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Taylor 400 Series 414ce-R Rosewood Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Indian rosewood is one of the most popular and musically expressive tonewoods in the world. Among Taylor’s solid-wood guitars, rosewood is normally r...Click To Read More About This Product

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Able to handle a variety of styles with a wide spectrum of tone.

Indian rosewood is one of the most popular and musically expressive tonewoods in the world. Among Taylor’s solid-wood guitars, rosewood is normally reserved for the 700, 800 and 900 Series, but the 400 Rosewoods now bring rosewood - with lustrous gloss finishes - into a more accessible price range.  Taylor's Grand Auditorium shape and rosewood's balanced, broad sonic range and complexity - and of course Taylor's renown playability - result in a guitar that will be a joy to play in a variety of scenarios for a lifetime.  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 Indian rosewood back and sides complement the Sitka top with sound that's made it one of the most popular tone woods ever.  Rosewood produces the strongest bass response among the tone woods commonly used for guitars, with a slightly scooped midrange.  Rosewood's sweeping frequency range - deep lows that assert a throaty growl with sparkling highs - rings out with bell-like, high-fidelity clarity.  It yields a full-range acoustic voice with complex overtones and extended sustain.
  
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 Concert
  • Cutaway: Yes - Venetian
  • Top wood: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: Solid Indian Rosewood
  • 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-R Rosewood Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 3 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (3)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Value in a Taylor Acoustic Guitar

By Big Rand

from Traverse City MI

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Pros

  • Best electroinics in the Industry
  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune
  • True Rosewood/Sitka sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Anywhere you would play an acoustic Guitar
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

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

    This in my opinion, is the best bang for your buck of ANY guitar that Taylor offers. The Sitka spruce/Rosewood combo is the only one for me. I also have a 514ce Cedar top that is nice, but not THIS nice. I have owned the following Taylor Guitars: 315ce, 314ce, 816ce, 516ce, (all with ES1 that I did not care for), 514ce, 516ce FLTD, and a T5. This guitar out shines them all for Volume, Sustain and general playability. It has the std bracing and .6mm finish that does not hamper tone one bit in my opinion. I have played pretty much every taylor model ever made at one point or another. I feel there is simply no reason to spend more money than this, unless you must have more bling. I feel that the finish, binding and fret markers on this guitar, means its squarley aimed at Martin. I have owned LOTS of Martins as well. This guitar beats them hands down.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Awesome price and great Taylor guitar!

    By 1SG Juan

    from York, PA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

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

      I use my Taylor's (3 other guitars ALL purchased from Musician's Friend) to play in my church choir and for jamming at home. Taylor guitars have a very distinct sound that makes music sound enjoyable and a fun instrument to play.

       
      5.0

      Great guitar.

      By Jose

      from Fl.

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      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-R Rosewood Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Wonderful tone, very player friendly.

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