Taylor 718e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar (Vintage Sunburst, SN:1101074027)


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You are looking at a Taylor 718e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst, serial number 1101074027. This is the actual guitar you will receive should you decide to purchase.

If you're looking for a beautiful sounding, big-voiced acoustic guitar with traditional styling and a classic Americana vibe, the Taylor 718e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric guitar is the perfect choice for you. The back and sides of the 718e are crafted from Indian rosewood, a traditional acoustic guitar tonewood, and features a Sitka spruce top that's finished in a warm vintage sunburst reminiscent of vintage acoustics of the 1930s. These tonewoods are combined into the biggest of the Taylor body shapes, the Grand Orchestra, to give the 718ce a deep, complex acoustic voice with superb tonal uniformity from E to e. The robust low end of the 718e is balanced by a rich treble response, and unlike many other big-bodied guitars, this guitar responds beautifully to a light touch. Dynamic players will love the power and detail of this 718e because it's capable of delivering anything from a lush fingerstyle arrangement to full, meaty open chords.

This traditionally appointed Taylor 718e features grained ivoroid Heritage Diamond fingerboard inlays, a three ring ivoroid rosette, an ivoroid Taylor logo, and grained ivoroid body, fingerboard, headstock and heelcap binding that all cater to the 718e's vintage-style aesthetic. When you're ready to take it to the stage, the revolutionary Taylor Expression System 2 captures and amplifies the pure acoustic sound of the 718e with the highest fidelity.

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.

The Taylor 718e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric guitar comes fully protected by a Taylor Deluxe hardshell case.


  • Body: Grand Orchestra
  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Top Finish: Vintage Sunburst
  • Rosette: Three Ring Ivoroid
  • Bracing: Grand Orchestra Bracing
  • Back/Sides: Indian Rosewood
  • Back Configuration: 2-Piece, No Wedge
  • Body Finish: Gloss
  • Body Length: 20 5/8”
  • Body Width: 16 3/4”
  • Body Depth: 5”
  • Cutaway: Venetian
  • Body//Heel Cap/Fretboard/Headstock Binding: Grained Ivoroid
  • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
  • Neck Joint: Scarf
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Neck Width: 1 3/4”
  • Heel Length: 3 7/8”
  • Scale Length: 25 1/2”
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Fingerboard Inlays: Grained Ivoroid Heritage Diamonds
  • Nut/Saddle: Tusq
  • Peghead Type/Finish/Logo: Standard/Satin Finish/Ivoroid Logo
  • Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Tuners: Taylor Chrome
  • Buttons: Chrome
  • Bridge/Bridge Pins: Ebony
  • Electronics: Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2)
  • Strings: Elixir Phospher Bronze Medium
  • Includes Deluxe Hardshell Case

Get your Taylor 718e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst (Serial#: 1101074027) 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 700
Model 718e


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