If you are like most acoustic guitar players, you automatically think about Taylor or Martin when someone metions a guitar. These two companies without a doubt stand out for some of their prolific acoustic designs. When you combine all their amazing features with the affordable prices, you really are getting more than your money worth when you invest in a guitar designed be either company.
That being said, if you really want to get your moneys worth out of an acoustic guitar, you should consider investing in the Taylor 114e.
We have also featured this guitar in our Buying Guide, but now let's take a closer look at it.
This model really holds the best of everything that Taylor or Martin could offer in an acoustic guitar. And, after reading this Taylor 114e review, you will see why more and more players decide to invest in this guitar.
In-depth review of Taylor 114e
Body and Neck
When it comes to modern design and beautiful woodwork, you will be taken back when you look at this model. The body alone gives off the appearance of the modern acoustic guitar, but the woodwork is a one of a kind. The back is layered with sapele and the sides are backed with solid Sitka spruce top. The body also comes complete with a matte finish, which provides a really smooth look and feel. Your picking hand will just glide over the body of the guitar and give off a feel of quality craftsmanship that cannot be matched.
As far as the neck goes, you are going to be just as equally impressed. The neck is also constructed with sapele and features a 25.5-inch fingerboard.
The fingerboard is designed with a beautiful African ebony color and comes with 20 playable frets equipped with unique and beautiful white dot fret markers.
Whether you purchase the Taylor 114e from the Guitar center or buy it used, you will easily see that this classic design offers one of the most playable and comfortable necks that you will ever find on a guitar.
But then again, it's made by Taylor, and as we have seen on their 114ce model, we can't expect nothing less from them, other than a perfectly built guitar.
One of the best things about the Taylor 114e acoustic electric guitar is that it really offers the best of both worlds. This impressive six-string comes with an Expression System 2 pickup and preamp system that allows that player to plug into any amp and rock out in front of a large studio audience. With several control options available, you can easily customize your electric playing style.
However, that doesn’t mean that the unplugged sound isn’t just as impressive. The design and construction of this guitar really make the quality of plugged and unplugged equally great. Some other notable features that stand out are the classic Taylor headstock, the six die-cast tuners, and the rosewood bridge.
The Taylor 114e guitar also features a timeless black pick guard that ensure the body stays safe and scratch free when you are jamming out with a pick. The guitar also comes equipped with all chrome hardware, which might be a little traditional for some players, but it really meshes well with the classic construction of the guitar.
Okay, But How Does It Sound?
When it comes to the sound of this guitar, the thing that is really going to stand out the most, is the presence of bass frequencies in the mix. It is true that none of the frequencies are going to stand out to the professional player, but it really is the low-end richness of the sound that it produces.
Unfortunately, this is something that you get from most acoustic guitars. This is something that has to, without a doubt, be mentioned. In addition to this, Taylor 114e prezzo guitar is extremely responsive and will respond extremely well to the smallest changes.
Even though the guitar already produces a quality sound plugged or unplugged, the responsiveness definitely allows the player to feel the progress of their alterations. This will really give the player more and more motivation to try different styles and experiment with their progression, which is something that every player needs.
- Provides a low-end richness sound that cannot be matched
- Class black pick guard protects the body when paying with a pick
- Can be utilized for a variety of genres
- Play plugged in or unplugged
- All chrome hardware adds to the classic look of the guitar
- African ebony neck is beautiful, comfortable, and easy to play
- Features a classic and durable Taylor headstock
- Comfortable 25.5-inch fret board
- Matte finish on the body feels smooth on the picking hand
- Doesn’t have a cutout, which leaves the last few frets unplayable
- Requires a 9-volt battery for the electronics
The Taylor 114e Grand Auditorium is without a doubt worth the price, when you consider everything that it has to offer. Whether you want to sit on the beach and jam around the bonfire or if you want to rock out in an auditorium, you have the option of doing so. While the guitar gives off a classic appearance and traditional acoustic style, there is nothing classic or traditional about the way this guitar plays and sounds.
Overall opinion: great bang for the bucks.