Taylor 618e

Even with its bigger body, the tone of the Taylor Grand Orchestra isn't just big and boomy: it's balanced, articulate, sweet, and responsive. In many ways, it's unlike any Taylor you've ever played. The lows are substantial, articulate, and well-defined. You might expect a larger guitar like this to be simply boomy, but this new design really reins that in. The mids and highs are balanced and just a little bit sweet, an unexpected twist from what is essentially a jumbo guitar. Perhaps the most surprising—and most welcome—feature of the Grand Orchestra is its responsiveness to a light touch. Gentle fingerpicking produces a satisfying low resonance and room-filling sound. You'd normally have to step up to a handmade guitar to get this combination of low resonance and light responsiveness. To get it in a factory guitar is exceedingly rare.

There's a very simple reason that this maple version of the Grand Orchestra is Taylor's bestseller of the bunch:  It's the best guitar of the bunch. The maple tames the boom just enough, but still maintains a ton of projection and balance. Be sure to check out our video review for this instrument—the guitar is indeed a real winner.

  • Grand Orchestra body shape, Taylor's largest
  • Sitka Spruce top over Maple back and sides
  • Taylor ES2 onboard electronics
  • Includes Taylor hardshell case

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