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The Grand Auditorium 214ce DLX features layered Indian rosewood back and sides, Sitka spruce top, full-gloss body, white binding, Small Diamond fretboard inlay, Venetian cutaway for a steeper slope an... Read More
The Grand Auditorium 214ce DLX features layered Indian rosewood back and sides, Sitka spruce top, full-gloss body, white binding, Small Diamond fretboard inlay, Venetian cutaway for a steeper slope and easier access to the treble-side frets, Taylor Expression System electronics, and a Taylor standard hardshell case.
Taylor's most popular and versatile body shape, the mid-size Grand Auditorium arrived in 1994 bearing refined proportions that fell between a Dreadnought and Grand Concert. While the bigger Dreadnought was traditionally considered a flatpicker's guitar and the smaller Grand Concert catered to fingerstylists, the GA was designed to deliver on both fronts. The shape produced an original acoustic voice that was big enough to handle medium-strength picking and strumming, yet with impressive balance across the tonal spectrum, especially in the midrange, producing clear, well-defined notes that suited both strumming and fingerstyle playing. The GA's overall presence tracks well with other instruments both in a studio mix and on stage, and singer-songwriters have embraced its utility both for composing and traveling with one guitar. Many people want a single guitar that can cover a variety of styles, which is why the GA continues to be Taylor's bestselling shape. If you want a great all-purpose guitar, the multi-dimensional GA won't let you down.
Forward-Shifted Pattern Bracing
All of Taylor's bracing for steel-string models is a form of X-bracing. The "X" provides a continuous flow of strength from the upper bout to the lower bout, which provides rigidity in spite of the soundhole's location in the middle of the soundboard. The 214ce K DLX moves the X forward, closer to the soundhole and also features Taylor's Relief Rout, a tone-enhancing voicing technique in which a groove is carved along the inside edges of the top. This groove is similar in function to the re-curve on a violin - it "loosens up" the edges of the top, generating extra flexibility without sacrificing structural integrity. The result is increased bass and volume with a balanced tone.
Like layered sapele, layered rosewood features an all-wood laminated construction, in this case with interior and exterior layers of beautiful Indian rosewood veneer separated by a middle core layer of poplar. Though the tonal properties of layered wood aren't as complex as solid wood, the construction method enables us to conserve tonewood resources and offer attractive, durable instruments at a more inviting price. A solid spruce top and Taylor craftsmanship ensure a clear, balanced tonal response.
Natural Sound Made Simple
People love the clear, full acoustic tone of their Taylors. Why should it be any different when they plug in? That's why Taylor spent several years developing their own onboard acoustic pickup and preamp. Taylor's groundbreaking Expression System (ES) was designed to naturally amplify the warm acoustic sound of your guitar.
The ES is an all-magnetic acoustic guitar pickup system that works like a microphone to produce a pure signal and a warm, natural acoustic sound. When you plug in, you'll hear the sound of your guitar, not the sound of the pickup. No complicated controls. No tone simulators. Just a clean amplified acoustic guitar sound supported by three simple controls - volume, bass and treble.
Years of research brought Taylor to a simple realization: Nothing sounds as true and musical as a microphone. With that as a starting point, Taylor's David Hosler led the team responsible for the Expression System's breakthrough technology. Utilizing a unique Dynamic Body Sensor mounted to the soundboard, a Dynamic String Sensor embedded beneath the fretboard, and a discrete preamp, the advanced ES technology is unlike any other guitar pickup system.
The ES was designed in-house, alongside their acoustic guitars, which allowed them to build the ES seamlessly into the design of the guitar, for an integrated pickup system unlike any other. From the design and location of the body and string sensors to the voicing of the preamp, the ES is fully optimized for the Taylor sound. The elegant design, including the non-intrusive control knobs, also preserves the aesthetic of a Taylor guitar.
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This is my Ninth Taylor. As always: it is everything I expected, great looks, very nice neck, guality electronics, and a voice that sounds like Elizabeth Taylor looked...Beautiful. Well worth the couple extra bucks for the Delux Grand Auditorium, the body gives a rich sound, and is easier to hold, when practicing, (sitting on the couch). The only thing I changed was the Strings, sounded tinny, dont like phosporus. Try this guitar, you will like the way you Sound, I guarantee it. Slender little curvy body that is comfortable to hold and play.
I shopped around for quite a while before settling on this Taylor, and I am definitely glad I waited. Originally I had my mind set on the Martin DRS2, but after comparing them side by side several different times, the 214 was definitely a better balanced guitar. I couldn't afford any of the higher end models, but getting the DLX for just a little bit more is really worth it. The all over gloss finish makes this one look beautiful, and the ES pickup and the deluxe hard case are nice add ins. The tone is beautiful, crisp, and clear, and swapping out the plastic pins for Taylor's ebony pins puts this guitar a few levels higher than it is priced. I have been a musician for 13 years, but only played guitar for less than 1. The 214ce dlx makes me sound way more advanced than I am. Also, the guys at GC were awesome to bear with me for the few months it took me to decide. On purchase day, my salesman went out of his way to make sure everything was perfect for me. Without a doubt, I am 100% pleased with the guitar and the service.
This is my 3rd Taylor guitar and I love it! It looks great and plays better. Right out of the box this guitar plays great. I love the finish, neck action and tone. This guitar also comes with a great hard shell case. 5 stars!
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