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

    The 2011 Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar has flawless intonation all the way up the neck. Warm, full mids and bold lows ring out from the solid Sitka spruce top while fabulous ovangkol back and sides impart snappy highs and precise projection. Great for fingerstyle playing and vocal accompaniment, this Taylor guitar also features beautiful white binding and an ebony fretboard and bridge. Rupert Neve-designed Expression System electronics with Dynamic Sensors and tone controls capture top and string vibration like never before. Includes Taylor hardshell guitar 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

    Big bodied with a comfortable slim waist that makes this Taylor guitar accessible to all sizes of players. Go for your own Taylor today.

     
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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

    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!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Full spectrum acoustic sound

    By Dale Bryant

    from Hollywood Florida

    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.

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    5.0

    Excellent Guitar

    By Jeremiah

    from North Carolina

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

    I was initially sold on a Gibson Songwriter. A local guitar dealer sold me on this Taylor. I would recomend this instrument to anyone wanting an excellent guitar. The playability was spot-on strait out of the box, no set-up needed. The case that comes with it is also excellent, the guitar fits very snug inside. The Elixer strings are great and last quite a long time. I would recommend getting a hydration system to help protect your investment though.

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    5.0

    YOU WILL BE HAPPY IF YOU BUY IT

    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.

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    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.

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    5.0

    Buy It

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

    I have no clue how many guitars I have owned in my lifetime but I know that this is the best one I have ever owned. It is the only one I have owned that I will not part with. The action is great and it has great tone across all of the strings. It is a very balanced guitar it plays like a dream.

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    5.0

    TONE TONE TONE

    By Ninjawailer

    from California

    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.

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    5.0

    To be complete honest

    By Nick C-JqB2f

    from Maryland

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

    This guitar should be rendered more as a work of art than a musical instrument. It is perfect is almost every single aspect, IF you have the money for it. I bought this magnificent guitar about 3 years ago and I refuse to part with it for the rest of my life. The wood is spectacular, the sound is flawless and the feel is glorious. I would never choose another guitar over a Taylor- none compares.

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    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!

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    5.0

    buy it if you have the bank

    By stratocaster cookin'

    from Salisbury, NH

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

    The neck on this guitar is easily the most comfortable and easy playing i have ever used, this guitar sounds absolutely amazing. I wound up buying a charvette "telecoustic" instead due to budget, but my next acoustic WILL be a taylor without a doubt.

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