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Taylor 500 Series 2015 514ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Special tonewood combination for more color and character.

Taylor's 500 Series models, like this 500 Series 2015 514ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar - with their focused midrange punch - have made a big impression on players. The natural warmth and "played-in" tone of the typical 514ce's cedar top with mahogany back and sides appeals to fingerstyle players and strummers alike, however this special version substitutes a solid Sitka Spruce top instead of western red cedar. This combination is rare for a Taylor 514ce, and though still great for fingerstylists and strummers, it will also excel for flatpickers. This 500 Series 2015 514ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar comes with a deluxe hardshell 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.

Tonewood 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. For the back and sides, tropical mahogany is known for a meaty midrange featuring a strong fundamental without adding a lot of ringing overtones. It responds well to players with a strong attack who like dry, earthy, lo-fi sounds. It has a natural compression that smooths out strumming and picking technique. Mahogany's clear and direct tonal character makes it a great option for playing and standing out among other instruments.

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. Because the pickup doesn't sit under the saddle, the bottom of the saddle comes in full contact with the bridge, allowing all the nuance of the guitar's tone to come through clearly whether playing acousticly or plugged-in. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before while playing plugged-in. 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.

The Taylor Difference
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
  • Great for finger stylists and strummers
  • Solid tonewood pairing of Sitka spruce and tropical mahogany
  • Genuine West African ebony fingerboard, headstock overlay, and bridge
  • High-quality pickup with 2-band EQ and Phase cancelation
  • Includes deluxe hardshell case

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SPECIFICATIONS
Body
  • Body type: Grand Auditorium
  • Cutaway: Single
  • Top wood: Solid Sitka spruce
  • Back and sides: Solid Tropical Mahogany
  • Bracing pattern: Taylor Standard II (Forward shift pattern) with relief rout
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Taylor Standard Profile
  • Nut width: 1.75 in. (44.45 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Genuine West African Ebony
  • Neck wood: Solid Mahogany
  • Scale length: 25.5 in.
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Satin
Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand: Taylor
  • Configuration: Behind-the-saddle transducer with Adjustable Sensors
  • Preamp EQ: 2-band
  • Feedback filter: Phase
  • Tuner: No
Other
  • Headstock overlay: Genuine West African ebony
  • Tuning machines: Taylor nickel tuners with nickel buttons
  • Bridge: Genuine West African ebony
  • Saddle and nut: Micarta "Wave"/Tusq
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Special features: None
  • Case: Deluxe hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States
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