Guide to Taylor Guitars Model Numbers
The First Digit
The first digit (or letter) identifies the Series. Most guitar models within each series share the same back and side woods and appointment package.
516ce = A 500 Series model
The Second Digit
The second digit designates two things:
1. Whether the guitar is a 6-string or a 12-string
2. Whether the top features a softer tonewood like spruce or cedar, or a hardwood like mahogany or koa.
The middle number will be 1 or 2:
516ce = softwood (spruce) top
526ce = a hardwood (mahogany) top
The middle number will be 5 or 6:
556ce = a softwood (spruce) top
566ce = a hardwood (mahogany) top
The Third Digit
The third digit identifies the body shape according to this numbering system:
0 = Dreadnought (e.g., 510ce)
2 = Grand Concert (e.g., 512ce)
4 = Grand Auditorium (e.g., 514ce)
6 = Grand Symphony (e.g., 516ce)
8 = Grand Orchestra (e.g., 518ce)
Cutaway & Electronics
If a “c” comes after the number it indicates a model with a cutaway. An “e” indicates a model with onboard electronics.
516ce = model with cutaway and electronics
510e = model with electronics, no cutaway
510 = model with no cutaway, no electronics
Taylor nylon-string models are integrated into the 200-800 Series and are designated by the letter “N” at the end of the model name.
514ce-N = 500 Series nylon-string Grand Auditorium with a cutaway and electronics