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

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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 slo...Read More

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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

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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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.

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(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

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best!

By Twitter : @ryanzanthony

from Indonesia, Jakarta

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

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Owned for 9 years...

By Todd Mo

from Erie, PA

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.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for acoustic electric

By Jillian-vdCHF

from Boulder CO

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.

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(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.

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4.0

New Sweet Girl

By Twitter : @ryanzanthony

from Indonesia, Jakarta

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

i love this taylor! i love it! i love it! My parents and my bro just gave it a few hours ago. It sounds good, i love it. The only problem is the body is too thin. I'm afraid that if i'm on the stage, my belt will scratch it and push it too hard then it broke. The tension of the strings are too high too. Need to be lower. Overall, this guitar is great ... buy one, you'll never regret it! God Bless!

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5.0

Simply the best of show

By Soldonthe514

from Pacific Northwest

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

I played some 30 guitars over the course of a week; everything from Martin D28s to a Gibson Hummingbird. I played several of the Taylors including the runner-up: the 814ce. However, when I strummed the first chord on this guitar the shopping was over.....period. Such incredible sound, and the wood is a thing of beauty. Haven't slept much these last few nights contemplating the expense, but am looking forward to a good night's sleep and sore fingers tomorrow......I mean a guy has to get some sleep right? I figure that's about as good a reason as any to buy it, well and of course it's Thursday too.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best? You Bet!!

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.

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5.0

Finally got the guitar I always wanted

By liketoplay2

from Lusby, MD

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

I just recieved my Taylor 514-CE. I have been searching for a guitar like this for a long time. My search is over. This is probably the last guitar that I will ever buy. I am thrilled. From the moment I put it in my hands I new that this guitar was special. I owned a Martin D-28 and was not thrilled at all. I had a Yamaha FG that sounded and played as good as the Martin. This 514-CE is absolutly the nicest guitar I have ever played. The sound is warm and clear. Nice Lows, Mids and Highs. It handles any strumming I might do easily and also rings out the individual notes, hammer ons, etc. in between. The action is almost that of an electric. Still working on the subtleties of the expression system but so far so good. If you are looking for a guitar with that "sound" I would check this out. It will turn heads. I am excited about playing guitar again. If your worried about the price don't be it's worth every penny.

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