Best Guitar I've Ever Owned...even though I don't play it as much as I used to
This is the greatest guitar I've ever owned. Fit and finish were impeccable. The physical balance of these instruments is legendary; they are just built to sit right against you, and the neck feels flawless to my medium-sized hands. The bound fingerboard is a nice touch, and the Ovangkol I got was highly figured. Just gorgeous. I've played out with the Taylor expression system for about three years now and get excellent feedback from fans and sound engineers about how it sounds FOH. I have since bought two other guitars from another manufacturer, one OM and one dreadnaught...and now the Taylor rarely leaves it's climate-controlled case (well, once a week). See, it bridges between a small box and big box sound well; but it doesn't really do either as well as a dedicated guitar, even guitars costing less, in my opinion. My other guitars are solid spruce topped with solid Mahogany backs and sides, and maybe I'm just more of a Mahogany guy. But I reach for the Taylor less than I used to, just because it sounds...a little thinner to my ear. It's apples and oranges, so I guess until I try a mahogany/spruce Taylor I can't read too much into this. So the reason I'm writing the review is this: if you can only afford one nice guitar, don't hesitate to make it the Taylor 414ce. If you could buy more than one, you may want to keep listening and searching. I recommend this guitar to others all the time.