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Taylor Guitars 114ce Grand Auditorium Walnut/Spruce Acoustic Electric Guitar w/Gigbag

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114CE W

Your Price: $1,099.00 CDN
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This cutaway acoustic/electric Grand Auditorium blends layered walnut back and sides with a solid Sitka spruce top, making it a great all-around acoustic that responds well to strumming, flatpicking and fingerpicking. With the patented Taylor neck, you'll enjoy easy playability and accurate intonation as long as you own the guitar, and the slightly narrower 1-11/16-inch nut width makes forming barre chords easier on the hands. The Venetian cutaway gives you access to more upper-end fretboard real estate, while Taylor's dynamic Expression System 2 pickup produces a natural amplified acoustic voice that will help you sound your best whenever you plug in. The clean appointment scheme includes Italian acrylic dot fretboard inlays, a 3-ring rosette, plus black binding and a black pickguard that complement the look of the genuine ebony fretboard and bridge. The guitar includes a lightweight protective gig bag for easy portability.

Specs:

Scale Length: 25-1/2"
Nut & Saddle: Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
Bracing: Forward Shifted Pattern
Truss Rod Cover: Black Plastic
Pickguard: Black
Number of Frets: 20
Fretboard Wood: Ebony
Neck/Heel: Sapele
Tuners: Chrome (100/200)
Case: Taylor Gig Bag
Brand of Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light

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I've had this for a almost a month and now feel like I can give a review. I also have a 2011 with sapele back and sides to compare it against. They look very different but both look really nice. The 17 has walnut back and sides but also a micarta saddle as opposed to tusq. It sounded noticeably better from the first strum. I wondered if it could be the strings that could account for that or the saddle, or is it mostly the walnut. So I eliminated the saddle by putting in a tusq saddle. I found no noticeable difference. The strings on the 17 were Elixirs and the 11 had D'addario EXP's so it wasn't exactly an apples to apples comparison. So after playing both guitars a lot for the last three weeks and getting a good sense of their sound, I got the idea to swap strings. So now I have a fair comparison of these guitars. Both sets were used but in good condition and I knew how they sounded on those guitars. Both also had the same ebony bridge pins. The result was that a) the 17 is an improvement IMO and b) that the 17 sounds better with the EXP's and the 11 sounds better with the Elixirs. So that experiment was a win. The ExP's took just enough brightness out and I love the way they sound on this guitar. The top seems very lively and the notes just ring forth and sustain very well. Finger picking is really responsive and now with the EXP's, it's a great strummer too - as an auditorium should be. It seems there is some good variation in the walnut backs I have seen. Mine has a really nice, aesthetically pleasing grain and a sweet ebony veneer on the headstock with streaks of black, brown and blond. I can't speak to the electronics because I don't use them. Overall, I really love this guitar, I think it looks, and sounds better than the previous version. Right away it reminded me of a guitar that I had set up that had a premium adirondack top and brazilian rosewood b/s. The notes just ring out of this thing. A great guitar will generally do two things. It will make you pick it up and it will make you not want to put it down. This guitar does that for me as my sore fingers will attest.
Posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2017
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