Taylor’s redesigned rosewood/spruce 700 Series guitars are the latest in the Taylor line to showcase an inspiring tonal and visual makeover. The result is a bolder musical voice with a refreshed visua... Click To Read More About This Product
Taylor’s redesigned rosewood/spruce 700 Series guitars are the latest in the Taylor line to showcase an inspiring tonal and visual makeover. The result is a bolder musical voice with a refreshed visual aesthetic that blends rootsy appeal with warm, wood-rich details to give the series a distinctive musical personality. Tonal upgrades include a switch from Sitka spruce to Lutz spruce, which produces a powerful tonal response comparable to older, high-grade Adirondack spruce, and gives players a higher volume ceiling.
Two other tone-enhancing refinements include Taylor’s new Performance bracing and the use of protein glue for the bracing and bridge. Together with the Lutz top they optimize the tonal response, capturing all of rosewood’s classic richness and strengthening the fundamental focus. These guitars promise to give back to players everything they put in and then some.
New appointment details include non-figured koa binding; a 3-ring herringbone-style rosette featuring mirrored, bias-cut Douglas fir with maple/black trim; top edge trim of bias-cut end-grain Douglas fir with maple/black accents; a new “Reflections” fretboard inlay in pale green abalone; and a new weathered brown pickguard with a matte finish. A new Western sunburst top option is also available, adding an earthy honey-brown complexion for a darker vintage look.
All 700 Series instruments ship in a deluxe hard shell case made by Taylor for optimal fit and protection. One of the alluring traits of a nylon-string guitar is the way its tonal character can instantly change the complexion of any song. This makes a nylon an indispensible tool for songwriting, recording and performance, letting you weave a different flavor or rhythmic texture into your music.
Taylor nylons achieve the same exceptional playability as their steel-string siblings, offering a smooth crossover with a sleek profile neck, a 1-7/8 in. nut width (compared to a much wider traditional classical neck), and a slight fingerboard radius (20 in.compared to 15 in. on Taylor steel-strings). With a Taylor nylon-string in your acoustic toolbox, you might be surprised by how often you end up reaching for it.
A Taylor original, the Grand Auditorium helped establish the Taylor acoustic sound. The popular body style makes for a versatile guitar that yields ample volume in response to light fingerpicking, and reacts to medium strumming and flatpicking with a clear, balanced sound across the tonal spectrum. If you want a great all-purpose guitar, the GA is an excellent choice.
A guitar's top is the primary filter and distributor of vibrating string energy through the guitar, which means it has a huge impact on its sound. Lutz Spruce is a naturally occuring hybrid of Sitka and White spruce. Sitka is the most prevalent guitar top wood of the modern era because it blends stiffness and elasticity in just the right proportions which translates into broad dynamic range with crisp articulation. Lutz spruce takes these attributes and blends them with those of White and Englemann spruce, with an end result resembling old Adirondack spruce. When combined with Taylor's bracing architecture, guitars are more powerful, richer and louder than before. Solid Indian rosewood back and sides complement the Lutz top with sound that's made it one of the most popular tone woods ever. Rosewood produces the strongest bass response among the tone woods commonly used for guitars, with a slightly scooped midrange. Rosewood's sweeping frequency range - deep lows that assert a throaty growl with sparkling highs - rings out with bell-like, high-fidelity clarity. It yields a full-range acoustic voice with complex overtones and extended sustain.
The ES-N is a single-source, under-saddle transducer, but the preamp design and tone controls were customized to complement the nylon-string voice. Taylor's standard ES control knobs (Volume, Treble and Bass) enable plenty of tone-shaping while preserving the natural design aesthetic.
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What sets Taylor Guitars apart? Unmatched build quality, the most stable and playable necks, a vast array of tonal options, eco-conscious and ethically-sourced raw materials, and a lifetime of service and support.
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Comments about Taylor 700 Series 714ce-N Grand Auditorium Nylon String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
I purchased the NATURAL finish because of the beautiful Koa wood binding on the rosewood and Lutz spruce body. The slotted mahogany headstock and decorative fret markers on the solid black ebony fretboard add to the guitar's overall beauty. The gloss finished body highlights the natural wood grain and also makes cleaning a easier. No pickguard.
When compared to a dreadnought, the 714ce-N has a smaller body size that's excellent for playability yet big enough to produce nice bass and treble tones. I considered the smaller Grand Concert size but decided on the Grand Auditorium because of the slightly deeper bass tone and the longer 14 fret neck. The plugged-in sound is great depending on the amp and PA system.
The set-up was very good right out-of-the-box. The action was nice and low even around the 12th fret. The narrow neck is the highlight of this guitar. It is just slightly larger than my Martin HD-28 and Fender Strat but close enough to easily transition from one guitar to another. There is a learning curve to get the optimal nylon sound but it's not difficult to learn and true of all nylon string guitars.
Although this is a nylon stringed guitar it is not, or meant to be, a typical classical guitar. That's not to say you can't play classical music with the 714ce-N but it is just not a typical small body, wide 12 fret neck, etc. commonly called the classical style. Instead, the 714ce-N is more like a steel stringed guitar but with nylon strings and a slotted headstock. I think Taylor calls it a hybrid or transition guitar. Whatever style guitar it is, I really like it. It is perfect for fingerpicking any style music but you can use a pick if you like.
I wanted an American made Taylor nylon string guitar with a solid rosewood back and sides and a spruce top, narrow neck, gloss top, back, and sides, with a hard-shell case and was willing to pay the almost $3,000.00 price tag for a beautiful, quality, guitar. This is a great guitar that will last generations.
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