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Taylor 214CE-G Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish  

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    Quality build, premiere woods, and electronics make the Taylor 214CE-G 6-string of style and strength. One strum backs everything up with great tone.

    Taylor's 214ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar features a desirable gloss finish that you'll take a shine to. The Grand Auditorium was the first guitar shape designed from scratch by Bob Taylor. It was unveiled to commemorate the company's 20th Anniversary in 1994, and since then it has more than lived up to its promise. Although the Taylor GA acoustic-electric guitar has the width and depth of a dreadnought, its narrower waist gives it the appearance of a smaller instrument, adds treble "zing" across the guitar's tonal spectrum, sharpens the definition of individual notes, and also enables it to rest comfortably in the lap. Because Taylor removes mass from the width of the GA's braces, the guitar top moves faster, resulting in a snappy, bell-like tone. The Taylor GA acoustic-electric guitar is designed to be a strong fingerpicking guitar that also can handle medium strumming, and is exceptionally versatile. The cutaway feature on the Taylor guitar's body makes reaching the upper-register frets a snap, giving you comfortable access up and down the ebony fret board.

    The Taylor 214ce guitar features a solid Sitka spruce top, a top-quality wood, known for its balanced tone and clarity. The Indian rosewood back and sides, another premiere wood, produces rich, booming sound, with the perfect element of projection. The 25-1/2" scale, 1-11/16" nut width, and 15" radius adds comfort for intricate movements up and down the ebony fretboard.

    The NT neck joint fits into a specially cut pocket in the body of the Taylor guitar. The frets are supported equally by the neck, creating a more stable playing surface, one that is continually straight, from the bottom to the top of the neck. The mahogany neck on the 214ce acoustic-electric guitar is strong and provides added presence and clarity in the tone, and the ebony bridge and fretboard bring out lasting sustain.

    At the heart of the Taylor 214ceacoustic-electric guitar lies an integrated electronics system, letting you dial in and amplify the guitar quickly and effortlessly. The electronics include bass, treble, and volume controls, for an individualized plugged-in experience. Taylor tuners keep the Grand Auditorium guitar in precise tuning and chrome hardware add an extra sleek look to this already stunning offering from Taylor. You won't believe the sound.

    Features

    • 6-string
    • Grand Auditorium guitar
    • Indian rosewood back and sides
    • Solid Sitka Spruce top
    • 25-1/2" scale
    • NT neck joint
    • Mahogany neck
    • Standard Taylor neck shape
    • 20 frets
    • 1-11/16" nut width
    • 15" fretboard radius
    • Ebony bridge
    • Taylor tuners
    • Chrome hardware
    • Integrated electronics with 2-band EQ and volume control
     
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    4.4

    (based on 10 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Exceptional guitar!

    I've owned numerous higher acoustics including Ovation, Martin, Larrivee, Epiphone, Blueridge, Seagull, etc. I currently own a Martin D-41 Special and was looking for a nice alternative for studio recording, ...Read complete review

    I've owned numerous higher acoustics including Ovation, Martin, Larrivee, Epiphone, Blueridge, Seagull, etc. I currently own a Martin D-41 Special and was looking for a nice alternative for studio recording, praise & worship,... The D-41 Special is an exceptional guitar. My experience with the Taylor is that it delivers a very balanced (less bass-dominant), "chimey", crisp notes than my Martin. Whereas my D-41 Special is got that great percussive, but yet balanced (in comparison with a lot of other dreadnoughts), stunning overtones, rich, etc. The action of the Taylor is exceptional... can play the chords all the way to the very top fret... wow!! The neck is very shallow in comparison to my Martin. The satin finish on the neck allows quick movements. The intonation up the neck is spot on. It has a very characteristic Taylor sound... balanced, chimey, and crisp sounding... which lends itself well to recording. The electronics pickup is sufficient, but I already had a Fishman Aura 16 which I used for my Martin, so I loaded in some images for the Taylor, and I would wager they sound as good or better then the Expression system used on the 314 series and higher. Some folks are bothered by the fact that it isn't a solid wood back and sides... folks do your homework.... most of the sound comes from the **soundboard** i.e. top of the guitar... I've researched and played both solid and laminate back & sides. What's unique about this guitar is that Taylor has really voiced this thing well that it sounds fantastic! It's well-suited for studio recording!

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    never again

    Taylor did not stand behind product said it was normal wear over time but less than 40 minutes come on. but in fact over a phone conversation the factory rep said he did not believe...Read complete review

    Taylor did not stand behind product said it was normal wear over time but less than 40 minutes come on. but in fact over a phone conversation the factory rep said he did not believe my story. I said I didn't care what he believed or not that was the truth so they returned without even offering to repair at my cost. a product is only as good as it's quality and it's maker that stands behind it. so you be the judge .
    features nothing special but what should be expected but a on board tuner would be nice
    seemed to be built well but quality of finish top of body was super thin wood was easily damaged. I have played for forty plus years and have never had this problem, i'm a guitarist not guitar beater. I take very good of my equipment, but this guitar had damage not only to the finish but also to the wood it's self after only less than 40 minutes playing. and also this was my second guitar the first had electronic issues dealer traded out no problems but with finish issue we sent to Taylor
    a little put out when I discovered that this name brand guitar was made in Mexico not in USA so it wasn't really worth the price.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Guitar!

    By Noah Fry

    from Montana

    This is an excellent Taylor for the money. While, I love the feel and the slimness of the neck, the playability COULD be better. Obviously, it's not an American made Taylor and it is made for budget conscious people, which could be seen as a good thing and a bad thing. I've seen a lot of people compare it to higher end Martins and Taylors but I would say that it can't compare at all. It doesn't have the depth and bassiness as the Martins or the more expensive Taylors. However, like I said, this guitar is wonderful for the money. The few things that I dislike about the guitar: the action calls for medium strumming. No hard strumming. Also, I put a generic brand 9v Battery in the battery carriage, and it got stuck. I had to use a pair of plyers to get the carriage out and then I put an Energizer 9v in and it fits just fine. So beware of that. Get this guitar if you're looking to spend a fraction of the cost for a good Taylor, but if you want real quality, save up a few extra hundred dollars and get the 414ce.
    This is an excellent Taylor for the money. While, I love the feel and the slimness of the neck, the playability COULD be better. Obviously, it's not an American made Taylor and it is made for budget conscious people, which could be seen as a good thing and a bad thing. I've seen a lot of people compare it to higher end Martins and Taylors but I would say that it can't compare at all. It doesn't have the depth and bassiness as the Martins or the more expensive Taylors. However, like I said, this guitar is wonderful for the money. The few things that I dislike about the guitar: the action calls for medium strumming. No hard strumming. Also, I put a generic brand 9v Battery in the battery carriage, and it got stuck. I had to use a pair of plyers to get the carriage out and then I put an Energizer 9v in and it fits just fine. So beware of that. Get this guitar if you're looking to spend a fraction of the cost for a good Taylor, but if you want real quality, save up a few extra hundred dollars and get the 414ce.

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    (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    never again

    By russ allshouse

    from bethalto illinois

    Taylor did not stand behind product said it was normal wear over time but less than 40 minutes come on. but in fact over a phone conversation the factory rep said he did not believe my story. I said I didn't care what he believed or not that was the truth so they returned without even offering to repair at my cost. a product is only as good as it's quality and it's maker that stands behind it. so you be the judge .
    features nothing special but what should be expected but a on board tuner would be nice
    seemed to be built well but quality of finish top of body was super thin wood was easily damaged. I have played for forty plus years and have never had this problem, i'm a guitarist not guitar beater. I take very good of my equipment, but this guitar had damage not only to the finish but also to the wood it's self after only less than 40 minutes playing. and also this was my second guitar the first had electronic issues dealer traded out no problems but with finish issue we sent to Taylor
    a little put out when I discovered that this name brand guitar was made in Mexico not in USA so it wasn't really worth the price.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Exceptional guitar!

    By markbuti

    from Gridley, IL

    I've owned numerous higher acoustics including Ovation, Martin, Larrivee, Epiphone, Blueridge, Seagull, etc. I currently own a Martin D-41 Special and was looking for a nice alternative for studio recording, praise & worship,... The D-41 Special is an exceptional guitar. My experience with the Taylor is that it delivers a very balanced (less bass-dominant), "chimey", crisp notes than my Martin. Whereas my D-41 Special is got that great percussive, but yet balanced (in comparison with a lot of other dreadnoughts), stunning overtones, rich, etc. The action of the Taylor is exceptional... can play the chords all the way to the very top fret... wow!! The neck is very shallow in comparison to my Martin. The satin finish on the neck allows quick movements. The intonation up the neck is spot on. It has a very characteristic Taylor sound... balanced, chimey, and crisp sounding... which lends itself well to recording. The electronics pickup is sufficient, but I already had a Fishman Aura 16 which I used for my Martin, so I loaded in some images for the Taylor, and I would wager they sound as good or better then the Expression system used on the 314 series and higher. Some folks are bothered by the fact that it isn't a solid wood back and sides... folks do your homework.... most of the sound comes from the **soundboard** i.e. top of the guitar... I've researched and played both solid and laminate back & sides. What's unique about this guitar is that Taylor has really voiced this thing well that it sounds fantastic! It's well-suited for studio recording!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Best Deal

    By mrod91

    from Tx

    This guitar is the best deal you can get. I played it many times and am very impressed about the sound quality. I think it sounds better than the 314 and 414 taylor. the only down fall now is it doesnt come with a hardshell case anymore. Now it just comes with the bag. But besides that its an awsome deal.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    First Taylor!

    By First Taylor!

    from Oklahoma City Ok.

    This is the first what I would call one of the higher quality guitars I have ever purchaced. I own a Takamene acoustic electric and a Laguna 300ce acoustic electric also and there is nothing wrong with them. But I decided after playing now for 3 years I wanted to get one of the better brands like Taylor,Martin ,or Gibson. When it came down to it however I liked the Taylor the best for the money! Actually I went to a store who only sell as their high end guitars Taylors and Collins. I got great help and narrowed it down to 4 different Taylors in the Less than $1200.00 range. They had me turn around and the salesman played each of them with the same cords . He did this twice. I picked the 214ce by a narrow margin over the others. The sound is truly high quality. It is warm and has great projection. Of course it is beautiful!My 19 year old son can hardly keep his hands of it. I ordered a couple Planet Wave humidieirs from Muscians Friend. I want to take good care of it.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Big sound for the money

    By Dougbeth

    from Kentucky

    Was out holiday shopping and happen to be close to a Guitar Center. Went into the acoustic room in hopes of finding a replacement for my worn out Washburn. I spent over an hour and a half playing,hooking up to amps, tuning every brand of guitar they had. Was not as impressed with Martin as I thought I would be..then I picked up this Taylor. My search was over, it felt right, sounded the best of any I had layed my hands on. Great quality and really good looking wood. I was looking for a keeper and this one will be with me for life. Thank you Santa.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    From borrower to owner

    By Dave-6Heb7

    from Detroit

    I joined an acoustic group last year, and couldn't play my Guild jumbo due to the lack of a pickup. I borrowed this exact guitar from a friend for gigs, and recently got my own. Plugged in, this thing is amazing. Plays like an electric when set-up properly, and just rings through the mix. I absolutlely love it!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Amazing Guitar Unplugged

    By flyineng

    from Delaware

    I owned this guitar for 6 months, the feel, warmth, and quality are great, UNPLUGGED. Problem is this guitar does not like stage volume. After testing it, mine had more resonate tone than the other, but not much. I had serious feedback problems when you add a bass guitar and drums to the mix. The highs seem to be quite loud even with the treble knob all the way down. I could not get the guitar to sound anything close to the way she sounded unplugged. I tried a feedback buster, switching the channel on the guitar, and couldn't get the feedback to go away. Took it in to a Taylor Technician and he couldn't find anything technically wrong with it. If your looking for a great acoustic to play unplugged or used at low volumes, this is your choice. However, in a live setting where volumes can have a tendency to rise, I caution you. I just upgraded to the 314ce and couldn't get any feedback with volume, bass, treble turned all the way up as well as the acoustic amp CRANKED. Don't get me wrong, this guitar has a fantastic feel and tone unplugged, but when she's plugged in and volumes go up.....so does the feedback.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing!

    By DramaLlama12179

    from Dayton, OH

    I have the 2010 model, and I absolutely adore this guitar. I played it alongside many more expensive instruments like other Taylors, Martins, and Gibsons, and this was by far my favorite. It is incredibly easy to play, has a wonderfully rich (but not boomy) tone, and takes hard strumming and high notes without buzzing. I highly recommend it!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing acoustic

    By Reviewer-Lo0jw

    from Sparks, Nv

    Well, this guitar can be described in one word... WOW. I walked into my local guitar superstore and picked this up, with no intent to buy. But after hearing the "Taylor Tone", I couldn't help falling in love with it. The lows aren't as deep as on some instruments, but the crisp mids and highs more than make up for that. The reason I didn't give this guitar a 5.0 on everything was due to the fact that the top is laminate, and the 1/4 inch input jack is plastic. Other parts of this guitar are plastic as well. It's good quality plastic, just depends on weather or not you want to drop a thousand bucks on a guitar with plastic parts. It is the best sounding and feeling guitar I've ever handled though. The neck feels like my electric (Esp ltd m-400qm) and plays just as smooth. The cutaway really lets you access the higher frets, which some acoustic guitars with cutaways do not. I haven't yet had the pleasure of playing plugged in, but the tone of this instrument and its projection fill a room extremely well.

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