Chuck Levin's is an authorized dealer of Taylor Guitars

Chuck Levin's is an authorized dealer of Taylor Guitars

Taylor 2016 316ce Grand Symphony ES2 Acoustic Electric Guitar

    Get Rich Warmth And Great Playability From The Taylor 316ce Grand Symphony ES2 Acoustic Electric Guitar - Featuring A Solid Sitka Spruce Top With Solid Sapele Back And Sides

    This cutaway acoustic electric 316ce model features Taylor’s Grand Symphony body shape, which yields a powerful voice characterized by a deep bass, thick treble notes, and impressive volume and sustain. Sapele’s natural treble brightness is balanced by the bigger body’s tonal output, making the guitar a robust strummer and lively flatpicker with broad dynamic range. Appointments include black binding, a black pickguard, Italian acrylic dot fretboard inlays, and a 3-ring rosette. The guitar comes equipped with Taylor’s Expression System 2 pickup and ships in a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.

    The Grand Symphony body style is rich and robust, with a slightly larger footprint than the Grand Auditorium size, and yields lots of volume and dynamic range, strong volume when strumming or flatpicking, and responsive clarity with a lighter attack. Players will find a deeper bass, thicker trebles, and an increased volume and sustain in the low end, all without disrupting tonal balance or the clarity of the guitar, for a potent and dynamic all-around sound. 

    The GS body shape was designed by Bob Taylor, joining the line in 2006. It delivers a rich, powerful acoustic voice. Think of it as the popular Grand Auditorium with a turbo, much thanks to expanded physical dimensions that include a slightly wider waist and a bigger lower bout. Strummers as well as pickers using a driving attack will go for the fullness, volume and sustain. The GS is clear and responsive to fast picking runs or the light fingerstyle touch, so if you are a dynamic player, then this model shape is the contender.  This big voice doesn’t come at the expense of balance. The piano-like bass and strong midrange against a shimmering top end balance effortlessly. For a potent guitar tone that has the horsepower to compete with any other acoustic cannons out there, this is what you need..

    As a guitar soundboard, the Sitka spruce used in building the 316ce model top is the tonewood standard for the modern era. It’s used with nearly all of the guitars that Taylor makes. Its combination of strength and elasticity translates into a broad dynamic range, yielding crisp articulation and allowing for everything from fingerpicking to aggressive strumming and flatpicking. Safe to say Sitka spruce is Bob Taylor’s personal favorite for an all-around great guitar.

    Taylor sources their Sitka Spruce from the coastal rainforests of Alaska and Canada. The soundboard choice for most guitars, Sitka spruce produces a broad dynamic range and accommodates a versatile range of playing styles. The most commonly used wood for guitar tops, Sitka generates a broad dynamic range and accommodates numerous playing styles, from aggressive strumming to fingerpicking.

    As for body wood, West African Sapele’s tonal output is consistent and balanced across the tonal spectrum, making it compatible with a diverse range of playing styles. It’s comparable to mahogany but its higher density tends to produce a slightly brighter sound with more top-end shimmer.

    Sapele is an alternative tonewood that joined the Taylor fold over a decade ago. It’s sometimes mistakenly referred to as African mahogany because it closely resembles the West African wood khaya, which is commercially known as African mahogany. Sapele is a highly sustainable, relatively fast-growing wood. Tonally, it does everything that mahogany does, with a little extra treble zing. Like ovangkol, it’s a great all-purpose tonewood that will deliver a consistent, balanced tone in a variety of playing applications, from fingerstyle to strumming.