The Taylor 618e Grand Orchestra Acoustic Electric Guitar in Antique Blonde
At the vanguard of our newly revoiced Grand Orchestra body shape, the 618e establishes a new style of bold, powerful acoustic tone within the Taylor line. Solid maple back and sides lend this big-bodied powerhouse a focused, transparent sound that adapts and reflects the style of the player, while a solid Sitka spruce top adds brilliance and clarity. The transformative introduction of V-Class bracing into the Grand Orchestra body offers players a more robust, vivid tonal response, with greater volume and sustain alongside heightened clarity and musicality that make this model even more player-reflective and a versatile choice for musicians across styles. The touch-sensitive response balances out serious headroom and projection so that players can explore a wide dynamic range without losing balance or fading out of a mix. Appointments for this 600 Series model include maple binding with koa purfling, a single-ring paua rosette, mother-of-pearl Mission inlays, and a gloss finish treated with an Antique Blonde finish for the top, back and sides. To preserve the traditional look and feel of this jumbo-style guitar, we’ve chosen to build it without a cutaway. The 618e ships with ES2 electronics in a deluxe Western Floral hardshell case.
What separates the Grand Orchestra from other big-bodied guitars is how balanced the tone is from top to bottom, especially given its brawny bass. And unlike other big-body guitars that require an aggressive attack to get the top moving, the GO is responsive to a light touch, rewarding players who have a dynamic playing style. If you crave a guitar sound that’s brimming with power and rich detail, the Grand Orchestra won’t disappoint. From big cowboy chords to lush fingerstyle arrangements, the Grand Orchestra might be the most expressive and versatile big guitar you ever play.
SPECS AND FEATURES:
-Body Length: 20-5/8" / Body Width: 16-3/4" / Body Depth: 5"
-Scale Length: 25-1/2"
-Neck Width: 1-3/4"
-Nut & Saddle: Black Graphite, Micarta Saddle
-Truss Rod Cover: West African Crelicam Ebony
-Pickguard: Dark Stained Maple
-Number of Frets: 20
-Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
-Sides/Back: Solid Maple
-Back Configuration: 2-Piece
-Binding/Edge Treatment: Hard Rock Maple
-Inlays: Mother-of-Pearl, Mission
-Fretboard Binding/Edge Treatment: West African Crelicam Ebony
-Heel Cap Binding: West African Crelicam Ebony
-Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
-Neck/Heel: Hard Rock Maple
-Fretboard Wood: West African Crelicam Ebony
-Neck Finish: Satin
-Heel Length: 3-1/2"
-Peghead Finish: Gloss
-Peghead Binding: West African Crelicam Ebony
-Peghead Type: Standard
-Peghead Purfling: Koa
-Headstock Overlay: West African Crelicam Ebony
-Peghead Inlay: Mission, Celluloid/Shell, Grained Ivoroid/Mother of Pearl
-Peghead Logo: Taylor Mother of Pearl
-Bridge Pins: West African Ebony with Green Abalone Dots
-Tuners: Taylor Nickel
-Electronics: Expression 2 System (ES2)
-Finish: Gloss 6.0, Antique Blonde
-Hardshell Case Western Floral Brand
-Strings: Elixer Phosphor Bronze Medium