The Grand Auditorium 214ce K DLX features layered Indian rosewood back and sides, a Sitka spruce top, a full-gloss body, white binding, Small Diamond fretboard inlay, Venetian cutaway for a steeper sl... Click To Read More About This Product
The Grand Auditorium 214ce K DLX features layered Indian rosewood back and sides, a Sitka spruce top, a 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 Taylor's other layered wood options, layered koa features an all-wood laminated construction, in this case with interior and exterior layers of beautifully-figured koa 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 Taylor 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
Shape: Grand Auditorium
Number of Strings: 6
Back/Side Wood: Layered Koa
Scale length: 25-1/2"
Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
Body Length: 20"
Electronics: Expression System
Body Depth: 4-5/8"
Nut and Saddle: Nubone Nut/Tusq Saddle
Bracing: Forward Shifted Pattern
Fretboard Wood: Ebony
Fretboard Inlay: Small Diamonds
Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
Bridge Inlay: None
Bridge Pins: Black
Tuners: Chrome (100/200)
Truss Rod Cover: Indian Rosewood
Back/Side Finish: Gloss
Top Finish: Gloss
Neck Finish: Satin
Number of Frets: 20
Armrest Binding: None
Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
Backstrap Wood: None
Backstrap Finish: None
Brand of Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light
Edge Trim: None
Fingerboard Ext: None
Fretboard Binding: None
Heel Cap Binding: Cream
Heel length: 3-1/2"
Peghead Finish: Satin
Peghead Inlay: None
Peghead Binding: None
Peghead Logo: Taylor Colorcore
Peghead Type: Standard
Rosette Mat.: Plastic
Rosette Size: Three-Ring
Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
Case: Taylor Standard Hardshell Black
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Comments about Taylor 214ce K DLK Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
I'm very pleased with my purchase of a Taylor guitar from Guitar Center at Pasadena Ca.Taylor really hits the sweet spot of the sound on 412ce Deluxe,The build design and quality is superb, there's no question about this.
Comments about Taylor 214ce K DLK Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
Don't let the layered Koa specification of this guitar throw you off! The sound is warm and professional and the layered Koa provides great humidity resilience. The guitar is made with exceptional quality and I would defiantly buy from Taylor again. (To be honest, I like the sound of a Taylor over the sound of a Martin any day). I use this guitar for live jamming as well as recording. Strumming and finger picking sound great through the Grand Auditorium body. This guitar has an absolute YES from me.
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