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Back/Sides:  Cocobolo

Top: Sitka Spruce

Model:  814ce

Fretboard Inlay:  800 Series Pearl

Binding:  Curly Maple

Rosette: Abalone

Included in price:  Free Taylor fitted archtop hardshell case.  Free shipping USA & Canada.

The 814 is the most popular guitar in the Taylor line-up because of it’s overall versatility and excellent tone and balance.  Pairing up this body shape with the Cocobolo and Spruce makes this my ‘Holy Grail’ of guitars.  I was very impressed by the depth of tone but clarity across the tonal spectrum.  It plays with a great feeling of ease.

Few woods can match cocobolo’s assertive visual beauty, expressed through bold, fiery hues and dramatic variegation. Tonally, cocobolo is known for its volume and a deep low end that’s balanced by an overall brightness, making it a favorite among players. Normally used for the Presentation Series and Build to Order guitars, here it guest stars with the premium 800 Series appointments, featuring curly maple binding and the popular pearl inlay design.

About the Grand Auditorium body:

Body Length:  20”

Body Width:  16”

Body Depth:  4 5/8”

Taylor’s most popular and versatile body shape, the mid-size Grand Auditorium arrived in 1994 bearing refined proportions that fell between a Dreadnought and Grand Concert.  While the bigger Dreadnought was traditionally considered a flatpicker’s guitar and the smaller GC catered to fingerstylists, the GA was designed to deliver on both fronts.  The shape produced an original acoustic voice that was big enough to handle medium-strength picking and strumming, yet with impressive balance across the tonal spectrum, especially in the midrange, producing clear, well-defined notes that suited both strumming and fingerstyle playing.  The GA’s overall presence tracks well with other instruments both in a studio mix and on stage, and singer-songwriters have embraced its utility both for composing and traveling with one guitar.  Many people want a single guitar that can cover a variety of styles, which is why the GA continues to be Taylor’s bestselling shape.  A great all-purpose guitar.


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