Taylor 214ce Acoustic Review
The Taylor 200 series is just packed full of value, which is why guitar players have fallen in love with it, especially with the modest pricing. The design, build techniques and tone of the 214ce are approaching that of a premium acoustic guitar.
The 214ce is one of Taylor’s most popular and best-selling guitars because of its wonderful sound, play ability, and construction. My first impression of playing the guitar was an excellent one. I was immediately impressed with the level of comfort and tone that I was presented with upon first strum.
Taylor 214ce Features and Specifications
Let’s take a look at some key features of the Taylor 214ce Acoustic guitar.
- Sitka Spruce Wood Top
- Back and Sides Are Layered Koa
- Sapele Wood Neck
- African Ebony Wood Finger Board
- Grand Auditorium Body With Cutaway
- 25.5 inch scale with 20 frets
- Electronics Included
- Quality Materials and Great Design
- Incredibly balanced sound
- Enjoyment in each strum
- Electronics Included
- Easy to play neck
- A set-up may be required out of the box
- Generic Tuners
Who Is The 214ce For?
The body is Taylor’s own Grand Auditorium design and is brilliant. From immense sound to incredible comfort, this acoustic can fill many roles.
Consequently, this shape provides a powerful lower register, and a very large mid-range. The Sitka spruce top, provides a very sparkling top end that is not piercing but just right!
The Venetian cutaway is standard on all CE models and makes it easier to get farther up the neck with ease!
Though the tonal properties of layered wood are not as complex as solid, this method allows for a durable, attractive acoustic at a more inviting price. Which is why we find layered Koa back and sides.
Layered woods also handle humidity fluctuations. Depending on your climate and whether the acoustic travels with you, this can be an added benefit. The body is finished in a beautiful gloss and with the white binding, this is one good-looking acoustic guitar!
The Taylor 214ce also comes in 3 different colors and finishes:
So if you are not quite a fan of the natural finish, there are other options that might better fit your look.
Neck and Headstock
For the neck, we find a patented Taylor design made from Sapele wood. This is a common design found on many Taylor guitars to help with intonation and stability.
This robust design assists in keeping the acoustic tuned and for long periods of time. But it also provides an incredibly comfortable neck and great experience for the player.
The neck is a 25.5″ scale and features an African ebony finger board with a 1.7 inch wide nut. I found the neck to be easy to play and is somewhat slim in profile.
There are 20 frets on the board and some standard dot inlays to help find the right notes.
Taylor did not hold back when adding hardware to this guitar! While the tuners are more or less generic, they feel great and are smooth when operating.
Taylor has also loaded their ES2 pickup system into the guitar, which captures the natural sound wonderfully. This, behind the saddle pickup design, are sensors that make contact with the bridge.
In addition to this, we also find a phase and a volume control to really fine tune your sound for optimal performance. The controls felt of good quality and have a good range of adjustment.
Some other honorable mentions are the Tusq nut and Micarta saddle.
These are materials found on lower priced acoustics, but offer great performance. It isn’t quite bone, but not far off either! When it comes to the tone they produce, it’s very hard to tell them apart.
Taylor 214ce Sound
Now that we know a bit about the guitar and its build, let’s touch on the Taylor 214ce sound! I mean, that’s why you are here, right?
This acoustic is a brighter sounding guitar, which is a result of a spruce top. This is perfect for finger picking and is no wonder it’s chosen for the task. I found the guitar to have a good amount of low-end response and had a pretty balanced sound overall.
The sound was everything we like in an acoustic and presented well in the room. The volume was on point, and it also had a decent amount of sustain, which was nice. These traits are a result of good bracing inside the body. In this case, Taylor has the center of the X bracing closer to the sound hole, which lets the lower bout flex more.
Taylor’s included electronic pickup system is very natural sounding and probably one of the best available today. Their philosophy was to catch the natural sound of the acoustic, and they did that well!
Players who are just getting started will be well-equipped for many years! This is a great guitar to learn on thanks to the sound and ease to play.
Feel and Playability
Well, what can we say, it’s a Taylor! The action on this guitar is great, which makes it almost fluid like to play. The Venetian cutaway is also a super nice addition, and the ebony fingerboard just feels wonderful! The neck profile is also very comfortable and should fit most hand sizes well.
The body shape is very comfortable which is nice and the sound jumps off of the guitar. You can feel the guitar resonate in your lap, which enhances the experience, making it quite enjoyable.
Taylor At NAMM
This was one busy guitar at the NAMM show! Being played almost all the time. We were able to grab this picture quick between our chance to play it and the next attendee! If you have ever been to NAMM, you know that the Taylor booth is always packed!
Conclusion And Final Thoughts
While the Taylor 214ce acoustic is on the higher end of the price point, it’s an amazing value! The build and design of this guitar is hard to beat!
The experience of a well known brand really shines on this guitar and once you play it you will see what I mean. It’s very hard to put down this guitar, as the sound and feel are simply amazing.
Beginners and experienced players who own this guitar both agree that it’s something special. I, too, agree that it’s one of those guitars that every player should have in their arsenal.
You just cannot go wrong here! And so I rate this guitar as a 9 out of 10 in this price category!
Other Guitars To Consider
The Yamaha A3M is another excellent option that has a great, big and bold sound that is well-balanced and loud. It has a great classic look to it and a rigid construction. The one thing that sticks out here is that it also comes with electronics, which makes it a very versatile acoustic guitar!
Martin also makes some amazing acoustic guitars and is pretty much a household name. The GPC-X2E is an excellent alternative that produces a darker yet balanced sound and also comes with great sounding electronics. Martin guitars are made to last forever and judging by how this one feels, I can believe it!