Taylor 916ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar (SN:1104084052)


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You are looking at a Taylor 916ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar, serial number 1104084052. This is the actual guitar you will receive should you decide to purchase.

The upper echelon of Taylor's Rosewood models features Taylor’s popular “Cindy” inlay, Indian rosewood binding, red purfling accents, and abalone top trim that also borders the fretboard extension. Among the three classes of rosewood guitars, the fine detailing of the 900 Series sets it apart with exceptional design sophistication. The sleek lines of the Taylor 916ce's grand symphony body are accentuated with an abalone edge trim and are complemented by the 916ce's other shimmering appointments. Every material used on these guitars are premium quality, from the hand-selected tops to the iridescent pieces of abalone used for the inlay work to the elegant Gotoh tuners. The 900 Series guitars are true Taylor masterworks.

The Taylor 916ce boasts a solid Sitka spruce top. Sitka spruce hails from Northwestern North America (Coastal Rainforests of Alaska and Canada). As a guitar soundboard, or top, Sitka spruce is the tonewood standard of the modern era. Its combination of strength and elasticity translates into a broad dynamic range, yielding crisp articulation and allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking. Sitka spruce is Bob Taylor’s personal favorite for an all-around great guitar. Sitka Spruce agrees with all styles of guitars and players.

Complementing the Sitka spruce top the Taylor 916ce features solid Indian rosewood back and sides, one of the most popular and traditional guitar woods of all time. Rosewood takes the basic sonic thumbprint of mahogany (which has a strong midrange) and expands it in both directions. Rosewood sounds deeper in the low end and brighter on the top end (one might describe the treble notes as zesty, sparkly or sizzly, with more articulation). If you look at its frequency range visually, rosewood would appear to be more scooped in the middle, yielding less midrange bloom than mahogany. Like mahogany, rosewood’s vintage heritage has helped firmly establish its acoustic legacy. In some music circles in which preserving the traditional sound helps bring a sense of authenticity to the music — certain strains of Americana, for example — rosewood has an iconic status. Also like mahogany, rosewood is a versatile tonewood, which has contributed to its popularity. You can fingerpick it, strum it and flatpick it. It’s very consistent, so you can usually rely on it to deliver. If you like a guitar with fuller low end and brighter trebles (bluegrass players, for instance), rosewood will do the trick. Its high-end sizzle and clear articulation will benefit players with “dark hands”. If you’re looking for a traditional acoustic sound, this rosewood 916ce is right up your alley.

The 916ce takes form in the full-voiced Grand Symphony body. The Grand Symphony body can considered the “big brother” to the Grand Auditorium body style, featuring a bigger lower bout and a waist that's slightly wider, giving the GS it's rich acoustic sound. The Grand Symphony body has incredible volume and projection that's perfect for hard strummers but can also deliver nice fingerstyle arrangements when you need it, making this the ideal choice for dynamic players. The 916ce also features a smooth venetian cutaway to provide you with greater access to the higher frets.

The 916ce employs Taylor's CV bracing, which incorporates Taylor's patented relief rout and additional refinements, including subtle contouring differences in the scalloping, which results in a rich and fat sound without having to sacrifice articulation. Taylor's patented relief rout is a tone-enhancing voicing technique in which a groove is carved along the inside edges of the top. This groove is similar in function to the re-curve on a violin — it “loosens up” the edges of the top, generating extra flexibility without sacrificing structural integrity. This results in an increased volume and bass response with a well-balanced tone.

The 25.5" scale neck of the 916ce is carved from tropical mahogany into a comfortable, easy to play profile and is topped off with an Ebony fingerboard and  gorgeous “Cindy” inlays.

The Taylor Expression System 2
The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated piezo-electric sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. Together with Taylor’s custom-designed pro audio-grade preamp, the ES2 produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the ES2 faithfully conveys the voice of a Taylor guitar.

Behind the ES2 Design: Rethinking the Piezo Pickup
For decades, piezo-electric transducers have been positioned under the saddle of a guitar based on the long-held belief that the string and top vibration cause the saddle to “bounce” up and down. But Taylor’s electronics team, led by developer David Hosler, discovered that the vertical movement is actually heavily restricted, and that the saddle gets “locked down” due to the string tension’s downward pressure. That’s why a traditional under-saddle pickup with piezo-electric crystals often responds with a sound characterized as thin, brittle, brash or synthetic, especially with more aggressive playing.

The saddle’s natural range of movement as the guitar is being played is actually back and forth like a pendulum. That revelation led Taylor’s design team to relocate the crystals from under the saddle to behind it. The new positioning enables the crystals to respond more naturally to the guitar’s energy as it is transferred through the saddle. Three piezo sensors are installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, with three tiny Allen screws that calibrate the pressure of the sensors against the saddle.

Like the original Taylor Expression System, the ES2 features the same volume and tone control knobs. The preamp is similar but with a slightly different gain structure. As a result it will be about 25 percent hotter, which is more in line with other pickups. This makes it plug-and-play friendly both for artists and live sound mixers.

To provide this fine instrument with superior protection, a Taylor deluxe hardshell case is included with your purchase of the 916ce.

Get your Taylor 916ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar (Serial#: 1104084052) today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

    Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    Hardshell Case
Number Of Frets 20
Scale Length 25-1/2"
Neck Type Scarf
Nut Width 1-3/4"
Neck Wood Tropical Mahogany
Body Wood Indian Rosewood
Top Sitka Spruce
Bridge Type Ebony
Tuning Machines Sealed Gears
Other Features Grand Symphony Body with 2-Piece Back, Full Gloss Finish and Venetian Cutaway

Body Length: 20"
Body Width: 16-1/4"
Body Depth: 4-5/8"

CV Bracing with Relief Rout

Satin Neck Finish

Tropical Mahogany Heel (Length: 3-1/2")

Ebony Fretboard

Standard Peghead with Gloss Finish, Ebony Headstock Overlay and Ebony Truss Rod Cover

Bone Nut and Saddle

Gold Hardware Including Buttons and Gotoh Tuners

Ebony Bridge Pins with Abalone Dots

Taylor Expression System 2 Electronics

900 Series Appointments Include:

Indian Rosewood Body, Fretboard, Peghead and Heel Cap Binding

Red Purfling Accents

Abalone Top Trim/Fretboard Extension and Single Ring 900 Series Bound Abalone Rosette

Abalone Cindy Fretboard, Peghead and Bridge Inlays

Taylor Mother of Pearl Logo

Taylor Expression System 2 Electronics
Orientation Right-Handed
Case/Bag Included Yes
Case Type Hardshell Case
Series 900
Model 916ce


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