The Taylor 816ce Builders Edition V Class acoustic electric guitar is a unique instrument that appeals to boutique enthusiasts looking for a unique feel and sound. Master guitar craftsman Andy Powers has taken the 816ce in an entirely different direction with a unique soundport cutaway. Embracing many of the features unique to the Builders Edition series, the guitar captures the classic tone combination of rosewood back and sides with Lutz spruce top, and the results are stunning.
Unique Soundport Cutaway
Crafted to resemble a partial Florentine cutaway, the design keeps the guitar's full back intact while still allowing easy access to the high-register frets. The additional soundhole adds a truly new dimension of acoustic sound, creating a wide-angle sound that would fit as well in a classical orchestra as it would a rock band or a fingerstyle solo act.
Classic Tone Combination of Rosewood Back and Sides with Lutz Spruce Top
Lutz spruce is a hybrid of Sitka and white spruce, capturing the tonal response of Adirondack spruce, for greater sonic headroom. Indian Rosewood delivers strong bass response and crisp high end with a slightly scooped mid-range voice. This incredible Taylor 816ce Builders Edition represents a body larger than the grand auditorium yet boasts a 24-7/8" scale length with light gauge strings. The sonic architecture of the 816ce evokes a fuller voice and creates a broader frequency dispersion that creates an extended sustain and projection.
Features Unique to the Builders Edition Series
Complete with maple bound chamfered body edges, silent satin finish, and curve wing bridge, the Taylor 816ce Builders Edition is one of the most remarkably comfortable guitars in a larger shape. Round it off with Gotoh 510 antique gold tuning machines, Windansea mother of pearl fretboard and headstock inlays, abalone shell single ring bound rosette, ES 2 electronics, and you have a remarkable instrument ready for the studio and stage. The 816ce Builders Edition V Class ships in a deluxe hard-shell case.
Exclusive V-Class Bracing
Made using Taylor's exclusive, groundbreaking V-Class bracing system, the 816ce Builder's Edition has even more sonic horsepower, clarity, sustain, and a more expressive tonal response than its predecessors. This bracing system also offers exceptional intonation across the entire fretboard along with unparalleled harmonic agreement and consistency between notes.
Taylor Expression System 2 Electronics
The 816ce Builder's Edition features another Taylor forte - electronics. The Expression System 2 was designed so all the lovely acoustic sound Taylor guitars create could be amplified. Located behind the saddle, the ES2 pickup has three distinctively positioned sensors to catch the dynamic sound range. The 816ce Builder’s Edition also has an onboard preamp with volume, bass, and treble controls, so you can find the sonic expression you're seeking.
- Grand Symphony Body Shape with Soundport Cutaway
- Indian Rosewood Back and Sides with Lutz Spruce Top
- Patented V Class Bracing Design
- Taylor Expression System 2 Electronics
- Silent Satin Finish
- Rolled Edges
- Gotoh 510 Tuners
- Includes Hardshell Case
Get your Taylor 816ce Builder's Edition V-Class Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric Guitar from Sam Ash today. With over nine decades of experience in the music retail business, Sam Ash is dedicated to helping every player and collector find the distinctive instrument that they've been longing for. And remember, your purchase is protected by the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy.
⚠️ WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.