Taylor 818e Grand Orchestra Acoustic Guitar with Electronics

The Grand Orchestra has long stood at the top of the Taylor range of body shapes in terms of size and big, powerful sound. Now, the jumbo-esque shape takes on new life thanks to new revoicings by Andy Powers, launching with this 818e. Built with solid Indian rosewood for the back and sides with a solid Sitka spruce top, the 818e is among the first Grand Orchestra guitars to feature V-Class bracing. Rosewood and spruce interplay here to produce rich low-end warmth, slightly scooped mids, and clear, articulate treble notes, while the new bracing allows rosewood’s natural overtones to bloom and resonate as notes sustain. The large body shape provides serious headroom and projection for bold strummers, but the new enhancements also make the 818e incredibly soft-touch-sensitive, making it an ideal choice for fingerstyle players and flatpickers as well. The 818e’s memorable musical character is complemented by a set of luxurious appointments, including maple binding, a single-ring rosette in shell and paua, nickel tuners, Mission inlays in mother-of-pearl and abalone, and a new Antique Blonde top finish treatment that adds a charming glow. It ships without a cutaway to preserve a more traditional look and feel, and includes built-in ES2 electronics to provide clean amplified tone. It also includes a deluxe hardshell case with a Western Floral pattern.

Grand Orchestra Shapes

Taylor's biggest body shape blends power, detail and balance across the tonal spectrum.

Sitka Spruce Top Woods

The soundboard choice for most guitars, Sitka spruce produces a broad dynamic range and accommodates a versatile range of playing styles.

Indian Rosewood Body Woods

The tonewood superstar. Popular, traditional, and versatile, Bob Taylor puts Indian rosewood among the greatest tonewoods ever.

Expression System® 2 Electronics

The Expression System® 2 captures more of a guitar’s dynamic properties using a breakthrough behind-the-saddle design.

V-Class Bracing

A revolutionary design that balances the flexibility and stability of the top, V-Class bracing produces unmatched sustain, volume, and intonation.

Specifications:

  • Scale Length: 25-1/2"
  • Nut & Saddle: Black Tusq Nut, Micarta Saddle
  • Bracing: V-Class
  • Truss Rod Cover: West African Crelicam Ebony
  • Pickguard: Rosewood
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Tuners: Taylor Nickel
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell-Western Floral
  • Brand of Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Medium
  • Body Length: 20 5/8"
  • Body Width: 16 3/4"
  • Body Depth: 5"
  • Binding/Edge Treatment: Pale Non-Figured Maple
  • Top Finish: Gloss
  • Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
  • Backstrap Finish: None
  • Rosette Size: Single Ring
  • Bridge Inlay: None
  • Back/Side Finish: Gloss 6.0
  • Armrest Binding: None
  • Backstrap Wood: None
  • Rosette Mat.: Paua
  • Stain/Sunburst: Antique Blond
  • Wedge: None
  • Armrest: no
  • Neck Width: 1-3/4"
  • Fretboard Inlay: Mission
  • Fretboard Binding/Edge Treatment: West African Crelicam Ebony
  • Heel Cap Binding: West African Crelicam Ebony
  • Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
  • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
  • Fretboard Wood: West African Crelicam Ebony
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Heel Length: 3/7/2008
  • Peghead Finish: Gloss
  • Peghead Binding: West African Crelicam Ebony
  • Peghead Type: Standard
  • Peghead Purfling: Koa
  • Headstock Overlay: West African Crelicam Ebony
  • Peghead Inlay: None
  • Peghead Logo: Taylor Mother of Pearl
  • Bridge Pins: West African Ebony with Green Abalone Dots
  • Buttons: Nickel
  • Fingerboard Ext: None
  • Edge Trim: None
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