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Taylor 400 Series 414ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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Though they've been a staple of the Taylor line for years, Taylor's ovangkol 400 Series guitars, like this 414ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric, continue to be discovered and embraced by players, thanks, in part, to a compelling full-range tone profile that's comparable to rosewood. Ovangkol's natural tonal breadth and dynamic range fit many di...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Though they've been a staple of the Taylor line for years, Taylor's ovangkol 400 Series guitars, like this 414ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric, continue to be discovered and embraced by players, thanks, in part, to a compelling full-range tone profile that's comparable to rosewood. Ovangkol's natural tonal breadth and dynamic range fit many different playing applications and body styles. An all-gloss body adds a burnished complexion that ties ovangkol's toasted golden color tones together with the buttery Sitka Spruce top. The 414ce Grand Auditorium 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 flatpicking with a clear, balanced sound across the tonal spectrum. If you want a great all-purpose guitar, the GA 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 ovangkol back and sides complement the top with a sound that's comparable to rosewood. Ovangkol is an African relative of rosewood that shares a wide tonal spectrum from lows to highs, but with a slightly fuller midrange and a bright treble that resembles koa.

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.

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: Grand Auditorium
  • Cutaway: Single
  • Top wood: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: Solid Ovangkol
  • Bracing pattern: Taylor Performance (Standard III with Relief Rout)
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Standard Taylor Profile
  • Nut width: 1.75 in. (44.45 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: No
Other
  • Headstock overlay: Genuine African Ebony
  • Tuning machines: Taylor Nickel with Nickel Buttons
  • Bridge: Genuine African Ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Micarta "Wave"/Tusq
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: None
  • Case: Hardshell Case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States
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Taylor400 Series 414ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
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5.0

AMAZING MIDRANGE GUITAR!!!

By Hedgehog

from Mount Vernon, TX

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Taylor 400 Series 414ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is a must have!!! I have been playing for about 7 years now, and this is my third acoustic guitar. At first I was looking for solid rosewood Martin or Taylor, but when visiting a Guitar Center in Dallas I compared both a Taylor 414ce and a Martin of equal value (both made with a Sitka Spruce top and Solid Rosewood sides and back) to this Ovangkol Taylor 414ce. The end result was the Ovangkol! I loved how broad the dynamic range was with the Ovangkol, you get both superior low bass and resonating highs with this setup! A beautiful original Taylor sound and feel! This guitar is to die for!

     
    5.0

    Yes, I would definitely buy this guitar again.

    By Mike

    from Forney, TX

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Great Taylor sound with not too many $ cosmetics
    • Really Good Mid-Range for Finger Picking
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Taylor 400 Series 414ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I bought the 414ce to replace my previous Taylor 214e Delux. Just finished a round of finger-picking lessons and am now teaching myself more about this style off the internet and from books. This 414ce acoustic guitar has a rich mid-range (needed for finger style). I am guessing this is due to the ovangkol body. When played finger-style, my old 214e seemed to have a hole in the mids. In addition to trying out the 414ce, I tried a number of Martins in the same price range and found them to lack clarity in some segments of the scale. Don't get me wrong, the Martins were well-made instruments with a warm sound, but they seemed to produce a "fuzzy" sound or tone (best way I can describe it) while the Taylor always provided a clear, clean sound. In the end, the 414ce was an easy choice because it combined a great sound while not breaking my wallet to pay for the exotic wood and other options available in the Taylor 600 and above series.

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