I've been selling Taylor Guitars for over ten years and I always recommend the Taylor 514ce to guitarists who are heavy into fingerstyle and singer-songwriter material. The combination of the mahogany body and the cedar top produce a nice tone especially suitable for this style of playing. It's great for both live performance and recording studio applications.
I played one in a store locally. Actually, I played every taylor they had, and this one hooked me for a good hour. I prefer the smooth tone of this 514 to every other Taylor they had including 6,7, & 814's. I always considered myself an electric guitarist but this guitar is probably the most enjoyable guitar I have ever played.
One of the best models I've owned!
I've owned a 514ce, 614ce, 714ce, and 814ce. While every guitar Taylor makes is world class, and outstanding, I must say the 514ce is one of my favorites of them all. It has an incredible warm tone to it, and it's just a beauty to play. The mahogany back is very nice to look at, and every one that plays this guitar of mine, talks about how much they like it. While the 714ce is my favorite in the whole line, due to the dark wood and gorgeous look, the 514ce is definitely as beautiful to play.