With exceptionally warm and articulate tones, tropical mahogany has established itself among many as a favored tonewood. The cedar-topped Taylor 514ce Grand Auditorium Cutaway ES2 Acoustic-Electric Gu... Click To Read More About This Product
With exceptionally warm and articulate tones, tropical mahogany has established itself among many as a favored tonewood. The cedar-topped Taylor 514ce Grand Auditorium Cutaway ES2 Acoustic-Electric Guitar sets itself apart amongst other tropical mahogany guitars with its cedar complement, popular body shape and excellent electronics. Plugged in, the 514ce will sing out the subtlety of your style loud and clear. Includes case.
Western Red Cedar/Tropical Mahogany
The Taylor 514ce Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric is constructed of a red cedar top with tropical mahogany back and sides.
Grand Auditorium (GA)
The GA is Taylor's most versatile and popular shape, excelling at light-touch fingerstyle as well as strumming. Great for mic'ing and recording, the GA's balanced mid-range and bright tone exemplify the Taylor voice.
Expression System 2
The Taylor Expression System 2 (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 proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup (patent pending), 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.
Behind the ES2 Design: Rethinking the Piezo Pickup
For decades, piezo-electric transducers have been positioned under the saddle of a guitar based on the long-held belief that the string and top vibration cause the saddle to "bounce" up and down. But Taylor's electronics team, led by developer David Hosler, discovered that the vertical movement is actually heavily restricted, and that the saddle gets "locked down" due to the string tension's downward pressure. That's why a traditional under-saddle pickup with piezo-electric crystals often responds with a sound often characterized as thin, brittle, brash or synthetic, especially with more aggressive playing.
The saddle's natural range of movement as the guitar is being played is actually back and forth like a pendulum. That revelation led Taylor's design team to relocate the crystals from under the saddle to behind it. The new positioning enables the crystals to respond more naturally to the guitar's energy as it is transferred through the saddle. Three pickup sensors are installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, with three tiny Allen screws that calibrate the position of the sensors in relation to the saddle.
Like the original Expression System, the ES2 features the same volume and tone control knobs. The preamp is similar but with a slightly different gain structure. As a result it will be about 25 percent hotter, which is more in line with other pickups. This makes it plug-and-play friendly both for artists and live sound mixers.
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Comments about Taylor 500 Series 514ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
I had a 1975 Ovation custom Balladeer that I thought was a great guitar. One day I went into Guitar Center and played every guitar over the $700 they were going to give me for my Ovation. The 514ce was the best guitar in the store. That includes the high-end Martins and Taylors. I love the sound of the tropical mahogany top. The guitar plays like butter. I plugged it into a Fender Acoustisonic jr and the Fishman electronics didn't let me down. I didn't really care about the jewelry on the higher end Taylors. I wanted a guitar that played and sounded good. No wonder Taylor is becoming the choice of many professionals. Be prepared to shell out big bucks. If you want an inexpensive acoustic electric that plays well for the money, try some of the Ibanez guitars. IMO they only sound good amplified! Happy shopping. Thanks Guitar center, you are definitely my adult toy store!!!