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Taylor 300 Series 314ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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Taylor's 300 Series has introduced countless players to the pleasures of the all-solid-wood acoustic experience; it's the entry point to Taylor's USA-made instrument line. Players who step up to a 300... Read More

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Overview

Taylor's 300 Series has introduced countless players to the pleasures of the all-solid-wood acoustic experience; it's the entry point to Taylor's USA-made instrument line. Players who step up to a 300 Series instrument will be rewarded with a guitar-for-a-lifetime that will only sound better with age. It doesn't take but a few strums to learn how the mix of tone woods, construction and appointments combine to make Taylor's famous playability, intonation and tone. The 300 Series has everything you need and nothing you don't need in a fantastic sounding and playing instrument. All 300 Series instruments ship in a deluxe hard shell case made by Taylor for optimal fit and protection. 

Body Shape
A Taylor original, the Grand Auditorium helped establish the Taylor acoustic sound. The popular body style makes for a versatile guitar that yields ample volume in response to light fingerpicking, and reacts to medium strumming and flatpicking with a clear, balanced sound across the tonal spectrum. If you want a great all-purpose guitar, the GA is an excellent choice.

Tone Wood Pairing
A guitar's top is the primary filter and distributor of vibrating string energy through the guitar, which means it has a huge impact on its sound. Sitka Spruce is the most prevalent guitar top wood of the modern era. It blends stiffness and elasticity in just the right proportions which translates into broad dynamic range with crisp articulation. Solid Sapele back and sides complement the top with a sound that's comparable to mahogany but with a slightly brighter sound featuring top-end shimmer, and balance across the tonal spectrum. Sapele responds well to a variety of playing styles and fits nicely into an instrument mix.

Electronics
Taylor's ES2 is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before.

Together with Taylor’s custom-designed “professional audio”-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar. The Taylor Expression System 2 operates through a proprietary 9-volt battery compartment and easy-to-use volume, bass and treble controls.

What sets Taylor Guitars apart? Unmatched build quality, the most stable and playable necks, a vast array of tonal options, eco-conscious and ethically-sourced raw materials, and a lifetime of service and support.

Features Body
  • Body type: Taylor Grand Auditorium
  • Cutaway: Yes - Venetian
  • Top wood: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: Solid Sapele
  • Bracing pattern: Taylor Standard II Forward Shifted Pattern with Relief Rout
  • Body finish: Gloss 6.0 Top, Satin 5.0 Back and Sides
  • Orientation: Right-Handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Standard Taylor Profile
  • Nut width: 1-3/4" (44.5mm)
  • Fingerboard: Genuine African Ebony
  • Neck wood: Tropical Mahogany
  • Scale length: 25-1/2"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Expression System 2 "professional audio"-grade
  • Brand: Taylor
  • Configuration: Behind-the-Saddle Transducer with Adjustable Sensors
  • Preamp EQ: Volume, Bass, Treble
  • Feedback filter: Onboard Phase Switch
  • Tuner: None
  • Other
  • Headstock overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Tuning machines: Taylor Nickel Tuners with Nickel Buttons
  • Bridge: Genuine African Ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Micarta "Wave" Saddle; Tusq Nut
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Special features: Taylor New Technology ("NT") Neck System
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hard Shell Case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: USA
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Taylor300 Series 314ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 10 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (9)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Stays in tune (8)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Fun to play (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Recording (4)
  • Jamming (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Best Ever

I've been saving and researching this purchase for years and I have to say this is the finest guitar I've ever owned. Every detail is crafted to perfection and it plays and sounds like...Read complete review

I've been saving and researching this purchase for years and I have to say this is the finest guitar I've ever owned. Every detail is crafted to perfection and it plays and sounds like a fine piano. I've heard so much about how Martins sound better live and the Taylors sound better plugged in. I have a Martin D-18 I've owned for over 40 years which sounds great but this 314 has more depth, punch and distinction then the Martin. It is a joy to own and play. I want to re-record all my previous tracks. If you want a guitar that feels and plays like a $2000 dollar guitar, you have to pay the price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's okay.

Good sound. Not necessarily on a professional level but great for practicing.

Good sound. Not necessarily on a professional level but great for practicing.

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5.0

ONE GREAT GUITAR

By Eric the half of Bee

from Long Island. NY

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Feels great in your hands
  • Fun To Play
  • Gets better with age
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Sounds great plugged in or not
  • Stays In Tune
  • Wonderful playing standing up or sitting down

Cons

  • CANT THINK OF ONE

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Taylor 300 Series 314ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've had the Taylor 314 GA for 18 months now. It was my first Taylor. I've been playing on and off over 40 years. Played Martin, Guild, Gibson,Yamaha and Ovation. Gave them to the children over the years. I wanted to start playing again. Gave myself a $500.00 budget. Well, I played every $500,00 guitar I could find including the Martins and Taylor's. Wasn't jumping for joy ( they are not made in America shame). The 300 series is solid wood and made in the USA. I order ordered it at GC without even playing it. Also went over my budget more than 3 times. Well after the 45 day I was thrilled I sprang for the extra money. I have played this guitar just about everyday for the past 18 months. Through the amp and not. I was so pleased I purchased a T3 semi hollow 3 months later and love that as well. Taylor makes a great product and is a wonderful company. If you can, go to your local Guitar Center and try a few you will be so happy.

 
4.0

Nice Guitar - but, not great for the Price

By perfinit

from Monroe Township, NJ

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • Neck a little too wide

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Taylor 300 Series 314ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

No problem with the sound - overall feel is good - the neck a little too wide.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent!

By Joeflyer

from Memphis,Tn

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Taylor 300 Series 314ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I am likely the least experienced in writing a review here, as I am only 8 months into learning how to play a guitar. My initial guitar purchase at the Guitar Center was a Seagull cutaway. Fine sounding guitar but the action was not great. So, a month later I purchased the Taylor 110ce, which was a much better playing/sounding guitar. However, the action still wasn't up to par. Maybe it has been my novice playing? At any rate, on 8/6/16 I traded the Seagull and Taylor 110ce for the 314ce. This guitar fit me right away! The songs I have learned thus far sound SO much better with the 314ce. When playing Dust In the Wind ,for example, I never hear string buzz like I did with the 110ce..even with new strings. Possibly it's because I am getting better with transitions in the song? At this point I would like to think I am getting better, but the 314ce definitely rings out each note the way it should be. The guitar gives this novice more confidence with each practice session. I feel the 314ce is going to be with me for a long time! It was well worth the trade-ins. I certainly should have considered buying the 314ce from the beginning...only if I had enough knowledge and experience at the time.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great guitar

    By Hebee

    from Southington, CT

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Taylor 300 Series 314ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I have been playing for 30 years and consider myself a (terminal) advanced intermediate. I am a living room player and jam with friends. No band or playing out. That said, I like a good guitar. I own an American Strat, Taylor 312 and a Taylor 320 (traded in the 320 toward this guitar). I have wanted another acoustic/electric for a while. I am spoiled by the Taylor's high quality construction and how well my Taylors play and sound. I never seriously considered another brand. Many years ago, I went to Sam Ash determined to buy a Martin. I came home with a Taylor 310ce. I kept that guitar for 20 years and then traded it for a Strat. It was still in great shape after 20 years. I prefer a wider neck ( 1 3/4" nut) and like a really low action. The 314ce has both.
        I played 30 or 40 Taylors at various shops over the past few months but none of them made it to the truck for a ride home. Part of the reason that it took so long is good guitars cost a lot of money and I wasn't in a hurry to part with the $$ until I found "The One". I narrowed my choices down to 314ce, 324ce or 414ce.
        I was at GC the other night and played two 414ce and two 314ce guitars. Salesman, Chris could tell that I was seriously looking and brought out another new 314ce guitar, still in the box for me to try as well. The gloss spruce top was perfect, without a single blemish in the grain and it played like it just came from being set up. It sounded fantastic. I love the bright Taylor sound from their spruce top guitars. I played a 414ce and this 314ce guitar back and forth for a long while but kept coming back to this 314ce. While the 414ce with rosewood back and sides is sure pretty, this guitar sounded and felt just right for me. I took it home, put on Elixer 11s, adjusted the truss rod a bit and have been playing it a couple of hours daily. I can't put it down. It sounds fantastic, has high quality construction and just plays great. I highly recommend this instrument.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        It's okay.

        By Kc

        from Tx

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Taylor 300 Series 314ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Good sound. Not necessarily on a professional level but great for practicing.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful Guitar. Worth every penny.

          By Mac Man

          from West Chester, PA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Taylor 300 Series 314ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            Hard to put this down. So easy to play and rich sounding. Great action. I'll be using for small venue acoustic gigs.

             
            5.0

            Amazing instrument

            By Richard

            from New York

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Taylor 300 Series 314ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              This 314ce is just simply an amazing acoustic guitar. Just about everything about it is great. It sounds very professional for a recording when mic'd up. I personally am not a huge fan of the ES2 system myself, but as long as a guitar sounds great acoustically which this one definitely does, you can always swap the pickup system in it to your liking. Or even add to it. If you can afford it, go try it out. It's a great instrument that can last you a very long time and is just so addicting to play with.

               
              5.0

              I would buy this again.

              By Allthumbs

              from Littleton, Colorado

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Taylor 300 Series 314ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                With a Taylor you do get what you pay for!!! Saved for 3 years to make purchase, worth every penny. I can't put it down.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome bang for the buck!

                By Todd

                from OKC

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Taylor 300 Series 314ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  If you want a Taylor that has great sound for the money and don't care about all the fancy inlays and other nice looking fluff, this is a great guitar. The Expression II system is quite awesome.

                  (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  The Best Ever

                  By Gerry

                  from Fullerton, CA

                  Site Member

                  Comments about Taylor 300 Series 314ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  I've been saving and researching this purchase for years and I have to say this is the finest guitar I've ever owned. Every detail is crafted to perfection and it plays and sounds like a fine piano. I've heard so much about how Martins sound better live and the Taylors sound better plugged in. I have a Martin D-18 I've owned for over 40 years which sounds great but this 314 has more depth, punch and distinction then the Martin. It is a joy to own and play. I want to re-record all my previous tracks. If you want a guitar that feels and plays like a $2000 dollar guitar, you have to pay the price.

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