Taylor 314ce Grand Auditorium ES2 A/E Guitar and Case

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    Product Description

    The richness of the solid-wood acoustic experience begins with Taylor’s 300 Series. Sapele shares mahogany’s lively tonal response and, together with a gloss-finish Sitka spruce top, rings out with a brightness and clarity that give these guitars a definitive Taylor voice. Black binding flanks sapele’s ribbon-like grain, with large pearl fretboard dots adding a traditional touch.

    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 proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup (patent pending), 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.

    Product Specifications
    Taylor 314ce Grand Auditorium ES2 A/E Guitar Specifications
    • Shape: Grand Auditorium
    • Number of Strings 6
    • Back/Side Wood Sapele
    • Scale length 25-1/2"
    • Top Wood Sitka Spruce
    • Body Length 20"
    • Electronics Expression System 2
    • Body Width 16"
    • Cutaway Venetian
    • Body Depth 4 5/8"
    • Nut & Saddle Tusq
    • Neck Width 1-3/4"
    • Neck/Heel Tropical Mahogany
    • Bracing Forward Shifted Pattern with Relief Rout
    • Fretboard Wood Ebony
    • Fretboard Inlay 4mm Dots
    • Headstock Overlay Indian Rosewood
    • Binding Black
    • Bridge Pins Ebony
    • Tuners Taylor Nickel
    • Truss Rod Cover Indian Rosewood
    • Back/Side Finish Satin
    • Top Finish Gloss
    • Neck Finish Satin
    • Pickguard Black
    • Number of Frets 20
    • Brand of Strings Elixir Phosphor Bronze HD Light
    • Buttons Nickel
    • Fretboard Binding Black
    • Heel Cap Binding Black
    • Heel length 3-1/2"
    • Peghead Finish Satin
    • Peghead Logo Taylor Colorcore
    • Peghead Type Standard
    • Rosette Mat. Plastic
    • Rosette Size Three Ring
    • Type of Neck Joint Scarf
    Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
    Phone:  800-943-6782 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime on new guitars; No warranty on Dent and Scratch Guitars
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    I have had many Guitars and to date this is the best acoustic I have owned. I've only had it 2 days but it has excellent playability and the sound is great. The pick up is very simple and the quality sound of the electric is great. The fret action is better than any other I've owned. The weight of the guitar is light and its ready to be played. I played my guitar in concert last night for the first time and I used capos, slides, etc... guess what; I didn't even have to tune once for the entire show. I only did six songs but I cant give that report for my other guitars.
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