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Taylor 700 Series 714ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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Taylor’s redesigned rosewood/spruce 700 Series guitars, like this 714ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric are the latest in the Taylor line to showc...Click To Read More About This Product
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Special tonewood, bracing, and electronics combination gives this Grand Auditorium great tone in a studio, bedroom or on stage.
Taylor’s redesigned rosewood/spruce 700 Series guitars, like this 714ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric are the latest in the Taylor line to showcase an inspiring tonal and visual makeover. The result is a bolder musical voice with a refreshed visual aesthetic that blends rootsy appeal with warm, wood-rich details to give the series a distinctive musical personality.
Tonal upgrades include a switch from Sitka spruce to Lutz spruce, which produces a powerful tonal response comparable to older, high-grade Adirondack spruce, and gives players a higher volume ceiling. Two other tone-enhancing refinements include Taylor’s new Performance bracing and the use of protein glue for the bracing and bridge. Together with the Lutz top they optimize the tonal response, capturing all of rosewood’s classic richness and strengthening the fundamental focus.
These guitars promise to give back to players everything they put in and then some. New appointment details include non-figured koa binding; a 3-ring herringbone-style rosette featuring mirrored, bias-cut Douglas fir with maple/black trim; top edge trim of bias-cut end-grain Douglas fir with maple/black accents; a new “Reflections” fretboard inlay in pale green abalone; and a new weathered brown pickguard with a matte finish. A new Western sunburst top option is also available, adding an earthy honey-brown complexion for a darker vintage look. All models feature a full-gloss body and are available with an optional Venetian cutaway and Taylor Expression System 2 electronics.
Includes a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.
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.
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. Lutz Spruce is a naturally occuring hybrid of Sitka and White spruce. Sitka is the most prevalent guitar top wood of the modern era because it blends stiffness and elasticity in just the right proportions which translates into broad dynamic range with crisp articulation. Lutz spruce takes these attributes and blends them with those of White and Englemann spruce, with an end result resembling old Adirondack spruce. When combined with Taylor's bracing architecture, guitars are more powerful, richer and louder than before. Solid Indian rosewood back and sides complement the Lutz top with sound that's made it one of the most popular tone woods ever. Rosewood produces the strongest bass response among the tone woods commonly used for guitars, with a slightly scooped midrange. Rosewood's sweeping frequency range - deep lows that assert a throaty growl with sparkling highs - rings out with bell-like, high-fidelity clarity. It yields a full-range acoustic voice with complex overtones and extended sustain.
Expression System 2 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.
Body type: Grand Auditorium
Cutaway: Single cutaway
Top wood: Solid Lutz spruce
Back & sides: Solid Indian rosewood
Bracing pattern: Taylor Performance Bracing (Standard III with relief rout)
Body finish: Gloss 6.0
Neck shape: Taylor Standard Profile
Nut width: 1-3/4" (44.5mm)
Fingerboard: Genuine African ebony
Neck wood: Tropical mahogany
Scale length: 25-1/2"
Number of frets: 20
Neck finish: Satin
Configuration: Behind-the-Saddle Transducer with Adjustable Sensors
Preamp EQ: 2-band
Feedback filter: Phase
Headstock overlay: Genuine African ebony
Tuning machines: Taylor Nickel Tuners with Nickel Buttons
Bridge: Genuine African ebony
Saddle & nut: Micarta "Wave"/Tusq
Number of strings: 6
Special features: Douglas Fir Herringbone-Style Rosette and Top Edge Trim
Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Case
Country of origin: United States
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- Clarity and balance plugged in!
- Incredible acoustic sound!
- Perfect action out of the box!
- None. Zero, zip, nada......:-)
- Plugged in venues small to large
- Small acoustic gigs
Comments about Taylor 700 Series 714ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
I was VERY hesitant to purchase an expensive acoustic without playing it first. It just wasn't something I felt could be achieved with success. As a professional musician I had played fellow band members Taylors and was always impressed. I searched my local Taylor dealers and settled on a 714ce. I then turned to MF because I have been a long time customer and had always been treated very well with any issues (very few, actually) if I had any problems. The financing options available to me from MF simply weren't available locally. With this large a purchase I needed that flexibility.
So, after talking with Mike Treece (Private Reserve Guitar Advisor) at MF...I felt confident enough to "pull the trigger".
My 714ce was shipped overnight and I received it in good condition. As soon as I opened the case I inspected every inch of my new guitar and was very pleased with the workmanship. It was simply flawless. The woodwork on this guitar makes it look more like a piece of art! Then I started playing it.
I was overwhelmed with the overall tone and action, but was not expecting to hear such clarity and balance up and down the fret board. I am an overly critical, OCD musician and I simply love everything about this guitar. I went to band rehearsal last night and plugged in for the first time and was amazed at the acoustic clarity, tone and balance from the ES2 system!
I didn't get to play my new Taylor at rehearsal nearly as much as I wanted because everyone insisted on playing it!
Taylor guitars, Musician's Friend and Mike Treece....great job, great service and a big THANK YOU!
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