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Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model)

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Great volume and projection with exotic woods and classic Taylor tone.

The demanding player looking for an instrument capable of perfect intonation across the entire fingerboard is bound to be pleased with the Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric. The midrange is nicely balanced and has enormous detail while bass notes resonate with authority. The ovangkol back and sides add crispness and directivity to the guitar's projection and treble notes. A popular choice among singers who accompany themselves, the 414-CE is adept at all finger styles. Cosmetics include white binding and a gleaming ebony fingerboard and bridge. The Expression System electronics, designed by revered British preamp designer Rupert Neve, employ Dynamic Sensors and tonal controls that effortlessly capture the full breadth of the 414CE's sound. It comes complete with a Taylor hardshell case.

FEATURES
Solid Sitka spruce top
Ovangkol back and sides
Mahogany neck
Ebony fretboard and bridge
Expression System electronics
White wood binding
Chrome-plated Taylor tuners
Satin finish with gloss top
25-1/2" scale
1-3/4" nut width
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Taylor414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model)
 
4.8

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Versatile Monster

The Taylor 414-CE is easily one of the best values out there in acoustic guitars. I was worried about how bright it sounded when I played one at the local guitar store, but...Read complete review

The Taylor 414-CE is easily one of the best values out there in acoustic guitars. I was worried about how bright it sounded when I played one at the local guitar store, but I fell in love with how it played so I rolled the dice and ordered one from MF. It was defiantly a bit too bright out of the box, but changing the strings made a huge difference. I also added some Taylor rosewood bridge pins and a bone saddle; two very cheap upgrades. After these minor changes I couldn't be happier! The tone is snappy but not brittle and this thing projects like no other. I knew I would love how it looks and plays but thought I would be settling a bit on the tone; happily, after the changes/upgrades I am just as thrilled with how it sounds. Buy it, you won't be disappointed!

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Potentially a great guitar

I was so excited about buying this guitar. I loved the way the 414 sounded both plugged in and unplugged. The action was nice on most that I played and the Taylor reputation was...Read complete review

I was so excited about buying this guitar. I loved the way the 414 sounded both plugged in and unplugged. The action was nice on most that I played and the Taylor reputation was great.However.....an issue that I hear is becoming commonplace. The high E string was slipping off the fretboard at the 2nd and 3rd fret when ever I did a slight pull off (like at the end of "The Rain Song") and creatiing a horrible sound. I could not live with it. There was also a slight bow in the neck causing intonation issues (not a big deal). My only complaint is the quality control at the Taylor factory should have caught these obvious issues. The nut was not cut properly. The Taylor repair people said it was 'within Taylor specs' so not covered by warranty. As a professional performing artist I could not use the guitar so of course I had some great repair people fix it.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Versatile Monster

By Trise2

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

The Taylor 414-CE is easily one of the best values out there in acoustic guitars. I was worried about how bright it sounded when I played one at the local guitar store, but I fell in love with how it played so I rolled the dice and ordered one from MF. It was defiantly a bit too bright out of the box, but changing the strings made a huge difference. I also added some Taylor rosewood bridge pins and a bone saddle; two very cheap upgrades. After these minor changes I couldn't be happier! The tone is snappy but not brittle and this thing projects like no other. I knew I would love how it looks and plays but thought I would be settling a bit on the tone; happily, after the changes/upgrades I am just as thrilled with how it sounds. Buy it, you won't be disappointed!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Full spectrum acoustic sound

By Dale Bryant

from Hollywood Florida

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Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I think I've covered everything about this above, but it is a quality instrument with a fantastic, full and hi-fi sound projection. The Fishman electronics are nice, but what really shines is the acoustic sound of this guitar. The ebony fretboard is beautiful and solid to play on, the Grover tuners are smooth and accurate, the neck and body woods are gorgeous, and the overal playability of the guitar is fantastic.
Mine is a 2002 that has the Fishman Prefix electronics, which is a great little device to have on board. The more expensive models had a little bit more of a sophisitcated Fishman unit, but mine does well. I would give this part a 7, and the upgraded version of the Fishman a 9.

Other features like the binding, the nut, the Grover tuners (which are smooth and accurate), the finish I give a 9. They would get a 10 if the stock string end pegs were something a little fancier than black plastic, but they do their job. The ebony fretboard is beautiful and nice to play on, so an easy 10 there. All things combined make for a strong 9 in features.
Overall the quality of woods and the sound this produces earn it a 9.6 or so, so I'm rounding it up to 10. I've had this guitar for almost 10 years (bought new in the beginning of '03) and it is a quality instrument. Before purchasing, I spent several trips around different stores auditioning many acoustic guitars in the under-$2000 range, and time-after-time this one was the winner. At one of the auditioning sessions, even my wife noticed the difference in sound when I compared it to a Guild. It just has a great tone and beautiful projection of the sound, more robust and bigger/fuller than others I auditioned.
A great value. It isn't cheap, but I assure you this is a quality, well-made and great-sounding instrument for your money.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Work of Art

By TaylorFanatic

from Western Maryland

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

This guitar was astounding from the first strum, to my last strum yesterday - 3 months later. The maintenence of a guitar of this value is worth the tone that come from every chord, on every part of the neck. Still haven't found a buzzy fret, but make sure you get something like the planet waves humidpaks to keep it at 45%. I still don't understand why someone wouldn't cherish this beautiful work of art. Thank you taylor, you've outdone yourself.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

TONE TONE TONE

By Ninjawailer

from California

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Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

This guitar has amazing tone! I was lucky enough to pick up a used 2002 model from a private seller for $900. The treble is very nice but not as overwhelming as it is in the other taylors. Over all very balanced sound and just a pleasure to play! I would highly recommend that you play before you buy this as you should for any guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Potentially a great guitar

By JohnEddyT

from NY, NY

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Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I was so excited about buying this guitar. I loved the way the 414 sounded both plugged in and unplugged. The action was nice on most that I played and the Taylor reputation was great.However.....an issue that I hear is becoming commonplace. The high E string was slipping off the fretboard at the 2nd and 3rd fret when ever I did a slight pull off (like at the end of "The Rain Song") and creatiing a horrible sound. I could not live with it. There was also a slight bow in the neck causing intonation issues (not a big deal). My only complaint is the quality control at the Taylor factory should have caught these obvious issues. The nut was not cut properly. The Taylor repair people said it was 'within Taylor specs' so not covered by warranty. As a professional performing artist I could not use the guitar so of course I had some great repair people fix it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

OH YEAH!

By Frank-fC-xR

from Sparks, NV

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Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

For a guy that has been struggling to teach himself how to play the guitar, this guitar is a HUGE boost for my playing! The action is great and the sound is beautiful. I was struggling with strumming with a pick... not anymore.I'm very picky about quality, very picky! There is not one single flaw in this guitar, not one.Yeah, it's a bit pricey but worth every penny.I absolutely love this guitar!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Crisp, smooth & full sound

By JB-gjtpJ

from Ft Wayne, IN

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I went from an Epiphone J200CE to the Taylor 414-CE. The Taylor has a much fuller and richer sound and projects very well unplugged. Sounds briliant running directly through the board with no buzzing. Very crisp, clean sound. The cutaway allows excellent access to those sweet upper octive riffs. An excellent guitar for both rhythm and lead.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

YOU WILL BE HAPPY IF YOU BUY IT

By TD-Huntington

from Huntington,NY

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Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I have owned this guitar for 4 months and wanted to wait awhile before I posted a review to see if I still felt the same way after a couple of ownership. I love the guitar more now than when I first purchased it. Every time you pick it up and play it you smile because of the tone, intonation and playability of this guitar. When playing out I run through a Peavey xr8600 PA and the sound quality is very impressive. Bottom line is you will be happy if you purchase this guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Taylor is just Right

By ThisGuitarIsRight

from Renton, WA

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Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

This is the third 400 series acoustic I have owned, I still have a 2006 410e as well, which is a fine guitar itself but this 414ce is a better all around guitar. Like every taylor I've played over a 200 series it is built solid and you can indeed feel that immediately upon picking it up. I played this particular guitar for 2 hours at the music store straight, but I knew within minutes it was the one. The tone is well balanced and the volume matched my voice level nicely, it fits comfortable on the lap and it is my honest opinion that the ovangkal wood is more suited to the singer than rosewood which sounds great but is boomier in ways. This is a fine guitar and worth every penny, and the new upgraded expression system is far better than the one on my 2006 model, it sounds just like the guitar through a good amp, job well done Taylor, for me Taylor guitars suit my playing and writing style and my voice, they are built well and have many advantages over the competition. Bottom line, always play before you buy or you could be sorry. No two guitars are the same, you'll know when you have the one, if any doubt is in mind, you don't have the one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value

By player-uHaPD

from middle of nowhere, B.C. Canada

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

Being an active musician for (without dating myself too bad)well more than forty years. I have played both on stage and in studio with both past and present top forty bands. I received the 414 as a thank you gift, and out of the seventy plus guitars I currently own, some well out of the normal price range, when I am on my porch strumming something Townes Van Zandt sent me twenty years ago, I play this piece. Amazing comfort and acceptable sound. Highly recomend this guitar. Buy it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Solid Workshorse Guitar

By nshroeder

from Colorado

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Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

A solid workhorse acoustic. Typical awesome Taylor tone and playability. Mine is a 2003 and has a solid sitka top, solid rosewood sides, a solid three piece rosewood back and the expression system pickup. This was part of a special edition of 441 which Taylor made that year. Except for the fancy fru-fru inlays, there is no appreciable difference between this and the more expensive 814ce. Tone and playability are nearyly identical. A great sounding and playing guitar that is a welcome addition to my cedar and mahogany 514ce.

 
5.0

the 414ce rocks!

By Taylor for life

from North Carolina

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I have owned this guitar for 5 months now, and I absolutely love it. The tone is unrivaled. My uncle is a Martin lover to put it lightly, and he has played my guitar then went out and bought a Taylor. I also have a Taylor GC8 thinking it would give neat and different sound, but I don't even want to play it with the 414 sitting nearby even though it is a "nicer" guitar. It has a rich, full sound to it that I can't get enough of. I play with Elixir strings and I think they sound the best. I have tried a few other brands, but not too impressed to change. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.

 
5.0

Amazing sound!

By TaylorMade'78

from Oshkosh, WI

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I had my decision narrowed down to two guitars, Martin 000C-16RGTE Aura and the Taylor 414CE. Both sound awesome acoustically with the 414CE having a little brighter and full sound. The deciding factor was the sound plugged in (Fender Acoustasonic amp set flat). The Martin Aura system sounds OK after you find the right modeling selection and adjust the EQ. The Taylor however, set the three dials flat, plug in, and you can hardly tell you are playing through an amp. The Expression System does a remarkable job capturing the true tone of the guitar and does so with little need for adjustment. The grand auditorium size also fits my size much better than a dreadnought as I'm only 5'7", and the neck plays much like my Gibson Les Paul Standard. This is my first Taylor and the fit/finish is fantastic, and I now know why people rave about the Taylor tone. If this guitar is in your price range, give it a try and you won't be disappointed!

 
5.0

AMAZING!!!

By jbran413-lRUZI

from Columbus, OH

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

This has been my dream guitar for years, and I received it for graduation this past May. It plays like a dream! The tone is just amazing! I got the 414ce Limited, so it has rosewood back and sides, and it has the most beautiful ring when you let it ring. Amazing!!! This to me is one of the best they have made. Great job Taylor!

 
5.0

excellent sound, economical price

By gpcpb

from California

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

The 414CE is a wonderful solid wood guitar, especially at this $$$. The finish on the Taylor 400 series is well executed but no-frills; the feel and sound are as good as anything else in their line. Sitka / Ovangkol makes a bright, splashy sound I personally prefer over Rosewood or Mahogany (it's got the best of both worlds, tone wise, to my ear). Very well defined. Neck is thin, action is light and fast, almost like an electric. x14 body plays easier then a dread. ES system is only average, maybe this guitar's one weakness.

 
5.0

Unbelievably Good Guitar

By Scooterist

from Illinois

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I was just browsing. Not really looking for anything. I picked up the 414 and played a little. Unbelievable neck. Almost as easy to play as my Strat. The sound unplugged was wonderful. Just couldn't get enough of the sound. Then I got it home and plugged it into my Fender Acoustasonic Jr. WOW, I had no idea a guitar in my hands could sound so good.This guitar is great for strumming as long as you don't bang on it. The action is set so low it won't take really hard strumming. Gentle to medium strumming and picking sound wonderful. Finger picking is very good too (naked fingers).Taylor spent their time and money on the neck and the tone. The woods are very good on this and the 314 also. If you're looking for strikingly pretty, look elsewhere. It's a good looking guitar but nothing special. All the value is in the sound and the playability. Tonality is true all the way up the neck and the Elixir strings are a nice touch. My suggestion: QUit messing around and get one. You won't be sorry.

 
5.0

414-CE

By Ptownshend23

from Macon, Ga.

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Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

An amazing guitar. I purchased it 3 days ago and have not been able to put it down. Great Taylor sound. It's everything I expected it to be.

 
4.0

Clear, but no depth

By Jason Lester

from Amarillo, TX

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Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

My 414ce plays absolutely great, it looks great, and it is very well built. The tone is all Taylor, and don't expect anything but clear highs, mellow mids, and no low end. That is the real disappointment to me. You can't do other tunings very well because the guitar hardly makes any noise on the E and A string. I take that back, the guitar makes noise that low, just not music. If all you need is a lead type of acoustic guitar, this may be right up your alley. But if you want something deeper that has force behind it, look elsewhere.

 
4.0

Zimmo...Hastings NE

By zimmo

from Hastings, NE

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I have the fall 2002 limited, brazilian imbuia/with sitka top. Great playing guitar with ultra smooth neck. Bass has a nice pop, mids roll off evenly & highs have good sustain. Imbuia is similar to rosewood in sound and has a unique look and smell. The plain rosette is boring & why this axe doesn't get something nice there, i'll never know. C'mon, my Ibanez has real abalone! hehe The standard Ovangkol model is very nice...try it out!

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

Unbelievable sound. Drawback is that most open stages I play don't have a stereo jack for me. Other drawback is that the thing is a mic. You can hear the strap squeak as you move. I love this guitar.

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