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Taylor 414ce 50th Anniversary SE Grand Auditorium Acoustic | Demo and Overview with Dr. Molly Millerplay button

Taylor 414ce 50th Anniversary SE Grand Auditorium Acoustic | Demo and Overview with Dr. Molly Miller


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Celebrate five decades of Taylor with the exquisite 414ce 50th Anniversary Special Edition Sinker Redwood acoustic-electric guitar. This handcrafted Grand Auditorium model represents the pinnacle of the brand’s guitar-making expertise, combining premium tonewoods, forward-thinking design and the latest in pickup technology for amplified sound that’s true to its organic voice. Sourced from fallen trees found in the depths of North American rivers, this special-edition 414ce features a sinker redwood top that’s been naturally aged to perfection. Bearing numerous custom elements incorporated by Master Guitar Designer Andy Powers, the Taylor 414ce 50th Anniversary is a visually and sonically shining acoustic-electric artfully celebrating a milestone in the company’s history.

Taylor 414ce 50th Anniversary Special Edition Sinker Redwood Grand Auditorium Body

The Grand Auditorium: A Versatile Voice

The iconic Taylor Grand Auditorium body shape makes the 414ce SE a highly versatile instrument that excels in any playing style. The ample soundboard displacement yields impressive projection for robust strumming and flatpicking, and the guitar also responds with balanced articulation and touch sensitivity for delicate fingerstyle passages. Whether you’re writing a new song, recording in the studio or performing on stage, the GA’s tonal versatility allows you to capture a wide range of musical emotions with stunning transparency.

Taylor 414ce 50th Anniversary Special Edition Sinker Redwood Tonewoods

A Tonewood Masterclass

At the heart of the 50th Anniversary Taylor 414ce’s enchanting sound is its premium tonewood configuration. Less dense than the ever-popular spruce, a sinker redwood top was hand-selected for its ability to produce a warm, played-in character with a bold attack. Much of Taylor’s reclaimed sinker redwood has been retrieved from the bottom of rivers in North America where it’s rested for a century or longer—mineral-rich waters have stiffened its grain, impacting tonality and imparting unique aesthetic coloration. Redwood’s midrange bloom gives the guitar a richly complex response that complements crisp fundamentals with shimmering overtones. The sound is similar to cedar, but with more pronounced brightness and greater headroom. Cradling articulate highs and low-end punch is a body of rare East Indian rosewood. This exotic tonewood yields powerful bass frequencies and singing treble notes that soar with bell-like clarity.

Taylor 414ce 50th Anniversary Special Edition Sinker Redwood Neck

Vintage-Inspired Aesthetic With Modern Precision

With its mahogany neck, ebony fretboard and exquisite engraved Victorian inlays, the Taylor 414ce 50th Anniversary Special Edition exudes a vintage vibe evocative of the finest Golden Era instruments. Yet under the hood, it benefits from modern Taylor construction techniques for optimal playability and intonation. The ebony fretboard’s silky hand-rubbed feel makes it easy to execute elaborate legato phrases, while a perfectly sculpted neck profile and low action provide an exceptionally fluid playing experience. Every nuance of your artistry rings through with pristine lucidity from an acoustic-electric with master-crafted aesthetics.

Taylor 414ce 50th Anniversary Special Edition Sinker Redwood Electronics

Always Authentic, Plugged or Unplugged

Capturing the 414ce Special Edition’s transcendent acoustic tone in amplified environments is the Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) pickup. The proprietary behind-the-saddle design features three optimally positioned sensors that accurately translate the guitar’s resonant body and string vibrations. When plugged in, you’ll experience the same rich, organic tonality the instrument projects naturally. The onboard preamp system provides flexible tonal control while preserving the natural dynamics and responsiveness you’ve come to expect from Taylor. It’s an incredibly freeing experience to be able to plug in without sacrificing your guitar’s acoustic soul.

With its masterful craftsmanship, top-tier tonewoods and proprietary electronics, the Taylor 414ce 50th Anniversary Special Edition Sinker Redwood Grand Auditorium takes acoustic and amplified guitar tone to new heights. It’s an instrument worthy of celebrating the first 50 years of Taylor, while providing endless inspiration for decades to come. Experience the magic of this handcrafted anniversary model for yourself.

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  • Sinker redwood top, Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Taylor V-Class bracing
  • Taylor ES2 electronics
  • Luxurious appointments–shaded edgeburst, abalone rosette, tortoise pickguard, gold tuners, engraved inlays

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  • Body type: Grand Auditorium
  • Cutaway: Yes
  • Top wood: Sinker Redwood
  • Back and sides: East Indian Rosewood
  • Bracing pattern: V-Class
  • Body finish: Gloss, shaded edgeburst top only
  • Neck shape: Standard carve
  • Neck wood: Neo-tropical mahogany
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Nut width: 1.75" (44.45mm)
  • Material: Genuine West African ebony
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Pickup/preamp: Expression System 2 professional audio-grade
  • 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 gold tuners
  • Bridge: Genuine West African ebony
  • Saddle and nut: Micarta "Wave" saddle; Tusq black
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Case: Taylor deluxe hardshell
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: US