Taylor 224ce Koa Deluxe Grand Auditorium A/E Guitar with Case

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Fans of Hawaiian Koa will love the look, feel and sound of this all-Koa Grand Auditorium. A shaded edgeburst elevates the vintage appeal of the solid Koa top, which is paired with layered Koa back and sides, while a gloss finish wraps the body in a rich sheen. The 224ce Koa Deluxe Grand Auditorium’s musical versatility makes this a great all-purpose guitar for both strumming and fingerpicking, and the hardwood koa top will even out a lively attack to produce a focused, linear voice.

Expression System 2:
The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. Together with Taylor’s custom-designed “professional audio”-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar.

Behind the ES2 Design: Rethinking the Piezo Pickup:
For decades, piezo-electric transducers have been positioned under the saddle of a guitar based on the long-held belief that the string and top vibration cause the saddle to “bounce” up and down. But Taylor’s electronics team, led by developer David Hosler, discovered that the vertical movement is actually heavily restricted, and that the saddle gets “locked down” due to the string tension’s downward pressure. That’s why a traditional under-saddle pickup with piezo-electric crystals often responds with a sound often characterized as thin, brittle, brash or synthetic, especially with more aggressive playing.

The saddle’s natural range of movement as the guitar is being played is actually back and forth like a pendulum. That revelation led Taylor’s design team to relocate the crystals from under the saddle to behind it. The new positioning enables the crystals to respond more naturally to the guitar’s energy as it is transferred through the saddle. Three pickup sensors are installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, with three tiny Allen screws that calibrate the position of the sensors in relation to the saddle.

Like the original Expression System, the ES2 features the same volume and tone control knobs. The preamp is similar but with a slightly different gain structure. As a result it will be about 25 percent hotter, which is more in line with other pickups. This makes it plug-and-play friendly both for artists and live sound mixers. 

Ships in Taylor deluxe hardshell case.

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Phone:  800-943-6782 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime on new guitars; No warranty on Dent and Scratch Guitars

Customer Reviews

Review: Jeffrey D Adkins Submitted: 9/6/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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Taylor 224ce K Outstanding Playability and Sound!
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I received my Taylor 224ce K , The Moment I opened the box I was amazed at the beautiful look and feel of this guitar. The craftsmanship that was put into this instrument is amazing! As I took the guitar out and tuned it, the tone and the ease to play this guitar was astonishing. No need to take it to a guitar store or luthier to have the action set, like you get when you buy most guitars from either stores or online. It is playable right out of the box, you will not be disappointed if you choose this Guitar!

Review: Greg Ward Submitted: 9/6/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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Gorgeous.

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Amazing look. Amazing sound. Amazing feel. You just want or need to grab it. I am learning. Have other guitars... But this one I grab. I am getting better. And I suck and always would have. I might have a chance now.

Review: Kyle Bunger Submitted: 9/5/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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WONDERFUL Guitar In Every Way

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I am absolutely amazed with this guitar! Beautiful

Review: Ron Smith Submitted: 9/3/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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It's the Wood

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Great tonal characteristics and a natural easy play neck, makes this guitar a great acquisition and a long term player. I love the wood...KOA makes the look and sound a cut above anything in this price range.

Review: Scott Submitted: 8/21/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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My New go-to. Look and sounds awesome.

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First off, the beauty of this guitar is hands down awesome. The Koa wood is superb. The action on this guitar is perfect for me. Low enough but not too low. The lows are full and the highs are crips.. it sounds really great for fingering too..that’s what she said. Great craftsmanship, beautiful design, great sound, and comfortable play. American Musical made it super easy to purchase and the shipping was crazy fast!

Review: Phil Circle, philcirclemusic@gmail.com Submitted: 8/5/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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It's My New #1 Guitar

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I've been playing guitar for 40 years. I'm a recording artist and music coach to other professionals. My primary instrument has been a 34 year-old Yaeri-Alvarez that I bought new. I've recorded a dozen albums with it and performed thousands of shows on it. Some years ago, I picked up a Breedlove as a back-up (thru AMS!). Since then, I've looked at Taylor for an in-between instrument...the tone quality and richness for finger-picking that the Yaeri has and the flexibility for riffing that the Breedlove has. I've played many Taylor guitars over the years. While they've always been great instruments, they didn't always impress me. This Taylor 224 Koa, however, is mind bogglingly rich and plays like a dream. I was admiring the overtones it gives while playing a gig the other night, and actually forgot which verse I was singing, lol! While I expect to put my favorite strings on a new guitar and get a setup, this one didn't require a set-up after switching over to my silk-bronze strings. I imagine I lucked out. Most instruments will need a setup for the feel you're looking for. The action is right where I like it and I now have the perfect hybrid of my other performance instruments. I'm not someone who acquires numerous instruments. Including a specialty electric, a nylon string AE, and a baritone AE, this guitar makes a total of seven guitars I own. It has now become my number one guitar for situations in which I can't bring three instruments (short sets or for non-gig travel). It's my go-to for daily practicing and I look forward to bringing it into the studio. For a beautiful sound, great action for most styles, and quality plug and play, this is an outstanding instrument, especially at this price. Highly recommended.

Review: Patrick Emond Submitted: 7/27/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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Beautiful guitar that sounds great!

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This guitar is not only gorgeous but sounds just as good. Great neck profile and playability as well. The build quality is excellent and it comes with a nice case. Very happy with this purchase!

Review: Kevin C, kc2200@hotmail.com Submitted: 7/5/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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Love Taylor!!

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Ever since I saw this particular model I’ve wanted one! Now that I have one, I play it every chance I get! I have two other Taylors in my collection and the 224ce is no exception to the quality that goes into every Taylor product!

Review: Rowland Black (MusicMan7), rowland.black@yahoo.com Submitted: 7/5/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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This Taylor 224CE is fantastic !

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The taylor 224cedk is great ! it's warm tone wise,and has a great feel,and easy to play ! I have a martin acustic ,but prefer the taylor over the martin ! I'd recommend this guitar to anyone ! The workmanship is PERFECT ! A beautiful guitar ! The tone is so fantasic ,I can't put the guitar down !

Review: SanDune Submitted: 6/21/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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Totally Awesome

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This is hands down the best overall instrument purchase I have made to date. I initially ordered a different guitar and was actually very pleased with it, just didn't quite fill that void that was left after I sold a bunch of equipment. I contacted AMS and I talked to a great salesperson and within 3 days I had the Taylor 224ce Koa Deluxe and my front door, and still had the original guitar I purchased, they sent the new one quicker than I could send the original back. About the Taylor 224ce Koa DLX, I really dont have that great of a vocabulary to express how I really feel about this acoustic guitar. The looks are obviously incredible, the craftsmanship is ridiculously meticulous, the smell of Koa is aromatic and intoxicating, very pleasing and I hope it doesn't subside anytime soon. The tone is fantastic, very smooth voicing, each string rings out with clarity in open chords, it shares some tonal characteristics with Mahagany but much more punch and depth. So Taylors layered back and sides are made up of inner layer of Sapale with a solid Poplar core in the middle and outside layer of Koa, so were not talking about the HPL thats used on lower end Martins, or "plywood". Its one of the many reasons Martin has nothing even close to compare to Taylor in this price range, you need to understand no acoustic guitar manufacturer has what Taylor has to offer on this range. You get what you pay for, if you want a quality made insrtument thats going to last you a life time, and only get better with age, then I suggest you pony up and get a Taylor. I dont want anyone to think I'm a Martin hater, that would be insane, I'm just more of a Taylor guy. The Taylor electronics are very unique, I didn't think it could possibly get any better, then I plugged it up, I wish there was a better word than "dynamic", but thats all I got, it has 3 pickups, one located under the fretboard by the sound hole, one "behind" the bridge and a mic/ sensor mounted under the top. Im very particular about my stuff and I'm trying hard to find something negative but I can't, I'm looking it over with a magnifying glass, all class and quality. Taylor and AMS fan for life. One more thing, watch some videos about Bob Taylor explaining the situation with tonewoods that are running out, like Ebony, he doesnt just care about providing you with an awesome instrument, the guy also actually cares about the planets resources.

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