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Taylor 314ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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    Taylor

    A finely-made performance guitar with a solid spruce top, sapele back and sides, and Taylor Expression System electronics.

    The all-solid Taylor experience continues with the updated 2012 314ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar. Crisp, black binding flanks the satin-finish sapele back and sides and glossy Sitka spruce top, and then continues up the fretboard. The 300 Series is truly the performer’s workhorse, combining technology and craftsmanship with understated style. A Grand Auditorium body, Venetian cutaway, and the Taylor Expression System™ add up to a versatile guitar that's perfect for stage and home.

    Sapele/Sitka
    The warm tone and open midrange of sapele balances the bright and snappy characteristics of a Sitka spruce top. The resulting combination provides the perfect guitar for strong, rhythmic playing styles.

    Grand Auditorium (GA)
    The GA is Taylor’s most versatile and popular shape, excelling at light-touch fingerstyle to full-blown strumming. Great for miking and recording, the GA’s balanced mid-range and bright tone exemplify the Taylor voice.

    Expression System
    Using proprietary pickup technology developed at Taylor, the Expression System amplifies your guitar with an unrivaled, natural live sound. Onboard tone controls provide added flavor, or set flat for an uncolored, exceptionally-clean amplified sound. It’s your tone. Amplified.

    Features
    • Type/Shape: 6-String Grand Auditorium
    • Back & Sides: Sapele
    • Top: Sitka Spruce
    • Soundhole Rosette: Plastic
    • Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
    • Fretboard: Ebony
    • Fretboard Inlay: 4mm Dots
    • Headstock: Overlay Indian Rosewood
    • Binding: Black
    • Bridge: Ebony
    • Nut & Saddle: Tusq
    • Tuning Machines: Chrome-plated Taylor Tuners
    • Strings: Elixir® Light Gauge Strings with NANOWEB® Coating
    • Scale Length: 25-1/2"
    • Truss Rod: Adjustable
    • Neck Width at Nut: 1-3/4"
    • Number of Frets: 20
    • Fretboard Radius: 15"
    • Bracing Standard II (Forward Shifted Pattern)
    • Finish: Satin with Gloss Top
    • Cutaway: Venetian
    • Electronics Taylor Expression System

    Enjoy signature Taylor tone and playability. Order today.

     

    314ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar Specifications:

    • Body Width: 16"
    • Body Depth: 4-5/8"
    • Body Length: 20"
    • Overall Length: 41"
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    Taylor314ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar
     
    4.9

    (based on 11 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A Great Guitar with Some Flaws

        By Harry

        from Chicago IL

        Pros

        • Comes with case
        • Easy to adjust
        • Good Looking
        • Perfect neck
        • Solid build
        • sound amazing

        Cons

        • Bad Elixir Strings
        • No Good For Di
        • Plastic Bridge Saddle
        • Poor Battery Life
        • Unbalanced Pickup System

        Best Uses

        • Home Practice
        • Ideal Work Horse
        • Live performance
        • Standard Tuning
        • Standard Tuning Es Sys

        Comments about Taylor 314ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Let me start off by saying, unlike many people, my first week of playing the 314CE wasn't very impressing at all. It's a great guitar, but for $1700 it does not meet all my expectations. Or… did I expect too much from Taylor?
        So I did replace some parts and after a month of playing, I found that it is a remarkable guitar. Although it's not perfect, still worth every penny I spent.

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        Initial Impression and Modifications:
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        The guitar comes with Elixir strings, coated and everything, but these sound horrible! Very dull sounding, flat with no personality, no power what-so-ever, imaging lacks huge details, and couldn't bring out the very nature of the Taylor guitar at all…
        On top of that, it comes with a tusq (plastic) bridge saddle which is kind of expected in large scale manufacturing. The material is pretty soft, and it does bring down the sound quality quite a bit.
        Long story short, I replaced the stock strings with D'Addario EJ16 Light strings; and replaced the saddle with a wave compensation western Africa ivory custom saddle. Since the guitar came in with perfect super low action, I actually raised it a little bit for a fuller sound.
        Now that the setup is done, the improvement is huge! I'm dead honest, it sounds like another guitar (a true Taylor). I recommend everyone to at least replace the strings, and replace the saddle and nuts if you are a handy person (requires some sanding, nothing big).
        ***(Please keep in mind that my following review is based on this mod.)***

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        Quality of Sound
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        Taylor really hits the sweet spot of the sound on 314s, plugged and unplugged. However, I do have a big complain though. The Expression System just cannot handle fingerpicking in alternative tunings with a capo on 5th fret and up.
        ***Unplugged
        Super detailed and defined sound, a lot of sustain, good volume, deep and flexible bass, sparking airy high, and warm face melting mid. I'm a finger picker who occasionally strum too. I want my guitar to be as responsive as possible, and best of all sounds interesting with a lot of personality. The 314 is pretty responsive (though not the most responsive I've played), and very playful as well. Its characteristics change from gentle picking to hard strumming, delivering light touch of single notes to powerful open chords in a beautiful presentation. The sound is always "Taylor Defined" no matter what my setup is. I'm totally happy with the acoustic side of my 314CE.
        ***Through Amplifier
        With the capo below 5th fret or without using it, the Expression System sounds awesome. Compared with the unplugged sound, it's certainly a lot warmer but not to a point to be called distorted. It's actually right on the spot in most situations. It is also much more powerful than unplugged, I feel every detail has been pushed to its fullness. This is the most useful if you play and sing along in a live situation, because it tends to pop out so much in the face of your audience.
        On the other hand, the Expression System (ES) is terrible at solo guitar playing, especially with a capo on the high frets (not a problem unplugged though). I often play solo music in all types of alternative tuning with my capo on the 2nd to 10th fret. ES in general starts to distort and color the sound with the capo setup from the 5th fret and up. It's distorted in a way that sounds surreal, alien and extremely unnatural. Basically, it sounds like an acoustic guitar plugged into an electrical guitar amp in the top boost channel (assume that you have done that nonsense like I did).
        Note: I use a Fishman Loudbox. I plan on putting a LR Baggs Lyric mic in my 314, but for now I just use an external mic for solo situations. Microphone, internal or external, seems like the only good solution for picking up solo playing.
        ***Direct to DI
        I use a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB digital audio interface. I'm not very happy with the sound, because it's too warm and there's a lot of unnecessary distortion in it. Depends on the music you play, it could sound like fake software produced guitar…
        However, I find the sound to be useful blending in the mic track, giving it an extra dimension and some more punchiness. 5%-30% of blending rate seems fair, but it stands no chance fighting along without a sister mic track.
        (This is true in all situations, including tuning, capo position and so forth.)

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        Quality and Features:
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        The build design and quality is superb, there's no question about this. The tuners stay in tune all the time, have the right amount of resistance to it, and it's a pleasure to tune my 314CE. The neck is so slim and smooth, frets are leveled, action is super low out of the box, and I still can't believe that it has the neck of a Gibson Les Paul (how does it handle the massive string tension of an acoustic?). Truss rod is easy to adjust without removing all the strings, electronics are mounted invisible and tight.
        My only complaint is the battery life, it only lasts 30-40 hours. If you left it plugged in for a day or two, the 9V battery dies. There are pickup systems out there that last over 1000 hours on the very same one single 9 volts.

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        Summary:
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        The Taylor 314CE is an extraordinary guitar for the price, I removed one star for its inabilities of the pickup system and the lack of battery life. With all honesty, I think it still makes the best work horse guitar on the market. I also like the simplicity of it, as it does not catch eyes until it makes a sound.
        I would recommend this guitar repeatedly to every guitarist.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Best Value for Performers

        By Jeff

        from Virginia

        Pros

        • Acoustic sound
        • Expression System
        • feel
        • Intonation

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Main Performing Guitar

          Comments about Taylor 314ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Sounds better plugged in than anything else in head to head comparisons -- just use a balanced TRS cable. There is not a better guitar for performing live for the money.

          Unplugged this one has a nice sound with plenty of top end and a nice warm low end. It's balanced but slightly scooped. It's a sound that works well for a lot of things. It makes a fun couch guitar too.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          All I can say is WOW!!

          By Akronman66

          from Akron, New York

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          Pros

          • Excellent sound
          • Includes Hardshell Case
          • Plays Easily
          • Quality
          • Sounds Great

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Live
            • Recording

            Comments about Taylor 314ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            This is Great buy!
            Taylor ONLY. Makes quality guitars any YES. You have to pay for quality!
            I am now on my second taylor , the first was the 214ce......

            I will be a Taylor man for life ....

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Super Solid

            By iplayareverend

            from Minneapolis, MN

            Pros

            • Acoustic sound
            • feel
            • Quality

            Cons

            • Case
            • Expression System

            Best Uses

            • Living Room Jamming
            • Professional Performing
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Taylor 314ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I'm in my 5th year of owning this Acoustic guitar as a professional musician in the twin cities.

            The Good: The more I play this guitar, the more I love it. This has been my main acoustic for a long time and Ive logged thousands of hours into in it the past 5 years. This guitar sounds perfect acousticly and it is only getting better with age.

            The Bad: I've had to get the expression system changed 2 times since buying it. Thankfully it was free because it was under warranty *SIDENOTE* Taylor has an AMAZING warranty, I havent had to pay for any repairs on this guitar. Still annoying to have your guitar in the shop for something so stupid 2 times. I'm also not crazy about how the expression system sounds plugged in. The only reason I almost got rid of this guitar was because of how uninspired I was hearing this guitar straight into a system. I fixed that by buying an Avalon U5(best DI I ever owned).

            The Ugly: The case is easily the worst quality case I have ever owned. As a professional musician I move my guitar around a lot. Up to 6 or 7 times a week. The handle on the case broke off 3 times and each time I had to pay out of pocket to fix it as it is not under warranty. The most recent time it broke off I decided it was time to get something new. I purchased a Mono M80 acoustic case, since then I have only had good experiences moving my guitar.

            Bottom Line: This guitar is great. My only problems with this guitar have been the accessories and extras(expression system, case). All in all this guitar is great and some people might not even notice the expression system problems I had. I would for sure recommend this guitar to anyone looking to buy a semi-professional quality acoustic guitar.

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            5.0

            just perfect!

            By daniel

            from MEDELLIN, COL

            Comments about Taylor 314ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I owned this guitar 2 years ago, and i have felt suprised of its sound, it is just amazing and i'd like to have this guitar for many years and i became a taylor lover, this brand is just amazing and if i had to get another guitar, i would buy another taylor

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Like going from a Ford to a BMW

            By Tailrotor

            from Tampa, Fl

            Comments about Taylor 314ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I have spent many hours playing, debating and narrowing down my options to get a new mid-level "good" guitar, and I have found it! The 314ce plays like a dream. Don't let the body size fool you, the projection is unreal. The ebony fretboard board in concert with the neck size and shape allows for fast play or rhythmic strumming. Both styles produce crisp, vivid sounds with easy movement around the neck. The updated acoustics offer complicated free use and impressive clarity.

            If you are debating between the laminate 214 or all wood 314, wait and save a bit more, it's worth every penny!

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            PERFECT!!!!

            By Wildcatamania

            from Kentucky

            Pros

            • American Made
            • BEAUTIFUL
            • Expression
            • Hard Shell Case
            • Light
            • Sustain
            • Tone

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • CHURCH
            • Recording

            Comments about Taylor 314ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I can't imagine owning a better guitar, with the exception of another Taylor.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent

            By justo

            from georgia

            Comments about Taylor 314ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I have owned this guitar for 7 years. This is a very well made and easy playing guitar. Unplugged sound is very bright and unmistakably Taylor. Plugged in the Taylor Expression System is second to none! Mine is the older 2 AA battery setup, however they come with the ubiquitous 9v now. This guitar is better suited for light to medium strumming and finger style playing.

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            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beats any other acoustic guitar.

            By Mike123456789

            from united states

            Pros

            • Comfotable Body Shape
            • Extremely versatile
            • SMOOTH NECK
            • Stays in tune well

            Cons

            • Plastic Battery Holder

            Best Uses

            • Everything

            Comments about Taylor 314ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            After purchasing a taylor 314, i dont think ill ever buy another acoustic guitar again.

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            (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            All Good! Love working with these peopl

            By Johnny Rocket Man

            from Merritt Island Fl

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Taylor 314ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            Always a pleasure working with MF! These people rock.

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