Taylor 916e Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar (Tobacco Sunburst, SN:1103083093)


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You are looking at a Taylor 916e, serial number 1103083093. 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 916e's grand  symphony body are accentuated with an Abalone edge trim and are complemented by  916e'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 916e boasts two perfectly matched tonewoods that are topped off with a breathtaking tobacco sunburst finish. 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 916e features solid Indian rosewood back and sides. Rosewood is 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 treble (bluegrassers, 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 916e is right up your alley.

The Taylor 916e features a Grand Symphony body shape, which is known as the ultimate Taylor strummer. The Grand Symphony shape joined the Taylor line in 2006 and delivers a rich, powerful acoustic voice. Think of it as a Grand Auditorium with a turbo boost, thanks to expanded physical dimensions, including a slightly wider waist and a bigger lower bout. Strummers and pickers with a driving attack will love the fullness, volume and sustain. Yet for such a robust voice, the Grand Symphony is also clear and responsive to fast picking runs or a light fingerstyle touch, so if you’re a dynamic player, this shape is a true contender. And the big voice doesn’t come at the expense of balance. The piano-like bass, meaty midrange, and thick, shimmering highs blend seamlessly. If you like a lush, potent guitar tone that has the horsepower to compete with other acoustic cannons out there, the Grand Symphony shape is a worthy choice.

The 916e 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 916e is carved from Tropical Mahogany into a comfortable, easy to play profile and is topped off with an Ebony fingerboard and  gorgeous “Cindy” inlays.

You will love the clear, full acoustic tone of the Taylor 916e. Why should it be any different when you plug in? That’s why Taylor spent several years developing their own onboard acoustic pickup and preamp. Taylor’s ground-breaking Expression System (ES) was designed to naturally amplify the warm acoustic sound of your guitar. The ES is an all-magnetic acoustic guitar pickup system that works like a microphone to produce a pure signal and a warm, natural acoustic sound. When you plug in, you'll hear the sound of your guitar, not the sound of the pickup. No complicated controls. No tone simulators. Just a clean amplified acoustic guitar sound supported by three simple controls — volume, bass and treble. Years of research brought Taylor to a simple realization: Nothing sounds as true and musical as a microphone. With that as a starting point, Taylor’s David Hosler led the team responsible for the Expression System's breakthrough technology. Utilizing a unique Dynamic Body Sensor mounted to the soundboard, a Dynamic String Sensor embedded beneath the fretboard, and a discrete preamp, the advanced ES technology is unlike any other guitar pickup system. The ES was designed in-house, alongside Taylor’s acoustic guitars, which allowed them to build the ES seamlessly into the design of the guitar, for an integrated pickup system unlike any other. From the design and location of the body and string sensors to the voicing of the preamp, the ES is fully optimized for the Taylor sound. The elegant design, including the non-intrusive control knobs, also preserves the aesthetic of a Taylor guitar.

To provide you with superior protection, a Taylor deluxe hardshell case (brown) is included with your purchase of the 916e.


  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Back/Sides: Indian Rosewood
  • Top/Back/Sides Finish: Gloss
  • Bracing: CV Bracing with Relief Rout
  • Binding: Indian Rosewood
  • Back Configuration: 2-Piece No Wedge
  • Body Filler: Clear
  • Rosette: Single Ring 900 Series Bound (Abalone)
  • Purfling Material: Fiber
  • Body Length: 20”
  • Body Width: 16 1/4”
  • Body Depth: 4 5/8”
  • Bridge/Bridge Pins: Ebony/Ebony with Abalone Dots
  • Edge Trim: Abalone
  • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Neck Joint: Scarf
  • Neck Filler: Clear
  • Neck Width:1 3/4”
  • Heel Length: 3 1/2”
  • Heel Cap Binding: Indian Rosewood
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Fretboard Inlay: Cindy
  • Fretboard Binding: Indian Rosewood
  • Nut & Saddle: Bone
  • Peghead Type: Standard
  • Peghead Binding: Indian Rosewood
  • Peghead Inlay: Cindy
  • Peghead Logo: Taylor Mother of Pearl
  • Peghead Finish: Gloss
  • Headstock Overlay: Ebony
  • Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
  • Tuners: Gold Gotoh Tuners
  • Buttons: Gold
  • Electronics: Expression System
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Case (Brown)

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Things You Will Get:

    Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    Hardshell Case
Series 900
Model 916e


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