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518e (first-edition) 2013
Price: $2,998 US MSRP / Series: 500
518e (first-edition) 2013

On our 518e, the rich midrange of mahogany, together with the enhanced lows and highs that the Grand Orchestra shape produces, creates a big, round voice that blends power, warmth and complexity. This First Edition offering features premium-grade Tropical mahogany back and sides, a spruce top, side bracing, our standard 500 Series appointments with an additional Deco Diamond headstock inlay, and Expression System® electronics. First Edition models also feature a custom label and come in a case with a customized First Edition nameplate.

Legacy Model

The 518e (first-edition) 2013 is not currently offered as a standard production model. If you would like to inquire about ordering one through Taylor’s Custom program, please contact your local Taylor dealer or call us at 1-800-943-6782 in North America. For customers outside North America, contact the international Taylor distributor in your country.

Features

Discover the features that make this guitar unique

Grand Orchestra

Shapes

Taylor's biggest body shape blends power, detail and balance across the tonal spectrum.

Sitka Spruce

Top Woods

The soundboard choice for most guitars, Sitka spruce produces a broad dynamic range and accommodates a versatile range of playing styles.

Tropical Mahogany

Body Woods

A midrange powerhouse. Mahogany is prized for balance and articulation, making it one of the best all-around tonewoods there is.

Expression System®

Electronics

The proprietary, all-magnetic acoustic guitar pickup/preamp works like a microphone to produce a pure signal and a warm, natural acoustic sound.

Non-cutaway

Cutaways

The clean, symmetrical look of a traditional acoustic guitar.

Options

Additional Cost
$100
Sitka spruce top
$200
Tobacco or Honey Sunburst Top (Spruce/Cedar Top Models Only)
$12
Abalone dot bridge pins (set of 6)
$200
Nut widths: 1 11/16" or 1 7/8" (except nylons and 12-frets)
$200
Short-scale neck (except Nylons and GO shape)
$200
Florentine cutaway (Acoustic/Electric CE models except GO shape only)
$220
Gotoh 510 Antique Gold tuners w/ black buttons per set of 6 (except 12-fret)
$220
Gotoh 510 Antique Gold/Chrome per set of 6 (except 12-fret)
$400
High Performance (HP) Package
No Additional Cost
Cedar Top (except GO & 12-strings)
Lefty or lefty strung righty
Taylor gold tuners (set of 6)
Pickguard options (black, clear, tortoise, none)
No strap pin
3-piece back

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In Action

See the 518e (first-edition) 2013 model in Action.
Andy Powers "Inside the Craft of Guitar Making"
Lund Powers "Miss Sunshine" - Taylor Sessions
Taylor Guitar "Grand Orchestra" - Wood Comparison Demo
NAMM 2013 - "Grand Orchestra"
Grand Orchestra - A Legacy of Shape