Beautifully rich and articulate sound, both acoustic and plugged in, is achieved thanks an outstanding compliment of tonewoods and Taylor’s latest electronics! The 514ce is expertly crafted with the ultra-versatile Grand Auditorium body shape from a Western Red Cedar top matched to Tropical Mahogany back and sides. This combination yields great warmth with a pronounced mid-range which is perfect for fingerstylists or players with a lighter touch.
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 ES 2 is Taylor’s proprietary 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. Through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amp, or direct into recording software, the ES2 faithfully conveys the voice of the 514ce.
Taylor 514ce ES2 Grand Auditorium Acoustic Electric Features
Behind the ES2 Design: Rethinking the Piezo Pickup
- Western Red Cedar top yields wonderfully rich and warm tones
- Tropical Mahogany back and sides for a focused midrange and warm lows
- Taylor’s incredible Expression System 2 captures the natural response and dynamics like never before
- Simple volume and tone control knobs for simple operation
- Grand Auditorium body shape is great for virtually any style
- New Preamp provides about a 25 percent hotter output than the previous system which is more in line with other pickups
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.