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Taylor Guitars 314ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic Electric Guitar

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  • Solid Sitka Spruce Top
  • Solid Sapele Back/Sides
  • Grand Auditorium
  • Cutaway; ES
  • Hardshell Case Included
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Product Description

A Grand Auditorium body, Venetian cutaway, and the Taylor Expression System add up to a versatile guitar that's perfect for both stage and home. Crisp, black binding flanks the satin-finish sapele back and sides and glossy Sitka spruce top, and then continues up the fretboard. The 314ce is truly a performer's workhorse, combining technology and craftsmanship with understated style.

  • 6-String Grand Auditorium with Venetian cutaway
  • Better amplification with the Taylor Expression System
  • Sitka Spruce top
  • Sapele back and sides
  • Ebony fretboard and bridge
  • Tusq nut and saddle
  • Chrome-plated Taylor tuners
  • Adjustable truss rode
  • Strung with Elixir Light Gauge Strings with NANOWEB Coating

Taylor's Grand Auditorium 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 guitars tonal spectrum, sharpens the definition of individual notes, and also enables it to rest comfortably in the lap. Because Taylor removed mass from the width of the GAs braces, the guitar top moves faster, resulting in a snappy, bell-like tone. The GA is designed to be a strong fingerpicking guitar that also can handle medium strumming, and is exceptionally versatile.

A Venitian cutaway in the 314ce Grand Auditorium body allows better access to the upper frets. In the past, many players moving to acoustic guitars grew accustomed to the cutaways on their electric guitars, while others simply like the freedom of movement into the upper register that a cutaway allows. Now, cutaways are favored as much for their decorative appeal as for their function.

Solid sitka spruce top is joined with sapele sides and back for a crisp and bright sound.

Rings Bright and Clear
The top is made from Sitka Spruce, a dense, straight-grained wood that has the highest strength and elasticity-to-weight ratio among available tonewoods. It's these attributes that make Sitka Spruce an ideal material not only for soundboards, but also for internal bracing. The Sitka top will produce a tone slightly brighter tone than Engelmann Spruce.

The back and sides of the 314ce are made from the mahogany-like sapele wood, which has gained a legion of fans ever since Taylor introduced it in 1998. 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.

The Taylor Expression System gives you a natural acoustic sound.

Pure Reproduction of An Acoustic Sound
In the past, Taylor had relied on after-market pickups that employed traditional piezo technology. But the result was a distorted tone that failed to capture the natural acoustic richness and dynamics of a Taylor for live performance. After several years of research, Taylor designed their own groundbreaking pickup system that uses magnetics much like a microphone. The result is an exceptionally pure reproduction of an acoustic guitars natural sound. The Taylor Expression System delivers an amplified tone that will satisfy the most demanding pro player, yet makes it simple for anyone to plug in and sound great.

The Expression System incorporates three different magnetic sensors. Two strategically placed Dynamic Body Sensors affixed to the underside of the soundboard capture the complex nuances of the tops vibration, while a Dynamic String Sensor mounted beneath the fretboard extension registers string and neck vibration. The preamp boosts the pickup signal cleanly, without the need for artificial EQ "coloration." The balanced, low-impedance signal the Expression System produces can run direct into a mixer or PA in most situations, and is free of distortion at almost any volume.

Three simple, unintrusive onboard control knobs preserve the aesthetic beauty of your Taylor, yet allow you to easily adjust the volume, bass, and treble to suit your personal preferences and performance environment. When set flat, the tone controls add no color and produce the most natural sound. Or, add bass or treble (or subtract) to adjust for the room or personal tastes. The payoff is in the purity of high-fidelity amplified tone, unprecedented dynamic range, and extraordinary resistance to feedback and distortion. It enables all of the expressive subtleties of your playing to come through, just the way you intended.

Taylor takes pride in using the finest quality woods for their guitars, like ebony for every fretboard they make. The tone woods for the 314ce were quartersawn and carefully book-matched before being sorted, dried, and prepared by Bob Taylor and his experienced team of luthiers. The 314ce pearl inlay and binding work was also done by hand, providing care and "touch" that no machine can give. Taylor believes that precision matters, which is why they rely on laser cutters and computer-aided milling machines to consistently hit minute tolerances that were impossible a decade ago.

Balance and Bracing
A balanced tone is critical to a quality recorded sound. Guitars that are too heavily weighted towards a particular end of the tonal spectrum (too "bassy," for example) tend to be tougher to record. While the Dreadnought shape has more volume or bass than other shapes, the overall balance on the 314ce is not compromised.

Features large pearl dot inlays.

Straight Necks Matter
Don't all guitars have straight necks? The answer is usually yes, but the real question is will they stay that way? Since its inception, the acoustic guitar had a major design flaw. The fretboard lacked sufficient support to remain truly straight because of top movement caused by changes in humidity. All guitars experience this phenomenon--often resulting in a slight bump at the 14th fret--but not all guitars respond to it in the same way.

Introduced in 1999 and a standard feature since 2001, the patented New Technology (NT) neck was designed by Bob Taylor and his team to accomplish the primary goal of building a straighter, more stable guitar neck. While some necks may bend in the face of humidity and other factors, the NT Neck stays stable and straight.

Adjustability is another major NT advantage. Since the NT Neck angle is created by spacers and requires no glue, adjustment simply requires a repair person with a new set of spacers and about five spare minutes. Altering the neck angle of a traditional neck assembly could require invasive surgery to remove wood and relocate the bridge.

The bottom line: The NT Neck on the 314ce means a stable, easy-to-adjust neck that stands up to the pressures all acoustic guitars face.

Precise, gleaming tuners add appealing form to an important function, while the type of strings used can alter the feel and the tone of your guitar. Taylor pays careful attention to both, using tuners and strings that are optimized for the 314ce guitar. Together, they are among the keys to an easy-playing, incredible-sounding Taylor.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 47 x 9 inches ; 25 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 21.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • 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: B000B68WEE
  • Item model number: 314ce
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,088 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at December 5, 2008

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By string bender on October 29, 2007
This guitar is amazing. It is very crisp and bright so it is great for finger picking. Taylor is the new premier guitar maker. I was going to get a Gibson but they don't have different size necks. The neck on a Taylor, which is real ebony, is not even glued on so a repair guy can change the angle in ten minutes. Also the fretboard and neck continue up into the body, intead of the neck stopping and the fretboard resting on the body. When a neck bends it caused a bump at the 14 fret. Taylor has fixed this problem. Their pickup is the best. Research it before you spend money. The 300 series is the cheapest line with the expression system (yeah!!) A mint vintage Gibson is worth 100,000 and that is why they are not changing there technology. But there is better technology nowadays. Why not use it. The finish on a Taylor is UV cured in ten minutes. This shaves 3 days and a bit of money off the cost of the guitar. The wood doesn't warp in those three days. Also, the finish only has ten minutes to sink into the pores. I think that has something to do with the tone. I own the 314ce and it's bright tone is great for finger picking and strumming. The dreadnaught is supposed to be better for pure strumming. The best guitars for tone are supposed to be Gibson, Martin, Taylor and Takamine and all have a pretty large list of pro players but Taylor is taking off. Look at the list on there website. There are some other good one out there. This guitar is too sweet though. I never feel the need to review almost anythng but I am going to copy this and paste it on the other Taylor guitars, not just the 314ce. --pickup, neck finish and TONE!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Harry on May 4, 2014
Let me start off by saying, unlike many people, my first week of playing the 314CE wasn't very impressing at all. It's a great guitar, but for $1700 it does not meet all my expectations. Or... did I expect too much from Taylor?
So I did replace some parts and after a month of playing, I found that it is a remarkable guitar. Although it's not perfect, still worth every penny I spent.
Initial Impression and Modifications:
The guitar comes with Elixir strings, coated and everything, but these sound horrible! Very dull sounding, flat with no personality, no power what-so-ever, imaging lacks huge details, and couldn't bring out the very nature of the Taylor guitar at all...
On top of that, it comes with a tusq (plastic) bridge saddle which is kind of expected in large scale manufacturing. The material is pretty soft, and it does bring down the sound quality quite a bit.
Long story short, I replaced the stock strings with D'Addario EJ16 Light strings; and replaced the saddle with a wave compensation western Africa ivory custom saddle (only $50 for parts). Since the guitar came in with perfect super low action, I actually raised it a little bit for a fuller sound.
Now that the setup is done, the improvement is huge! I'm dead honest, it sounds like another guitar (a true Taylor). I recommend everyone to at least replace the strings, and replace the saddle and nuts if you are a handy person (requires some sanding, nothing big).
***(Please keep in mind that my following review is based on this mod.)***
Quality of Sound
Taylor really hits the sweet spot of the sound on 314s, plugged and unplugged.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John B. Kalla on April 16, 2014
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I have a 2010 Les Paul Studio, but wanted to get an acoustic guitar. This one has exceeded my expectations! The quality of build is fantastic, and the guitar (especially the sides and back) are gorgeous! It even smells good, though the smell is very strong at first.

The sound quality, however, is really why I bought the guitar. I normally like interesting fronts, like a dark sunburst or something, but the sound of this guitar makes that not matter to me! Don't get me wrong: This guitar IS beautiful, especially the sides & back, but the light front is just not to my taste. Anyway, the sound is somewhat bright, which I really like. The clarity of this guitar is amazing! And it's loud! I've never had a really good acoustic guitar before, and this one blows me away! I wish I'd known how good it could be and gotten one sooner! You will not be disappointed with the sound of this guitar.

I found out from the Acoustic Guitar Forum (Ice4351) how to decode the serial number (using my actual serial number):

My serial number: 1 1 1 1 1 5 3 1 1 1

The 1st number represents where it was made. 1= El Cajon California, 2= Tecate Mexico.

Take the 2nd number
and the 7th number
and combine them: 1 3
That will give you the year 13 = 2013

The 3rd and 4th represent the month, 1 1 = November
The 5th and 6th represent the day, 1 5 = 15th day of November
The last three, 1 1 1 = is the number assigned on that day
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on November 20, 2013
(I didn't buy this through amazon but through a guitar shop with a good on-line reputation.)

Also, pay for a good set up. (Out of the box, the action on mine was quite high.) Pay for the exact correct truss rod wrench. as nothing else will work. Pay for an in-case humidifier (or negotiate for all these things coming gratis when you purchase it.)

It has a great tone, a powerful low end (in large guitar jams when there's not a bassist, I sometimes take the bass part with this and people are generally impressed with that sound.) It stays in tune for days. I seldom amplify it, but it works well either way. I'm not the most careful person with my guitars, but as many times as I bump it into things, and even a few weeks ago when an enthusiastic terrier jumped on it while I was playing, it hasn't gotten scratched yet, so there must be a really good finish on it.

There's a reason this is one of the most respected guitar brands out there. Go to a big guitar shop. Play this, play a Martin, play any other high-end guitars they have, and go with what you like best. For me, the first time I took this in my hands, I knew it was the guitar for me.
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