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Taylor 814ce Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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The Taylor 814ce is a Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar gives you amazingly warm, deep sound. Solid Indian rosewood back and sides sharpen the rich overtones and dark humors of the sol... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Taylor 814ce is a Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar gives you amazingly warm, deep sound. Solid Indian rosewood back and sides sharpen the rich overtones and dark humors of the solid Sitka spruce top for a tonal palette of stunning breadth. Detailed mother-of-pearl inlays on the bound ebony fretboard, abalone rosette, 5-ply purfling with maple binding, abalone peg inlays, and gold-plated Taylor tuners with gold buttons impart luxurious visual splendor. Expression System electronics for peerless stage performance.

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Features

Solid Sitka spruce top
Solid rosewood back and sides
Ebony fretboard and bridge
Expression System electronics with tone controls
Gold-plated Taylor tuners with gold buttons
25-1/2" scale length
1-3/4" nut width
5-ply purfling with maple binding
Elaborate mother-of-pearl fretboard inlays
Compensated tusq bridge and nut
Abalone rosette
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Taylor814ce Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 15 reviews)

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(32 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A gift from God.

By TheGuitarMan

from Snellville, Ga

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

The Taylor 814ce is the best sounding guitar I've ever heard in my life. It sounds and plays so well its like an addiction. For the best sound quality for plugging into a sound system i would suggest the Fishman Loudbox series of acoustic amps. With that there is no better sounding guitar. Buy one... its worth every penny.

(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Banishes Buyer's Remorse!

By drmrw

from Hollywood Florida

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

Its wierd but its true, when you play it, you just want to play it more! You can't just pick it up for 5 minutes and put it down! I can't stop playing until my hand starts to overheat. The action is fantastic and the tone is really stunning! Everything about this guitar feels "right" It is expensive, but you DO get what you pay for. I played the 914CE as well, and, frankly, to me it just seemed like more glitz but no more performance. It makes you want to be a better guitar player so that you can "catch up" to the guitar!

(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth every penny and then some.

By B Hankins

from Ft. Worth, TX

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

Outstanding sound, crisp, clear notes and it?s extremely easy to play. The sound doesn?t change after you plug it in, in fact it seems to be better. With the Taylor Expression system the sound is maintained whether playing soft or hard. It is the most technologically advanced system I?ve seen and the sound proves it. I?ve used it for some recording, but mainly at parties and small shows.

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Taylor's Greatest Guitar

By kats45

from Canton OH

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

This 814ce Taylor guitar has an awesome sound. It has a spruce top and rosewood back and sides. It is bold and full, and has more bass response than a lot of Taylor's. But the bass response is certainly not overwhelming. The projection is fantastic. There really isn't anything I dislike about this guitar, which is unusual because I'm picky. I play mostly christian music, and find this guitar very suitable. The action on the guitar was set up well. It could be a bit lower, but it's still not difficult to play. There are no flaws on the guitar that I can see. There are also no flaws in the finish. This is a guitar I can depend on without a backup, and one that should last a long time. Customer support is also good. While I have dealt with Taylor on this guitar,I did with another and found them very responsive. They took care of it properly, though it took a couple of months to get the guitar back. If I ever had to, I would replace this guitar if I could come up with the money.

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Go Ahead and Buy One!

By JWCox800

from Memphis, TN

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

I have owned a Taylor 814-CE for about a year now. I have played many high-end guitars and BY FAR the Taylor brand stands tall. The new pickup system is great. A direct box is never needed again with the balanced output coming from the guitar. Taylor gives you the correct cable to use. I found out in my playing and gigging the guitar is easy to dial up a great sound with the Expression System! If you want to have the best guitar made, buy a Taylor!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

814CE Best of the best !!!!

By J. Franks

from lubbock, TX

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

WOW The most expensive lady in my harem and well worth it! I have owned Martin 28's, 35's and now have a taylor 814,710, and others. My 814 just blows them away! The action is easy and smooth, even, and true. The tone is superb, even better than I'd imagined. I have played her for two years and her sound has opened up till she sounds like a 25 year old. She is as versatile as she is beautiful from delta blues to contemp. gospel, from small venue to auditorium, w/ excellent electronics and never any problems. I solidly recommend the 814.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Get a 814C

By Paul

from Elmhurst, IL

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

This guitar is great...when played unplugged. In fact, it should be rated 5 instead of a 4, but the ES Taylor uses makes it a 4. The guitar does not sound natural with the magnetic pickup used in the ES system. When plugged in the 814ce sounds like a $150 guitar - awful. I had the under-saddle transducer installed used on the 100/200 taylor series - much better. The ES does not sound acoustic at all. I would buy an 814c and have different electronics installed. The ES should be for electric guitars.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Taylor 814 CE Expression

By Danslam

from Fort Worth Texas

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

This really is a great guitar. The fit and finish are perfect. I had it set up for my style of play which is finger picking. I do strum with pick on occasion but do not strum hard. The Grand Auditorium fits that style well. If I strummed only, I would get the dreadnaught. The wood is perfect, rosewood back and sides, Engelman spuce top. It is a great tonal combination. The only negative I have is that when I first bought it, for some reason it did not ring like it should. I was a little tinny on the highs and not as loud as it should be. I bought this guitar mail order and did not play before receiving. After about 6 months, the guitar now sound great. I really do not know what happened (humidity, cure, break in ??)but I am glad it did. With the expression system and my Prichard Jade Dagger Amp on the "A" setting, I am in guitar heaven.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Make Your Ears and Fingers Happy

By lamchopsuey

from San Diego, CA

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

When you think it is the time to move on to a high-end guitar. I recommend buying a Taylor. For about 30 years or so years Bob Taylor has been building Taylors and this guy knows how to build an acoustic guitar. The 814ce is a brilliant example, I can just say this because I own one but picking one up and playing it will blow you away. The sound and feel of the guitar invites you to play more and be creative with your playing. Your fingers will love you and your ears will be begging for more. I have the old electronics on mine however I have tried the Expression System. The good thing about it is that it totally cuts off the feedback, giving you a clear sound and actually sounds like a real guitar when you plug it up to a system. Plus, its powered by 2 AA batteries which is really convient and easy. Try one out at a guitar center. I recommend buying one thought, you won't be disappointed.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice indeed

By Michael Smith

from Raleigh, NC

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

I bought this model of Taylor back in 2004 and it's my favorite 6 string acoustic guitar. I use Light Elixir strings, keep the neck clean and play my heart out. The initial set up from the factory is quite good, but depending on your style of playing and the gauge of strings you use, you may want an experienced Luthier to a custom set up for you after you have a put a few miles on her. For me, when I played this guitar, it was just perfect. You know when you play a sweet guitar and this is one of those keepers.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Crystal Clear!

By Kamuela

from New York

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

High maintenance but it's definitely worth it and wouldn't you want to prolong the life of a beautiful guitar? The more you play, the sound gets even more crisp. You need to maintain the guitar well. Using a humidifier is a must! Actions can get real low due to heat, especially on the top frets. Therefore, use a humidifier! I can't find any flaws in this guitar. It is pricey so take a good care of it. This guitar wants to be played 24/7. So save up your money and get one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The very 'top shelf' of acoustic guitars

By D. Anderson

from San Jose, CA

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

This guitar is the nicest, easiest guitar I have ever played. I put it n a class of its own because it does not compare to my Gibson Songwriter Deluxe, Alvarez, or any other acoustic I have ever owned. From the ease of playability, to the light weight, to the best tones available in active electronics, and the grand auditorium body style, this guitar is hands down the best of the best. Proving once again that you get what you pay for. Spend the extra dollars and do it right the first time!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Spectacular

By John

from Maine

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

Picked my 814 up 3 weeks ago. Everyday, I love it more and more. Unplugged, the warmth in the lows, chimming bells of the highs, nothing less than spectacular. The action is almost like you are playing a Les Paul. If you plug in, you will need a Pre-Amp to get some Boost. I use a Fishman PRO EQ Platinum, XLR cable from to the PA,using Phantom power to eliminate any buzz. Once you get your tone dialed, nothing better. Craftman's ship of this guitar is beautiful, without being over the top. Inlays, Maple binding, well done. Definitely recommend this guitar. You will not be dissapointed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Taylor 814ce

By Ben Perea

from Albuquerque, NM

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

This guitar is a beautifully crafted instrument. The sound is unbelievable - "Taylor" at its' best! The neck is smooth and fast. The maple binding is beautiful. The inlays are beautiful and not over done! This is a definte "must have" guitar! I will treasure this guitar for a long time. It is a guitar that does not need to be upgraded. The 814ce is definitely top shelf!

 
5.0

Takes my breath away

By basil paul

from Lincoln New Brunswick Canada

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

I've owned a few acoustic guitars in my life, just a few to climb the ladder, Norman, art &luthrie, seagull both 6&12 string, ovation, Washburn, Taylor 314 ce, taylor w14 ce, Gibson j 60 custom,taylor ga4, takimine 6&12string, Martin j41 special, martin hd28v, that' s right I am addicted to acoustic guitars. Some of these guitars I've sold but the last three I lost in a house fire. That was a sad day above and beyond all my acoustic babies I lost, I lost my little dog Mika who used to sit beside me while I played and sang songs. She'll be missed dearly. Anyway I went to buy a guitar a few months later and really shopped around, searching the net, reading reviews going to guitar shops trying different ones out. I'm pretty sure I've found my ultimate baby, a taylor 814ce, and wow, I brought it home and played until my finger tips just about started bleeding, you see I had'nt played in about 4 months and my callouses started to disappear. It's a good thing the guitar came equipped with elixer nano web lights and were a little more gentler on my fingers. My dealer only had the guitar for 2 days when I walked in played it for about an hour and decided this is coming home with me. I never looked back. You know whenever I just purchased an acoustic guitar in the past, I was always looking at new guitars which would come into the shop, thinking, hey this sounds better than my guitar, and it would get me thinking did I make the right decision? Well I can honestly say that I have not done this with this guitar, I am truly satisfied and can't wait to get home to play it. It looks beautiful, and at first I wanted to get a little more bottom end and mid range acoustic sound whereas it seemed just a tad trebly so I experimented a bit and found the greatest match for this guitar as far as strings go. The strings I chose and love are martin sp custom lights with the clear tone covering. They're cheaper than elixer and sound great. Some of you are probably wondering why coated strings well I use planet waves humidipaks and always keep my guitar in its case for protection of damage and maintaining a 45 - 50 percent relative humidity level highly recommended by Bob Taylor himself and me, I've experienced the proof it's fantastic. Anyway suppers ready, got to go, I could talk about my baby all night, I've even named my guitar Mika after my deceased dog. Thanks for listening to me ramble on and on, it's great and I love it. See yah.

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