Taylor 414ce Grand Auditorium Left-Handed Acoustic Electric Guitar

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The Taylor 414ce Left-Handed Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar provides lush acoustic and amplified tones at an affordable price.

The Taylor 400 series allows players to enjoy solid African ovangkol’s responsive, rosewood-like tone, which pairs well with Sitka spruce and can accommodate a range of playing styles. White binding applies a crisp counterpoint against the gloss top and mottled brown hues of ovangkol.

The Taylor 414ce is a Grand Auditorium shaped guitar with a with a Venetian cutaway. The Venetian cutaway is known for its soft, round lines. The Grand Auditorium is Taylor’s signature shape that embodies the ultimate all-purpose acoustic. The Grand Auditorium is Taylor's most popular and versatile body shape, the mid-size Grand Auditorium arrived in 1994 bearing refined proportions that fell between a Dreadnought and Grand Concert. While the bigger Dreadnought was traditionally considered a flatpicker’s guitar and the smaller Grand Concert catered to fingerstylists, the Grand Auditorium was designed to deliver on both fronts. The shape produces an original acoustic voice that is big enough to handle medium-strength picking and strumming, yet with impressive balance across the tonal spectrum, especially in the midrange, producing clear, well-defined notes that suited both strumming and fingerstyle playing. The Grand Auditorium's overall presence tracks well with other instruments both in a studio mix and on stage, and singer-songwriters have embraced its utility both for composing and traveling with one guitar. If you want a great all-purpose guitar, the multi-dimensional Grand Auditorium won’t let you down.

The Taylor 414ce boasts a solid Sitka spruce top. Sitka spruce hails from Northwestern North America (Coastal Rainforests of Alaska and Canada). As a guitar soundboard, or top, Sitka spruce is the tonewood standard of the modern era. Its combination of strength and elasticity translates into a broad dynamic range, yielding crisp articulation and allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking. Sitka spruce is Bob Taylor’s personal favorite for an all-around great guitar. Sitka Spruce agrees with all styles of guitars and players.

Complementing the Sitka spruce top the Taylor 414ce features solid ovangkol back and sides. Over a decade ago, Taylor introduced the guitar world to a sustainable tonewood known as ovangkol. An African relative of rosewood, ovnagkol is a great sounding wood that shares many of rosewood's tonal properties, with a slightly fuller midrange and a top end that's not quite as bright as maple. Being lesser known than rosewood, ovangkol has been a sleeper hit over the years, asserting itself as an instant contender among unsuspecting players who test-drive a variety of Taylor models. Ovankgol is great for players who perhaps don't have predefined tonal preferences, who may be generalists in their style of play, and who are looking for a well-rounded, all-purpose solid wood guitar.

The Taylor 414ce features Forward Shifted with Relief Rout bracing. The Standard II version used on the 400 series instruments shifts the X forward (closer to the soundhole) and incorporates a Taylor-patented relief rout. The Taylor patented relief rout is a tone-enhancing voicing technique in which a groove is carved along the inside edges of the top. This groove is similar in function to the re-curve on a violin — it “loosens up” the edges of the top, generating extra flexibility without sacrificing structural integrity. Taylor first began using this groove in 2002. The result is increased bass and volume with a balanced tone. These refinements enable more of the top to vibrate, enhancing the tone.

The Taylor Expression System is "Natural Sound Made Simple"
You will love the clear, full acoustic tone of the Taylor 414ce. Why should it be any different when you plug in? That’s why Taylor spent several years developing their own onboard acoustic pickup and preamp. Taylor’s ground-breaking Expression System (ES) was designed to naturally amplify the warm acoustic sound of your guitar. The ES is an all-magnetic acoustic guitar pickup system that works like a microphone to produce a pure signal and a warm, natural acoustic sound. When you plug in, you'll hear the sound of your guitar, not the sound of the pickup. No complicated controls. No tone simulators. Just a clean amplified acoustic guitar sound supported by three simple controls — volume, bass and treble. Years of research brought Taylor to a simple realization: Nothing sounds as true and musical as a microphone. With that as a starting point, Taylor’s David Hosler led the team responsible for the Expression System's breakthrough technology. Utilizing a unique Dynamic Body Sensor mounted to the soundboard, a Dynamic String Sensor embedded beneath the fretboard, and a discrete preamp, the advanced ES technology is unlike any other guitar pickup system. The ES was designed in-house, alongside Taylor’s acoustic guitars, which allowed them to build the ES seamlessly into the design of the guitar, for an integrated pickup system unlike any other. From the design and location of the body and string sensors to the voicing of the preamp, the ES is fully optimized for the Taylor sound. The elegant design, including the non-intrusive control knobs, also preserves the aesthetic of a Taylor guitar.

Taylor Standard Hardshell Black case included.

Features:

  • Cutaway Grand Auditorium body style
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid ovangkol back and sides
  • Tropical Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fingerboard and bridge
  • Pearloid dot inlays
  • Taylor Expression System onboard electronics
  • Tusq nut and saddle
  • Black body binding
  • Taylor chrome tuners
  • Elixir Light Gauge Strings with NANOWEB Coating
  • 25.5" scale
  • Scalloped X-bracing
  • Taylor Standard Hardshell Black case included
  • Taylor guitars feature a limited lifetime warranty


Order your Taylor 414ce Left-Handed Grand Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar from Sam Ash Direct today with the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy and take advantage of our fast, free shipping.

Things You Will Get:

  • Acoustic Electric Guitar
  • Hardshell Case
Series 400 Series
Other Features Grand Auditorium Body,Taylor/Neve Expression System Electronics
Model Taylor 414CE

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5.0

Excellent Quality and Worth Every Penny

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from Ocean Springs, MS

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Taylor 414ce Grand Auditorium Left-Handed Acoustic Electric Guitar:

    I am a school teacher and self taught guitar player( lefty). I've wanted a Taylor guitar ever since I taught the son of one of the guitarists from the band 3 Doors Down. He brought it to my class one day and we compared it to my Alvarez. Just has a great deal of tone quality in both highs and lows. Exceptionally well made. Also had a pleasant experience with my purchase at Sam Ash with Trevor. Very helpful, did not rush me off the phone, and helped me to make comparisons until I was happy with my purchase. Got a great deal on an awesome guitar. If you are thinking of making this purchase buy it you won't be disappointed.

     
    5.0

    A great, well made instrument

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    from Superior, Wis.

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Taylor 414ce Grand Auditorium Left-Handed Acoustic Electric Guitar:

      This is a great guitar. The tone is deep and crisp. The sound is dead on when amplified so the pickup system is doing what they engineered it to do. I finger pick and bar cord so the light strings and action fit my style of play. I can play for hours without my wrist getting sore and there is no loss of tone or pitch high on the neck. If you play you need to try a Taylor before you buy.

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      414ce Grand Auditorium Left-Handed Acoustic Electric Guitar

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