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Taylor Guitars 114ce, Grand Auditorium, Solid Sitka Spruce Top, Sapele Back/Sides, Cutaway, ES-T

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  • Solid Sitka Spruce Top
  • Sapele Back/Sides
  • Grand Auditorium
  • Gig Bag Included
  • ES-T Electronics; Cutaway
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Product Description

Product Description

Learn About the Taylor Guitars 114ce Model

Quality, style and an attractive price are compelling features you’ll find in the 214 before you even pick one up. Of course, one strum backs everything up with great tone. The Taylor 114ce is a superb option for the budget-minded guitarist or an "extra" guitar for the seasoned player, the 114ce has an extremely rich and versatile voice.

The 114ce offers both the classic look of a rosewood/spruce Dreadnought and optimization for performance with cutaway access and Taylor electronics.

Grand Auditorium Guitars: A Taylor Tradition the Taylor 114ce Continues

Introduced in 1994 to commemorate Taylor’s 20th Anniversary, the Grand Auditorium would go on to establish itself as a definitive Bob Taylor original. Tonally, the guitar embodied the qualities of balance, clarity, and versatility that became hallmark Taylor traits. Visually, the shape gave the world an equally balanced and refined aesthetic of smooth curves. In both respects, the GA was at once big enough and small enough to cover a lot of ground.

The goal, Bob says, was simply to make a guitar that was big like a dreadnought, but without a dreadnought’s traditionally boomy sound, even though the Taylor dreadnought wasn’t boomy compared to other guitar brands. "I was looking for a good, clear tone that had volume when you played fingerstyle, which was pretty popular at the time, but then when you strummed didn’t have too much bass."

The GA has the width and depth of a Dreadnought, but its tapered waist and contours give it the appearance of a smaller instrument, making it comfortable to play. The tonal balance means it’s full in the lower register, present in the midrange, and sparkling on the treble strings.

The GA’s tonal balance also made it a favorite of engineers.

"You put a mic in front of the guitar and set everything to zero, you turn on the tape, and you play," Bob explains. "A lot of studio owners and engineers bought the GA just to put in the studio, because when things started going bad with players' guitars during a session, the engineer would say, 'We can get this job done today if you just play this guitar.' A lot of it was the shape. We made a few bracing changes, but we depended on the shape to change that tone."

More About the 100 Series of Taylor Guitars

Taylor’s 100 Series premium guitars will change your expectations about what a serious entry-level instrument can embody. Featuring solid Sitka spruce tops and either laminated sapeleback and sides, both series deliver the quality sound and feel you’d expect from a Taylor.

You don’t need to sacrifice great tone and playability when you’re looking for extra value. The sapele laminate 100 Series guitars are the real deal, crafted to deliver the complete Taylor experience, and, with laminate back and sides, are extra resilient.

You can feel good in knowing that when you buy a Taylor at any level, you get precision craftsmanship, and great tone.

Taylor 100 Series Guitars: A Rite of Passage

For some young adults, getting a driver’s license is a rite of passage. For others, getting their first Taylor is. The 100 Series Taylor guitars are perfect for young players who are ready to take things to the next level. With the easiest playability and best intonation in the industry, family porch jams never sounded so good.

Tone and Playability: Hallmarks of 100 Series Guitars

Tone and playability are hallmarks of Taylor guitars, and you’ll find the 100 Series® delivers plenty of each. Sporting a solid Sitka spruce top and sapele laminate back and sides, the redesigned 100 Series cutaway and Taylor electronics options. Value, yes. Compromise, no.

About Taylor Guitars

Founded in 1974, Taylor Guitars has evolved into one of the world's leading manufacturers of premium acoustic and electric guitars. Renowned for blending an innovative use of modern technology with a master craftsman's attention to detail, Taylor guitars are widely considered the best sounding and easiest to play in the world. Many of today's leading musicians make Taylor their guitar of choice, including Dave Matthews, Prince, Mick Jagger and Taylor Swift.

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Taylor's 114ce features a cutaway and ES-T pickup enhance Taylor's signature Grand Auditorium body shape, for a versatile instrument with style and substance.

114ce Specs

  • Type/Shape: 6-String Grand Auditorium
  • Back & Sides: Sapele Laminate
  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Soundhole Rosette: Plastic
  • Neck: Sapele
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Fretboard Inlay: Pearloid Dots
  • Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Binding: Black
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Enclosed, Die-Cast Chrome Plated
  • Scale Length: 25 1/2 Inches
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Neck Width at Nut: 1 11/16 Inches
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Fretboard Radius: 15 Inches
  • Bracing: X-Brace
  • Finish: Varnish
  • Color: Natural
  • Cutaway: Venetian
  • Electronics: Taylor ES-T
  • Body Width: 16 Inches
  • Body Depth: 4 5/8 Inches
  • Body Length: 20 Inches
  • Overall Length: 41 Inches

Loud and robust Sapele Laminate back/sides.

Classic pearloid dot inlays.

ES-T pickup onboard.

The Taylor 100 Series
Tone and playability are hallmarks of Taylor guitars, and you'll find the 100 Series delivers plenty of each. Sporting a solid Sitka spruce top and sapele laminate back and sides, the redesigned 100 Series now features both Dreadnought and Grand Auditorium shapes, along with cutaway and Taylor electronics options. Value, yes. Compromise, no.

Sitka Spruce Top
Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis) grows in a coastal "pocket" from Northern California to Alaska. This dense, straight-grained wood has the highest strength and elasticity-to-weight ratio among available tonewoods, an attribute that makes it an ideal material not only for our soundboards, but for our internal bracing, as well. Sitka produces a slightly brighter tone than does Engelmann.

Sapele Laminate Back/Sides
This exceptional, mahogany-like wood grows throughout the tropical rain forests of Nigeria and the Ivory Coast of Africa. Ever since we introduced it in 1998, its legion of fans has grown exponentially. As a tonewood, it's denser and harder than mahogany, so it has a crisper, clearer, brighter, "pop"-ier sound than its more familiar counterpart. Loud and robust, with a lovely ribboned grain, sapele has been used by Spanish guitar makers for many years.

Varnish Finish
A durable varnish finish offers protection, good looks, and a smooth feel to the touch. The spruce top's beauty shines right through.

Grand Auditorium Body Shape
The Grand Auditorium was the first guitar shape designed from scratch by Bob Taylor. It was unveiled to commemorate the company's 20th Anniversary in 1994, and since then it has more than lived up to its promise. Although the GA has the width and depth of a Dreadnought, its narrower waist gives it the appearance of a smaller instrument, adds treble "zing" across the guitar's tonal spectrum, sharpens the definition of individual notes, and also enables it to rest comfortably in the lap. Because we remove mass from the width of the GA's braces, the guitar top moves faster, resulting in a snappy, bell-like tone. The GA, available as a 6- or 12-sting, is designed to be a strong fingerpicking guitar that also can handle medium strumming, and is exceptionally versatile.

Venetian Cutaway
The cutaway allows access to the upper frets. Many players moving to acoustic guitars grew accustomed to the cutaways on their electric guitars. Others simply like the freedom of movement into the upper register that a cutaway allows. Nowadays, cutaways are favored as much for their decorative appeal as for their function. The Venetian cutaway is known for its soft, round lines. The sloping peak of the cutaway will vary depending on the shape of the guitar. Grand Concerts and Grand Auditoriums have a steeper slope, while Dreadnoughts and Jumbos are a bit flatter.

ES-T Pickup
Inspired by Taylor's Expression System technology, the Expression System Transducer, or ES-T, is a single-source, under-saddle transducer with individual elements for each string. (The ES-T was originally called the ES Element, but the name was changed to avoid confusion with another product.) The ES-T has an onboard preamp and the same active controls found on the full Expression System. Featuring a custom-voiced EQ and dynamic response, the system is powered by a 9-volt battery, with a battery life LED power indicator (which is lit when the battery is being used). The pickup also has a Phase switch for feedback control, which is located on the preamp board inside the soundhole.

Chrome-Plate Tuners
Taylor Tuners continue the industry-leading 18:1 gear ratio that they've been using, yet yield even greater precision with the help of a manufacturing process that employs the same gear-cutting machines used by Swiss watchmakers. The more precisely-machined gears virtually eliminate the slight "slop", or slack, typical among tuners, which makes it even easier for Taylor owners to get--and stay--in tune. Taylor Tuners also feature an elegant aesthetic touch, with the Taylor logo cleanly etched on the back.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 48 x 9 x 21 inches ; 20 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B001LMXQA2
  • Item model number: 114ce
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,851 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 25, 2004

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Zachary T. Wolfe on July 31, 2010
If you have ever played a Taylor guitar you know that they are truly amazing. For the most part they are more expensive than other brands but worth every penny. I had played live with a Taylor 314CE several times and can honestly say that the 114CE sounds every bit as good as the Taylor 314CE which costs over twice as much. For those that are wondering, the main difference between the 114CE and the higher Taylor models is the type and amount of "real" wood used on the body. The 114CE has the real wood front with real-wood-looking sides and back (it's actually a laminate). The electrical pickups in these guitars are IDENTICAL to the pickups in the top of the line Taylor models. I play live a lot and the sound is clean, clear and super easy to adjust. The pickup uses a 9v battery that lasts me about a month with live playing, roughly 3 times per week for 2 hours each time. The battery compartment is located on the back end of the body and is easy to change without removing strings. If you decide to get this guitar, I would highly recommend getting the guitar setup by a professional right away(recommended for all new guitars). For those that don't know, getting a guitar "setup" doesn't just mean "tuning" it. They actually verify that the adjustable rod running through the neck is aligned and will get the guitar in the best playing condition possible. I would also highly recommend getting the action lowered on this model. If you don't know, the "action" is the distance between the strings and the fret board. The farther the strings are away from the fret board the higher the action. The lower the action, the less distance you have to push on the strings to touch the frets. A high action, especially on an acoustic guitar, causes your finger tips to get raw much quicker.Read more ›
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MJZ VINE VOICE on October 12, 2012
I had no intention of buying an acoustic guitar today. I've never been much of a fan as I prefer electrics, and often found acoustics to be bulky and uncomfortable. ON a whim I picked up this Taylor and was completely floored by the beautiful tone this thing had! I had never heard an acoustic that sounded as bright and clear and had great sustain. I played it for at least an hour at the store and it stole my heart! I knew I couldn't leave without it. Having smaller hands this guitar is such a pleasure to play! It's actually set up more like an electric, than some of the other acoustics I've played in the past. the design of the body is very comfortable and the cutaway is really wonderful. Plug this sweet baby into an amp and you can rock out with it too. It comes with a really nice gig bag that is padded and has a generous front pocket. I know Taylor's are expensive guitars and I have to say that for the price you really do get what you pay for. This guitar sounds like it costs three times the price, and all the quality packed into this beauty is actually a real bargin! If you want a nice acoustic for yourself or for someone else, you cant go wrong with this guitar.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ccaptn on March 16, 2011
This guitar is comfortable to hold, easy to play and sounds like a much more expensive guitar. The combination of woods in concert with Taylor"s remarkable engineering make this a concert ready instrument. I was looking for a light weight small body with uncompromising sound and the 114ce delivers. Plug it in and it comes alive. Sometimes when you purchase an item, you can have a bit of buyers remorse after a few days...not a chance with the Taylor. The highs are bright and the lows are quite rich. It comes with 12 gauge Elixers which I have not always appreciated, but in this case I think it may be a perfect match. I play for an 2 hours or more every day and this new addition has earned a spot in my rotation. When I want to play a bright melody, I will reach for this guitar.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By skel- on July 19, 2009
Not sure if I would buy on online - I would want to hear it first. I bought one of these at my local music store. It has an amazing sound, if you are looking into getting a guitar at around this price (or even a little less). I highly suggest you play one of these and a bunch of others to make up your mind what feels good. The Taylor sound good and will make your playing sound better. It also has great action - making it very easy to play. Often people buy cheap guitars for beginners that are hard to keep in tune and play. This leads to the prospective player loosing interest. Don't do the cycle. Buy a Taylor and if you don't like it, or give up, you can resell it on ebay ;). This isn't solidwood and many people want to move up to solidwood (not composite) however the composite is much better at differing humidity.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ken on January 6, 2013
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Recommend spending the money. Sounds great right out of the box. It has a nice case also. I have six acoustics, this plays better than my $1200 Tak.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Adam on May 15, 2009
I have not purchased this guitar yet, but I am going to. I went to my local music store and sat down to play this guitar. It plays beautifully and looks great too. Definitely a quality guitar for less money. My only suggestion would be to buy this guitar in the store. Most places are selling them for $799.00 in-store and that includes the gig bag. That way you can pick it up, look at it in person, and walk away with it that day.
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