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Taylor 400 Series 414ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Though they've been a staple of the Taylor line for years, Taylor's ovangkol 400 Series guitars continue to be discovered and embraced by players, th...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

A mid-size hybrid with a Sitka spruce top with Venetian cutaway, ovangkol back and sides and Taylor's special electronics.

Though they've been a staple of the Taylor line for years, Taylor's ovangkol 400 Series guitars continue to be discovered and embraced by players, thanks in part to a compelling full-range tone profile that's comparable to rosewood. Ovangkol's natural tonal breadth and dynamic range fit many different playing applications and body styles. An all-gloss body adds a burnished complexion that ties ovangkol's toasted golden color tones together with the buttery Sitka Spruce top. All 400 Series instruments ship in a deluxe hard shell case made by Taylor for optimal fit and protection. 

Body Shape
A Taylor original, the Grand Auditorium helped establish the Taylor acoustic sound. The popular body style makes for a versatile guitar that yields ample volume in response to light fingerpicking, and reacts to medium strumming and flatpicking with a clear, balanced sound across the tonal spectrum. If you want a great all-purpose guitar, the GA is an excellent choice.

Tone Wood
Pairing A guitar's top is the primary filter and distributor of vibrating string energy through the guitar, which means it has a huge impact on its sound. Sitka Spruce is the most prevalent guitar top wood of the modern era. It blends stiffness and elasticity in just the right proportions which translates into broad dynamic range with crisp articulation. Solid ovangkol back and sides complement the top with a sound that's comparable to rosewood. Ovangkol is an African relative of rosewood that shares a wide tonal spectrum from lows to highs, but with a slightly fuller midrange and a bright treble that resembles koa.  

Electronics
Taylor's ES2 is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before.

Together with Taylor’s custom-designed “professional audio”-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar. The Taylor Expression System 2 operates through a proprietary 9-volt battery compartment and easy-to-use volume, bass and treble controls.

What sets Taylor Guitars apart? Unmatched build quality, the most stable and playable necks, a vast array of tonal options, eco-conscious and ethically-sourced raw materials, and a lifetime of service and support.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body type: Taylor Grand Auditorium
  • Cutaway: Yes - Venetian
  • Top wood: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: Solid Ovangkol
  • Bracing pattern: Taylor Performance Bracing (Standard III with Relief Rout)
  • Body finish: Gloss 6.0
  • Orientation: Right-Handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Standard Taylor Profile
  • Nut width: 1-3/4" (44.5mm)
  • Fingerboard: Genuine African Ebony
  • Neck wood: Tropical Mahogany
  • Scale length: 25-1/2"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Satin
Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Expression System 2 "professional audio"-grade
  • Brand: Taylor
  • Configuration: Behind-the-Saddle Transducer with Adjustable Sensors
  • Preamp EQ: Volume, Bass, Treble
  • Feedback filter: Onboard Phase Switch
  • Tuner: None
Other
  • Headstock overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Tuning machines: Taylor Nickel Tuners with Nickel Buttons
  • Bridge: Genuine African Ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Micarta "Wave" Saddle; Tusq Nut
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Special features: Taylor New Technology ("NT") Neck System
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hard Shell Case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: USA

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Taylor400 Series 414ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Stays in tune (5)
  • Consistent (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice

By The Waterboy

from North AL

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Taylor 400 Series 414ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I have been playing about 8 months, and started on a Yahama FG730S. That was a really nice starter guitar for the money, but this 414ce is so much better. I like to say it's like the difference between a Mustang GT and a Porsche 911. Both are fast, but one is much more refined. Both will get the job done, but one just does it a lot better than the other. The sound from the Ovankol is just perfect to my ears. I debated awhile between the 414ce and the 814ce, but in the end decided the 414ce was what I wanted.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Last acoustic I'll ever buy

      By AB

      from Golden, CO

      About Me Novice

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Awesome Electronics
      • Beautiful craftsmanship
      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Love the cutaway for accessing all frets
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Taylor 400 Series 414ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        First off, I can't believe this is the first review for this bad boy. Maybe that's because it is relatively pretty new, which means it has the new Expression 2 electronics. That made me feel lucky since I had been eyeing these grand auditoriums for a while, so I had great timing when finally pulling the trigger.

        I purchased the 414 deciding to get serious with my playing because of my recently discovered passion for the guitar. I went to GC and played lots of others Taylor's, Martins, etc. I initially decided on the 214, but then saw myself wanting to upgrade to a solid top down the road and thought I'd just skip that step so i waited a bit until a GC sale popped up. I didn't want to pay tax on a big purchase so I called MF and they matched the GC price.

        I love the Grand auditorium style because I can access the entire fret board, which is necessary because I love the blues and I don't want to be limited. The quality is excellent on this instrument, which I am not worthy of...yet. It's loud and bright, but not too bright. It sounds even better running through my Cube 40w. I'd recommend this guitar to anyone that is looking to buy just one acoustic because it can do everything, it's easy to play and it's appearance /quality is top notch. Oh, almost forgot... the hardshell case that comes with it is also pure quality!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Instantly comfortable - like an old friend

        By JC

        from Maryland

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Pro-Quality without the "Bling"
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

        • Not a fan of the Taylor Expression System

        Best Uses

        • Does it all

        Comments about Taylor 400 Series 414ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I bought this guitar as a backup for my Takamine EAN55C (bought in 2000). The Taylor cost twice as much as my Tak. It is a beautiful guitar. Feels great. I especially love the Taylor satin finish neck. Everything about the 414CE is perfect for a performing musician. The 414 has all the professional attributes, without the expensive "bling". The only negative thing I can say about the Taylor is that it's electronics (Expression System II) are no match for higher end Takamine electronics, and I like the tuner included on the Takamine.....important to me when performing. AND the biggie.....the Takamine gives me much better sound control through its palathetic pickup system. Much clearer, with much more control over the lows, minds, and highs. If I could put this pickup system in the Taylor, I would never buy another guitar. I usually play through a PA system. I've done many, many setting variations and comparisons between these pickup systems. In side by side comparisons, my musician friends always pick the Takamine. So.....my opinion.....the Taylor is a fantastic playing guitar. I hope Bob and Andy at Taylor guitars can improve the Expression System electronics. Adding midrange control would help a lot.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My New Favorite

        By Michael Chuancey

        from Port Richey, FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Taylor 400 Series 414ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I've been playing guitar for over 30 years. I play everyday in my recording studio for my self and my clients projects. My Breedlove has served me well and I really had no thought of upgrading. When I came across this guitar I bought it and after comparing it to my beloved Breedlove I have to admit the Taylor 414 is noticeably better. It's has the perfect tone no matter what style. The old guitar will still play around the campfire and on the park bench. But for jobs that pay the bills the Taylor will be my #1 choice.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Buy this. You'll never have any regrets.

          By Ronald

          from undisclosed

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          Comments about Taylor 400 Series 414ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Love this guitar. Sound, tone, sustain, neck, ease of playing, able to play in bands, with other groups and fits right in. Amazing sound and pricing. I highly recommend this nice, and well made, great sounding guitar.

           
          1.0

          Cracked guitar that gold coverage won't cover

          By Matt

          from Iowa

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Rich Sound

          Cons

          • Poor Construction

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Taylor 400 Series 414ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Do not buy gold insurance for this or any thing else. I had a major crack in the guitar, and the insurance would not cover it. It is costing me a lot to get fixed. Extremely upset with musicians friend. Find another company

           
          5.0

          great guitar for finger-style playing

          By jon jon

          from New Jersey

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Taylor 400 Series 414ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            The neck has very nice feel to it.... great for finger-style... and the intonation stays true as you move up to the higher frets..... sounds great too--both acoustic and electric. I have two 414 CE's now--one ovangkol, the other rosewood. Both sound great. I'd say the ovangkol is a bit brighter. The rosewood basses seem a little richer.

             
            5.0

            I can't put it down

            By Joe

            from California

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Taylor 400 Series 414ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                I've wanted a Taylor for over 15 years and I've been playing almost 30 years. This was a gift from my wife who knows nothing about guitars, only that I wanted to Taylor acoustic. I had never even tried a guitar this nice; i had always figured a Taylor over a Grand would be super nice! Anyway this guitar is incredible out of the box. I also ordered a set of D'Addario Nickle Bronze Light strings and just now finally installed the strings and WOW what an incredible difference did they make. I absolutely love playing this guitar. It is amazing for fingerstyle but also does fantastic for strumming. The tone and the playability is as good as it gets for an acoustic. My background is in classical and I am very comfortable playing this fingerstyle.

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