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Taylor 800 Series 814ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic Electric Guitar  Natural 

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Taylor's popular 800 Series 814ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic Electric Guitar offers players the ultimate all-purpose guitar. Its balance, warmth and articulation are great for fingerstyle, it has enough punch as a strummer to front a band, and the top-end power will fuel lead runs without getting shrill. It's a great choice for a gigging player looking for one guitar that can cover it all.

The revoicing of the 800 Series has brought greater warmth, a more mature midrange, and a looser, more luxurious low end to the 814ce, thanks in part to the customized bracing and a new, custom-calibrated Elixir HD Light string-gauge set.

Premium appointments include maple binding and back strip, rosewood top edge trim, a rosewood pickguard, Taylor's new Element fretboard inlay in mother-of-pearl, a marbled fretboard, and new Expression System 2 acoustic electronics. The guitar features a Venetian cutaway and includes a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.

Grand Auditorium (GA)
Body Length: 20" / Body Width: 16" / Body Depth: 4 5/8"
Taylor's signature shape embodies the ultimate all-purpose acoustic.

Taylor's most popular and versatile body shape, the mid-size Grand Auditorium arrived in 1994 bearing refined proportions that fell between a Dreadnought and Grand Concert. While the bigger Dreadnought was traditionally considered a flatpicker's guitar and the smaller Grand Concert catered to fingerstylists, the GA was designed to deliver on both fronts. The shape produced an original acoustic voice that was big enough to handle medium-strength picking and strumming, yet with impressive balance across the tonal spectrum, especially in the midrange, producing clear, well-defined notes that suited both strumming and fingerstyle playing.

The GA's overall presence tracks well with other instruments both in a studio mix and on stage, and singer-songwriters have embraced its utility both for composing and traveling with one guitar. Many people want a single guitar that can cover a variety of styles, which is why the GA continues to be a bestselling shape. If you want a great all-purpose guitar, the multi-dimensional GA won't let you down.

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.

A versatile body shape packed with Taylor's latest innovations.

  • Grand Auditorium body shape with Venetian cutaway
  • Solid Sitke spruce top
  • Indian rosewood back & sides
  • Maple binding and back strip
  • Rosewood top edge trim
  • Rosewood pickguard
  • Element fingerboard inlay in mother-of-pearl
  • Marbled fretboard
  • Expression System 2 acoustic electronics
  • Taylor deluxe hardshell case.

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800 Series 814ce 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"
    Cutaway: Venetian
    Body Depth: 4 5/8"
    Nut & Saddle: Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
    Neck Width: 1-3/4"
    Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
    Bracing: Advanced Performance with Relief Rout
    Fretboard Wood: Ebony
    Fretboard Inlay: Element
    Headstock Overlay: Ebony
    Binding: Maple .080"
    Bridge Inlay: None
    Bridge Pins: Ebony with Abalone Dots
    Tuners: Taylor Nickel
    Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
    Back/Side Finish: Gloss 3.5
    Top Finish: Gloss 3.5
    Neck Finish: Satin
    Pickguard: Rosewood
    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 Light
    Buttons: Nickel
    Edge Trim: Indian Rosewood
    Fingerboard Ext: None
    Fretboard Binding: Maple
    Heel Cap Binding: Maple
    Heel length: 3-1/2"
    Peghead Finish: Gloss
    Peghead Inlay: None
    Peghead Binding: Maple
    Peghead Logo: Taylor Mother of Pearl
    Peghead Type: Standard
    Rosette Mat. : Abalone
    Rosette Size: Single Ring
    Stain/Sunburst: None
    Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
    Wedge: None

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Taylor814ce Grand Auditorium Cutaway ES2 Acoustic Electric Guitar

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Simply stated, The Best Guitar Ever


from Houghton Lake Michigan

Verified Buyer


  • Alive
  • Balanced
  • Dynamic
  • Expressive
  • Multiple Personalities


  • It Will Spoil You

Best Uses

  • Booming Rhythm
  • Finger style
  • Flat picking
  • Subtle Picking

Comments about Taylor 814ce Grand Auditorium Cutaway ES2 Acoustic Electric Guitar:

I own 8 acoustic guitars and have played for over 30 years. The new 814 has a range that rivals my 22 year old Taylor Dred 12 string. Plugged into my Live Pod XT, it blows the elder away. My favorite style is finger picking backup fills. The wider nut allows for smoother fingering and the Taylor Geometry creates what I feel is the easiest playing and most comfortable guitar on the planet .. yes, I have a Zager easy play 80 .. it plays easy but doesn't have the dynamic capability of a Taylor. Out of the box, the 814 was already eager to amaze. The sustain is like nothing I have ever experienced. I have all of my acoustics mounted on the wall in my music room. I sneezed on the other side of the room and the 814 began to hum .. what more can I say!

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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


Worth the extra money


from NW Arkansas


  • Easy to play
  • Electronics Are Improved
  • Glossy Finish On The Body
  • Great tone
  • Nice Action On The Neck


  • Expensive
  • Expensive But You Get Wh

Best Uses

  • Chording
  • Fingerpicking

Comments about Taylor 814ce Grand Auditorium Cutaway ES2 Acoustic Electric Guitar:

Bought the Private Reserve. Cosmetics are equal to my 2 other Taylors' - body is glossy and the neck natural. The pick guard is unusual, but doesn't deter from the sound. I've got a Fall Limited from a few years back (Grand Auditorium model as well) and I would say that the main difference in sound is that the bass is more pronounced in the 814 with the Rosewood vs. the Cocobolo in the Limited. The main reason I bought this was to get the rosewood body - I didn't have one. The electronics are way above my technical knowledge - leave it to Taylor to evaluate that. If you have any questions, refer to the Spring "Wood and Steel" magazine. I'm sure your dealer will have a copy.

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