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An exquisite model that's as versatile as it is beautiful.
The Taylor 914ce Grand Auditorium Cutaway ES2 Acoustic Electric Guitar represents the upper echelon of their rosewood models and features Taylorâs popular âCindyâ inlay, Indian rosewood binding, red purfling accents, and abalone top trim that also borders the fretboard extension. Among the three classes of rosewood guitars, the fine detailing of the 900 Series sets it apart with exceptional design sophistication.
Grand Auditorium (GA)
Body Length: 20" / Body Width: 16" / Body Depth: 4 5/8"
Taylorâs 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 flatpickerâs 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 GAâs 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 the bestselling shape. If you want a great all-purpose guitar, the multi-dimensional GA wonât let you down.
Expression System 2
The Taylor Expression SystemÂ® 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylorâs ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylorâs 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 Taylorâs custom-designed âprofessional audioâ-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 âbounceâ up and down. But Taylorâs electronics team, led by developer David Hosler, discovered that the vertical movement is actually heavily restricted, and that the saddle gets âlocked downâ due to the string tensionâs downward pressure. Thatâs 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 saddleâs natural range of movement as the guitar is being played is actually back and forth like a pendulum. That revelation led Taylorâs 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 guitarâs 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.
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914ce Grand Auditorium Cutaway ES2 Acoustic Electric Guitar