Taylor's 214 Rosewood Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar features a desirable gloss finish that you'll take a shine to over a solid Sitka spruce top, a top-quality wood known for its balanced tone and c... Read More
Taylor's 214 Rosewood Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar features a desirable gloss finish that you'll take a shine to over a solid Sitka spruce top, a top-quality wood known for its balanced tone and clarity. The Indian rosewood back and sides, also premiere wood, produces rich, booming sound, with the perfect element of projection. The 25-1/2" scale, 1-11/16" nut width, and 15" radius adds comfort for intricate movements up and down the ebony fretboard.
The NT neck joint fits into a specially cut pocket in the body of the Taylor acoustic guitar. The frets are supported equally by the neck, creating a more stable playing surface, one that is continually straight, from the bottom to the top of the neck. The mahogany neck is strong and provides added presence and clarity in the tone, and the ebony bridge and fretboard bring out lasting sustain.
Taylor tuners keep the acoustic guitar in precise tuning and chrome hardware add an extra sleek look to this already stunning offering from Taylor.
Includes gig bag.
Taylor Grand Auditorium
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 guitar 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 Taylor removes mass from the width of the GA's braces, the guitar top moves faster, resulting in a snappy, bell-like tone. The Taylor GA acoustic guitar is designed to be a strong fingerpicking guitar that also can handle medium strumming, and is exceptionally versatile.
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I upgraded my entry-level guitar to the 214. I couldn't justify/afford a quality all solid model yet, but I am very happy with the tone, playability and feel of this guitar. I know it is a laminate guitar but I can really tell the quality is there - I especially notice the difference in the bass strings. I was first drawn to the 214ce sunburst model after it was featured in Taylor's Wood & Steel magazine last year, but I couldn't justify almost doubling the cost for the same unplugged acoustic sound. This is a great all around body style to develop my skills while my wallet gets fat enough to afford the 700 or 800 series.
I'm not looking for bass, so this was a deal-breaker, but if you are this definitely had the best bass response of the $200-$800 guitars in the store today. The body is a touch deeper than the others so maybe that's it. I'm looking to get away from dreadnought boom. The tuners are much better than the rest of the store today. A joy to use.
Got this as a surprise for my boyfriend who is an intermediate guitar player, but a very musical guy overall and knows his instruments. First thing he said when he played it was that it plays like a $2,000 guitar. Although the back and sides are laminate, the sound is great and it is very easy to play.
I love a rich melodic deep sound and I get this from this Taylor. Looking for a smaller guitar as I don't need to work my way down many frets, this guitar met my requirements. But what really struck me first was its beauty. It is a stunning guitar and the sound is excellent. Now this is a Mexican Taylor but... as someone told me... the Mexican factory is only an hour and a half from their California factory and their quality control is very good. If you want a beautiful instrument with a beautiful sound as well as a guitar that is not oversized and well priced, I highly recommend this one.
I actually was trying to decide on an acoustic/electic guitar at the time, but could only find ones that sounded great only as one or the other. I picked up the 214 while waiting for the salesman at my local guitar shop to bring in some other guitars. I fell in love with the bright Taylor sound, and ended up walking out of the store with a hardshell Taylor case for $650. Now this was about 4 years ago, this guitar still sounds as great as the day I picked it up. The guitar stays in tune for days, the fretboard is very smooth, no blemishes on the top.
I have owned mine for about 6 months and I am constantly amazed at the beautiful tone. I have never heard another brand come close. It is consistent across the strings for finger picking. Strumming produces a beautifully compressed, even sound. You hear the chord as opposed to the individual strings. I had previously only thought Gibsons and higher martins capable of this. The sound only improves as it ages. The wood gets prettier. This is just a great guitar.
I have to say, I was very hesitant to spend $800+ on a guitar when I'm just starting to learn, but all regrets are out the window now. This is a fantastic guitar worth the price, I will always consider this guitar when I have the urge to play (I have 2 others). Never resist if you have the feeling to buy this guitar, It's worth the money, worth the sound, and worth the hundreds of hours of playing time you're going to get out of it. I'd deffinatly say: "Get it!"
I tried many guitars before settling on this one. The sound is great and even. The wood is beautiful and the neck feels like an old friend the moment you pick it up. I installed a LR Bags active pickup and I love the sound. I prefer it over the factory electronics. At any rate, this is a wonderful instrument for the money. Don't let the reasonable price scare you.,
I'm not a well practiced guitar player, and am much better with a 5-string Banjo. However, I have built two beautiful acoustic guitars, and have sold one. I now have a small '000' Auditorium mahogany guitar left. I was looking for a new guitar and discovered that you can find a nice Taylor guitar for under $1000. I settled on the Grand Auditorium. I discovered one that was listed as 'Blemished' and ordered it. I can't find any blemish on it, and its in 'Mint' condition. The action is as good as it gets; its a Taylor! The sound especially in the highs and mid-rage is exceptional. The sound when played with a capo in the higher octives, is as good as it could ever get. The sustain is as good as a solid wood guitar. The bass is not as great. It may be that the E-string needs to be replaced, and I may have to try different ones until I get the sound I'm looking for. I love its size and fits well in my lap while playing. Its appearance is fantastic. I only wish that the rosewood laminite sides and back had a little more shine to them. I may at some time later work with a new finish that will bring out the true beauty of the rosewood. The case is also very nice. Its very sturdy, and much lighter than a hard-shell case. Guitar Center personel were exceptional. They allowed me ample time to find the guitar I wanted. They were very helpful in the ordering and delivery of this guitar. I will continue to go back to them for further services. Thank you.
I'm a beginning player and wanted a guitar that wasn't too expensive but was still a high quality instrument from a reputable brand with a good track record. After weeks of comparing I fell in love with the 214 when it showed up unexpectedly on the shelf one day (apparently they sell out quickly compared to the 210). This instrument is the best all around guitar I was able to find in not just this price range but even compared to some of the mid-range Martins costing much more. It has a good bass sound when you need it but a nice clear, bright sound also which makes it sound good either strummed or fingerpicked. It's the perfect balance between a dreadnought and Grand Concert body style, especially for somebody not set on one type of music and wants to explore. You probably won't find it on sale, but it's worth every penny and more.
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