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The sweet, distinct tonality of cedar.

The addition of a Western red cedar top to the mahogany-bodied Taylor 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric results in a warmer, more slowly-developing, blooming sound than traditional spruce-topped instruments. With its rich complement of overtones the 514CE has become a favorite among players seeking chordal warmth and rich harmoncs. Striking rosewood binding and an abalone rosette beautifully complement the cedar's robust coloration.Taylor's Grand Auditorium body has the same depth and width as a dreadnought, but with a narrower waist width and depth that adds increased string-to-string definition with enormous detailed picking dynamics. The 514CE takes to medium strumming just as readily as it shines on fingerpicked passages.Designed to faithfully reproduce your guitar's native tone, the Expression System utilizes patented Dynamic Sensors to capture top and string vibration like never before. Created in partnership with renowned audio pioneer, Mr. Rupert Neve, the Taylor ES is seamlessly integrated into the design of the guitar from the ground up. Onboard tone controls provide added flavor, or set flat for an uncolored, exceptionally clean amplified sound.The finish used to create this guitar's lustrous gloss top, back, and sides was developed at Taylor for maximum durability and resistance to cold-checking. The ultraviolet-cured finish on the 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway is also more environmentally friendly than traditional lacquer finishes.

FEATURES
  • Grand Auditorium body
  • Venetian cutaway
  • Tropical American mahogany body
  • Western red cedar top
  • Abalone soundhole rosette
  • Tropical American mahogany neck
  • Taylor Expression System electronics
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Small pearl dot fretboard inlays
  • Indian rosewood headstock overlay
  • Indian rosewood binding
  • Ebony bridge
  • Tusq nut and saddle
  • Chrome-plated Taylor tuners
  • Elixir light gauge strings with Nanoweb coating
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • 1-3/4" width at nut
  • 20 frets
  • Scalloped X-bracing
  • Gloss finish

A guitar made to let you speak through your fingers. Call or click and start talkin'.

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Taylor514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model)
 
4.9

(based on 33 reviews)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best!

By Twitter : @ryanzanthony

from Indonesia, Jakarta

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Comments about Taylor 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

This guitar is simply great.I love her sound, her grip and her price.I got this babe last summer, my little bro bought it for me.And guess what? its excellent!!Buy this guitar if you're a fingerpicker and a light strummer!!-Ryan Anthony

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for acoustic electric

By Jillian-vdCHF

from Boulder CO

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Comments about Taylor 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I own this guitar and it is great as an acoustic electric instrument. It does not hold up acoustically to my Martin OM28V, nor should one expect it to. First of all, it is a cutaway. I have never found a cutaway that sounds as good as a full body high end acoustic. They are different animals. We are comparing apples to oranges. This is not really an acoustic guitar. It is a cutaway, shallow body guitar with a pickup. This reduces the total acoustic sound output. I agree this is a fantastic guitar for what it is, but it won't hold up acoustically to a high end Martin, Collings or Santa Cruz. If you are after an acoustic electric, this is worth looking into. If you are after a fantastic acoustic only guitar that peels paint off the wall, look elsewhere.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Take it from an old player....

By Donrix

from Alabama

Comments about Taylor 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I've been around guitars all my life and have played/owned many. My 514ce is by far the most enjoyable playing and sounding instrument, acoustic or electric, and the fretboard is so easy o manage. The feel is smooth, the sound is steady across the strings, and the effects available are always well-received. My choice guitar, and I play it so much that I'll soon need new frets. This is one excellent balance of woods and manufacturing detail/design.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Acoustic Heaven

By Supercross777

from Washington

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Comments about Taylor 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I have never played an acoustic that suite me better. From the moment I picked this guitar up, I knew I had to own it. All the details, intonation, finish, Playability....everything was perfect and immaculate. If you are a fingerstyle guitarist to moderate strummer, this guitar will be your best friend, The cedar top really complements the mahogany back and sides. I can't tell you haw many people have told me this is the nicest guitar they have ever played, I must agree as well. On the other hand if you are a hard strummer and you want a lot of bass reponse. I would not recomend this guitar. The tone is very balanced, and in my opinion is not as responsive to hard playing. I love this guitar... And if it could ever be said " this is the last one honey, I promise!"then I would have to say this is the guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awsome Guitar, Taylor's are the Best

By Tyler Emond

from NH

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Comments about Taylor 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I know a guy who has one of these, and it sound incredable. I have seen people like Paul Colman of the Newsboys solo act, and it sounds amazing. I have seen the other reviews where if you play hard the strings snap easier than other guitars. psshhh, I have seen people play hard on these, maybe it is the older models that have the old fishmans in them. The new electronics sound great from wht I have heard of these. This is My Dream guitar and if I have $ any time soon, I will have it in no time.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mr. Scawwy

By zildjian player

from australia

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Comments about Taylor 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

This guitar does not last long at all. It sounds ok I guess, but after throwing it against a giant pile of bricks several times over, it just broke. I was very disappointed. I went to GameStop and put my money to better use by buying the latest version of Dungeons & Dragons. I am currently a level 24 half-elf druid, foos!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of my "go to" guitars - and it has plenty of competition!

By Martin Weiss

from Woodsrock, CT & Martha's Vineyard

Comments about Taylor 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

2005 model and still looks and plays beautifully - easy truss adjustments and simple maintenance free electronics.
Exceptional tone and crisp high end sustain throughout the neck and very very clean through an amp. I use a Fender acoustic amp and it's a superb combo for small bars or medium halls. Great for finger picking and tight with 5th and 3rd fret capos. Never a problem and an easy neck.
Not the "high end" as far as inlays , etc., but you can get that if you want to drop another few thousand dollars and not get one iota in difference in sound!
Very reasonably priced for a guitar I choose oftentimes over my 1947 Martin D-28 or Tacoma Koa PPK240 or any number of Ovations and other members of my stable.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sweet sounds

By jeff-Y9XZp

from albertville. al

Comments about Taylor 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

ive had this guitar about 11 yrs and its a treasured keepsake ,i love it,ive been playing 20 yrs and this has been a great friend .this guitar strumms awesome,cause i smack the crap out of it,much louder than my friends 814 also,and no lie about the fingerpicking . it really shines with a balanced sound.u hear all the strings distinctly .i have the old fishman system though.i cant speak for the new expression system.i did have to change the pickup the other day the store put a thinline martin pickup in it and it still sounded great,i get a great sound through a fender acoustasonic when i play live.but i cant say enough about how much i love it .it is a longtime friend.and a blessing from God

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME!!! MUST BUY

By Hoke

from Virginia

Comments about Taylor 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

My wife just purchased me this taylor, i have got to say that it is by far the best sounding and playing instrument i have picked up, we are the youth worship leaders at our church and it brings a whole new light to our position not only sounding unbelievable unplugged but even more heavenly plugged, thanks Billee Jo, I Love YOU

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

As close to perfect as it gets.

By TJH-wfQYg

from Portland, Maine

Comments about Taylor 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I've had mine for 4 years. I've recorded with it, played live with it (a lot), and it is absolutely most beautiful sounding, physically attractive, consistent, and durable instrument I have ever played. I haven't heard the new expression system, but I can tell you that I have no complaints with the fishman electronics that came with mine. My only problem is that I strum and pick pretty hard, and the G string has a tendency to break at the bridge. Other than that, this guitar is absolutely amazing. Buy this thing now!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best? You Bet!!

By Luv 2 Play Taylor

from PA

Comments about Taylor 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I Have been playing for ummmm well lets just say many, many years. I have owned 1919 O21 Martin, 1975 D28, 1973 D18, 1953 Gretch to mention a few.I play mainly Bluegrass. Bluegrass demands Drive and Bass My 514 has it all and is a pleasure to play. It is by far my instrument of choice.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Owned for 9 years...

By Todd Mo

from Erie, PA

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Comments about Taylor 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

Love it Love it Love it. Never sell it, unless i'm uh, nah never-mind. Never sell. The more i play it the sweeter the tone grows. My guitar buddy loves to tell the story about the first time he heard me playing it. He thought i was playing through a small amp with a chorus effect on and was about to say to me "nice chorus effect on your guitar." But before he could say that he realized i didn't have it plugged in at all. Beautiful sound. PLays great. Excellent intonation all the way up the neck. Pretty woods. I've received many compliments on this axe from sound to looks. It's definitely an investment. If you're ready to invest in your guitar playing then its worth the price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Taylor 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

This is an absolutely wonderful guitar. I have had mine for two years now and it plays like a dream. Don't let the comments about strumming steer you away from this guitar. I fingerpick AND strum pretty hard and the guitar sounds great either way, especially with the Taylor ES pickups. Combine this guitar with a Bose PAS (also highly recommended) and you will never sound better, PERIOD.

 
5.0

Wow!!

By Joe-3QMmH

from Sacramento, CA

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Comments about Taylor 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I have owned a Taylor 514ce for two months. I wanted to find a guitar that had a different sound than I am used to. I tried out several other Taylors and Martins, but I knew I found "the one" after I struck the first cord. The tone is warm and bright and response is amazing. The difference, I believe, is in the wood. This guitar has a cedar top. Other guitars I have owned have had spruce tops. You can't compare the two. The sound is completely different. This guitar isn't as loud, but the tone is absolutely incredible. Eventually, I am going to own to acoustics: this one, and possibly a Martin D 28.

 
5.0

If God played guitar, He would play a Taylor!

By Stealth SSB

from Bellport, NY

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Comments about Taylor 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I love taylor guitars! they are the most melodious sounding acoustic ever! the sound is so even and balanced, with more presence than a gibson j-45. taylors are also made of the most beautiful woods imaginable with the subtle grain of cedar to the rich color of the select rosewoods; taylors are show stoppers. Taylor has any combo of wood you could dream of and a sound for everyone. only sore spot is the weight of the taylors with mahogany necks are quite balanced and dip down when not supported fully.

 
5.0

Pure Pleasure

By Soupman

from Waus. WI

Comments about Taylor 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I have owned this guitar for 2 1/2 years and couldn't have asked for more. The perfect guitar for finger picking plus a great guitar for all around music. A song writers dream! I can't walk by it without picking it up and playing it. It's contagious.

 
5.0

Legenday sound and quality!!

By nschroeder

from Sterling, Colorado

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Comments about Taylor 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I can't describe the beauty of my 514ce. Both tonally and aesthetically this baby is georgeous. Craftmanship is wonderful, the Cedar and Mahogany combo is probably the best of all the wood combinations. Simply georgeous. The quality and finish are bulletproof. The action is fantastic and it plays like a dream. Either recorded, through a PA or unplugged, the sound is legendary and for a reason. I have both recorded and performed live with my 514ce and it is amazing. As good or better than many guitars 2-3 times the price. There is a reason why so many of the best fingertstyle players play Taylors.

 
5.0

I love this guitar

By Taylorguy55

from Mirmingham, AL

Comments about Taylor 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I have owned Martins, Gibsons, etc., and several other Taylors (612C, 310MCE, 355) but the 514CE has to be the best all around guitar available. Perfect for fingerstyle and very, very good for all but the most enthusiastic strumming. Nice intermediate size, too.

 
5.0

The Picture Doesn't Do It Justice!

By Steven G.

from Raymore, MO

Comments about Taylor 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

The computer picture does not do the guitar justice. The red cedar top is absolutely beautiful! It is easy to handle and play. I love it!

 
5.0

stop! look no further

By ashesremain

from Baltimore, MD

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Comments about Taylor 514-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

this is it! this is your destiny. I can't find a better feeling or sounding guitar at this price! do it! add to your family tree!!!

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