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Taylor's 300 Series has introduced countless players to the pleasures of the all-solid-wood acoustic experience; it's the entry point to Taylor's USA-made instrument line. Players who step up to a 300 Series instrument, like this 314ce V-Class Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric guitar, will be rewarded with a guitar-for-a-lifetime that will only sound better with age. It doesn't take but a few strums to learn how the mix of tonewoods, construction and appointments combine to make Taylor's famous playability, intonation and tone. The 300 Series has everything you need and nothing you don't need in an instrument that sounds fantastic and plays fantastic as well. The 314ce V-Class Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric ships in a deluxe hardshell case made by Taylor for optimal fit and protection.

Body Shape
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 flat-picking with a clear, balanced sound across the tonal spectrum. If you want a great all-purpose guitar, this Grand Auditorium is an excellent choice.

Tonewood Pairing
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. Solid sapele back and sides complement the top with a sound that's comparable to mahogany, but with a slightly brighter sound featuring top-end shimmer, and balance across the tonal spectrum. Sapele responds well to a variety of playing styles and fits nicely into an instrument mix.

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 acoustically 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
Taylor's V-Class bracing is a fundamental innovation in acoustic guitar design. It marks an important evolution beyond traditional X-bracing, introducing an entirely new platform for acoustic performance. It is essentially a "sonic engine" that optimizes the response of an acoustic guitar in three key ways: by boosting volume, sustain, and by largely resolving the intonation (in-tune-ness) issues that have long plagued acoustic guitars. V-Class bracing creates purer, more orderly notes that don't cancel each other out or sound "off". They have clearer, more consistent response, and the whole fretboard is brought into greater sonic alignment for a more musical playing/listening experience. Guitars with V-Class bracing are easier to tune; the pitch sounds purer and more solid, and electronic tuners can more easily locate notes for quick, precise tuning. Other benefits: harmonics ring more uniformly down the neck, notes are louder with more projection and sustain, and notes are more consistent, i.e., upper-register notes don't get choked out or swallowed. Fewer "sour" sonic qualities exist with chords; a more agreeable relationship is created between notes as they ripen, bloom and decay.

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  • Taylor's 300 Series has sparked the interest of multitudes of acoustic players, and you can specifically thank the 314ce V-Class Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric guitar model. It is the most affordable of Taylor's USA-made instrument line. Musicians who possess the 300 Series instruments, such as the 314ce V-Class Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric guitar, will be delighted to know that like a good wine, these instruments get sweeter over time. It takes mere seconds of playing to realize the appeal of the tonewood mix and how its body design contributes to reliable Taylor tone, comfortability and prestige. The 314ce V-Class Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric is delivered encased in a sturdy and upscale Taylor-made hardshell case.

    Body Build

    The Grand Auditorium truly enhanced the Taylor acoustic sonic capabilities. The in-demand body style is exceptionally versatile and generates abundant acoustic ranges whether fingerpicking, flatpicking or strumming. It offers a clean and balanced tone, and is well suited to performing a multitude of musical styles.

    Combining the Right Woods

    A guitar’s top wood affects the resonation quality of the instrument. Currently, the most common guitar soundboard is Sitka spruce. It melds sharp attacks with ample flexibility, promoting wide dynamic horizons and maximum articulating control. The solid sapele back and sides of the guitar body create a tone that is slightly brighter than mahogany, showcasing its high-end pizzazz and even-keeled tonal center. Sapele is uber responsive and well-versed to multiple musical styles.

    Revolutionary Pickups

    Taylor's reliable ES2 pickup delivers continual creative upgrades in acoustic guitar amplification. The Expression System 2 is Taylor’s own behind-the-saddle pickup, featuring three particularly posed and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The pickup enables the bottom of the saddle to engage fully with the bridge, releasing the guitar’s authentic sounds to tunefully wail. The sensor's placement and construct allow wider acoustic sonic blasts whether playing acoustically or plugged in. Taylor’s custom “professional audio” preamp creates extraordinary tones and ultrafast reaction. Whether you play through a PA, amplifier or straight into recording software, the Expression System 2 portrays the truest voice of your Taylor guitar. The battery element uses a 9-volt battery, and the ES2 has accessible volume, bass and treble controls.

    Additional Goodies

    Taylor's modern V-Class bracing surpasses standard X-bracing, upping the ante for acoustic performance. The sonic mechanics enhances reaction time with sustain, a volume boost, and unwavering intonation. V-Class bracing boasts clean resounding pitches that harness a steady response. V-Class bracing also makes it easier than ever to tune. Notes ring longer and project stronger, allowing your tuner to lock in faster. This guitar truly makes playing seem simple and easy.

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  • Body type: Grand Auditorium
  • Cutaway: Venetian
  • Top wood: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: Solid Sapele
  • Bracing pattern: Taylor V-Class Bracing with Relief Rout
  • Body finish: Gloss Top, Satin Back and Sides
  • Orientation: Right-Handed
  • Neck shape: Standard Taylor Profile
  • Nut width: 1-3/4" (44.5mm)
  • Fingerboard: Genuine West African Ebony
  • Neck wood: Tropical Mahogany
  • Scale length: 25-1/2"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • Pickup/preamp: Expression System 2
  • Brand: Taylor
  • Configuration: Behind-the-Saddle Transducer with Adjustable Sensors
  • Preamp EQ: Volume; Active Bass and Treble
  • Feedback filter: Onboard Phase Switch
  • Tuner: None
  • Headstock overlay: Genuine West African Ebony
  • Tuning machines: Taylor Nickel Tuners with Nickel Buttons
  • Bridge: Genuine West African Ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Micarta "Wave" Saddle; Teflon-Infused Graphite Nut
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Special features: V-Class Bracing
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: USA

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