The 816ce Builder’s Edition has Taylor’s newly redesigned Grand Symphony body shape and is the first guitar of this size to have their innovative V-Class bracing. The top of this guitar is Lutz spruce, a naturally occurring hybrid of Sitka and White spruce. Lutz spruce tops have the stiffness of Sitka and the lower density of White spruce a combination that pairs well with the Indian rosewood back and sides. The 816ce has a well-balanced bass to treble response and works well for both fingerstyle and flatpicking techniques.

Like the other guitars in the Builder’s Edition series, the 816ce has binding with chamfered edges and the Silent Satin finish, which reduces the squeaking and sliding sounds of a player’s natural arm movements on the body. The most striking feature of this guitar is the soundport cutaway, which resembles a partial Florentine cutaway. This design keeps the guitar’s full back intact while still allowing easy access to the high-register frets. The additional soundhole allows for wider sound dispersion than a guitar with just a standard soundhole. The scale length on the 816ce is 24 ⅞”, which a little shorter than usual on a large guitar like this, and the lighter tension makes playing this guitar a little easier on your fretting hand. The guitar ships with ES2 electronics in a deluxe Taylor hardshell case.

stock no. 58418

ModelBuilder's Edition 816ce
TopLutz Spruce
Back and sidesIndian Rosewood
Frets to body14
Nut width1 3/4"
Scale length24 7/8"
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialMahogany
ElectronicsExpression System 2
RosetteAbalone
BindingMaple
Total frets20
TunersGotho 510-Gold
FinishSilent Satin
CaseOrig. Hard
Serial No1203100100
BracingV-Class