The 2011 Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar has flawless intonation all the way up the neck. Warm, full mids and bold lows ring out from the solid Sitka spruce top while f... Read More
The 2011 Taylor 414-CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar has flawless intonation all the way up the neck. 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 Taylor guitar also features beautiful white 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 guitar case.
Reviewed by 28 customers
I have been looking for the ultimate acoustic/electric guitar for years. Wanted something that I can pass down to my kids, something that gets better with age. Tried a lot of guitars, always looking for the perfect action meets value meets tone, and I thought I'd found it when I picked up the 314ce last year...but then I randomly saw this puppy sitting in a lonesome corner. It literally FEELS solid, the weight distribution and cut/fit of the guitar rests just where it should. The tone, particularly in the mid-upper range, cuts through - "sings" as some of my friends have said it. I think for someone who likes to jam out in the 7 to 14 fret area (fingerpicking) will absolutely fall in love with this guitar. I love it for bar chords, open voicings (my favorite jams always have some kind of open-strumming patterns). Not the best guitar for heavy chugging rhythms, as the bass does not plow through like a Gibson or Martin - but you'd know that if you played that way anyway. Overall, the BEST guitar for someone who wants a pro-level axe at a decent price. It doesn't have all of the super pricey tone woods or fancy bells for looks, but honestly, who cares about what it LOOKS like (well, it actually looks great anyway)...it's how she sounds that matters.
Today I took home a brand spanking new Taylor 414ce and wow, of all the guitars I've ever played it has the best sound by far also compared to other guitars like martin and gibson, it may not be a shinny but it has way better action and easy playability. It plays like a gibson sg electric yet it sounds like the angels singing. If you have the means, I suggest picking one up instead of a more expensive martin or even gibson guitar. For five years I've stood by gibson guitars and my loyalty to them never wavered but today I pledge my new loyalty to taylor.
I recently purchased my 414CE of which I am extremely happy with. I had the goal of spending no more than $2500 and spent half the day trying all the Martins (I secretly wanted a D-28), Gibsons, Taylors, Taks, Yamahas, etc on display. Every guitar I picked up, no matter the make or price, sounded DEAD, limp and lifeless! The only exceptions were two guitars that stood out and those were a Taylor 114 and a 214. They sounded clear and rang with a beautiful tone - they spoke to me. I really liked the 414 and having done my homework, knew that it should sound better than it did. Checking the tag, the sales guy said it was stringed with Ernie Balls (Taylor recommends Elixir Nanowebs)! Knowing I could return it, I bought it (it was on sale) and a set of Elixirs and went home and immediately changed the strings. The result was outstanding clarity, depth of tone, and what I wanted in a guitar. The moral of the story - check what strings are on the guitar and how long they've been on there. A lot of hands play those and all the ones I tried that day needed string changes badly. Who knows, maybe I would have bought that D28 if the strings had some life in them.
I've had my guitar since 2001 and after 10 years, I love it even more than the day I bought it. I have played almost every Taylor available at Guitar Center and I always feel like my 414 plays better and sounds better than any of them. The higher models like the 814 definitely look better, but in my opinion, I like the sound of mine more. Have always been happy with it and just recently installed a bone saddle and it made it sound even better. Should be a great sounding guitar for many years to come.
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.
bought this guitar this morning. crafstmanship is flawless. finish is stunning. comfort is exceptional. sound is nothing less than perfect... i tried out 20 guitars today before deciding on this one. i had it narrowed down to a $2300 gibson hummingbird, $1700 gibson, $2000 martin, and this taylor... hands down the most comfortable to play, and by far the most defined low end. sounds great strummed, flatpick, fingerpick, whatever. has ability to belt out the notes as loud as you desire while still sounding refined and elegant at the softest levels. all the guitars were simply beautiful and fun to play, but this guitar just has a beautiful shimmer that made me gravitate to it. great job taylor! best acoustic under $3k that ive heard...
This is my third acoustic after nine years of Yamaha, and Breedlove. This guitar will change the way you think about your talents with a guitar. Your sound will change the minute you pick up this guitar. Every tone you hear is pure. Not only will your music sound better, but the playability of this guitar is beyond any I have played before. I sat in the acoustic room at GC for 4-5 hours on a saturday and played the top Gibsons, Martins, and Taylors. This guitar, at this price, is unmatched in my opinion. I have the utmost respect for the acoustic engineers at Taylor
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.
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.
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