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Taylor 814ce DLX V-Class Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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The essence of the Taylor playing experience lives within the rosewood/spruce 800 Series, which includes this 814ce DLX V-Class Grand Auditorium acou...Click To Read More About This Product

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Taylor's flagship guitar refined and enhanced with special bracing and elaborate appointments.

The essence of the Taylor playing experience lives within the rosewood/spruce 800 Series, which includes this 814ce DLX V-Class Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric. With the debut of its comprehensive redesign in 2014, master guitar designer Andy Powers took what was already Taylor’s flagship guitar and deployed an array of voicing enhancements, ranging from customized bracing and wood thicknesses for each body style to the use of protein glues and ultra-thin finish, to bring out another level of musicality.

Taking these enhancements one step farther in 2018 with Taylor's innovative V-Class bracing, together, these refinements deliver much more than the sum of their parts. For everyone from pros to hobbyists, they make the playing experience more expressive, inspiring and fun. The volume, the sustain, the "in-tune-ness" of the instrument and its high-fidelity sonic detail combine to deliver a new level of player experience.

The 814ce DLX V-Class guitar also features a specially designed radius-style armrest in maple with rosewood top edge trim, Sitka spruce bracing, and chrome Gotoh tuners. The radius armrest actually takes the edge off the playing experience, easing the physical stress on your strumming or picking arm. Sitka spruce bracing supercharges the tonal response to create a more dynamic voice. Gotoh 510 tuners supply a higher 21:1 gear ratio to give you finely calibrated tuning control. The 814ce DLX V-Class guitar comes with Taylor Expression System 2 electronics and ships in a Taylor deluxe hardshell case for optimal fit and protection.

Body Shape
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.

Tonewood Pairing
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. Sitka Spruce is the most prevalent guitar top wood of the modern era. It blends stiffness and elasticity in just the right proportions, which translates into broad dynamic range with crisp articulation. Solid Indian rosewood back and sides complement the Sitka top with sound that's made it one of the most popular tone woods ever. Rosewood produces the strongest bass response among the tonewoods 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.

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 acoustically 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, and active bass and treble controls.

Other Features
Taylor's V-Class bracing is a fundamental innovation in acoustic guitar design. It marks an important evolution beyond traditional X-bracing, introducing an entirely new platform for acoustic performance. It is essentially a "sonic engine" that optimizes the response of an acoustic guitar in three key ways: by boosting volume, sustain, and by largely resolving the intonation (in-tune-ness) issues that have long plagued acoustic guitars. V-Class bracing creates purer, more orderly notes that don't cancel each other out or sound "off". They have clearer, more consistent response, and the whole fretboard is brought into greater sonic alignment for a more musical playing/listening experience. Guitars with V-Class bracing are easier to tune; the pitch sounds purer and more solid, and electronic tuners can more easily locate notes for quick, precise tuning. Other benefits: harmonics ring more uniformly down the neck, notes are louder with more projection and sustain, and notes are more consistent, i.e., upper register notes don't get choked out or swallowed. Fewer "sour" sonic qualities exist with chords; a more agreeable relationship is created between notes as they ripen, bloom and decay.

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.

FEATURES
  • Sitka spruce V-Class bracing
  • Gotoh 510 tuners
  • Maple radius armrest with rosewood edge trim
  • Custom-calibrated wood thickness
  • 3.5 mil finish thickness
  • Protein glue (bracing and bridge)
  • Indian rosewood pickguard
  • Rosewood top trim
  • Single-ring abalone rosette edged with rosewood
  • Pearl "Element" fingerboard inlay
  • Maple binding (non-figured)

Order the Taylor 814ce Deluxe V-Class today.

SPECIFICATIONS
Body
  • Body type: Grand Auditorium
  • Cutaway: Venetian
  • Top wood: Solid Sitka spruce
  • Back and sides: Solid Indian rosewood
  • Bracing pattern: Sitka spruce V-Class with Relief Rout
  • Body finish: Gloss 3.5
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Taylor Standard Profile
  • Nut width: 1.75" (44.45 mm)
  • Fingerboard: West African Ebony
  • Neck wood: Tropical mahogany
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Satin
Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand: Taylor
  • Configuration: Behind-the-saddle transducer with Adjustable Sensors
  • Preamp EQ: 2-band
  • Feedback filter: Phase
  • Tuner: No
Other
  • Headstock overlay: West African ebony
  • Tuning machines: Chrome Gotoh tuners (21:1 ratio)
  • Bridge: West African ebony
  • Saddle and nut: Micarta "Wave"/Teflon-infused graphite nut
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Special features:
  • Case: Deluxe hardshell case
  • Accessories:
  • Country of origin: United States
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Taylor814ce DLX V-Class Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
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5.0

Like the x-braced ce deluxe, but with another gear

By Jason

from Chicago, IL

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Taylor 814ce DLX V-Class Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      My wife bought me the original, x-braced model as a gift. I loved it, but then I learned about the v-braced model and sent mine back to trade up (same price). I was disappointed with my new model because it had significant buzzing and one of the screws for the truss rod cover wouldn't seat (just kept spinning and spinning). The return process was easy, although I hated being without my ax for 12 days. My new one is much better, although it still did require a little tweaking of the truss rod. (Maybe that's standard when you get your guitar shipped to you, but it saved us a lot in state tax). I love this guitar. It is very comfortable to play, has great intonation, but the biggest difference is in how much louder you can play. Normally, to get more volume, you'd have to lose some sustain. But this model has just as much sustain as my old x-braced model. It's gorgeous and sounds great. It's my dream guitar.

       
      5.0

      Exactly as advertised

      By 1E

      from Virginia

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comfortable and accurate
      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Gorgeous
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

      • Expensive
      • Guitar Case is heavy

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Worship/ praise session

      Comments about Taylor 814ce DLX V-Class Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I have waited for the V-class bracing to be put on the 814 ce DLX, and it is exactly as you have seen in all those videos by Taylor. The guitar is absolutely a dream to play...the volume, sustain, intonation...all just spot on. Even my unsuspecting wife noticed the difference in sound from far away (compared to my Martin D-18).

      This is the best guitar that combines great quality for the price range (a $4k guitar is still very expensive, but it is what it is). The DLX trim definitely gives that extra something with the better and accurate tuner and arm rest, which definitely makes a difference.

      Overall, this guitar offers so many options and extras that can't be found in other guitars at this price range.
      My only issue is the guitar case. Wished Taylor had some lighter hardcases like Martin. The standard case is obviously very safe and strong, but also very heavy. When I got my Martin, I opted for the higher hardshell case, but Taylor doesn't have one.

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