Guitar World Staff Picks: Paul Riario’s Top 5 Acoustic Guitars of 2012
04. Taylor 316ce
Taylor is widely known as the performer's choice for an electric-acoustic. Everyone from Taylor Swift to Jason Mraz employs a Taylor as their acoustic for the stage. However, for those of us who can’t swing some of the pricier Taylors those artists use, the 300 Series is a great mid-point for an excellent Taylor acoustic.
The 316ce ($2,238) features a grand symphony body that translates to a wider waist and hefty lower bout to deliver its brawny voice. The 316ce features sapele back and sides, which is very similar to mahogany in tone, but the gloss-finish sitka spruce top evens out its stout midrange to respond with volume and brightness.
Taylor’s integrated Expression system electronics is renowned for its pure sound and simple ergonomic controls, and plugging into a PA or an acoustic amp you really get to hear the wood of this robust acoustic.
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