Maple's Musical Makeover
Maple acoustics haven't been known for their warm, rich tone. Until now. Andy Powers has poured his expertise into revoicing Taylor's maple 600s with stunning results. From specially aged tops creating a played-in sound to bracing that unleashes low-end warmth and sustain, Taylor's 600s suit all playing styles.
Blueprint For a New Voice
From the violin family to archtop guitars, maple and spruce are a historical pairing. Though maple guitars are known for clear, bright sound and crisp articulation, Taylor's revoiced 600s evoke rich warmth and sustain for the complete sound of other classic tonewoods like rosewood and mahogany.
Why Maple Matters
With exotic woods at risk from forest depletion, maple is important to music's future. Maple grows in well managed North American forests where the infrastructure exists to sustain its supply. Taylor is committed to making it a tonewood staple and building maple guitars that players love. Try one. We think you’ll like it.
Thin Finish and Color
The 600s incorporate the tone-enhancing, ultra-thin gloss finish of the 800s, with a rich "Brown Sugar" stain inspired by hand-rubbed 1920s stains used on maple violin family instruments. While the stain highlights maple’s fiddleback figure, spruce tops feature finish alone to showcase the dark patina from torrefaction.
Pairing the voicing refinements of the 600 Series with Taylor’s biggest body style evokes a sense of a grand piano in the 618e’s rich, powerful and enveloping sound. If you plan to play a solo show or any scenario in which you crave big, complex tone, this is the guitar.
This body style is still a player’s best bet as an all-purpose guitar. If you have one guitar, this is the one you want, because it does nearly everything. It’s rich, it’s warm, it’s loud, and it responds quickly to a delicate touch. You could comfortably front a rock band with it.
Slightly larger than the Grand Auditorium, the Grand Symphony 616ce is similar to that voice but with a more pronounced, husky low-end component to it. It adds extra sonic horsepower and a more torque on the low end. The 12-string version will also produce extra low-end torque. It’s an all-around girthier, thicker 12-string sound, and with the consistency of the maple across the tonal spectrum enables all the octave courses to ring out clearly in a beautifully detailed, high-fidelity voice.
The smaller dimensions of the Grand Concert will emphasize clarity in its articulation and a certain high-end chime that a larger guitar won’t. It can be a delicate, articulate voice, yet has a surprising amount of volume and power to it. The 12-Fret version will deliver an extra robust punch in the midrange, which makes for dramatically present notes.
"The dynamics and the balance between the deep basses and highs are incredible."
Guitar World, USA
"With its ample volume output, balanced frequency response, thick midrange, and sweet resonance, the Taylor 618e is by far the most versatile jumbo maple flattop ever made."
"It certainly doesn’t respond like a freshly minted guitar in that there’s a sweetness present that you might expect from a cedar topped instrument, without losing any of the punch of spruce. It’s responsive, too; strummed with a pick there’s an authority to each chordand bags of volume. The 614ce delivers on Taylor's promise of added richness and complexity. It’s safe to say that the 614 is a winner on all counts!"
Guitar Player, USA
"The sound is captivating too, as the 614ce is unlike a traditional maple guitar in the sonic department. Its girthy low-end is instantly inspiring, and the rich and complex midrange provides that sense of notes blossoming when you fingerpick or play arpeggiated chords.
Musical sounding and with superb balance across the frequency spectrum, this guitar never sounds overly bright, yet it punches through with a stringy attack when you drive the strings with a flatpick. The 614ce’s warm, encompassing response gives the sense of intimacy that singer-songwriters crave, yet the guitar has plenty of motive power for playing bluegrass or supporting the rhythm groove in a loud country band."
Guitar Acoustic Unplugged: Issue 47
"Listening to this maple guitar, we were stunned by its incredible warmth and powerful tone (sound)."
Gitarre & Bass
"You can’t lose with a Taylor, and in particular not with this 616 guitar, showing no weakness. Full of many new details – it represents a convincing and passionate plea/case for maple acoustic guitars. An impressive amount of sustain and dynamics. "
"With this 614ce Taylor proves that maple is a serious contender to rosewood and not just a wood choice for particular sounds. This guitar sounds powerful, balanced and dynamic – and like maple in the best sense possible."
"These new 600 Series instruments will surprise and educate in equal measure and do indeed offer a new way to consider maple as a serious alternative to the all conquering rosewoods and mahoganies of the acoustic world.
The 618e has the biggest, strongest, clearest bass of any ‘normal’ acoustic guitar we’ve played in recent memory: it’s absolutely colossal, rendered all the more surprising as it’s not to the total detriment of the midrange or top-end strength."