Martins and the bottom end sound of the D45 I sold a few years ago when my contract got cancelled unexpectedly. After several weeks I kept coming back to this Taylor 916ce that appeared to meet these requirements. But a Taylor? I'm a Martin guy! Wouldn't buying this guitar be sacrilegious or something tantamount to treason? Perhaps. I debated the arm rest feature that I care nothing about. I'd rather have the extra top. But in the end I bought one from Sweetwater.When the guitar arrived, it had light gauge strings which I ripped off immediately and installed Martin SP mediums. And then I began to play it. There's no nice way to say this: The top was dead as a doornail. As I pondered a tweak on the truss rod to set the action for my style, I realized that I'm the first guy who's actually played this guitar since it left the factory. The top hadn't woken up yet. I'd seen this before on new Taylor guitars, and I wish they'd stick these wonderful instruments in front of a big speaker blasting Molly Hatchet or something equally sinister to wake them up before they leave the factory. But after an hour of playing it started sounding like the instrument it was to become.Fast forward a few weeks to the present where I've replaced the Martin SP strings with Elixir Nano-web Phosphor mediums. The top is waking nicely now and only takes a minute or so of playing before it wakes up. I expect over the next couple of months that the time required to wake up the top will evaporate to squat, and my tweak to the truss rod makes this a fantastic player (personal preference. Don't tweak the truss rod unless you are certain you know what you are doing). Tonally, it has a fat resonant bottom end and a very balanced sound across the spectrum. So here's a few observations and then I'll shut up.This guitar is an excellent replacement for a dreadnought, and like the dreadnought it is boomy when recording with it. The overall sound has more emphasis on the second and third-order harmonics (overtones) than a typical Martin which has more emphasis on the fundamental that we interpret as a more "woody" sound. Don't get me wrong. Depending on the tunage there's a place for both sounds. The Taylor is very versatile as a finger-style guitar and a strummer. (That's why I wanted it.) It is also a very light-weight guitar compared to my Martins and has a lot of energy in the top when it is strummed. It is a perfect guitar for its intended purposes. As the top continues to break in it is starting to ring in the upper register although my Collings OM2H custom probably won't feel threatened by it anytime soon, but the Taylor won't be breaking a sweat over competition in the bass registers from the Collings either. Its a matter of body depth. The Taylor is deeper, but the Taylor is still more immediate than a dreadnought. The Collings is not as deep and responds nicely to fingers although it doesn't do well with a pick. Both are outstanding guitars for their given purposes. So in summary, if you want to replace a dreadnought with a smaller body cutaway then this is what I found to be the very best choice. Enjoy.
Music background: 40+ years singer / guitar player. Electrical engineer.
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Taylor, Taylor 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Taylor Acoustic / Electric Guitars