Taylor 618e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar (Desert Sunburst, SN:1102194044)


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You are looking at a Taylor 618e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar Desert Sunburst, serial number 1102194044. This is the actual guitar you will receive should you decide to purchase.

Visually and sonically, Taylor's 600 series maple guitars command a striking stage presence, and this 618ce in particular exhibits a gorgeous desert sunburst finish that accentuates the guitars stunning figuring. The 618e is crafted from a Sitka spruce soundboard and paired up with big leaf maple sides and 3-piece back. While maple is typically associated with a bright sound and quick note decay, the big, complex voice of the Grand Orchestra body and specially voiced GO bracing gives the 618e a powerful acoustic voice with impressive sustain and a bit more warmth then you'd normally expect from a maple guitar. The 618e responds beautifully to your playing nuances and maintains it's balance from E to e. Dynamic players will love this guitar, with a robust low end for that's perfect strumming rich chords and nice, singing trebles for those lush fingerstyle arrangements. For a simplistic, yet elegant aesthetic, both the top and back are adorned with white binding while the top also boasts an abalone rosette. The hard rock maple neck is bound just as the body, and is topped off with an ebony fingerboard that features breathtaking 600 series 'Twisted Ovals' inlays. To amplify the pure, organic acoustic voice of this guitar, the 618e comes equipped with the groundbreaking Taylor Expression System 2.

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 protect this fine instrument, a hardshell case is included with your purchase of the Taylor 618e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric guitar.


  • Shape: Grand Orchestra
  • Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Top Finish: Gloss
  • Rosette Material/Size: Abalone/Single Ring
  • Back/Side Wood: Big Leaf Maple
  • Back/Side Finish: Gloss
  • Body Length: 20 5/8"
  • Body Width: 16 3/4"
  • Body Depth: 5"
  • Bracing: Grand Orchestra Bracing
  • Binding: White
  • Pickguard: Tortoise
  • Neck Joint: Scarf
  • Neck/Heel: Hard Rock Maple
  • Neck Finish: Gloss
  • Neck Width: 1-3/4"
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2"
  • Heel Length: 3-7/8
  • Heel Cap Binding: White
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Fretboard Inlay: Twisted Ovals
  • Fretboard Binding: White
  • Peghead Type: Standard
  • Headstock Overlay: Ebony
  • Peghead Finish: Gloss
  • Peghead Inlay: Twisted Ovals
  • Peghead Binding: White
  • Peghead Logo: Italian Acrylic
  • Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony with Abalone Dots
  • Tuners: Taylor Gold
  • Buttons: Gold
  • Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Medium
  • Electronics: Expression System 2
  • Includes Taylor Hardshell Case

Get your Taylor 618e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar Desert Sunburst (Serial#: 1102194044) 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 600
Model 618e Grand Orchestra Desert Sunburst


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