Grand Auditorium guitars from the 200 Series have always been a hit with players of all skill levels and styles, and the latest edition of the 214ce brings more of the crisp acoustic tone and smooth feel that musicians have come to expect from a T... read more
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Dont overlook this guitar
This is a great entry in the Taylor line, but is easy to overlook. It sits comfortably between the GS-mini series and 214dlx guitars in terms of price. There are a few features worth noting that keep this guitar from breaking the 1k threshold, but in my opinion they are what I like about the guitar. The first is unlike the the 214dlx, it has a silent satin finish. Taylor tends to cover their higher end guitars in a high gloss finish, which looks great on a wall, but for any player means more maintenance. The second feature is on American made guitars(300 series and up) they are made with solid wood back and sides. Over time this creates a richer over time as the instrument matures. With the 200 series they use HLP(high pressure laminate) on the backs and sides. HPL is 3 sheets of series specific tone wood that get been pressed together. The reason I believe this is a benefit is it creates a very sturdy and ridgid foundation for the rest of the guitar, and it wont be as effected by environmental changes and humidity issues. Similar to all the series that follow, it includes Taylor's ES2 system and Ebony fretboard and bridge.
This guitar also comes with a gig bag
A bit bright, but easy to play. Problem with low E. Sounds great strumming.
Bought this Taylor about a month ago. still not sure I will keep it. Much louder or brighter than my Martin but I also like the tone. For the most part outshines my old Martin. However had problem with bass E. Buzzing. Replaced Elixir 13's with 12's and this helped a lot but it still can buzz esp on dreaded open F chord. I also don't like how the bass E sounds unfretted. (one solution, when I am picking is to hit string very lightly.) About to change to either Martin or D'Addario strings and see if that helps. Back to the positive side --for some reason my singing seems to have improved with the Taylor. Other positive --right off the bat it was v easy to play. btw this is not deluxe model. Other note --some reviewers dislike the fact it's partially composed of laminate.
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Grand Auditorium guitars from the 200 Series have always been a hit with players of all skill levels and styles, and the latest edition of the 214ce brings more of the crisp acoustic tone and smooth feel that musicians have come to expect from a Taylor. Layered Indian rosewood forms the back and sides here, with a solid Sitka spruce top that helps this guitar produce vibrant highs and a resonant, warm low end. That tonal balance makes this guitar an all purpose musical tool, versatile enough to pump out powerful cowboy chords and articulate enough to perform beautifully in more subtle styles such as flatpicking or fingerpicking. Appointments include crisp white binding, a three-ring rosette, and a Venetian cutaway for easy access to the higher notes on the fretboard. The guitar ships with ES2 electronics for organic, clean tone in amplified situations, and comes with a sturdy padded gig bag.