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A Fresh Take on an Old Favorite

Several years ago, it was difficult to imagine anyone improving upon Taylor's vaunted 800 series. Most people would be terrified to try and fix something so decidedly unbroken, but Andy Powers is not most people. He built his first guitar at age eight, and he's had his nose to the grindstone ever since. So, the redesigned 800 series is a celebration of a storied tradition by a builder with twenty years of experience, but it it also injects that tradition with oodles and oodles of youthful energy. This combination of innovation and experience has resulted in a truly stunning final product.

To give the 800 series a tonal facelift, the esteemed Mr. Powers developed the revelatory Advanced Performance bracing system through an incredibly involved, laborious design process. Though their main goal was to generally increase warmth and midrange projection for each guitar in the 800 series, Powers and the team at Taylor found the exact perfect placement of each brace on each of Taylor's body sizes to emphasize the natural tonal strengths of each shape. So, the bracing on a Grand Auditorium will be different from a Dreadnought, because those two guitars do different things!

The obsessiveness didn't stop there, though--they even recalculated the ideal thickness of every top, back, and side of every guitar, and they decided to finish each piece of wood with a very thin polyester gloss finish to optimize projection. Also, each body size features side bracing to help improve connection between the top and back to increase frequency response. Speaking of which, Taylor only utilizes protein glue for the 800 series, which creates the strongest possible connection between each piece of wood to ensure maximum volume and resonance. This doesn't even take into account the redesigned ES-2 System--which delivers truly incredible plugged-in tone--or the stunning new aesthetic updates like figured maple binding, an Indian rosewood pickguard, and an abalone rosette.

Specifications:

Brand Taylor Guitars
Model816CE
TypeGrand Symphony
Finish ColorNatural
Top WoodSitka Spruce
Top FinishGloss
BracingAdvanced Performance with Relief Rout
Back & Sides WoodIndian Rosewood
Back & Sides FinishGloss
CutawayVenetian
Neck WoodTropical Mahogany
Neck Dimensions.830 1st - .860 9th
Fretboard MaterialMarbled Ebony
Fingerboard InlaysMother-of-Pearl Element
Frets20
Scale Length25.5"
Width at Nut1.75"
Nut MaterialTusq
HeadstockEbony Headstock Overlay
BindingPale Non-Figured Maple
PurflingRosewood Top Edge Trim and Rosette Outline
RosetteSingle-Ring Abalone with Rosewood
ElectronicsTaylor Expression System 2
TunersChrome
BridgeEbony
SaddleMicarta
PickguardRosewood
CaseTaylor Deluxe Hardshell Case

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