Taylor 414ce Grand Auditorium - Ovangkol Back and Sides

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top, Ovangkol Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, and Taylor ES2 Electronics - Natural Gloss
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Superb Tonewoods - Top-notch Electronics!

Taylor's 414ce acoustic-electric guitar embodies a superb blend of classic tonewoods and modern electronics. With it, you get a gorgeous solid Sitka spruce top with ovangkol as its back and sides - ensuring excellent tone when unplugged. Yet, Taylor also added their renowned Taylor ES2 electronics system, which makes the Taylor 414ce guitar ripe for stage use, as well. And, whether you favor strum-style playing or fingerpicking you'll be equally delighted, as it features the treble-emphasized Grand Auditorium body style, which gives you excellent note definition, with the Taylor 414ce.

Taylor 414ce Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Choice tonewoods - Sitka spruce meets Ovangkol
  • Grand Auditorium body style, for exceptional treble zing
  • Taylor's Expression System 2 delivers incredibly natural sound with full dynamics
Choice tonewoods - Sitka spruce meets Ovangkol

When you pick up a Taylor, you can expect outstanding tone - and one of the leading reasons behind that signature Taylor voice is the use of high-quality tonewoods. This particular Taylor, the 414ce, is a prime example of just that. It features time-proven Sitka spruce as its top - which gives you projection - while its body comprises Ovangkol. Ovangkol is an African tonewood with a striking olive-brown coloration and intensely varied grain. It offers a response somewhat similar to the warmth of rosewood - but gives the 414ce a voice all its own. The Taylor 414ce also features an all-gloss finish and a Tropical American mahogany neck, which is lined with a smooth-playing ebony fingerboard.

Grand Auditorium body style, for exceptional treble zing

Taylor's beloved Grand Auditorium body style, featured on the 414ce, employs the width and depth of the Dreadnought. But, its waist is narrower, which gives Grand-Auditorium-bodied acoustic guitars a sleeker look, with more treble zing. The body style also helps to sharpen the definition of each note. Ultimately, from fingerpicking to medium strumming, the Grand Auditorium is a great choice for nearly every playing style.

Taylor's Expression System 2 delivers incredibly natural sound with full dynamics

If you play plugged in, then you're going to love the Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics built into your 414ce acoustic guitar. The key to this fantastic system is the 3-section proprietary pickup located behind the saddle. Because of where it's positioned and how it's integrated into the 414ce's saddle, the ES2 pickup provides you with remarkably clear and accurate sound. In addition to a master volume control, a pair of tone controls let you tweak your highs and lows to get the sound you need, and a discreet phase switch offers vital onboard feedback suppression. We were more than impressed when Taylor came to Sweetwater to show us what this system can do, and we think you will be too.

Taylor 414ce Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • An acoustic-electric guitar with a bold yet smooth voice
  • Grand Auditorium body style gives you dreadnought-like projection with a more expressive upper register
  • Sitka spruce provides a bright and balanced tone
  • Ovangkol back and sides enhance richness and projection
  • All-gloss finish on the top, back, and sides
  • Taylor ES2 electronics give you natural, dynamic plugged-in tone
  • Hardshell case included
The Taylor 414ce is a stellar choice for players of all styles - you get proven tonewoods, with the renowned Taylor Expression System!

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Tech Specs

Series 400
String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Grand Auditorium
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Ovangkol
Body Bracing Standard III
Binding White
Neck Wood Mahogany
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.5"
Tuning Machines Taylor Nickel
Nut/Saddle Material Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 16"
Body Depth 4.6"
Electronics Taylor ES2 Electronics
Strings Elixir Phosphor Bronze HD Light
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 414ce ES2

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Taylor 414 CE

I can't sing the praises of Sweetwater enough! What a fantastic guitar well worth the money. My sales Rep., Bart Good provided customer service that can only be defined as exceptional. Bart took the time to play all the models that Sweetwater had in stock and hand pick the one he thought was best. I must say he picked a gem....... The guitar is absolutely beautiful, sounds amazing, and plays so easily...... The sound weather you are plugged in or just acoustic is pleasure to the ears. The bright rich tone and the guitars ability hold and sustain notes and chords.. leaves you speechless. The set up out of the case was spot on......but that is to be expected when you buy a guitar from Sweetwater. So a big thanks To Sweetwater, My sales Rep Bart Good and the guitar techs at sweetwater for their efforts to go above and beyond to give the ultimate in customer service..... I will only buy from Sweetwater as long as I live....... Thanks.............

Love this guitar!!

This guitar is amazing! It is the most Taylor you can buy for the money. There are higher priced models that are more ornate, but you will pay a nice premium for the extra aesthetics. The 414ce is beautiful and sounds as sweet as any Taylor in my opinion. The white binding and ovangkol of the 414ce is stunning!! The only higher priced guitar with a distinct sound that got my attention was the KOA K26ce. At half the price of the KOA, the 414ce blows me away! This guitar is great for strumming or picking. The nice blend of rich low and brilliant bright tones amaze me every time I play it! I also have to say Sweetwater leads the way in customer service. I am impressed with the sale, delivery and "after the sale" care I have received. I received an email with pictures of my guitar before it shipped. The shipment arrived with special instructions along with a certificate showing the 55-point evaluation that my guitar went through. In fact, they wouldn't ship my guitar until it went through their rigid evaluation. They contacted me to make sure everything was to my satisfaction. These guys are true professionals. I am confident that the guitar I received is not only warrantied by Taylor, but Sweetwater as well. Thanks Aaron!!


After playing my new 414ce for a few minutes I said to my wife: "It was like playing itself." It not only has a great tone but I find it easier to play. It was easy to play those tough chords I always had trouble with. I never dreamed a guitar could be this good!


These guitars are amazing. The neck is uber comfy and the neck is a nice 1.75" for a lot of room to maneuver around on the fret board. Unplugged it sounds as beautiful as it looks and plugged in it does not change. The onboard preamp in this is amazing. Id give it 10 stars if I could.

ageing well

my 414ce that I bought during gearfest at sweetwater 4 years ago ,is sounding even sweeter than brand new. Its ageing very well, the best acoustic I have owned by far. I don't see how it could sound better as it grows older only time will tell.
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