Providing access to the upper registers of the fingerboard, the soft Venetian cutaway on the Taylor 414ce Ovangkol/Spruce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar is both practical and attractive, wh... Read More
Providing access to the upper registers of the fingerboard, the soft Venetian cutaway on the Taylor 414ce Ovangkol/Spruce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar is both practical and attractive, while the Taylor Expression System™ allows you to share your music with the world.
Ovangkol back and sides lend exotic flare to the Taylor 410ce Acoustic-Electric with a tone many find reminiscent of rosewood. The sitka spruce top gives a punch to the tone, together they create a rich, tonal tapestry.
Grand Auditorium (GA)
The GA is Taylor’s most versatile and popular shape, excelling at light-touch fingerstyle and strumming. Great for miking and recording, the GA’s balanced mid-range and bright tone exemplify the Taylor voice.
Using proprietary pickup technology developed at Taylor, the Expression System amplifies your guitar with a natural live sound. Onboard tone controls provide added flavor, or set flat for an uncolored, exceptionally-clean amplified sound. It’s your tone, amplified.
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This is by far one of the best guitar on the market in my opinion I have tried the martin gpcpa4 and found the sound to be too muffled when not amplified and tried the 214ce taylor too bright and the neck was too narrow for my fingers but this 414ce is just the right size as far as the body and the neck size is just right you can slide up and down the neck with ease I almost feel like my fingers are gliding on ice and as far as the sound goes this has the right balance not too bassy and not too trebly sounds great unplugged or plugged this has the expression 1 system which I think is better than the 2 which I tried and that system makes the guitar sound more unnatural and just too loud I guess because they put the pickup on the saddle, so I am very happy with my 414ce with the expression 1 and will have it for a long long time and thanks to the guys at GC especially Peter for his great service and attention to detail with all his customers.
This guitar very nice. It plays well,sounds good,and looks attractive. But it also has issues. First,it lacks punch and volume. When jamming acoustically with other acoustic players,this Taylor cannot keep up (volume wise) against the Martins and some Gibsons. Even with Medium/heavy strings,this Taylor gets lost. This not to say it doesn't sound nice. Consequently,I'll default to my Martin is such circumstances. Second,despite its onboard pickup system,its amplified sound doesn't matcch the beauty of its acoustic sound. Specifically,its default is overly tinny and treablely. The adjustments and compensation needed to overcome this results in sacrifices elsewhere in the tonal spectrum.This may be why acoustic/electric Taylors are seen being amplifies with mic systems in order to capture their wonderful natural sound. All in all,I use this guitar for studio work more than live performances.
I walked out with one and it has proven to be an excellent decision. I tried this guitar head to head against every acoustic electric in the room, both plugged and unplugged, and didn't find a finer sounding instrument until I hit the $4000 level. Martins, Gibsons, Fenders... this sounded and played better and smoother than any comparable model AND the next models up in the competitive lines. I play a lot of fingerstyle with strumming mixed in and this guitar is butter to play. The neck is smooth and feels silky in your hands. The guitar is very responsive and incredibly well intoned. It does make me sound like a better player than I am. It's light and short but can stand up in a group arrangement both acoustic or plugged in. Great bass tone. Electronic pickup is second to none, clean and quiet. High tones are bright and clear. I've had it for about 6 months now and was very surprised to see how well it stayed in tune as the seasons changed; there is some special engineering in the Taylor neck that make it so, as I read, and as I cased my Martins up this fall (they are notoriously susceptible to dryness) and monitored the declining humidity, I saw no change in the Taylor neck, it hangs on my wall and it's in tune every time I pick it up within 1/8 step. You cannot go wrong with this wonderful sounding, beautiful looking cutaway.
Bought this guitar used. Such a great decision; the best guitar sound I've owned yet. Will be keeping this guitar til I die.
I started my search for the perfect Taylor a few months ago. Now I've owned a lot of guitars from all the different companies.. I've owned Takamine, Martin, Gibson, and even the Taylor GS-MINI. While every company has its strengths and weaknesses, Taylor guitars annunciated its notes the best. Taylor guitars are famously bright in comparison to other Guitar Makers. I've experiemented with all the models ranging from the 114ce to the 814ce. All the guitars I tried were great, but they all lacked the bass response I was hoping for. I did some research and saw that Taylor built guitars ever so slightly larger than the 14ce series.. Unfortunatelt, none of the Guitar Centers carried any of the x16 series.. So I had to narrow down my search via the x14ce series, and pray it translated well when I ordered it online. While the 500-800 series were beautiful guitars, I just wasn't into the Gloss back and sides. As a singer, I really like to feel the vibration of my guitar against my chest when I'm playing, and I really feel the gloss kills that Vibration tremendously.. So I moved on to the 414CE. The Ovangkol back and sides had the best bass response of all the other guitars. Plus it was a beautiful wood. The neck was satin as well, so my hand didn't slip uncomfortably.. I always had control. Now while the 414ce had the best response, it was lacking JUST enough for me not to purchase... So I ordered the 416ce. Turns out that was a great decision! It sounds amazing! It has great boominess, the intonation is perfect up and down the neck.. It doesn't go out of tune when I put a capo on it. It is perfectly even. It's truly an amazing guitar. Plugged in, I compared it to the GS mini ES GO, and my gosh what a difference it is. The Expression System makes the guitar sound like an acoustic guitar. Crystal Clear and polished. If you're more into the sound of the guitar than the bling, the 416ce is an AWESOME choice. It's one of the best guitars you can get for the price range... Trust me. I could NOT be happier with my decision.
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