The Taylor 700 Series 714ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic Electric Guitar takes the classic tonewood pairing of rosewood and spruce and conjure a rootsy Americana vibe. Standard appointments include a war... Click To Read More About This Product
The Taylor 700 Series 714ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic Electric Guitar takes the classic tonewood pairing of rosewood and spruce and conjure a rootsy Americana vibe. Standard appointments include a warm Vintage Sunburst top, ivoroid binding and rosette, along with ivoroid Heritage fretboard inlays, which bridge the past with the present.
Body Width: 16" / Body Depth: 4 5/8" / Body Length: 20"
The potent tone flatpickers and strummers love.
The most traditional of guitar shapes, Bob Taylor has evolved the Taylor Dreadnought over time to honor its enduring sonic heritage yet also refine the look and sound into a more modern package. The Taylor Dreadnought still boasts that powerful dreadnought tone that old school pickers expect, with deep lows and crisp highs, but with a voice that, like every Taylor, is more evenly balanced across the entire tonal spectrum. Perhaps more than any other shape, the Dreadnought remains linked with roots music like bluegrass and folk, in part because of its traditional role in defining those sounds. Pickers and strummers with an aggressive attack will love our Dreadnought's blend of power and articulation, which allows for clear lead lines and crisp, driving rhythms.
Origin: East India
One of the most popular and traditional guitar woods of all time, rosewood takes the basic sonic thumbprint of mahogany (which has a strong midrange) and expands it in both directions. Rosewood sounds deeper in the low end and brighter on the top end (one might describe the treble notes as zesty, sparkly or sizzly, with more articulation). If you look at its frequency range visually, rosewood would appear to be more scooped in the middle, yielding less midrange bloom than mahogany. Like mahogany, rosewood's vintage heritage has helped firmly establish its acoustic legacy. In some music circles in which preserving the traditional sound helps bring a sense of authenticity to the music - certain strains of Americana, for example - rosewood has an iconic status. Also like mahogany, rosewood is a versatile tonewood, which has contributed to its popularity. One can fingerpick it, strum it and flatpick it. It's very consistent, so players can usually rely on it to deliver.
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.
Grand auditorium body shape with cutaway
Sitka spruce top and Indian rosewood back & sides
Warm Vintage Sunburst top
Ivoroid binding and rosette
Ivoroid Heritage fretboard inlays
Expression System 2 electronics
Includes hardshell case
Shape: Grand Auditorium
Number of Strings: 6
Back/Side Wood: Indian Rosewood
Scale length: 25-1/2"
Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
Body Length: 20"
Electronics: Expression System 2
Body Width: 16"
Body Depth: 4-5/8"
Nut & Saddle: Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
Neck Width: 1-3/4"
Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
Bracing: Forward Shifted Pattern with Relief Rout
Fretboard Wood: Ebony
Fretboard Inlay: Heritage Diamonds
Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
Bridge Inlay: None
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Taylor Nickel
Truss Rod Cover: Indian Rosewood
Back/Side Finish: Gloss
Top Finish: Gloss
Neck Finish: Satin
Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
Number of Frets: 20
Armrest Binding: None
Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
Backstrap Wood: None
Backstrap Finish: None
Brand of Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze HD Light
Edge Trim: None
Fingerboard Ext: None
Fretboard Binding: Ivoroid
Heel Cap Binding: Ivoroid
Heel length: 3-1/2"
Peghead Finish: Satin
Peghead Inlay: None
Peghead Binding: Ivoroid
Peghead Logo: Ivoroid
Peghead Type: Standard
Rosette Mat. : Ivoroid
Rosette Size: Three Ring
Stain/Sunburst: Vintage Sunburst
Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
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Comments about Taylor 700 Series 2014 714ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
So I went into Guitar Center. I wasn't shopping for a guitar, just waiting on a few on mine to get set up by the guitar tech. I picked up a Martin while I was waiting. It had an exceptional tone and feel. Then I picked up the Taylor. I immediately noticed an improvement in tonality, volume, and play-ability. Not to mention the intonation was perfect, some of the best i've felt on an acoustic. The thing stayed in perfect tune even after playing some chugging rhythm and then lead runs. I played this guitar for about an hour straight and even with another musician that happened to walk in. It still sounded in tune and felt great. Another note to point out is the sustain of this guitar. You strum a chord or single note and it just rings out for a very long time. Individual notes in chords all have a very clear voicing as well. Not as if i wasn't already impressed before plugging in, but this Taylor has a Piezo style pickup in the saddle. It is a new innovation from Taylor and sounds amazing. It seemed to work well with the many styles I play. After I was through playing the Taylor I picked up a couple high end Gibsons and Martins. They were really nice guitars as well. I still felt the Taylor outperformed the other in every aspect (from the way it felt in my hand, intonation, tone, volume, play-ability, and pickup). I didn't even plan on buying a guitar this day. But I had to. I was testing and tying out acoustics for a couple years. This one was the gem. I feel its equipped to handle any style or player. I still wouldn't mind a Gibson Hummingbird. Those were quite impressive also. Every detail in build and finish was perfect on the Taylor. I tried hard to find any flaws or blemishes and couldn't. So I give this guitar five stars after playing nearly every brand out there and twenty years of playing and writing music. Thanks for reading. I hope this was insightful.
Comments about Taylor 700 Series 2014 714ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
I played it in the store a couple of times, enjoyed it a great deal. I sold one of my Stratocasters then used the money to buy this guitar. I don't understand why the Taylor 700 series isn't more popular.