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Taylor Guitars 818e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The Taylor 800 Series models gives their flagship rosewood/spruce 800 series guitars a whole new twist, offering up an expansive array of tone-enhancing refinements by optimizing virtually every element of the guitar's material construction. This fantastic 818e features powerful sound with elevated craftsmanship, groundbreaking Expression System 2 electronics, and a refreshed design aesthetic. If you're looking for a top-of-the-line acoustic with an incredibly powerful voice, the 818e will make the perfect addition to your collection.

Powerful Sound, Elevated Craftsmanship
With the rebirth of the 800 series, Andy Powers, the designer/luthier behind these instruments, sought to highlight the distinctive characteristics and unique acoustic voice of each different body shape. These refinements include customized bracing and wood thicknesses for each style—to bring out the best tonal qualities, as well as animal protein glue adhesive for superb tonal transfer, and a thinner gloss finish. The Grand Orchestra body of the 818e is crafted from a Sitka spruce soundboard that's beautifully complemented by Indian rosewood back and sides. Combined with completely revoiced bracing, the 818e has more power and a more dynamic range.

Groundbreaking Expression System 2 Electronics
Capturing far more sound than ever before, Taylor's Expression System 2 electronics features a behind the saddle pickup design. The pickup has three specially positioned acoustic sensors. This revamping of the classic piezo pickup takes acoustic amplification to a new realm of clarity and tone.  

Refreshed Design Aesthetic
This tastefully appointed 818e Grand Orchestra makes use of some of the finest materials available—the body, peghead, fingerboard and heelcap are all bound by pale maple with a matching pale maple back strip to add a nice touch. To showcase the rosewood-rich heritage of the 800 series and the wood's natural beauty, the 818e is adorned with stunning rosewood accents which includes rosewood trim along the top edge, a gorgeous rosewood pickguard that's perfectly matched with back and sides, and a stunning green abalone rosette outlined with rosewood. The neck of the Taylor 818e is topped off with a light-marbled ebony fingerboard. The fingerboard boasts elegant mother-of-pearl Element fingerboard inlays that were inspired by the diamond-like shape of the various 800 series inlays over the years. For a beautiful glossy luster without sacrificing tonal response, the body of the 818e is all dressed up in a 3.5 mils full-gloss finish that's over 40 percent thinner. Overall, this guitar is something to behold.


  • Grand Orchestra Body
  • Sitka Spruce Top with Indian Rosewood Back & Sides
  • Advanced Performance Bracing
  • Taylor Expression System 2 Electronics
  • 800 Series Appointments and Tone-Enhancing Refinements
  • Includes Hardshell Case

Get your Taylor 818e Grand Orchestra 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.

⚠️This product can expose you to chemicals including Lead, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information visit www.P65warnings.ca.gov.

Things You Will Get:

  • Acoustic-Electric Guitar
  • Hardshell Case


by PowerReviews
Body Size/Shape Grand Orchestra
Body Wood Indian Rosewood
Top Sitka Spruce
Bracing Advanced Performance with Relief Rout
Cutaway None
Top/Body Finish Gloss 3.5 Mil
Neck Type Scarf
Neck Wood Tropical Mahogany
Neck Finish Satin
Scale Length 25-1/2"
Fingerboard Ebony
Number Of Frets 20
Nut Width 1-3/4"
Bridge Type Ebony
Nut & Saddle Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
Tuning Machines Taylor Nickel
Electronics Taylor Expression System 2
Orientation Right-Handed
Other Features Optimized Dimensions/Wood Thickness/Bracing to Bring Out the Best of Each Body Shape

Protein Glue for Enhanced Tonal Transfer

Indian Rosewood Edge Trim and Pickguard

Abalone Rosette Outlined with Indian Rosewood

Maple Binding and Back Strip
Case/Bag Included Yes
Case Type Hardshell Case
Series 800
Model 818e

Taylor Expression System 2 Electronics

Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts and labor for the lifetime of the product. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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