I can't stop saying how good the Taylor 714ce sounds. In the studio it gives nice bright highs, a smooth mid range, and big round low end to create a perfectly balanced sounding acoustic guitar that really cuts through the mix. On stage, this guitar produces a phenomenal "live" sound that stops most people in their tracks. I've used my Taylor on stage for hundreds of shows and it's always given me a true acoustic tone.
Great Guitar.I was lucky to get one with a cedar top as currently they are using spruce on the 700 series.The guitar is by no means my loudest but it does have a very even tone across board.The highs come out smooth while the lows ring very deep without nasty overtones.The expression system seems to work well flat and really brings the cedar sound forward.But the thing I enjoy the most is playabillity.Neck width is perfect and the strings just lay on the fingerboard with no buzz or rattle.If you're looking a great playing smooth sounding guitar this could be the one for you.
Get The Western Cedar Model While You Still Can
There's an old saying about not fixing something if it's not broke. Unfortunately that is what it appears Taylor is doing for 2012 with their 700 series. What distingushed the 700 series from the slightly more expensive 800 series was the former had a western cedar top while the latter had a sitka spruce top. Now the new 700's, including the 714CE, has a Englemann spruce top in lieu of the cedar top, making similiar in tone woods to the 814CE. But I had preferred the crisp melow sound of the 714 western cedar model to the overly bright 814 model. The 714CE in cedar is simply a phenomenal guitar, which will hypnotize you whether natural or plugged into an acoustic amp, such as the Fishman Loudbox Artist. There's nothing else like it around. Warning! Once you pick it up and start playing, you can't put it down. It will haunt you.
My new standard
Very few guitars sound like a real acoustic guitar to me after playing this one. Most of them just sound like boxes with metal strings. This guitar has a beautiful, deep rich tone and plays like a dream. There's no going back once you play it.
Great, classy guitar
I have owned the cedar topped, non-cutaway version of this guitar for about 4 years now, and it still sounds great. The acoustic sound is warm, but still has some sparkle, and I think the neck is great. There is good separation between notes, and can ring out when pick strummed, or mellow out when fingered. A versatile, not to mention beautiful but not gaudy guitar. I have heard some guitars with a little more sound depth in this class of guitar though, but I still recommend this guitar if you are looking for something that can do everything pretty well.
Best acoustic I've ever owned
When I play an acousic guitar, I love it or hate it withing seconds. You just know. This one was love at first chord. It just feels right in my hands, I'm not fighting to play it, the sound rings out full, bright, deep, and everything in between, well balanced. More important, it's holding up. I've had mine for 8 years now, and though years of traveling and playing have rendered many scratches, cracks and dents in the top (no Willie Nelson holes yet!) but it still sounds as good when it was new. That says something.
Taylor 714 ce
Always wanted the Martin D-35 from a child to now, as a grampa, then I played the Taylor 714ce. When alone playing it, I really don't like to admit it but tears flow as easy as it is to play, it plays and sounds the best I've ever heard and played, I thank you Taylor for my new guitar, and overtime to pay for it.