As you've no doubt heard by now, Taylor redesigned their 800-series guitars for 2014, their 40th anniversary year. They've updated the looks and performance, while maintaining essentially identical dimensions and feel.
Under the hood, the 800s get new bracing, thinner top, new glue, and—perhaps most important for letting the guitar ring—thinner finish. Now, you might be tempted to say that simply building a lighter guitar is no feat of magic; in fact, most of the handcraftsmen we already work with, like Northwood or Avalon, already do exactly this. But doing this on the scale of Taylor's manufacturing (upwards 10,000 of these 800s a year) is nothing short of remarkable.
The result is a tone that is thicker, more responsive, and better balanced. I think it's bound to win you over.
- Grand Symphony body shape
- Sitka Spruce top, Rosewood back and sides
- Taylor ES2 onboard electronics
- Includes Taylor hardshell case