On the 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. It features Tropical mahogany back and sides, a Sitka spruce top and Expression System electronics.
Grand Orchestra (GO)
Body Length: 20-5/8" / Body Width: 16-3/4" / Body Depth: 5"
The newest shape to join the family unleashes the boldest, richest voice available in a guitar. Just as the Grand Symphony yields a deeper, more powerful voice than the Grand Auditorium, the Grand Orchestra stands out as a more robust alternative to the Grand Symphony. The GO shape features a slightly bigger footprint and a deeper body, which helps produce a potent low-end response. Under the hood, a new bracing scheme optimizes the movement of the soundboard to produce louder, more complex tone with incredible sustain.
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 thats brimming with power and rich detail, the Grand Orchestra wont disappoint. From big cowboy chords to lush fingerstyle arrangements, the Grand Orchestra might be the most expressive and versatile big guitar you ever play.
Natural Sound Made Simple
People love the clear, full acoustic tone of their s. Why should it be any different when they plug in? Thats why we spent several years developing our own onboard acoustic pickup and preamp. s ground-breaking Expression System (ES) was designed to naturally amplify the warm acoustic sound of your guitar.
The ES is an all-magnetic acoustic guitar pickup system that works like a microphone to produce a pure signal and a warm, natural acoustic sound. When you plug in, you'll hear the sound of your guitar, not the sound of the pickup. No complicated controls. No tone simulators. Just a clean amplified acoustic guitar sound supported by three simple controls ” volume, bass and treble.
Years of research brought us to a simple realization: Nothing sounds as true and musical as a microphone. With that as a starting point, s David Hosler led the team responsible for the Expression System's breakthrough technology. Utilizing a unique Dynamic Body Sensor mounted to the soundboard, a Dynamic String Sensor embedded beneath the fretboard, and a discrete preamp, the advanced ES technology is unlike any other guitar pickup system.
The ES was designed in-house, alongside our acoustic guitars, which allowed us to build the ES seamlessly into the design of the guitar, for an integrated pickup system unlike any other. From the design and location of the body and string sensors to the voicing of the preamp, the ES is fully optimized for the sound. The elegant design, including the non-intrusive control knobs, also preserves the aesthetic of a guitar.
Versatile Grand Orchestra body shape
Sitka spruce top
Tropical mahogany back & sides
Expression System electronics
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518e Grand Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar
Shape: Grand Orchestra
Number of Strings: 6
Back/Side Wood: Tropical Mahogany
Scale length: 25-1/2"
Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
Body Length: 20 5/8"
Body Width: 16 3/4"
Body Depth: 5"
Nut & Saddle: Tusq
Neck Width: 1-3/4"
Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
Bracing: Grand Orchestra Bracing
Fretboard Wood: Ebony
Fretboard Inlay: Century
Headstock Overlay: Ebony
Bridge Inlay: None
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
Back/Side Finish: Gloss
Top Finish: Gloss
Neck Finish: Satin
Case: Deluxe Hardshell Brown
Number of Fret: 20
Armrest Binding: None
Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
Backstrap Wood: None
Backstrap Finish: None
Brand of Strings: Elixir Medium
Edge Trim: None
Filler (Body): Brown
Filler (Neck): Brown
Fingerboard Ext: None
Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid
Heel Cap Binding: Ivoroid
Heel length: 3-7/8
Peghead Finish: Satin
Peghead Inlay: None
Peghead Binding: Ivoroid
Peghead Logo: Ivoroid
Peghead Type: Standard
Rosette Mat.: Ivoroid
Rosette Size: Single Ring
Stain/Sunburst: Medium Brown Stain
Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
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