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The acoustic/electric Grand Auditorium 414ce responds well to an array of playing styles thanks to Taylor’s proprietary body shape and the expansive tonal palette of ovangkol and spruce. Expect a blend of power and tonal definition, especially in the midrange, so whether you like to strum, flatpick or play fingerstyle, the 414ce makes a great playing partner. Contemporary aesthetic strokes include white binding, Italian acrylic dot fretboard inlays, a three-ring rosette, and a full-gloss body. The guitar comes equipped with Taylor’s Expression System® 2 acoustic electronics along with a Venetian cutaway, and ships in a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.
What to expect from a 400 Series Taylor?
Year after year, proud 400 Series owners testify to the tonal properties of their ovangkol-bodied guitars, even if they confess to be less sure about the correct pronunciation of the African hardwood (oh-ven-call). Taylor relate its tone to that of rosewood in terms of its frequency range, with perhaps a bit less ringing complexity but a slightly fuller midrange presence. Its blend of clarity, balance and sustain give it an expressive versatility that resonates with many different types of players. Visually, its appearance can exhibit golden brown hues with a wide range of variegation and, occasionally, wispy tendrils of figure. Understated appointments, including white binding and progressive pearloid dots, dial down the flash in favour of a clean, modern look that fits any musical setting. If you’ve been looking for a new tonewood discovery and haven’t tried ovangkol, you know what to do.
In the context of Taylor’s modern design heritage, the Grand Auditorium is Taylor’s flagship body style and the most popular shape. The next size up from the Grand Concert, it actually shares the same basic body dimensions as a Dreadnaught, but with modified contours that include a more tapered waist, enabling the guitar to fit more comfortably in your lap. Tonally, it lives in the sweet spot between a Dreadnaught – known for robust flatpicking and rhythmic strumming – and a Grand concert – designed with finger stylists in mind – to give players the best if both worlds and then some. The GA’s well-defined midrange helps maintain the balance and clarity of the GC, yet enough power on the top and bottom for strummers and flatpickers to let loose. It’s the most versatile performer and a smart choice for the gigging musician looking for one guitar to cover a diverse mix of music. Whether you’re a novice, weekend warrior, or a professional and want a guitar that can cover a lot of ground, you cant go wrong with the Grand Auditorium.
- Tonal balance and versatility
- Good for fingerstyle and light/medium strumming and picking
- Records and mixes well with other instruments
Taylor Expression System® 2
Taylor pickup designer David Hosler had been studying under-saddle piezo transducers and how they capture a guitar’s energy as it is transferred from the strings through the saddle and soundboard.The industry’s prevailing understanding had been that the top and string vibration cause the saddle to “bounce” up and down.This has long been the basis for the placement of a piezo- electric transducer under the saddle.But Hosler found that the vertical movement is heavily restricted because the string tension’s downward pressure essentially locks the saddle down. That’s why a traditional under-saddle pickup with piezo-electric crystals often responds with a sound often characterized as thin, brittle or synthetic.In reality, the saddle’s natural range of movement is back and forth like a pendulum. That revelation led Hosler to relocate the piezo crystals from under the saddle to behind it, just barely making contact with it. The new positioning enables the crystals to respond more naturally to the guitar’s energy as it was transferred through the saddle. The patent-pending ES2 design incorporates three pickup sensors that are installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, with three tiny Allen screws that calibrate the pressure of the sensors against the saddle.
A revolutionary design that balances the flexibility and stability of the top, V-Class bracing produces unmatched sustain, volume, and intonation.
|Model Name||Taylor 414ce|
|Brand Series||400 Series|
|Finish/Colour||Gloss Top / Satin Back and Sides|
|Body Shape||Grand Auditorium|
|Back and Sides||Ovangkol|
|Electronics||Taylor Expression System® 2|
|Case||Taylor Deluxe Hardshell|
|Additional Features||White Rosette, Ebony Headstock Overlay|