Taylor guitars have always been known as the leading guitar brand and the most trusted one. We have featured this model in our buying guide and that sure isn't a coincidence.
Taylor 214 CE - Our Rating
Over the years this brand's name has grown to be known to the guitar industry as to what the BMW name has become to the automobile industry. Their designs might lack a little fanciness or flashiness, but they are without a doubt sleek, stylish, and handle better than anything else on the market.
Most players have even gone as far to classify this guitar as a masterpiece, and it really is easy to understand why. The only bad thing about these guitars is that they are more expensive, but they are worth the splurge if you can afford it. That being said, after you read this post, you will see that the same qualities ring true in this model.
Extremely Well Built Taylor 214-CE
(Taylor's guitars are known for its durability and design)
Spruce is without a doubt a beautiful wood that is known for its durability and outstanding characteristics. Not only is it extremely straight and very workable, but also it produces one of the softest and smoothest textures that you will find around. And, that is why this company chose to construct it out of this materials. You will notice right away that the top is solid Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are layered with rosewood. This combination gives of a true vintage appearance.
Rosewood is an extremely strong and heavy material that can be polished right down to resemble a beautiful shiny surface. It is these materials that not only make this guitar a true beauty, but it is what makes it one of the most durable and dependable instruments on the market.
(one of Taylor's greatest features)
What’s the point of having a long fret board, if you can’t even access the highest notes possible? If you are familiar with most acoustic guitar design, you know that they give off that vintage body design, which denies access to the high notes. Fortunately, that is not the case with this model. The single cutaway access literally gives players access to every single fret on the fret board. This some resembles an electric guitar design and it gives players the ability to scale completely up and down the neck with ease.
When you combine this with the fact that the ebony fret board is extremely easy to play, you are looking at some user-friendly guitar that you’ll have mastered in no time at all.
Exploring The Neck
(Taylor's necks are always top tier)
The neck is another aspect of the guitar that has to be highly praised. They really outdid themselves with the design and craftsmanship of the neck on this guitar. The neck is constructed of sapele and polished to perfection.
However, one thing that really makes the neck of this baby different is that it isn’t glossed.
Now, most inexperienced guitar players are probably thinking, why
wouldn’t you want a glossed neck? Well, glossed neck might look great,
but they stick. It is much easier for the finger to stick to the fret
board when the necks are glossed.
The non-gloss design will give you the capabilities to easily glide up and down the neck. This is something that professional players love. And, this is one feature that will really enhance the playing abilities of the amateur players.
Take Advantage Of The Onboard Electronics
(one more reason why we love 214ce)
It is no mistake that this model sounds great alone. In fact, it is probably one of the most professional sounding acoustic guitars out there. However, to make things even better, this baby comes packed with some state of the art electronics. This gives players the ability to plug in and gig in front of some of the biggest and rowdiest crowds out there.
It is the additional electronics that really make this guitar a true powerhouse and joy to play.
This model comes equipped with the ES-T electronics system, which has become their true trademark. The best thing about this system is it ability to blend the resonance of the string with the body. The system does such a great job of taking that acoustic sound and projecting it through speakers, while not making it sound too electronic. The simple and easy to use three-knob system allows players of all ranges to customize their laying experience by adjusting the bass, treble, and master volume.
The system does require a nine-volt battery, but the compartment for the battery is installed on the underside of the guitar, which leaves the top smooth and completely intact. However, if there was one bad thing to be said about the electronic system it would be that the guitar doesn’t contain a built-in tuner. However, portable tuners are extremely affordable and dependable these days.
- State of the art electronics
- Battery is housed underneath the guitar
- Designed with extremely durable woods that provides durability
- Cutaway allows access to all frets
- Beautiful ebony fret board
- No built-in tuner
- Does require a nine-volt battery
If you are looking to invest in quality and dependability, you simply cannot overlook this guitar. With its beautiful design and many other cool features, this is without doubt one of the best buys available on the market.