Taylor 814ce Grand Auditorium

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Spruce Top, Rosewood Back and Sides, Smoked Ebony Fingerboard, and Taylor ES2 Electronics - Natural
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A Luscious Taylor A/E with Gorgeous Tone

Taylor's 814ce is an excellent choice if you're looking for a traditionally voiced, full-sounding acoustic-electric guitar with tasteful appointments. With an 814ce, you get the bold tone you expect from a guitar with back and sides made of genuine Indian rosewood, plus the balanced mids and shimmering highs of a choice Sitka spruce top. Even unplugged, the 814ce gives you a surprising amount of natural projection, and thanks to its onboard Taylor Expression System 2 electronics, it also sounds fantastic when you plug in. Take it from Sweetwater - you'll love the Taylor 814ce.

Taylor 814ce Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • A classic tonewood combination - Sitka spruce and Indian rosewood
  • Grand Auditorium body style gives you exceptional presence
  • Cutting-edge Taylor Expression System 2 electronics
A classic tonewood combination - Sitka spruce and Indian rosewood

Nothing beats the sound of real rosewood topped with spruce - and that's exactly what you get with the Taylor 814ce. It features a beautiful Sitka spruce top, which gives you wonderful projection and the perfect amount of sparkle. Add to that the balanced tone and astonishing projection of this guitar's Indian rosewood back and sides, and you have a guitar with timeless tone.

Grand Auditorium body style gives you exceptional presence

Taylor's beloved Grand Auditorium body style, featured on this 814ce, 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 814ce's Grand Auditorium body style also helps to sharpen the definition of each note, balancing out nicely with the excellent projection of its Sitka spruce top. That makes it perfect whether you're fingerpicking or flatpicking.

Cutting-edge Taylor Expression System 2 electronics

If you play plugged in, then you're going to love the Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics built into your 814ce. 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 814ce'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 lets you tweak your highs and lows to get the sound you need, and a discreet phase switch offers vital onboard feedback suppression.

Taylor 814ce 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
  • Indian rosewood back and sides add clarity and projection
  • Graceful Venetian cutaway gives you access all the way up the fingerboard
  • Onboard Taylor Expression System 2 electronics deliver natural amplified sound
If bold, balanced tone is your deal, the Taylor 814ce is for you!

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Tech Specs

Series 800
String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Grand Auditorium
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Gloss, 3.5 mil
Top Wood Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Indian Rosewood
Body Bracing Advanced Performance Bracing
Binding Pale Maple
Neck Wood Tropical Mahogany
Fingerboard Material Smoked Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Element, MOP
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.5"
Tuning Machines Nickel Taylor Tuners
Bridge Material Smoked Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Tusq Nut, Micarta Saddle
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 16"
Body Depth 4.6"
Overall Length 41"
Electronics Expression System 2
Strings Elixir Phosphor Bronze HD Light
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 814ce

Customer Reviews

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Taylor 814ce - Exceptional Instrument

I purchased the 814ce because I wanted a versatile acoustic instrument with a big sound that could be played with or without amplification and that provided access to the upper frets. This instrument fits the bill in every way. This is a beautiful instrument that plays easily and sounds great, both unamplified and amplified. The intonation across the entire fretboard was spot on and I needed no setup whatsoever to have an eminently playable instrument. I have a Martin D-41 that projects a sound that none of my other guitars can match, but this instrument is close to the Martin in sound (at least to my ears), is much easier to play, gives access to the upper frets, can be amped, and is more versatile. Whether I play this instrument with a pick or with fingers, this instrument has more than met my expectations. I've had this guitar for about 3 months now, and I expect it to be a mainstay in my collection for many years.
Music background: Music Enthusiast

A fine instrument

This is really a fine instrument. I cannot compare it to my 1977 Martin D18, as far as richness of tone is concerned. However, it has an outstanding tone regardless without amplification. It is incredibly easy to play finger style or with a pick. The action adjustments from Sweetwater were spot on. "Amplified" through Garage Band, the instrument sounds great. The low strings were a little less rich, but I haven't put played the instrument through by blues amp, yet, or played enough with the controls. I am enjoying playing this instrument without amplification. I highly recommend this instrument and Sweetwater for its customer service.
Music background: Serious Hobbyist Guitar Player

2014 Taylor 814ce 1st Edition

This is my second taylor purchase from sweetwater, (best place to buy all your musical gear buy the way)The first was march 2013 a taylor 314ce and Ben porter was my sales engineer, Ben is Awesome! He answered all my questions and gave me just enough Information so I could make the best decision on a guitar for my needs.So one year later he followed up with an email to let me know if I needed anything in the future he would be glad to help. Thats what we as customers want, good service and follow up. So I told him I was considering a 2014 taylor 814ce 1st Edition, and if it was possible to get one, I looked all over the internet and they were all sold out, Taylor only made 200 of these, so I figured I would just get the regular 814ce which was fine. So he put me down for a preorder for the next month. Two days later he called me and said they might be getting two of these in and he would hold one aside for me. ( Of course I said yes)And when I received it in march 2014, I was impressed with the new design and over all sound that taylor made with the new improvements on the 814ce series. So thanks ben, and sweetwater for all your help to make this another great experience on buying a very high end guitar.The 24 months Financing was a plus, it made it possible to not pass up.I know when I need to add another guitar to add to my collection this is where I will come to purchase it.
Music background: 41 years playing Guitar hobbyist

2014 Taylor 814CE ES2

This new Taylor 814ce ES2 lives up to the hype. Just received it 1 week ago and still can't believe it's mine. Nice beautiful even sound. Setup was perfect right out of case. Sound is amazing! Looks are amazing! Everyone that I have let play it doesn't want to give it back. Andy Powers designed a masterpiece and it has already won many awards. Ben Porter is also my sales rep and he always goes the extra mile to make you happy and your purchase go smoothly. Great to have someone you enjoy dealing with and also helps that he knows guitars. Bottom line, call up Ben at Sweetwater and order the new 814CE and you will be, as Phil Robertson says, Happy! Happy! Happy!
Music background: Guitarist for about 4 years,

2014 814ce ES2 First Edition

The selection of the 2014 Taylor 814ce was a looooong journey, but a decision I am extremely happy I made. Sweetwater, and specifically my sales engineer, Randy Akins, were very helpful to me in the process. I give the guitar a full 5 stars because this guitar is worthy of the honor both tonally and aesthetically. However, I will say that I was a bit disappointed with Taylor's QC, as I am accustomed to nothing but the highest of quality from Taylor (I also own a Taylor T5 Custom). I only say this because although the guitar itself is of perfect tone and beauty, finding one without some issue was a task. On this journey, Sweetwater sent 2 to my home and I drove almost 3 hrs one-way on two separate occasions to Sweetwater in an attempt to find "the one." I ultimately decided to keep the one Randy hand-picked for me, although the pick guard is a bit crooked and there were noticeable burrs on the neck near the first fret (come on, Taylor!) and at this price point we shouldn't have to deal with even a minor flaw! So, why did I keep it and not request a refund or yet another exchange? Well, ultimately it all comes down to the playability and the sound that this guitar produces. I must brag on Sweetwater a bit more and say that through this process, they were very, very accommodating, and tried to ensure that I was happy with my purchase. On one occasion, Randy had several guitars prepared in advance for my arrival so I could play them all. Then the staff brought the ones I hadn't played yet from the warehouse so I could play them as well. I can say that I played 2 new Gibson J-45 Customs, 8 of the new Taylor 814ce's, a 714ce cedar top, a 2014 Taylor Fall Limited 714ce with Sassafras, a Martin Marquis D-28 (one of my dream guitars) and others...but the 2014 Taylor 814ce, in my opinion, blew them all away....minor flaws or not. I believe the sound that comes from this guitar must be due to the new method of bracing introduced by Taylor's new luthier, Andy Powers. I've played more expensive Taylors and none of them have produced the tone that comes from the 2014 Taylor 814ce. If you have already established that the new 814ce is "the one" for you, I recommend taking a trip to Sweetwater and hand-picking the exact one you want. Here's a brief list of issues I encountered playing the new 814ce's: 1). crooked pickguard on at least 3 of the guitars I played 2). severe fret buzz on at least 2 of them 3). buzzing from internal components when playing a B note on 2nd string on at least 3 of the guitars 4). and you have to consider that although the use of the streaked ebony for the fretboard is rather cool, it can produce both positive and negative aesthetics (depending on what you think looks good) and finally 5). the use of rosewood on the pickguard is the same as the streaked ebony - some of the guitars have amazing looking pickguards while others are so-so and not as impressive. The challenge is finding the one that has all of the elements combined that makes you happy. I can honestly say that although it was a rather frustrating journey, I would do it all again to get the sound this guitar produces.
Music background: Live/Studio Musician
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Taylor, Taylor 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Taylor Acoustic / Electric Guitars