Taylor GT 811e review

Taylor continues the rollout of its brand-new smaller-body Grand Theater acoustics with the latest C-Class bracing system onboard

Taylor GT 811e
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

A smaller-bodied acoustic that is not only exceptionally well built and great fun to play but is – wait for it – an all-rounder? That C-Class bracing and Taylor's touch is magic.


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    Great instrument with a surprisingly capable range of tones.

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    Fun playing experience.

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    Taylor's ES2 electronics remain very impressive.


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    The price may limit appeal to the pro league only.

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Cast your mind back a few issues – to issue 467, in fact – and you’ll remember that we premiered Taylor’s GTe Urban Ash guitar, an instrument that heralded in the company’s slightly smaller body sized acoustic

In that particular review it shared the stage with the parlour-sized PRS SE P20e, but here the spotlight falls solely upon the GTe’s brother-in-arms, the GT 811e. This guitar sits within Taylor’s established 800 acoustic range, the numeral 1 at the end of the model designation meaning it features the new body size. 

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.