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The all-solid Taylor experience continues with the updated 2012 314ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar. Crisp, black binding flanks the satin-finish sapele back and sides and gl... Read More

Overview

The all-solid Taylor experience continues with the updated 2012 314ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar. Crisp, black binding flanks the satin-finish sapele back and sides and glossy Sitka spruce top, and then continues up the fretboard. The 300 Series is truly the performer’s workhorse, combining technology and craftsmanship with understated style. A Grand Auditorium body, Venetian cutaway, and the Taylor Expression System™ add up to a versatile guitar that's perfect for stage and home.

Sapele/Sitka
The warm tone and open midrange of sapele balances the bright and snappy characteristics of a Sitka spruce top. The resulting combination provides the perfect guitar for strong, rhythmic playing styles.

Grand Auditorium (GA)
The GA is Taylor’s most versatile and popular shape, excelling at light-touch fingerstyle to full-blown strumming. Great for miking and recording, the GA’s balanced mid-range and bright tone exemplify the Taylor voice.

Expression System
Using proprietary pickup technology developed at Taylor, the Expression System amplifies your guitar with an unrivaled, natural live sound. Onboard tone controls provide added flavor, or set flat for an uncolored, exceptionally-clean amplified sound. It’s your tone. Amplified.

Features
  • Type/Shape: 6-String Grand Auditorium
  • Back & Sides: Sapele
  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Soundhole Rosette: Plastic
  • Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Fretboard Inlay: 4mm Dots
  • Headstock: Overlay Indian Rosewood
  • Binding: Black
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq
  • Tuning Machines: Chrome-plated Taylor Tuners
  • Strings: Elixir® Light Gauge Strings with NANOWEB® Coating
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2"
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Neck Width at Nut: 1-3/4"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Fretboard Radius: 15"
  • Bracing Standard II (Forward Shifted Pattern)
  • Finish: Satin with Gloss Top
  • Cutaway: Venetian
  • Electronics Taylor Expression System
Specifications
  • Body Width: 16"
  • Body Depth: 4-5/8"
  • Body Length: 20"
  • Overall Length: 41"
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4.6

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Straight Shooter for the Modern Player with some Interesting Uses

I've owned this guitar for a few months now and I must say I am impressed. The sound is bright and clear. As a player you may find that the guitar sounds a little...Read complete review

I've owned this guitar for a few months now and I must say I am impressed. The sound is bright and clear. As a player you may find that the guitar sounds a little soft at times but it actually has pretty decent projection. Anyone in front of you will be impressed by how loud it can sound. That being said the Grand Auditorium is still a small body guitar shape that will be outclassed in terms of loudness by a dreadnought or say Taylor's Grand Symphony body shape. Bass response is also somewhat lacking but given the right acoustic conditions (ie where you are playing), the guitar won't sound overly trebly. When strumming you may also find that the guitar sounds a bit tinny, as with many Taylors. This usually isn't a problem but the sound is very apparent when recorded. Then again many people actually like this bright sound so it really comes down to personal preferences. The guitar excels when you strum open chords in standard tuning, producing a great big sound that will appeal to many modern players with tastes for pop music. However the guitar doesn't do that well strumming-wise when tuned to dropped and alternate tunings, with the bass strings tending to buzz rather easily or produce buzz when certain frets are fretted. However after much playing the guitar has broken in and has started to manage these tunings a lot better. I can now pull of some aggressive acoustic Modest Mouse riffs. The deep rumbling styles of acoustic Radiohead (watch their live @ le resevoir tape) also sound incredibly good. In fact the occasional buzz actually adds to the sound, making the guitar sound very raw and dirty in a good way. In these styles the bass is sufficiently expressed while the excellent mid to treble projection of the 314ce adds an extra dimension to the sound and makes the guitar sound fuller. For me, I found that the guitar really opens up with fingerstyle due to its excellent mid range response. Sun Kil Moon-inspired tunes sound like a dream on this guitar, producing an elegant sparkle that is rich and enticing. Here the alternate tunings really come alive and it becomes very apparent that the 314ce has a delicate, more subtle side to it that when tapped, will give you a wide sonic palette that perhaps you did not expect. When it comes to construction, Taylor produces some of the nicest playing guitars on the market. The neck is absolutely fantastic and its NT Neck design comes in handy when you need to make adjustments, adjustments that you will not need to make yourself given that Taylor gives you a lifetime warranty that covers repairs. The expression system is amazing, you won't hear any of that clunky piezo sound. Looks-wise the guitar is very clean and simple and the spruce ages beautifully. Sapele by nature doesn't produce very expressive wood patterns but it still looks (and smells) good. I consider myself pretty lucky as the back of my guitar had two beautiful book-matched pieces of Sapele that had two symmetrical "eyes" in the wood. My suggestion is to look at every available piece if you want a nice 314. Bear in mind that these are just cosmetic features. For the price it is a decent deal if you're buying a guitar in the States. I live overseas and I payed much more for mine from a local retailer. It makes much more financial sense to buy a 314 in the States than in where I live where I probably could have gone for some other options. Explore your options. In any case I found that the 314 for one outclasses the lower end of the Martin Performing Artist series line, at least their similar auditorium size Spruce/Sapele model.

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Great Mic

My 11th - 13th sound muted for the 2 lowest strings. It sounds like I'm palm muting it. The rest of the frets and strings sound great. Acoustically, the guitar sounds great,...Read complete review

My 11th - 13th sound muted for the 2 lowest strings. It sounds like I'm palm muting it. The rest of the frets and strings sound great. Acoustically, the guitar sounds great, but when I plug it into a regular P.A. system, it sounds like a little kids toys, while my cheap Fender acoustic, which has Fishman electronics, sounds way better. Also, when I plug it into the mixer, and record it, it sounds like a toy. This is embarrassing, when I buy a high priced guitar, and it doesn't even sound as good as my beginner friend's guitar. It sounds fine in an acoustic guitar amp, but not in a P.A. You might say, "Well, then get an acoustic amp." With this much spent, I should not have to do that just to sound as good as a beginner's guitar. I don't like the experession system at all.

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5.0

The best I've played

By ron

from Schenectady, New York

My new Taylor 314ce is simply the best sounding acoustic/electric I have ever heard or played. The neck is nice and thin and the fret board is so easy to play on. The tone is amazing whichever way you play it. Amplified, the tones are rich, clean, and has good bass due to the pick up configuration. I've played a Takaminie for over 16 years and have always loved it, but the Taylor guitar surpasses any. I tried many guitars before purchasing the Taylor 314ce. None of the others could compare to the playability of the Taylor, nor could they compare with the craftsmanship of the guitar itself. I tried a Martin in the same price range, and there is no comparison. Taylor wins hands down. I would recommend this guitar to anyone.

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5.0

A Player's Guitar

By Jeff

from Richmond, VA

This guitar is one of the best values at this price point for performing musicians. I shopped everything Guitar Center had from Taylor and Martin at two stores before settling on this guitar. Why this one: - The expression system version 1 rev 3 in this guitar is better to my ear than either the expression system version 2 or any Fishman Aura system. -It sounds as good or better than most of the higher end Taylor's unplugged or any Martin with a pickup in it. Yes the re-voiced 814ce might have a very slight edge on it... but it isn't any 2x edge. From a value perspective, and a plugged perspective, the 314ce wins it for me. The intonation on this guitar is nothing but the truth. Mine came with a normal Taylor set-up with action maybe a hair higher (which is a good feature for me). The case is quality. The guitar is sounding a little better each time I play it now. It is a haus of a guitar. Definitely has the signature Taylor sound in a very good way.

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5.0

The best guitar sound I've already heard

By Wellington

from Rio de Janeiro/Brazil

I'm so satisfied with my new purchase! I have one Martin GPCAPA4 that have the same wood of Taylor 314CE on the back and top but the sound is completely different. Taylor 314CE has a amazing clarity sound, mainly when it is plugged. The sound of it plugged is the best that I've already heard and highly recommended to the kind of music I play - worship. Mahogany on the neck makes to be easy to play on. Another thing that is amazing is the finishing. Highly recommended!

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent quality and sound

By Joshua Moua

from Elk Grove, CA

An update to my previous review. I just found out that if anything it is connected to is not grounded, you'll hear a hissing noise when recording. I made sure every plug had the 3 prongs in the wall and the noise went away. Sony Vegas makes it sound like a toy, but other software makes it sound natural and beautiful. My 11th - 14th fret still doesn't hold its note very long, but I guess that's normal with all guitars? I changed the strings from 12 down to 10 gauge, and it still plays very nice without any buzzing. I am very pleased with this guitar now.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Electrified Acoustics

By Randall Scott

from Martinez, GA

I love this Taylor Guitar. It is Beautiful in Wood Construction and has real quality in note tones - playing either just plain Acoustic or Acoustic Electrified. String notes have the utmost clarity that you will certainly experience if you like to finger pick like me. The feature I think that makes Taylor unique and very difficult to compete with, is the blend of mounted transducers in the fingerboard, saddle, and box cavity - with the flexability to mix.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet sounding guitar

By John Juliano

from Tarpon Springs, FL

I have an old Ovation 6 string for over 30 years and decided to upgrade to a higher end guitar I was going to spend $600.00 to $800.00 on a guitar but the guitars in that range would not have been an upgrade, they looked nice but played and sounded poor. The sales person then handed me the Taylor 314ce and I fell in love and then looked at the price, choked a little but it was too late. The guitar played smoothly and sounded great whether playing it softly and really jamming. Guitar center also fine tuned it before I bought the guitar and it was even better. It is a great sounding and a great playing guitar, I am defiantly not disappointed.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

314 ce

By bill Norris

from Edgewood Maryland

I Love This Guitar, It Has All The Sound Quality, Of The 714,Even The 814, I Only Gave It 4 Stars Because I Want The 814 For Its Look, But You Will Not Be Disappointed With The The Rich Sound Of This Guitar, When Plugged In It Keeps Its Natural Acoustic Sound , an Keeps The Punch You Heard When Playing Unplugged, If You Looking For The Best Guitar Under 2000, This Is The One You Want , You Wont Be Disappointed,...

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

beats martin gpcpa4

By Alex Barcic

from Pittsburgh, PA

This Taylor is amazing. It beats it's competitor the martin gpcpa4 by far. The neck is a bit slimmer than the martin, so its easier to play on. Also, it feels like a guitar over one grand. The martin felt cheap, the expression system is also better than Martin's Fishman analog system. Overall, a great acoustic guitar.

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(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Straight Shooter for the Modern Player with some Interesting Uses

By Daniel Kong

from Singapore

I've owned this guitar for a few months now and I must say I am impressed. The sound is bright and clear. As a player you may find that the guitar sounds a little soft at times but it actually has pretty decent projection. Anyone in front of you will be impressed by how loud it can sound. That being said the Grand Auditorium is still a small body guitar shape that will be outclassed in terms of loudness by a dreadnought or say Taylor's Grand Symphony body shape. Bass response is also somewhat lacking but given the right acoustic conditions (ie where you are playing), the guitar won't sound overly trebly. When strumming you may also find that the guitar sounds a bit tinny, as with many Taylors. This usually isn't a problem but the sound is very apparent when recorded. Then again many people actually like this bright sound so it really comes down to personal preferences. The guitar excels when you strum open chords in standard tuning, producing a great big sound that will appeal to many modern players with tastes for pop music. However the guitar doesn't do that well strumming-wise when tuned to dropped and alternate tunings, with the bass strings tending to buzz rather easily or produce buzz when certain frets are fretted. However after much playing the guitar has broken in and has started to manage these tunings a lot better. I can now pull of some aggressive acoustic Modest Mouse riffs. The deep rumbling styles of acoustic Radiohead (watch their live @ le resevoir tape) also sound incredibly good. In fact the occasional buzz actually adds to the sound, making the guitar sound very raw and dirty in a good way. In these styles the bass is sufficiently expressed while the excellent mid to treble projection of the 314ce adds an extra dimension to the sound and makes the guitar sound fuller. For me, I found that the guitar really opens up with fingerstyle due to its excellent mid range response. Sun Kil Moon-inspired tunes sound like a dream on this guitar, producing an elegant sparkle that is rich and enticing. Here the alternate tunings really come alive and it becomes very apparent that the 314ce has a delicate, more subtle side to it that when tapped, will give you a wide sonic palette that perhaps you did not expect. When it comes to construction, Taylor produces some of the nicest playing guitars on the market. The neck is absolutely fantastic and its NT Neck design comes in handy when you need to make adjustments, adjustments that you will not need to make yourself given that Taylor gives you a lifetime warranty that covers repairs. The expression system is amazing, you won't hear any of that clunky piezo sound. Looks-wise the guitar is very clean and simple and the spruce ages beautifully. Sapele by nature doesn't produce very expressive wood patterns but it still looks (and smells) good. I consider myself pretty lucky as the back of my guitar had two beautiful book-matched pieces of Sapele that had two symmetrical "eyes" in the wood. My suggestion is to look at every available piece if you want a nice 314. Bear in mind that these are just cosmetic features. For the price it is a decent deal if you're buying a guitar in the States. I live overseas and I payed much more for mine from a local retailer. It makes much more financial sense to buy a 314 in the States than in where I live where I probably could have gone for some other options. Explore your options. In any case I found that the 314 for one outclasses the lower end of the Martin Performing Artist series line, at least their similar auditorium size Spruce/Sapele model.

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(2 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great Mic

By Cher Chou Moua

from Elk Grove, CA

My 11th - 13th sound muted for the 2 lowest strings. It sounds like I'm palm muting it. The rest of the frets and strings sound great. Acoustically, the guitar sounds great, but when I plug it into a regular P.A. system, it sounds like a little kids toys, while my cheap Fender acoustic, which has Fishman electronics, sounds way better. Also, when I plug it into the mixer, and record it, it sounds like a toy. This is embarrassing, when I buy a high priced guitar, and it doesn't even sound as good as my beginner friend's guitar. It sounds fine in an acoustic guitar amp, but not in a P.A. You might say, "Well, then get an acoustic amp." With this much spent, I should not have to do that just to sound as good as a beginner's guitar. I don't like the experession system at all.

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