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Taylor 800 Series 814ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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The essence of the Taylor playing experience lives within the rosewood/spruce 800 Series. With the debut of its comprehensive redesign in 2014, master guitar designer Andy Powers took what was already... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

The essence of the Taylor playing experience lives within the rosewood/spruce 800 Series. With the debut of its comprehensive redesign in 2014, master guitar designer Andy Powers took what was already Taylor’s flagship guitar series and deployed an array of voicing enhancements, ranging from customized bracing and wood thicknesses for each body style to the use of protein glues and ultra-thin finish, to bring out another level of musicality. Together, these refinements deliver much more than the sum of their parts. For everyone from pros to hobbyists, they make the playing experience more expressive, inspiring and fun.

Like all 800 Series Taylors, the 814ce Grand Auditorium comes with Expression System 2 electronics and ships in a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.

Grand Auditorium
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. Taylor's popular 814ce offers players the ultimate all-purpose guitar. Its balance, warmth and articulation are great for fingerstyle, it has enough punch as a strummer to front a band, and the top-end power will fuel lead runs without getting shrill. It's a great choice for a gigging player looking for one guitar that can cover it all.

Tonewoods
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. Sitka Spruce is the most prevalent guitar top wood of the modern era. It blends stiffness and elasticity in just the right proportions which translates into broad dynamic range with crisp articulation. Brazilian rosewood remains a prized tonewood in the guitar world based on a hallowed heritage that traces back to the much-celebrated pre-war era of guitar building along with its scarcity due to longtime legal restrictions on its harvesting and export. The dense hardwood boasts striking visual appeal and a richly musical tone profile. Attributes include a crisp, clear, often bell-like ringing tone, especially in the treble frequencies; a warm and resonant low end; luxurious overtones that yield a wonderful complexity and sustain; and strong volume and responsiveness.

Electronics
Taylor's 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 patented behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. Because the pickup doesn't sit under the saddle, the bottom of the saddle comes in full contact with the bridge, allowing all the nuance of the guitar's tone to come through clearly whether playing acousticly or plugged-in. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before while playing plugged-in. 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. The Taylor Expression System 2 operates through a proprietary 9-volt battery compartment and easy-to-use volume, and active bass and treble controls.

Other features
Custom-calibrated wood thicknesses and bracing for each body shape, 3.5 mil finish thickness, protein glue (bracing and bridge), rosewood pickguard, rosewood top trim, single ring abalone rosette edged with rosewood, pearl "Element" fingerboard inlay, maple binding (non-figured).

The Taylor Difference
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.

Features Body
  • Body type:Taylor Grand Auditorium
  • Cutaway:Single cutaway
  • Top wood:Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides:Solid Indian Rosewood
  • Bracing pattern:800 Series Advanced Performance Grand Auditorium Bracing with Relief Rout
  • Body finish:Gloss 3.5 Top, Back and Sides
  • Orientation:Right-Handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape:Taylor Standard Profile
  • Nut width:1.75 in. (44.5 mm)
  • Fingerboard:Genuine African Ebony
  • Neck wood:Tropical Mahogany
  • Scale length:25.5 in.
  • Number of frets:20
  • Neck finish:Satin
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand:Taylor
  • Configuration:Behind-the-Saddle Transducer with Adjustable Sensors
  • Preamp EQ:2-Band
  • Feedback filter: Phase
  • Tuner:None
  • Other
  • Headstock overlay:Genuine African Ebony
  • Tuning machines:Taylor Nickel Tuners with Nickel Buttons
  • Bridge:Genuine African Ebony
  • Saddle & nut:Micarta "Wave" Saddle; Tusq Nut
  • Number of strings:6
  • Special features:See "Other Features" above
  • Case:Taylor Deluxe Hard Shell Case
  • Accessories:None
  • Country of origin:United States
Specifications
  • 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"
    Cutaway: Venetian
    Body Depth: 4 5/8"
    Nut & Saddle: Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
    Neck Width: 1-3/4"
    Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
    Bracing: Advanced Performance with Relief Rout
    Fretboard Wood: Ebony
    Fretboard Inlay: Element
    Headstock Overlay: Ebony
    Binding: Maple .080"
    Bridge Inlay: None
    Bridge Pins: Ebony with Abalone Dots
    Tuners: Taylor Nickel
    Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
    Back/Side Finish: Gloss 3.5
    Top Finish: Gloss 3.5
    Neck Finish: Satin
    Pickguard: Rosewood
    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 Light
    Buttons: Nickel
    Edge Trim: Indian Rosewood
    Fingerboard Ext: None
    Fretboard Binding: Maple
    Heel Cap Binding: Maple
    Heel length: 3-1/2"
    Peghead Finish: Gloss
    Peghead Inlay: None
    Peghead Binding: Maple
    Peghead Logo: Taylor Mother of Pearl
    Peghead Type: Standard
    Rosette Mat. : Abalone
    Rosette Size: Single Ring
    Stain/Sunburst: None
    Type of Neck Joint: Scarf
    Wedge: None
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Taylor800 Series 814ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 8 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Stays in tune (6)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Fun to play (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (4)
  • Jamming (3)
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(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not your grandmother's Taylor

By jerry maniscalco

from Pensacola, FL

Comments about Taylor 800 Series 814ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have always been a fan of Martins due to their "bass heavy" reputation. Taylors always sounded shrill and too light for my style of playing. My most recent gigging guitar was a Martin GPCPA4. It sounded great... when it wasn't plugged in. There were plenty of features on it that could make it sound like any guitar you wanted- except itself. It sounded dead when it was plugged in. The neck wasn't quite as playable as what I wanted in an acoustic. I wanted a guitar that I could record with and play live. Enter the 814ce. I was intrigued by all the new changes- new bracing, lighter finish, new pickups, new strings. Here are the results: The guitar is much lighter than I expect and very easy to handle. The thin finish really opens up the sound. It has more presence and the bass truly resonates through the whole body. You can actually feel the sitka spruce moving when you hit a low string. The new strings add a more powerful presence as you play up the neck (more so than traditional Taylors). This guitar is the most dynamically responsive instrument I've played. And that doesn't change when you plug it in. I run mine through a Bose L1 system and was literally blown away by the ES2 system. It sounds incredible. I've never heard any guitar sound this good plugged in. It actually sounds like the unamplified guitar- just... amplified. As far as aesthetics go, I was hesitant about the lighter ebony fretboard. Don't be. It adds a very unique feel/character to the guitar. The rosewood pick guard is another unique feature that sets this guitar apart from any other. I have owned the guitar for a month now and it has been through 4 gigs and several recording sessions. The pick guard is still intact with no scratches. BOTTOM LINE: If you enjoy a responsive, dynamic acoustic guitar that has an extremely full sound and is very playable, this is your instrument.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Taylor New Edition Guitars

By OKCDusty

from OKC

Comments about Taylor 800 Series 814ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I own 5 taylor guitars, including a custom ps14ce that I had made. My comment is about the redesign of the taylor models. I do own a 616ce first edition and a 914ce first edition. The 616ce was an improvement for a maple guitar. The 914ce lost a little in tone and resonance. My 2013 814ce has more body and resonance than the new versions. Not all models of the redesign benifited from the thinner top and the thinner finish. This is, of course, a personal preferance.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unmatched in quality

By Dave the man

from St. Petrsburg, FL

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Taylor 800 Series 814ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I decided to finally upgrade to a professional series guitar and this superseded all of my expectations. I have been most impressed with the quality of craftsmanship this instrument possesses. It is literally flawless! I spent more than I ever thought I would on a guitar, but now see that it was worth every penny . . . And then some!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Greatest Thing Since The Guitar String

    By Bobby

    from Winter Haven, Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Just plain out sitting around and playing.

      Comments about Taylor 800 Series 814ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Like the song goes, I got my first guitar when I was 14. I am now 66 & I have 8 other guitars. I did not have a top of the line acoustic. I went to GC several times & decided on the Humming Bird. I took my 1972 Fender F-45 to do a comparison. Didn't want to buy one if my Fender was better. I played the Humming Bird. Then tried a Martin. The salesman handed me a guitar & said you might like this on. I went WOW what Gibson is this. He said that it was not a Gibson but a Taylor. Of course I replied, that I never heard of a Taylor. After a couple of weeks of thinking it over, I went back to GC. I played the gibson, Martin & Taylor again. I purchased a taylor 814ce on 12-4-16. I'm like an old kid with a new toy. I play the 814 every day & take it with me when I travel. The 84ce is a real great guitar. Buy t.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Need longer days

      By Nick

      from Hershey, PA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Taylor 800 Series 814ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        This is a bucket list thing for me. I wanted a truly great guitar and thought I would be going for the usual name when guys think of the best acoustic guitars. For me, it took only a minute to decide. I spent some time playing the other top end guitars and was left wanting something that I just couldn't put my finger on. The 814ce filled the void as soon as I started playing it. Amazing sound, easy to play, consistent in nature and true beauty that had me parting with what was needed to make it mine.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar

        By Ron

        from Indiana

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Taylor 800 Series 814ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Love the sound and play-ability. Had to EQ it a bit with the board for live sound, but once dialed in was great.

           
          5.0

          Went on factory tour with my 814ce @ Taylor in El Cajon, CA

          By Bobby

          from Winter Haven, FL

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

          • No Cons

          Best Uses

          • Just playing for the enjoyment of playing

          Comments about Taylor 800 Series 814ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I purchased my 814ce in December 2015. Have played it every day. I'm retired so I have plenty of time to play. I am on a road trip & brought my 814ce with me, thinking that I might get lucky and get Andy Powers to autograph it. After driving 4,700 miles I finally arrived @ the Taylor factory to take the tour. I asked if Andy Powers would autograph my guitar & went on the tour. Words can not describe the tour. At the end of the tour I was informed that Andy would autograph my guitar. He autographed & played my 814ce. After some photo's were taken, he looked over every inch of my guitar & told me to stop by @ his building & have one of the tech's tighten my truss rod 1/4 turn. Which I did. I have never meet a more friendly & personable person than Andy Powers. Andy makes you appreciate Taylor Guitar's & all it's employee's. And yes the 1/4 turn made a difference in the play & sound.

           
          5.0

          Best Guitar Ever!!!

          By Middle C Man

          from Nashville, TN

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Taylor 800 Series 814ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I love this guitar! The tone is super awesome and it plays like a dream. I played most all of the other Taylors and this one is my favorite by far.

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