Taylor Guitars 214e, Grand Auditorium, Solid Sitka Spruce Top, Rosewood Back/Sides, ES-T Review

Posted by Sherrie Kearney on Saturday, March 5, 2011

Taylor Guitars 214e, Grand Auditorium, Solid Sitka Spruce Top, Rosewood Back/Sides, ES-T
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Unlike the other review, I realize when you buy a used guitar you usually get no warranty.I purchase my 214e from an individual.It is a 2007 Taylor 214e with rosewood laminate back and sides and polished spruce top.The guitar sound incredible and the neck plays easily.I bought this guitar to bang around with because I already have a Taylor 814ce which is one of the most amazing balanced acoustic guitars out there.So to be fair, the previous review would happen with any guitar maker if you don't buy it from an authorized dealer.That is why used guitars are usually heavily discounted.I am well pleased with my 214e.It is an amazing sounding acoustic for the money.

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Product Description:
Versatility plays front and center on this rosewood laminate, between the Grand Auditorium body, cutaway and plug-in-and-play readiness of Taylor's ES-T pickup.

214e Specs

    Type/Shape: 6-String Grand Auditorium
    Back & Sides: Indian Rosewood Laminate
    Top: Sitka Spruce
    Soundhole Rosette: Plastic
    Neck: Sapele
    Fretboard: Ebony
    Fretboard Inlay: Pearloid Dots
    Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
    Binding: White
    Bridge: Ebony
    Nut & Saddle: Tusq
    Tuning Machines: Enclosed, Die-Cast Chrome Plated
    Scale Length: 25 1/2 Inches
    Truss Rod: Adjustable
    Neck Width at Nut: 1 11/16 Inches
    Number of Frets: 20
    Fretboard Radius: 15 Inches
    Bracing: X-Brace
    Finish: Satin
    Color: Natural
    Electronics: Taylor ES-T
    Body Width: 16 Inches
    Body Depth: 4 5/8 Inches
    Body Length: 20 Inches
    Overall Length: 41 Inches

Gorgeous Indian rosewood laminate back and sides.
Classic pearloid dot inlays.
ES-T pickup onboard.
The Taylor 200 Series
The 200 Series redefines what a mid-priced guitar can be. A satin, solid Sitka spruce top meets gorgeous Indian rosewood laminate back and sides, delivering the quality sound and feel you'd expect from a Taylor. Plug in with the optional Taylor electronics and take your performance to the stage with confidence.
Sitka Spruce Top
Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis) grows in a coastal "pocket" from Northern California to Alaska. This dense, straight-grained wood has the highest strength and elasticity-to-weight ratio among available tonewoods, an attribute that makes it an ideal material not only for our soundboards, but for our internal bracing, as well. Sitka produces a slightly brighter tone than does Engelmann.
Indian Rosewood Laminate Back/Sides
Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia) is coveted by players and guitar builders alike for its dark, luxurious coloration, which ranges from brown to purple to rose to black, and for tonal characteristics that include a strong bass response and long sustain. It remains the most popular tonewood used in the making of high-quality acoustic guitars.
Grand Auditorium Body Shape
The Grand Auditorium was the first guitar shape designed from scratch by Bob Taylor. It was unveiled to commemorate the company's 20th Anniversary in 1994, and since then it has more than lived up to its promise. Although the GA has the width and depth of a Dreadnought, its narrower waist gives it the appearance of a smaller instrument, adds treble "zing" across the guitar's tonal spectrum, sharpens the definition of individual notes, and also enables it to rest comfortably in the lap. Because we remove mass from the width of the GA's braces, the guitar top moves faster, resulting in a snappy, bell-like tone. The GA, available as a 6- or 12-sting, is designed to be a strong fingerpicking guitar that also can handle medium strumming, and is exceptionally versatile.
ES-T Pickup
Inspired by Taylor's Expression System technology, the Expression System Transducer, or ES-T, is a single-source, under-saddle transducer with individual elements for each string. (The ES-T was originally called the ES Element, but the name was changed to avoid confusion with another product.) The ES-T has an onboard preamp and the same active controls found on the full Expression System. Featuring a custom-voiced EQ and dynamic response, the system is powered by a 9-volt battery, with a battery life LED power indicator (which is lit when the battery is being used). The pickup also has a Phase switch for feedback control, which is located on the preamp board inside the soundhole.
Chrome-Plate Tuners
Taylor Tuners continue the industry-leading 18:1 gear ratio that they've been using, yet yield even greater precision with the help of a manufacturing process that employs the same gear-cutting machines used by Swiss watchmakers. The more precisely-machined gears virtually eliminate the slight "slop", or slack, typical among tuners, which makes it even easier for Taylor owners to get--and stay--in tune. Taylor Tuners also feature an elegant aesthetic touch, with the Taylor logo cleanly etched on the back.

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