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Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model)  

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Warm, full mids and bold lows ring out from the solid Sitka spruce top while fabulous ovangkol back and sides impart snappy highs and precise projection. Great for fingerstyle playing and vocal accomp... Click To Read More About This Product

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Warm, full mids and bold lows ring out from the solid Sitka spruce top while fabulous ovangkol back and sides impart snappy highs and precise projection. Great for fingerstyle playing and vocal accompaniment, this guitar also features beautiful white wood binding and an ebony fretboard and bridge. Rupert Neve-designed Expression System electronics with Dynamic Sensors and tone controls capture top and string vibration like never before. Includes Taylor hardshell case.

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  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Ovangkol back and sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard and bridge
  • Expression System electronics
  • White wood binding
  • Chromeplated Taylor tuners
  • Satin finish with gloss top
  • 25-1/2" scale
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Taylor414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model)
 
5.0

(based on 28 reviews)

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(64 of 65 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

After countless hours of decision making...

By Go with the Taylor!

from San Jose, CA

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I own a Yamaha FG730S (awesome guitar). I wanted to upgrade to a solid wood guitar. I tested Breed Loves, Gibsons, Martins, Fenders, and Taylors. In my opinion the quality and tone on the Taylor guitars was eminent among the group. I narrowed it down to the 410ce and 414ce. While in the store the 410ce sounded like it was much fuller than the 414ce. I bought the guitar and took it home. After playing for a good 6 hours I realized that the bass on the guitar seemed to drown out the highs at times. The guitar had a slightly muffled, rubbery sound to it. The next day I went back to the Guitar Center and sat down for about 2 hours comparing the 414ce and the 410ce. I finally concluded that the 414ce definitely had enough bass, and the high notes were crisp, punchy, and clear. Every note rings out and the sustain is impeccable. As the frequency of a sound wave increases, the wavelength decreases. This is why the narrowing of the body near the sound hole on the 414ce supports the high notes better and has a much more refined, precise tone. In summary, if planning on doing ANY finger picking go with the 414ce, if looking for a strumming guitar the 410ce. Good luck! Note: I did no amplified testing on this guitar.

(27 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW. Taylor 414-CE

By Spencer P.

from Temecula, CA

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I recently bought my self a new 414 and I cannot believe after all the years why I would even bother with any other guitar. I checked out a number if others, like the Gibson J-185,which is one o my favorites, and this Taylor is the best sounding guitar I've ever played. Its a beautiful guitar and gets me a lot of compliments. Its simple electronics are the purest I've heard in a long time. Everything about this guitar makes me wanna pay it 24/7. Thanks to all the people at Guitar Center, I am very pleased with my new "baby".

(25 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

More Than You Pay For..

By Jordan Self

from Texarkana, AR

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

One statement: You get MORE than you pay for with this guitar. I went to Guitar Center and played Breedloves, Gibsons, Martins, and even the HIGH-END Taylors including the new GS series. NONE OF THEM won my heart as quickly as this 414ce. It beat the High-End Taylor by a landslide. But know this, if you're looking for a faint-hearted guitar, this is not the one for you. This Taylor has a big voice! Projects super well. It's "Bassey" which will appeal to some Martin fans, and the highs are crisp, not twangy. I LOVE that. The price should be way more than it is; you get a ton of quality for about 2 grand. I'm a proud owner!

(18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Another Great Taylor Guitar

By Murphy22

from Owensboro, KY

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I purchased my Taylor 414-CE in January of 2006 and instantly fell in love with it. I never thought that I would find a reasonably priced new guitar that sounded good plugged in or unplugged. It has a great tonal quality through the entire range. I compare the sound of it to my 1959 Gibson J-50 with its warm lows, strong mids, and bright highs. The expression system is a great new innovation from Taylor. It offers an amazing amount of control from just three unobtrusive knobs (Bass, Treble, and Volume). Whether you want to run partial volume, or full wide open, it still produces a great sound. Many other guitars I?ve played begin to fade out at lower volumes or distort at higher volumes. Not the case with this Taylor. Quality is one of the first things you will notice when you pick up your 414-CE. It has a nice feel in your hands. The action is perfect, and the woods used look great. I love the combination of the Sitka Spruce top and the Ovankol sides and back. The Maple neck and Ebony fretboard finish the neck off nicely. You can always tell that a guitar is of great quality when you can leave it in the case for a couple of weeks and return to find it still in tune! This is a great guitar that I would recommend for any serious, but budget-minded musician.

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The 414CE Rocks

By Susan VanAbs

from Canaan, NH

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I recently went shopping for a a new guitar at GC. My first choice was a Gibson Songwriter with the ovangkol wood. It was on clearance and when I played it, it sounded wonderful. I fell in love with it, brought it home and unfortunately discovered the guitar had a crack in it. So I traded it in for a Taylor 310CE. The 310Ce did not sing to me like the Gibson. I did more research on guitars with ovangkol wood and came across a couple of Martins and a Taylor 414CE that were in stock at GC. I tried the Martins and was not hooked. Then I tried the Taylor 414CE, and it was as magical as when I picked up the Gibson for the first time. Crisp, beautifully balanced tones in low, medium and high registers. The strings were light, not medium and clunky as on the 310. The action was good enough to not need an adjustment, and the guitar, while plain in some ways, more than makes up for it in tone. I have used it at a meditative church service playing taize music and it was great. I use it unplugged, but am impressed with the sounds when it is connected to an amp. It is unadulterated beautiful guitar when plugged in.

(13 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar from a Great Company

By Fincher&Stone

from Altamont, TN

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I've owned this guitar for 2 years. I owned several guitar before this one and was never please with the tone. I actually think the 414 series sounds better than some of the other high priced Taylor series. Although its a bit pricey, your getting a "real" wood guitar that sounds just as good plugged or unplugged, especially models equiped with the expressions system. "Your not a player without Taylor"

(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buy a Taylor!!

By Guitarman111

from CT

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

In Jan 2007 I went shopping wishing to upgrade from my Ovation Celebrity. I was looking at Martins and Gibsons. I saw this guitar hanging on the wall and it caught my eye. Once I played it, I was hooked (not to mention that 4/14 is my birthday). It was meant to be. I love this guitar. Great feel, fantastic tone, and I get many positive comments on it's looks.

(8 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superb Guitar making; at its best!

By tommyradman

from Osprey, FL

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I was playing my Martin HD-35 weekly at all my solo acoustic venues, and loving it, but I was also looking for some diversity, so looking I went. I played many other brands, as well as other Taylors, and when this 'preowned' 414-CE cought my eye, I had to play it. The first few strums and all I could say was, "I've found you." This guitar grabbed on to my heart, and hands, my ears, and every sense of musical inspiration was highlited. Crisply I played while the whole store stopped in its tracks to listen. It was like a synphony has begun with its strings opening the Durge that I was about to perform. Strangly, I had had this feeling before, and I began to remember. It was from the time I played with Kenny Loggins at a evening camp fire in Mt. Shasta California, on a retreat, and he let me play his custom made guitar, it was a taylor, made for him, and it was simply increadable. This was the same guitar, save the few personal features on his, but the same wonderful sound and playability that I had never experienced before. Without any doubt, this Taylor I was now playing had to become mine, and it did. Without any reservations I recommend the Taylor 414-CE for any professional guitar player, and any price! You will never sell it once it's yours.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love my Taylor!

By Moore5150

from Michigan

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

Let me start by saying that I am in love with my Taylor. The model I ordered came with the older "Blender" system that allows me to shape my tone in a number of different ways. I prefer the 414 series as they have a much thinner finish on the top. I feel that this helps the guitar to ring more open and sound better. Plus it just looks cooler in my opinion. I have never played a better feeling acoustic guitar in my life, and I think many will agree that Taylor makes an amazing product!

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This was the one!

By blewcrowe

from Southern New Jersey area

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I'd been out of playing for long time and had sold my equipment. Trying to get back into it on the cheap, I did a short stint with a mid level Tak ($800). Sound was beautiful but my fingers were killing me: that guitar needed some serious action work. I was ready to take it to a pro setup guy when I decided to visit Guitar Center and see what else might catch my fancy. By this time, I was willing to go up to $3000 to get good sound and action. I looked at 614, 714 and 814 Taylors, as well some Gibs and Martins of equal value. All very nice. Then the sales kid (who was pretty darned sharp) said, "Hey mister, did you notice this used 414ce?" I picked it up and strummed it. Great sound, easy action, pretty accoutrements. This was the one. Perhaps someday I'll pick up a 914 or have a custom Taylor. For now, I'm happy with my 414ce.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love the Taylor 414 CE

By Jenellra101

from Lawrenceville GA

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I love the Taylor 414 CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar! It has Brilliant Sound and is made of real wood. It is of very nice Quality! I think this is one of the best guitars you could get, though it is expencive it pays off since it lasts a very looong time. I belive that this guitar is good for beginners and pros alike. I LOVE MY Taylor 414 CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic Electric Guitar!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Feel and Sounds Perfect

By BuddhaK0n

from North Wildwood, NJ

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I've owned this for going on a year now and frankly not a day goes by and hardly a couple of hours when it doesn't wind up in my hands. The sound and tone on this guitar are perfect. I've been using it basically as I progress to a better skill set but compared to the other guitars I used, this thing is a dream. It's expensive but you get what you pay for.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Guitar!!!

By Andrew

from Jenison, Michigan

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I've been shopping for a new guitar for the last few years. I narrowed it down to the Taylor 414CE and the 314CE. I bought the 414CE because of the difference in tone and also the little bit different look from the Ovangkol wood. It's gorgeous. I am looking forward to getting many years from this guitar. The tone is perfect for the different styles that I play. The guitar is just a perfect all around instrument. If you're looking at a different guitar, you're nuts.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Yes.

By Rob

from Jamesburg NJ

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

Pros: -Loud, but not overwhelming -Relatively low action (which doesn't smother sound TOO much) -Crisp and Clear: Classic Taylor high-end smoothness -Good bass register (better than many other Taylor models I've played) -Comfortable body shape -Ovangkol looks and sounds beautiful -Classic Taylor craftsmanship. Built to last decades(WHEN CARED FOR PROPERLY!) Cons: -Mid range loses presence when played with bass notes -The dots on the top of the neck that allow you to see which frets are which stop after the 12th fret (not exactly a big issue but its still an annoyance worth mentioning) The lack of EXCELLENT mid range projection is what forces me to give this a 4 star instead of 5 star rating. I haven't had enough experience with the Expression system to give opinions on that. This is solely based off of the acoustic qualities of this guitar

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome git.

By Lari O.

from Elk Grove, ca.

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I got my Taylor about 4 or 5 yrs. ago. That's when the first expression system was first introduced. I mostly played in church as a guitar player but i also have a Christian band which i played bass. So our guitar player in our Christian band end up borrowing my Taylor all the time because his Takamine's not cutting it. He was so impressed with the Taylor sound and eventually he bought his own Taylor 12 strings. Originally i bought an 800 series but i exchange it and the 414 have that balanced bass/treble sound. If you want to sound like a pro, Taylor is the way to go.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow!

By Joe

from Houston, Texas

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I have wanted a Taylor for years now but could never bring myself to spend the money. That changed this week. I am now the proud owner of a 2008 414CE. What a great instrument. The feel is great, the tone incredible and its a great looking guitar. In the Martin vs. Taylor debate I'm definitely a Taylor fan. To give them their due, Martin makes a good guitar, but I have yet to find anything that compares to a Taylor...

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Guitar for life!

By Steve from Gambrills

from Gambrills, MD

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

The brightness and clarity of this guitar is something I hadn't heard before including Martins, Gibsons, a few other brands and my beloved 1975 Guild D35. A few weeks ago, I made a trip to the Glen Burnie store to return a small, defective item. I liked the way the guy (Dawson) handled it, and since I wanted to upgrade, began browsing acoustic electrics, with his help. When I played this, I was astounded at the sound. I didn't want to spend quite this much but kept coming back, eventually settling on it, because of the sound and the feel of the neck. The ovangkol grain adds to the beauty, as well as the sound. Since then, each time I play reinforces that I made the right choice. Cannot foresee wanting to play a different acoustic. Also had a chance to deal with one of the managers, Chris. Finally, Dawson was a great help throughout the browsing, while never pushing anything. The experience sold me on both Taylor and Guitar Center. Thanks.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Taylor 414-CE

By Kerry Beard

from Lakeland Fl

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I originally purchased a Taylor 114-CE after playing one at Guitar Center and I loved it so much that I couldn't put it down. Less than a week later I went back and upgraded it to a 414-CE which just an unbelievably great guitar. I can't quit playing this guitar and that's great because that means I'm now practicing more just because it plays so good. My thanks to Taylor Guitars for such a great guitar and to the Guitar Center for all their assistance in helping me acquire one.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the best axes I've ever owned

By mgc1

from albuquerque new mexico

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

I've owned lots of guitars. Each had its own special nuance, character and capabilities and was good for playing within a given dynamic range or style of music. This 414ce is easily the most versatile axe I've ever owned. The sustain is impeccable. Intonation is impressive. The guitar's projection with clarity is phenomenal. Lot's of guitars can project, but not with this kind of crisp, bright and charged tone. There is just a tremendous amount of range in this guitar. From a semi-subtle lows and highs, to booming bass and vibrant mids and highs. The action on this thing is unbelievable. The ease of play, and the readily accessible speed of the action ... while still maintaining sharp notes with no buzz or rattle ... well it makes it a real joy to play. Only problem with this guitar is if I wanted to play something very subdued, very subtle, kind of muddy ... think Muddy Waters kind of blues ... this guitar might have a ard time capturing that kind of tone .. it might be able to do it ... but not as readily as a gibson. In other words, this 414ce is one BRIGHT guitar! If I was buying a guitar for playing down home old school blues, I'm not sure this would be the guitar for me. But I was looking for an all around axe that I could go from jazz, to travis picking, and blue grass, to flat picking, to pounding on intense rock progressions, to playing ballads, and playing lead, and hearing notes just ring out with sustain (which this guitar does remarkably). The 414ce covers all those bases easily. At some point, if I want to get real heavy into some old school muddle mouthed blues again, I'll go pick up a gibson. But for now the Taylor 414ce kicks serious ^%!. I've owned Guilds, Gibsons, Arias, Takamines, and Ovations. I've played the 414 against the Martin HD 28, the DC Aura, multiple Breedloves, and two highline Gibsons and this guitar blew them away, especially when you consider the price differential.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME guitar ! I Recomend it to everyone

By Leonardo Braga

from Rio de Janeiro, RJ

Comments about Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar (2011 Model):

In January i went to GC expecting to buy the Taylor 214ce. When I got to the store I did something that i couldn̴��t have done. I tested the 414ce. Had no doubt. The sound is awesome. Not only the acoustic, but the "plugged in" sounds very natural too. The playability is very good also. I recomend this guitar for everybody.

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