Taylor Builder's Edition 816ce V-Class Bracing

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Builder's Edition 816ce
Leading the way for Taylor's newly redesigned Grand Symphony body shape, the Builder’s Edition 816ce highlights the transformative Taylor design philosophy with lovingly crafted contours, an expansive acoustic tone, and player-focused enhancements. The ultimate playing experience begins with Indian rosewood back and sides paired with a Lutz spruce top, offering all the low-end warmth and sparkle you’d expect from the classic rosewood/spruce combination with additional bloom and resonance added by V-Class bracing. But this Builder’s Edition model truly shines in the details, starting with its most significant innovation: the soundport cutaway. Crafted to resemble a partial Florentine cutaway, the design keeps the guitar’s full back intact while still allowing easy access to the high-register frets. The additional soundhole adds a truly new dimension of acoustic sound, creating a wide-angle sound that would fit as well in a classical orchestra as it would a rock band or a fingerstyle solo act. For aesthetics, Taylor has appointed this model with a host of their most player-centric features, including figured maple binding with chamfered edges and rosewood edge trim, a single-ring rosette in green abalone, Windansea inlays in shell and mother-of-pearl, and ultra-precise Gotoh 510 tuners in antique gold. The guitar ships with ES2 electronics in a deluxe Taylor hardshell case.

FEATURES
  • Grand Symphony Body Shape: This strong Taylor strummer produces a rich, bold voice.
  • Lutz Spruce Top: This natural hybrid of Sitka and White spruce also shares characteristics with Adirondack spruce, responding with power, richness and volume.
  • Indian Rosewood Back & Sides: The tonewood superstar. Popular, traditional, and versatile, Bob Taylor puts Indian rosewood among the greatest tonewoods ever.
  • Expression System 2 Pickup: The Expression System 2 captures more of a guitar’s dynamic properties using a breakthrough behind-the-saddle design.
  • V-Class Bracing: A revolutionary design that balances the flexibility and stability of the top, V-Class bracing produces unmatched sustain, volume, and intonation.

SPECIFICATIONS
Scale Length: 24-7/8"
Nut & Saddle: Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
Bracing: V-Class
Truss Rod Cover: West African Crelicam Ebony
Pickguard: West African Crelicam Ebony
Number of Frets: 20
Tuners: Gotoh
Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
Brand of Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light
Body Length: 20"
Body Width: 16-1/4"
Body Depth: 4-5/8"
Binding/Edge Treatment: Rock Maple
Top Finish: Silent Satin
Back Config: 2-Piece No Wedge
Backstrap Finish: None
Rosette Size: Single Ring
Bridge Inlay: None
Back/Side Finish: Silent Satin
Armrest Binding: None
Backstrap Wood: None
Rosette Mat.: Abalone
Stain/Sunburst: Natural
Wedge: None
Armrest: No
Neck Width: 1-3/4"
Fretboard Inlay: Windansea
Fretboard Binding/Edge Treatment: West African Crelicam Ebony
Heel Cap Binding: West African Crelicam Ebony
Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
Fretboard Wood: West African Crelicam Ebony
Neck Finish: Satin
Heel Length: 3-1/2"
Peghead Finish: Satin
Peghead Binding: West African Crelicam Ebony
Peghead Type: Standard
Peghead Purfling: Maple
Headstock Overlay: West African Crelicam Ebony
Peghead Inlay: Windansea
Peghead Logo: Taylor Mother of Pearl
Bridge Pins: West African Crelicam Ebony
Buttons: Gold
Fingerboard Ext.: None
Edge Trim: Maple/Indian Rosewood