Taylor 816e NEW RE-VOICED MODEL
Slightly bigger than Taylor’s Grand Auditorium body style, the Grand Symphony 816ce yields a rich and powerful sound without sacrificing bell-like articulation. It makes a potent strummer, and dynamic fingerstylists will enjoy the thick, full-bodied character of the notes. Voicing enhancements for 2014 include richer tone with more low-end rumble. Premium appointments include maple binding and back strip, rosewood top edge trim, a rosewood pickguard, Element fretboard inlay, smoky ebony fretboard, and Expression System 2 acoustic electronics.
The Taylor Expression System® 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup (patent pending), which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. Together with Taylor’s custom-designed “professional audio”-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar.
The Guild Custom Shop presents the beautifully crafted and rich-sounding Orpheum series “Slope 12” dreadnought acoustic. U.S.-built by the talented luthiers of the Shop,Guild Custom Shop Orpheum series models are designed to stylishly evoke the bygone 1930s-era golden age of U.S. acoustic guitar design and construction. Indeed, you could say that Orpheum models are finely crafted Guild guitars that never were but could have been. The Slope 12 offers a distinctive difference for the discerning player—sloping shoulders that gracefully curve away from the neck in marked contrast to conventional straight-shoulder dreadnought design. Further, its three-piece mahogany/rosewood/mahogany neck joins the body at the 12th fret, contributing to an abundantly complex yet warm and balanced tone that makes it ideal for flat picking and finger-style playing.
Premium features also include an Adirondack red spruce top with scalloped red spruce bracing, solid mahogany back and sides, traditional hot hide-glue construction, soft-“V” neck profile, 20-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl-dot inlays and 12″ radius, bone nut, elegant cream body binding, and a nitrocellulose lacquer neck finish. Other features include a tortoiseshell pickguard, pyramid-style ebony bridge with bone saddle and pins, Guild-logo Gotoh SE-700 open-back tuners with cream buttons. This pre owned instrument is in amazing condition and includes a deluxe hard-shell case.
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Cary Pedicini works from his purpose built workshop set amongst the vineyards of the beautiful Mornington Peninsula renown not only for its world class wines but also for its stable climatic conditions, ideal for the fine art of the luthier. Cary’s musical influences originate from both his mother Angela, a gifted soprano, and his uncle Leon La Gruta, principal violinist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for over 40 years. Having studied violin from an early age Cary turned to the classical guitar, inspired by his experience of hearing the great John Williams in rehearsal with the MSO in the early 70’s. During his training as an Industrial Designer Cary continued studying classical guitar under Jochen Schubert in Melbourne and although not destined for a career as a professional musician these early influences would eventually lead to his career as a professional guitar luthier. It was also during his student days that Cary developed his skills in the traditional art of French polishing whilst working for one of Melbourne’s foremost antique importers.
Cary began making his first guitar in 1978 but it would a few decades until he had the opportunity to turn his attention full time to this art. The fortunate circumstance of living close to the internationally renowned Australian luthier, Richard Howell has no doubt been one of the strongest influences on Cary’s development. Richard Howell has inspired and nurtured the art of handcrafted guitar making with many of Australia’s finest luthiers. His willingness to share his knowledge and understanding in particular of the great Spanish masters has been one of the most profound influences on Cary’s approach to his craft.
Another important influence for Cary has been his association and friendship with Chris Wynne of Thomas Lloyd Guitars whose passion for exploring the potential of Australian tonewoods in traditional and contemporary guitar construction has pioneered a new path for the modern day luthier. Cary attributes Chris’ ability to create a learning community amongst Melbourne luthiers as one of the great legacies that will ensure the art of the guitar luthier remains vibrant in this part of the world.
The Heritage King William Pine Top model consists of
King William Pine top with symmetrical seven fan bracing system
Australian Blackwood back and sides
Queensland Maple neck with Gidgee fingerboard
Gotoh tuners as standard
French polish finish
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