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You are looking at a Taylor 918e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar, serial number 1104233128. 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 918e's grand orchestra body are accentuated with an Abalone edge trim and are complemented by  918e'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 918e 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 918e 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 918e is right up your alley.

The 918e features the Grand Orchestra body shape, Taylor's biggest, most complex voice that's also well-balanced and ultra responsive to your playing dynamics. The Grand Orchestra body delivers the boldest, richest voice out of all the Taylor body shapes. Just as the Grand Symphony yields a deeper, more powerful voice than the Grand Auditorium, the Grand Orchestra stands out as a more robust alternative to the Grand Symphony. The Grand Orchestra shape features a slightly bigger footprint and a deeper body, which helps produce a potent low-end response. Under the hood, a new bracing scheme optimizes the movement of the soundboard to produce louder, more complex tone with incredible sustain. What sets the big-body Grand Orchestra shape apart from other big-bodied guitars is its ability to maintain its balance across the whole tonal spectrum, especially given its powerful low-end. While other big-bodied guitars require an aggressive attack to get the top moving, the Grand Orchestra is responsive to a light touch. If you crave a guitar sound that's brimming with power and rich detail, the Grand Orchestra won't disappoint.  The Grand Orchestra might be the most expressive and versatile big-body guitar you'll ever play, from lush fingerstyle arrangements to big cowboy chords, the Grand Orchestra is sure to deliver amazing tone for any playing style.

The 25.5" scale neck of the 918e 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 918e. 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 918e.

Features:

  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Back/Sides: Indian Rosewood
  • Top/Back/Sides Finish: Gloss
  • Bracing: Grand Orchestra Bracing
  • Binding: Indian Rosewood
  • Back Configuration: 2-Piece No Wedge
  • Body Filler: Clear
  • Rosette: Single Ring (Abalone)
  • Body Length: 20 5/8”
  • Body Width: 16 3/4”
  • Body Depth: 5”
  • Bridge/Bridge Pins: Ebony/Ebony with Abalone Dots
  • Edge Trim: Abalone
  • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Neck Joint: Scarf
  • Neck Filler: Brown
  • Neck Width:1 3/4”
  • Heel Length: 3 7/8”
  • 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)

Get your Taylor 918e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar (Serial#: 1104233128) 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
Series 900
Model 918e

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Rich, bold, but not boomy.

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Comments about Taylor 918e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar (SN:1104233128):

I don't have this guitar yet, but fell in love with it at a Taylor Road Show event. I had my dog with me. Mostly he hid under my chair as the guitars were amplified. When Wayne Johnson began playing the Grand Orchestra, my dog came out of his hiding place, wagging his tail a mile a minute. My dog picked out my next guitar! And he has good taste. The guitar is everything it's cracked up to be.

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