Taylor have always been keen on delivering nothing but quality ever since their foundation, without any compromises whatsoever. Not so long ago, it may have been challenging to find a pure acoustic Taylor git for under a grand. With today’s fierce competition on the market and ever evolving modern technologies, prices start dipping downwards, but not the quality – that only goes up.
The 114CE is an authentic sounding tonal machine which packs both acoustic and electric elements. This masterpiece features a Grand Auditorium body shape (in other words – BIG!). However, the Venetian cutaway makes it more manageable and way more accessible than any other full size instrument boasting an identical body type.
Body & Neck
The guitar’s body sports a solid spruce top and a tortoise pickguard. The sides and back are made of laminated sapele, packing extra resistance to external environmental effects, making sure this git will last you for a long, long time. The forward shifted bracing pattern flawless maintains the body’s integrity and stability.
The bolt-on neck sapele neck accommodates the ebony fingerboard, which comes equipped with 20 frets, pearloid dot inlays and a 1.68” wide Tusq bone nut. The instrument holds a total scale of 25.5”, and the aesthetics are highlighted by the beautiful varnish finish.
Hardware & Electronics
The 114CE boasts quality hardware which can easily be met on their costlier top shelf instruments. Terrific intonation and awe-worthy stability is being upheld by the ebony bridge system sitting atop a Tusq bone saddle, and the six enclosed diecast tuning machines situated atop the stylish Taylor headstock.
The instrument’s vast dynamics are further enriched via the remarkable electronics situated underneath the body. More specifically, the guitar packs an ES-T internal pickup system controlling individual elements of each string. The onboard preamp is embedded at the front, unlike sideways frequently met in similar acoustic-electric gits. The preamp features an EQ meant to vastly enrich your sound by its Bass, Treble and Volume switch.
This masterpiece packs beautifully harmonic bright tones with an excellent high gain sustain. The optimal bass levels blend quite amazingly in its sound resulting in a fantastic experience overall. The electronics do their job properly, offering nigh limitless tonal possibilities at your disposal.
When you crank up the tuners to the max you will witness a fully aggressive approach with stunning clarity. This git is a remarkable example of what an authentic Taylor sounds like.
Wrap your hands around this lovely instrument and prepare for the performance of your lifetime. This masterpiece is a versatile tonal machine packing hi-quality components and classic design that’s hard to pass up on. Well worth every penny you toss at it.