One of the best for any style of playing
The 414ce (GES2) guitar does all things so well because the Taylor GA body style/size fits nicely into the spectrum of acousticsł competing well with any size, shape or configuration of any factory-built acoustic you could name, and the Ovangkol-Spruce combination offers dynamics, delicacy and a wide frequency range as well.
As far as the new (ES2) electronics, I think Taylor was fixing something that wasn't broken, but the new version has higher output and would seem to be a simpler electronic circuit. I can't say that it sounds better than the original ES, but neither can I say it is worse, just different. (But it definitely has a higher output level and is as easy and reliable to use.)
The new (G)loss finish to the backs and sides in addition to the gloss top is pretty and flawless, although again, I really didnít mind the old satin finish. But the glossy finish brings out the rich variegation of the Ovangkol wood that has such lovely visual qualities as presented in changing light, ranging from a dark chocolate brown and blonde color, and even the appearance of threads of "spun gold" as reflected highlights. It is lovely, eye-catching, and brings a smile to a wood loverís eyes as one examines the flawless workmanship and finish to the entire guitar. (I definitely agree with the choice to leave the neck as a satin finish, and the color matches the back perfectly.)
There may have been some less obvious changes in the new 400-series to go along with the ES2 and all-gloss finish, but I think those two are probably the ones you will have the most interest in hearing about, so I have tried to fill you in on my observations about those in this review. But the bottom line is that this is a Taylor with the GA body and the NT neck with Ebony fretboard and bridge will be amazingly good, the workmanship is flawless as usual for Taylor, and if you favor the ES2 electronics and all-gloss finish, you canít go wrong with it.
I personally think that no Taylor truly plays or sounds best until I take off the (twangy, toneless, and stiff) Elixir strings it comes with and replace them with a "conventional" string set that has a smoother acoustical interface with the guitar itself and a better playing comfort. So once I did that, I was very pleased with the sound and feel of the guitar as well, finding it to be truly one of the best at almost any style of playing.