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Taylor 914ce ES2 Grand Auditorium A/E Guitar with Armrest and Case

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As with all 900-series guitars, the Taylor 914ce yields sophisticated looks thanks to high-end appointments including Ascension fingerboard inlays plus Paua and Ebony trim and binding. The Indian Rosewood back and sides are matched to a Sitka Spruce top for outstanding articulation and projection from the Grand Auditorium body.

Grand Auditorium: Body Length: 20" / Body Width: 16" / Body Depth: 4 5/8"
Taylor's most popular and versatile body shape, the mid-size Grand Auditorium arrived in 1994 bearing refined proportions that fell between a Dreadnought and Grand Concert. While the bigger Dreadnought was traditionally considered a flatpicker’s guitar and the smaller Grand Concert catered to fingerstylists, the GA was designed to deliver on both fronts.

The shape produced an original acoustic voice that was big enough to handle medium-strength picking and strumming, yet with impressive balance across the tonal spectrum, especially in the midrange, producing clear, well-defined notes that suited both strumming and fingerstyle playing. The GA’s overall presence tracks well with other instruments both in a studio mix and on stage, and singer-songwriters have embraced its utility both for composing and traveling with one guitar. Many people want a single guitar that can cover a variety of styles, which is why the GA continues to be our bestselling shape. If you want a great all-purpose guitar, the multi-dimensional GA won’t let you down.

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 914ce ES2 Grand Auditorium A/E Guitar Specifications
  • Shape: Grand Auditorium
  • Back/Side Wood: Indian Rosewood
  • Scale length: 25-1/2 inches
  • Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Body Length: 20 inches
  • Electronics: Expression System 2
  • Body Width: 16 inches
  • Cutaway: Venetian
  • Body Depth: 4 5/8 inches
  • Nut and Saddle: Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
  • Neck Width: 1-3/4 inches
  • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
  • Bracing: Advanced Performance with Relief Rout
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony
  • Fretboard Inlay: Ascension
  • Headstock Overlay: Ebony
  • Binding: Ebony
  • Bridge Inlay: None
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony
  • Tuners: Gotoh
  • Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
  • Back/Side Finish: Gloss 3.5
  • Top Finish: Gloss 3.5
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Pickguard: None
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Armrest Binding: Ebony
  • Backstrap Wood: Match Binding
  • Backstrap Finish: Gloss
  • Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze HD Light
  • Buttons: Gold
  • Edge Trim: Koa/Paua/Koa
  • Fingerboard Ext: Koa/Paua/Koa
  • Fretboard Binding: Ebony
  • Heel Cap Binding: Ebony
  • Heel length: 3-1/2 inches
  • Peghead Finish: Gloss
  • Peghead Inlay: Ascension
  • Peghead Binding: Ebony
  • Peghead Logo: Taylor Mother of Pearl
  • Peghead Type: Standard
  • Rosette Mat.: Paua
  • Rosette Size: Single Ring 900 Series Bound
  • 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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