Taylor (new) 814ce (revised 2014 version)

Tag No 32-4139 New

#1110144126, with the new ES2 Expressions System pickup, with brown Taylor hard shell case.

Features include maple binding on headstock, neck and body, a bright gleaming white (with some red and green mixed in) “Taylor” logo, a polished striped ebony headplate that hosts a rounded corner truss rod cover held in place by three Phillips head screws (it’ll never get away now).   The fingerboard inlays are “twin fish” swimming along on frets 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15 and 17.   The face is bordered in a thick black purfling line, and then maple, black and maple outermost.  The soundhole rosette has a 5/16th” ring of dark and light colored wood with a wide swath of colorful pearl at the center.  Its traditional Taylor guitar style pickguard is actually made of rosewood.  The backstripe is white maple; the maker provides you a strap button in the treble side of the heel and at bottom side, plus three small nonpareille candy style knobs on the upper treble side for bass, treble and volume.  It plays with extreme comfort and ease and sounds bigger, fuller and more robust than what you may be used to hearing.

The Taylor Company says:   “Taylor’s popular 814ce offers players the ultimate all-purpose guitar. Its balance, warmth and articulation are great for fingerstyle, it has enough punch as a strummer to front a band, and the top-end power will fuel lead runs without getting shrill. It’s a great choice for a gigging player looking for one guitar that can cover it all. The re-voicing of the 800 Series has brought greater warmth, a more mature midrange, and a looser, more luxurious low end to the 814ce, thanks in part to the customized bracing and a new, custom-calibrated Elixir HD Light string-gauge set. Premium appointments include maple binding and back strip, rosewood top edge trim, a rosewood pickguard, Taylor’s new Element fretboard inlay in mother-of-pearl, a marbled fretboard, and new Expression System 2 acoustic electronics. The guitar features a Venetian cutaway and includes a Taylor deluxe hard shell case.”

From the Taylor website Blog, we herewith reproduce their collection of reactions from various magazine editors, titled New 800 Series Debuts To Rave Reviews From Media --

Following the launch of Taylor’s new 800 Series at the 2014 Winter NAMM Show, the accolades have begun pouring in from the likes of Premier Guitar, Guitar World and Acoustic Guitar magazines. In fact, the new 800 Series is an award winner: The 814ce earned a Premier Gear Award from Premier Guitar and a Platinum Award from Guitar World. 

In the upcoming edition of Premier Guitar, reviewer Scott Nygaard puts the 814ce through its paces, in both standard tuning and a favorite “oddball” tuning (DAC#F#BE), and the guitar performs at every step. “The result is a stunning-sounding guitar,” Nygaard declares. “Its bass frequencies are loud and fat, but not overwhelming…. The midrange is rich and smooth no matter where you are on the neck. The low-end response…is felt by the player’s body as much as it’s heard by the listener.”

In a video review of the 814ce, Guitar World Tech Editor Paul Riario calls the design “nothing short of extraordinary,” describing the guitar as “a perfect marriage of many different acoustic sounds. It has all the projection of a jumbo but the warmth and clarity of a smaller-bodied acoustic all wrapped up in one acoustic that sounds phenomenal.”

As part of the redesign of 800 Series, Taylor master builder Andy Powers created new bracing that was customized for each body shape and refined many of the guitar’s material components, including the use of protein glues and a thinner finish, to heighten the sonic response. The new 800 Series models also boast Taylor’s new Expression System® 2 pickup, which features an innovative relocation of piezo-electric crystals from under the saddle to behind it. The result is less restriction on the movement of the crystals, which enables them to better capture the guitar’s natural tones. Nygaard was more than impressed. “I was astonished by how well the system duplicated the guitar’s acoustic characteristics, including the string-to-string and bottom-to-top balance,” he shares. Guitar World writer Chris Gill echoed the sentiment in his review in the March 2014 print edition of the magazine. “The latest Expression System sets a new standard of excellence for piezo pickups,” he says.

In the March 2014 edition of Acoustic Guitar magazine, reviewer Teja Gerken spotlights the 814ceas versatile – but in a good way. “The instrument is just as suitable to strumming chords as it is to playing jazz voicings in standard tuning or fingerpicking in alternate tunings,” he writes. “This latest version just raises the bar.”  Nygaard reacted similarly: “Considering how well suited this Taylor is for so many musical settings, you’ll rarely wish you had another guitar instead.”

This is a guitar you really need to come to Mandolin Brothers’ showroom to try out.   How quickly can you make it – because we don’t think that this one will be sticking around for long.   

The Taylor List Price $4498

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The most popular Taylor guitar made today, the 814ce is the Grand Auditorium size from the revamped upscale 800 Series.

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