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Taylor adds a rosewood option to its popular 400 series.

by Teja Gerken
August 22, 2016

Taylor’s 400 series guitars have long been built with ovangkol back and sides, but at the 2016 Summer NAMM show the company announced that it will also be offering Indian rosewood as an option for the series. With the exception of various limited editions, Taylor has reserved rosewood for its higher-end models (in particular the 700, 800, and 900 series), so this is welcome news for guitarists wishing for a rosewood Taylor at a more affordable price. We had a chance to check out the new 414ce-R.

The grand auditorium 414 has been in Taylor’s line for many years, available in several configurations. The 414ce-R includes standard 400-series appointments, including white binding on the body and the fingerboard, a rosette of white and black rings, and dot position markers. The guitar has a forward-shifted X-bracing pattern and Taylor’s “relief rout,” which is designed to produce a more responsive top. Like most new Taylors, the 414ce-R includes the company’s Expression System 2 (ES2) pickup system.

Taylor’s grand auditoriums are known for the their versatility, and this 414ce-R demonstrated why. The guitar had a full and muscular sound, equally capable of handling strumming with a pick and more delicate fingerstyle playing, with the bass response and punch that rosewood is known for. Plugged into a Fishman Loudbox Mini, the guitar had a great amplified sound suitable for most performance situations without requiring any further processing.

SPECS: Grand auditorium body with cutaway. Solid Sitka spruce top. Solid indian rosewood back and sides. Ebony fingerboard and bridge. 25.5-inch scale. 1¾-inch nut width. Enclosed nickel tuning machines. Expression System 2 electronics. Made in USA. $2,918 list. Taylorguitars.com


Category: Instruments & Gear

Comments and Discussion

Posted by Nathan Hardin on
I have the 414ce-r shadow edge burst. Taylor nailed this guitar as far as looks go. Playability and sound are there as well. I've several taylor models 810ce 410 and 210. This by far my favorite the tones that come this baby are so eloquently warm and pronounced. The sustain is 2nd to none and its ability to stay in tune. The case is absolutely beautiful and amazing. It fits the guitar like a glove. I cant wait 20 years from now to see how it will sound. Oh yeah, I almost forgot i dont know why but I'm sure vfc it's to do with tone woods but when u sing how your voice rolls thru the back of this thing, can send some freakish sounds thru it. Its actually really cool. I'm in love and its amazing
Posted by Ed Mili on
I have the 414CE-R V braced model. I also own the Koa wood model 214CE. I love them both.
My 414 is an exceptional instrument in every way.
The playability, neck carve, fretboard radius, action, warm balanced tone, articulation, dynamics, amazing sustain and projection are as good as any acoustic I have ever played in 55 years of playing guitar.
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