Warm, full mids and bold lows ring out from the the solid Sitka spruce top of the Taylor 414-CE Left-Handed Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar. Fabulous ovangkol back and sides impart snappy hi... Click To Read More About This Product
Warm, full mids and bold lows ring out from the the solid Sitka spruce top of the Taylor 414-CE Left-Handed Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar. Fabulous ovangkol back and sides impart snappy highs and precise projection. The Taylor 414-CE is great for fingerstyle playing and vocal accompaniment. This auditorium style 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.
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Among the higher end guitar makers such as Martin, Breedlove, Gibson, the Taylor has distinguished itself by their balanced tone and fine craftsmanship. Taylor uses more modern methods than say the more traditional CF Martin; hence models in the same line are more apt to less individual differences. However their quality control is extremely high and one can be well assured that the variance between individual models in a series would be negligible. Taylor Guitars does not charge extra for their left handed versions, additionally all their models are available either right or left handed which is commendable and a definite positive when choosing the preferred model. The NT (New Technology) bolt on neck is a bit narrower than most acoustic guitars, coupled with being as slim as an electric�ۡ���s, which allows for a more comfortable reach and easier playability, it also has a truss rod so it is a simple matter to adjust the action to your liking. The 300 and 400 series is the price point where all-wood construction is used, rather than laminate, the primary advantage of all wood is that as it ages, the wood will breathe and the tone will improve. The Ovangkol wood used on the back and sides which is similar in appearance to rosewood adds to the beauty as well as to the overall tone and balance of the instrument, it marries well with the Sitka Spruce top, in fact the only feature that one might wish would be an abalone instead of the three ring rosette, but that is more of an aesthetic preference. The proprietary on-board Taylor Expression System (ES) acoustic pickup is a very simple yet effective, the purpose is to be able to play amplified without having the tone drastically altered, when I plugged it in, I found this to work beautifully, as advertised, no feedback or loss of range, there is no tonal difference between the plugged and unplugged modes. The tone of the 414-CE is very balanced, not overly bassy; the sound is excellent now and will only improve with age. Whether you are a neophyte or an accomplished musician, the Taylor 414-CE is a fine instrument well worth considering, I highly recommend it. This is definitely my preferred acoustic, the sound, feel and quality are on par with the higher priced Taylors and nothing else comes close to it in this price range.
I bought my 414-ce about 6 months ago, and since then have been very displeased with it. The electronics are sub-prime for the cost. Even when turned all the way down, the guitar is not muted. The electronics overall sound very fake. The playability is average at best, and not to the level of the cost.It's pretty bad when I enjoy playing my few hundred dollar Ibanez AEL-10 more than my two-thousand dollar taylor.