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Taylor 700 Series 2014 714e Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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Taylor's Grand Auditorium body style locates the sweetspot between a big and small guitar, and the result is tremendous tonal balance and versatility...Read More
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Taylor's Grand Auditorium body style locates the sweetspot between a big and small guitar, and the result is tremendous tonal balance and versatility. Together with rosewood and spruce, the 700 Series 714e Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar blends a well-defined midrange with rosewood's throaty lows and bell-like treble clarity, making it a well-rounded option for light to medium strumming and fingerpicking. Evocative visual touches include a rich Vintage Sunburst top and neck, ivoroid binding and rosette, and ivoroid Heritage Diamond fretboard inlays. Taylor's proprietary Expression System 2 acoustic electronics deliver exceptional amplified tone in a reliable plug-and-play package.
Expression System 2
The Taylor Expression System 2 (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 proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup (patent pending), which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. 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.
Behind the ES2 Design: Rethinking the Piezo Pickup
For decades, piezo-electric transducers have been positioned under the saddle of a guitar based on the long-held belief that the string and top vibration cause the saddle to "bounce" up and down. But Taylor's electronics team, led by developer David Hosler, discovered that the vertical movement is actually heavily restricted, and that the saddle gets "locked down" due to the string tension's downward pressure. That's why a traditional under-saddle pickup with piezo-electric crystals often responds with a sound often characterized as thin, brittle, brash or synthetic, especially with more aggressive playing.
The saddle's natural range of movement as the guitar is being played is actually back and forth like a pendulum. That revelation led Taylor's design team to relocate the crystals from under the saddle to behind it. The new positioning enables the crystals to respond more naturally to the guitar's energy as it is transferred through the saddle. Three pickup sensors are installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, with three tiny Allen screws that calibrate the position of the sensors in relation to the saddle.
Like the original Expression System, the ES2 features the same volume and tone control knobs. The preamp is similar but with a slightly different gain structure. As a result it will be about 25 percent hotter, which is more in line with other pickups. This makes it plug-and-play friendly both for artists and live sound mixers.
- Indian rosewood back/sides, spruce top
- Gloss top, back, and sides
- Expression System 2 pickup
- Includes case
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700 Series 2014 714e Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar
- Shape: Grand Auditorium
Number of Strings: 6
Back/Side Wood: Indian Rosewood
Scale length: 25-1/2"
Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
Body Length: 20"
Electronics: Expression System 2
Body Width: 16"
Body Depth: 4-5/8"
Nut & Saddle: Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
Neck Width: 1-3/4"
Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
Bracing: Forward Shifted Pattern with Relief Rout
Fretboard Wood: Ebony
Fretboard Inlay: Heritage Diamonds
Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
Bridge Inlay: None
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Taylor Nickel
Truss Rod Cover: Indian Rosewood
Back/Side Finish: Gloss
Top Finish: Gloss
Neck Finish: Satin
Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
Number of Frets: 20
Armrest Binding: None
Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
Backstrap Wood: None
Backstrap Finish: None
Brand of Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze HD Light
Edge Trim: None
Fingerboard Ext: None
Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid
Heel Cap Binding: Ivoroid
Heel length: 3-1/2"
Peghead Finish: Satin
Peghead Inlay: None
Peghead Binding: Ivoroid
Peghead Logo: Ivoroid
Peghead Type: Standard
Rosette Mat.: Ivoroid
Rosette Size: Three Ring
Stain/Sunburst: Vintage Sunburst
Type of Neck Joint: Scarf