The Taylor 114e Grand Auditorium Electro Acoustic Guitar provides an instrument, which, constructed with a Sitka spruce top and layered sapele back and sides, and armed with the ES-T under-saddle transducer pickup system, makes for an exceptionally versatile performer’s instrument.
In terms of size the Grand Auditorium shape rests between a Dreadnought and a Grand Concert, with the following dimensions: Body Length: 20", Body Width: 16", Body Depth: 4 5/8". The result is a guitar that responds well to medium-strength picking and strumming but is small enough to ensure comfortable finger-style play, whilst providing a clear, balanced tone, with particular emphasis in the midrange.
The Taylor 114ce Electro Acoustic Guitar also benefits from the smooth curvature of a Venetian cutaway, which opens up access to the upper frets. With portable dimensions, big sound and articulate tone, this is the perfect travelling singer-songwriter’s guitar; it even comes supplied with a gigbag.
Sitka Spruce Top, Layered Sapele Back and Sides
The guitar’s crisp definition and broad dynamic range come courtesy of the Sitka spruce top, which is also known for aging beautifully. You’ll notice the more you play the Taylor 114ce, and the older it gets, the more the spruce develops beautiful tonal nuances and characteristics.
The back and sides are constructed of layered sapele, this being comprised of a poplar core between layers of sapele. Along with adding its own tonality to the aural palette, looking stunning, and keeping the cost of the instrument low, these layered woods help to improve the guitar’s resilience to changes in humidity. Also the body’s back has been pressed out into a slight arch, adding strength, comfort, and a fuller tone.
A narrower than usual, 1 11/16-inch, sapele neck makes for easy, comfortable play and it is topped by a 20-fret, ebony fingerboard with 6mm dot inlays.
Taylor ES-T electronics
The Taylor 114ce Electro Acoustic Guitar connects easily to an amplifier or P.A system, thanks to the installed ES-T under-saddle transducer pickup system, which includes a Phase switch for feedback control (located on the preamp board inside the soundhole).
The preamp is a simple, unobtrusive set of three rotary dials, with a custom-voiced EQ (comprised of bass and treble) and a volume control alongside a low-battery LED indicator.
Manufacturer Taylor Model 114ce Top Material Sitka Spruce Back & Side Material Sapele Laminate Neck Material Sapele Fingerboard Material Ebony Body Shape Grand Auditorium Cutaway Colour Natural Pickups Taylor ES-T Guitar Size Full Number of Strings 6 Included Accessories Taylor Gig Bag Tuners Chrome-plated Taylor Tuners Nut & Saddle Tusq Bridge Ebony Rosette Plastic Pickguard Tortoise Bracing X-Brace Binding Black Finish Varnish
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