Taylor Guitars 114, Grand Auditorium, Solid Sitka Spruce Leading, Sapele Back/Sides

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Taylor Guitars 114, Grand Auditorium, Solid Sitka Spruce Best, Sapele Back/Sides

  • Solid Sitka Spruce Top
  • Sapele Back/Sides
  • Grand Auditorium
  • Gig Bag Included
  • Scalloped Bracing

Understand About the Taylor Guitars 114 Model Top quality, style and an appealing cost are compelling capabilities you’ll find in the 114 before you even choose one up. Of course, 1 strum backs every thing up with wonderful tone. The Taylor 114 is a superb alternative

List Price: $ 878.00

Cost: $ 649.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars
The Taylor Tone Without The Taylor Pricetag, March 11, 2010
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This review is from: Taylor Guitars 114, Grand Auditorium, Solid Sitka Spruce Top, Sapele Back/Sides (Electronics)

I’ve been playing this guitar for a few days now, and it continues to surprise me in every way.

I’ve wanted a Taylor for several years now, and that’s not a secret. Everyone who knows me well enough knows I’ve been a Taylor fan for years even though I’ve never had the opportunity to own one. With the new 100 and 200 series guitars, those aspiring to own Taylors, but don’t have the bank account for it, can now own the guitar of their dreams.

This guitar features a solid Sitka spruce top and laminated sapele back and sides. Sapele is sonically similar to mahogany, and provides many of the same tonal characteristics that mahogany players love – lots of rich midrange, without too much boomy bass or bright, ringing trebles. It’s a great wood that’s suited to many different applications. The Grand Auditorium shape is Taylor’s most popular, and for good reason. With its good bass response, ringing trebles, and powerful midrange, it’s a guitar that’s suited to many different styles of playing, from flatpicking/strumming to fingerstyle. This shape is Taylor’s “axe of all trades” and no matter what your style, the GA body delivers.

Does this guitar sound as refined as its all-solid wood counterparts? Of course not, no laminate guitar does. However, what one should keep in mind is that a vast majority of the tone comes from the soundboard and the resonance chamber itself rather than the back and side woods. I’d say this guitar has a good 95% of the tone that its solid sapele counterparts (the acoustic 3 series or the 300 A/E series) have, but nowhere near the price. One needs to keep in mind there is the law of diminishing returns, and these “budget-level” guitars are no exception to that rule. This guitar is responsive, expressive, and would be a great guitar for gigs and other applications.

The action, fit, and finish is all signature Taylor. All the playability of a Taylor is still there. It plays about as easy as a good solid-body electric guitar. This guitar literally begs you to play it. It feels great in your lap (the GA body is a perfect ergonomic shape), and it looks great. There was some minor fret buzz at the ninth fret which was easily fixed, but that’s the only thing I could find wrong. I didn’t particularly care for the factory strings (Elixir 80/20 Nanoweb Lights) as to my ears they sound too bright. Replaced with a set of Elixir Phosphor Bronze Lights and this mellowed the guitar out beautifully and added a much more dynamic bass response, without losing any of the treble clarity.

This is the perfect Taylor for the hobbyist, occasional gig player, or any not-so-serious musician. Serious players would probably still be better served with an all-solid wood guitar, but for those of us who just want to enjoy our playing and sound good too, the Taylor 114 is the ideal choice.

EDIT: I just replaced the stock plastic bridge pins and tusq saddle with bone bridge pins and saddle. The improvement in the tone is rather significant. If you get this guitar, be sure to do just that, it takes makes a great sounding guitar even better.

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