Taylor 416ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The Taylor 400 series allows players to enjoy solid African ovangkol’s responsive, rosewood-like tone, which pairs well with Sitka spruce and can accommodate a range of playing styles. White binding applies a crisp counterpoint against the gloss top and mottled brown hues of ovangkol.

The Taylor 416ce is a Grand Symphony shaped guitar with a Venetian cutaway. The Venetian cutaway is known for its soft, round lines. The Grand Symphony shape is 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 Sypmhony shape is a worthy choice.

The Taylor 416ce 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 416ce features solid ovangkol back and sides. Over a decade ago, Taylor introduced the guitar world to a sustainable tonewood known as ovangkol. An African relative of rosewood, ovnagkol is a great sounding wood that shares many of rosewood's tonal properties, with a slightly fuller midrange and a top end that's not quite as bright as maple. Being lesser known than rosewood, ovangkol has been a sleeper hit over the years, asserting itself as an instant contender among unsuspecting players who test-drive a variety of Taylor models. Ovankgol is great for players who perhaps don't have predefined tonal preferences, who may be generalists in their style of play, and who are looking for a well-rounded, all-purpose solid wood guitar.

The Taylor 416ce features Forward Shifted with Relief Rout bracing. The Standard II version used on the 400 series instruments shifts the X forward (closer to the soundhole) and incorporates a Taylor-patented relief rout. The Taylor 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. Taylor first began using this groove in 2002. The result is increased bass and volume with a balanced tone. These refinements enable more of the top to vibrate, enhancing the tone.

The Taylor Expression System is "Natural Sound Made Simple"
You will love the clear, full acoustic tone of the Taylor 416e. 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.

Taylor Standard Hardshell Black case included.

Features:

  • Cutaway Grand Symphony body style
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid ovangkol back and sides
  • Tropical Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fingerboard and bridge
  • Pearloid dot inlays
  • Taylor Expression System onboard electronics
  • Tusq nut and saddle
  • Black body binding
  • Taylor chrome tuners
  • Elixir Medium Gauge Strings with NANOWEB Coating
  • 25.5" scale
  • Scalloped X-bracing
  • Taylor Standard Hardshell Black case included
  • Taylor guitars feature a limited lifetime warranty


Get your Taylor 416ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar 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 400
Other Features Taylor Expression System Electronics
Model 416-CE

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Taylor416ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.7

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  • Easy to play (6)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Great tone (4)
  • Great feel (3)
  • Playability (3)

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    Best Uses

    • Recording (19)
    • Gigs (5)
    • Live (5)
    • Live performance (5)
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    5.0

    Awesome guitar!

    By 

    from Store 47

    Pros

    • Britght Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Acoustic Gigs

      Comments about Taylor 416ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I use this guitar to teach the Saturday morning Sam Ash guitar lesson. It has a very bright tone, nice neck, and a very comfortable feel!

      This has been a hands on review by Tony Benade at Sam Ash Sarasota.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      TAYLOR 416

      By 

      from MIAMI FL

      Pros

      • Beautiful And Great Sound

      Cons

      • No Tuner On It
      • Price

      Best Uses

      • Live Or Recording

      Comments about Taylor 416ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      FIRST OF ALL TAYLOR CREATES GREAT SOUNDING BEAUTIFUL GUITARS,AND THIS ONE ITS GREAT,INLAYS ARE PERFECT,FINISH IS AWSOME AND THE SOUND IS LOUD AND BALANCED.THE NECK FEELS REALLY GOOD ALMOST AS AN ELECTRIC GUITAR,THE ONLY THING MISSING ON THE GUITAR IS AN ONBOARD TUNER AND ITS AN EXPENSIVE GUITAR BUT FOR ME IT IS WORTH THE MONEY,SO IF YOU WANT TO SPOIL YOURSELF GO AND GET THIS GUITAR. THIS WAS A HAND ON REVIEW MADE BY SANTOS MASSABIE@ SAMASH DOLPHIN MALL

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      4.0

      Satisfaction guaranteed

      By 

      from SAM ASH MUSIC BROOKLYN

      Pros

      • Great For Live And Record

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Great For Pros

        Comments about Taylor 416ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        The moment I strummed my first chord it made me feel like I could write a song. Such great resonance with the Sitka spruce top,Ovangkol back and sides. The Mahogany neck with Ebony fingerboard felt so comfortable.just enough depth with out sounding muddy. This guitar sings!

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        5.0

        Great all around acoustic

        By 

        from Huntington NY

        Pros

        • American Made
        • Comes with case
        • Feels Great
        • Good Quality
        • Looks great
        • Sounds Great

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Any application
          • Live use
          • Studio Use

          Comments about Taylor 416ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Taylor makes amazing acoustic guitars, they feel sound and look great. I would recommend this guitar to anybody who needs a good acoustic to gig record and write with.

          I'm a staff reviewer at sam ash

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Taylor 416CE

          By 

          from Huntington, NY

          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

          • Intonation
          • Playability
          • Strong Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Live performance
            • Recording

            Comments about Taylor 416ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            The Taylor 416CE offers the comfort and playability of a concert-body guitar, without sacrificing the tone and presence of a larger "jumbo". One light strum and you will fill the room with sound and warmth. The Taylor Expression System allows for easy amplification without losing out on that organic, meaty sound. Whether you are using it for home/studio recording or live in front of thousands of people, this guitar will not disappoint!!

            I am a staff reviewer for Sam Ash Music!

             
            5.0

            Gorgeous guitar.

            By 

            from Glendale, AZ

            Staff Reviewer

            Pros

            • Effortless Action
            • Full But Focused Tone
            • Impeccable construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fun
              • Live
              • Studio

              Comments about Taylor 416ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              If you've ever played a Taylor you're already aware of the quality you can anticipate. This particular model of course lives up to the reputation. What I found interesting was how comfortable it was to play. The body style is large enough to produce a rich low-end without interfering with Taylor's hallmark focus and clarity, yet it was shaped in such a way that it was surprisingly effortless to hold. The cutaway adds for extra diversity in style of play, and it played just as smooth above the 12th as it did below. The electronics Taylor is putting out these days are amazingly compelling, and 416CE was no exception there.

              This is a real hands-on review from Michael @ Sam Ash Music Glendale, AZ

               
              5.0

              amazing guitar

              By 

              from Dallas, TX

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Amazing sound
              • Clarity
              • Great projection

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Live
                • Practice
                • Recording

                Comments about Taylor 416ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                The Taylor 416ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar is just simply and amazing acoustic guitar. with warm clear tones and the amazingly smooth fret board this guitar is perfect for any and all settings

                I am a professional product for sam ash music Dallas, TX

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                4.0

                A True Workhorse

                By 

                from Puente Hills, CA

                Staff Reviewer

                Pros

                • Cutaway
                • True Tonal Woods
                • Versatility

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Live performance
                  • Recording
                  • Strumming

                  Comments about Taylor 416ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  I've used Taylor's 416ce in both live and recording situations and I must say, I'm impressed. The slightly larger, curvacious body style supports all the "boom" of a jumbo with the comfort of a concert body styled guitar. I'm a huge fan of the tonal wood selection chosen for the 4 series due to Ovangkol's rosewood-like tonal properties, while still keeping a full mid range and brilliant trebles. The cutaway allows for higher voicings and manipulations along the guitar but doesn't sacrifice tonal projection, which most tend to worry about with a cutaway. I have yet to find a quirk about this guitar that I'm not completely in love with. This is a real hands-on product review from Josh @ Sam Ash Puente Hills.

                   
                  5.0

                  This guitar is a winner!

                  By 

                  from Paramus, NJ

                  Staff Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Beautiful To The Eyes
                  • Easy to play
                  • Reliable
                  • Solid Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • A beautiful gift
                    • Big Stages
                    • Jamming
                    • Recording
                    • Song writing

                    Comments about Taylor 416ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    First off the Grand Symphony shaped venetian cutaway makes this beautiful guitar very comfortable to play. The solid sitka spruce top with scalloped X-bracing, plus the solid ovangkol back and sides, makes this guitar produce a sweet warm tone. The expression system that is built into this guitar is great for recording and live perfomances. If you like elegance and tone this guitar is for you.

                    I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash music.

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                    5.0

                    Taylor quality, Taylor sound. 'Nuff said

                    By 

                    from San Antonio, TX

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • 5-star Electronics
                    • Craftsmanship
                    • Great feel
                    • Great sound
                    • Incredible tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Performance
                      • Practice
                      • Stage
                      • Studio
                      • Touring

                      Comments about Taylor 416ce Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      If you are at all familiar with Taylor, you already know that they are revered throughout the industry. You will find Taylor Guitars onstage and in studios around the world. The company prides itself on their quality, as well as on their continued mission to drive innovation in manufacturing.

                      The Taylor 416ce is a prime example of the culmination of Taylor's 40 years in the business and their innovative spirit. The Spruce top pairs wonderfully with the Ovangkol back and sides to deliver a very crisp, clear voice. The neck is made to be played, following Taylor's tradition of making a better, stronger, and more playable neck than their contemporaries.

                      My example was perfect right out of the box. The setup was flawless and the guitar was ready and willing to be put through its paces. This guitar's tone was so clear and wonderfully balanced, it made me want to just keep playing it. Chords sing out and single notes are full bodied and pleasant. Finger-picking brings out the warm, articulate tones provided by the modern bracing techniques.

                      Plugging this guitar in almost makes it MORE fun to play. The ES electronics are time-tested and bring this guitar's tone out to the amp or P.A. to share with the rest of the world, and it sounds great.

                      This is a great example of a Taylor guitar, and everything that's awesome about them. This could be the guitar of a lifetime - and it could be calling your name!

                      This is a REAL hands-on product review from Matt @ Sam Ash San Antonio.

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