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Ideal strummer with Venetian cutaway and rare Tasmanian blackwood back and sides.
Straight-grained blackwood back and sides and a Sitka spruce top yield a dynamic strumming experience on the limited edition 516ce-FLTD Grand Symphony Acoustic-Electric. Blackwood blends the midrange focus of koa or mahogany with the zesty treble overtones typical of rosewood, while the Grand Symphony shape produces an abundance of low-end power, especially with a heavier attack. Crisp ivoroid binding pops against the shaded edgeburst finish treatment, accentuating the body' ample curves, including a Venetian cutaway. The guitar comes plug-and-play ready with Taylor' proprietary Expression System 2 electronics, and ships in a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.
Tasmanian blackwood is an acacia wood species that' a close cousin of Hawaiian koa. Though it might not match koa' cachet in terms of exotic beauty, its tonal range is similar, and visually it often exhibits some of koa' same character traits. Blackwood also is sourced from forests that are responsibly managed, making it a sustainable wood for guitar making. Blackwood takes koa' basic tonal profile (a blend of mahogany' meaty midrange and maple' brightness) and adds a splash of rosewood' overtone bloom.
The Grand Symphony shape joined the 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 GS is also clear and responsive to fast picking runs or a light fingerstyle touch, so if you'e 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. These traits also make the GS a great vehicle for 12-strings. If you like a lush, potent guitar tone that has the horsepower to compete with other acoustic cannons out there, the GS shape is a worthy choice.
Expression 2 Electronics
The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor' ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor' proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. Together with Taylor' custom-designed œprofessional audio-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar.
Body shape: Other
Cutaway: Single cutaway
Top: Sitka spruce
Back & sides: Blackwood
Bracing pattern: Forward shifted pattern with relief rout
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Nut width: 1.75" (44.45mm)
Wood: Tropical mahogany
Scale length: 25.5"
Number of frets: 20
Configuration: Behind the saddle pickup
Preamp EQ: 2-band
Notch filter: No
Tuning machines: Nickel
Saddle & nut: Micarta/Tusq
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Limited edtion
Case: Hardshell case
Accessories: Warranty card, adjustment tools
Country of origin: United States
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