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Taylor 414 Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar

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The Taylor 414 Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar lets players continue to discover solid African ovangkol's responsive, rosewood-like tone, which pair...Click To Read More About This Product

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A picker's dream mid-size acoustic with Sitka spruce top and ovangkol back and sides.

The Taylor 414 Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar lets players continue to discover solid African ovangkol's responsive, rosewood-like tone, which pairs well with Sitka spruce and can accommodate a range of playing styles. White binding applies a crisp counterpoint against the gloss top and mottled brown hues of ovangkol.

Grand Auditorium (GA)
Taylor's most popular and versatile body shape, the mid-size Grand Auditorium arrived in 1994 bearing refined proportions that fell between a Dreadnought and Grand Concert. While the bigger Dreadnought was traditionally considered a flatpicker's guitar and the smaller Grand Concert catered to fingerstylists, the GA was designed to deliver on both fronts. The shape produced an original acoustic voice that was big enough to handle medium-strength picking and strumming, yet with impressive balance across the tonal spectrum, especially in the midrange, producing clear, well-defined notes that suited both strumming and fingerstyle playing. The GA's overall presence tracks well with other instruments both in a studio mix and on stage, and singer-songwriters have embraced its utility both for composing and traveling with one guitar. Many people want a single guitar that can cover a variety of styles, which is why the GA continues to be Taylor's best-selling shape. If you want a great all-purpose guitar, the multi-dimensional GA won't let you down.

Over a decade ago, Taylor introduced the guitar world to a sustainable tonewood known as ovangkol. An African relative of rosewood, it's a great sounding wood that shares many of rosewood's tonal properties, with a slightly fuller midrange and a top end that's not quite as bright as maple. Being lesser known than rosewood, ovangkol has been a sleeper hit over the years, asserting itself as an instant contender among unsuspecting players who test-drive a variety of Taylor models.

Shape: Grand Auditorium
Number of Strings: 6
Back/Side Wood: Ovangkol
Scale length: 24-7/8"
Top Wood: Sitka spruce
Body Length: 19-1/2"
Electronics: None
Body Width: 15"
Cutaway: None
Body Depth: 4-3/8"
Nut and Saddle: Tusq
Neck Width: 1-3/4"
Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
Bracing: Forward Shifted Pattern with Relief Rout
Fretboard Wood: Ebony
Fretboard Inlay: Dots
Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
Binding: White
Bridge Inlay: None
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Taylor Nickel
Truss Rod Cover: Indian Rosewood
Back/Side Finish: Gloss
Top Finish: Gloss
Neck Finish: Gloss
Pickguard: Tortoise
Number of Frets: 20
Armrest Binding: None
Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
Backstrap Wood: None
Backstrap Finish: None
Brand of Strings: D'Addario Classical Extra Hard Tension
Buttons: Nickel
Edge Trim: None
Fingerboard Ext: None
Fretboard Binding: White
Heel Cap Binding: White
Heel length: 3-1/4"
Peghead Finish: Gloss
Peghead Inlay: None
Peghead Binding: Ebony
Peghead Logo: Taylor Colorcore
Peghead Type: Standard
Rosette Mat.: Plastic
Rosette Size: Three Ring
Stain/Sunburst: None
Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
Wedge: None
Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown

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Features Errors

By Stan

from Princeton, NJ

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  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Great All Purpose Guitar
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune


  • Features Errors

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Taylor 414 Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar:

There are two errors in the Features listing for this Taylor 414. The Scale length is shown as 24-7/8" but it is actually 25-1/2" scale. The Brand of Strings is shown as D'Addario Classical Extra Hard Tension but is actually Elixir Phosphor Bronze HD Light.

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