Taylor 214CE Review: Ultimate Buying Experience – The Truly Good Acoustic Guitars

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Review Summary:

The Taylor 214ce DLX (Deluxe) considered as one of the affordable guitars by Taylor. The guitar is almost ready to play once you get it out of the box and has all the right features of a guitar just within the price range of guitarists today.

Taylor 214ce Review: A Deluxe Guitar

Today, I’m going to show you my in-depth Taylor 214ce review. This instrument, in my opinion, offers all the build quality and playability of a Taylor in a budget-friendly, stage-ready package.

I Know We Are All Busy So… Here are what I will show in this article

  1. Taylor 214ce DLX – Ultimate Buying Experience: In this section, I will show you some outstanding features of this guitar, then its build quality, how it look and how it sound and my personal opinion about it.
  2. Pros and Cons: In this section, I will show you what I like and what I dislike on this guitar
  3. Finally, the comparisionTaylor 214CE vs. Taylor 314CE and Taylor 214 CE vs. Taylor 114CE

Ok, let’s start if you want to own this guitar:

Taylor 214ce Review - Ultimate buying guide and review

In the music industry, nothing beats a good high-end guitar. It says that if the car world has their BMWs, then we have the Taylor in the world of guitars. Known for their high-quality building techniques and sophisticated, yet simple innovations, Taylor guitars are one of the most respected and trusted brands of guitars.

When you play a high-quality guitar, it will automatically be recognized with its look, and it also adds credibility to your playing. And although Taylor guitars are famous for having high quality and high prices, the company always tries to reach all their customers. That’s why they are constantly inventing their guitars to capture a wider range of guitarists.

One of their most renowned guitars is the Taylor 214CE Deluxe. It has the latest ES2 technology of Taylor which enhances the overall sound quality of the guitar. David Holster of Taylor has revolutionized this breakthrough technology of the Expression System, which utilizes the Dynamic Body Sensor that’s mounted to the soundboard, a discrete preamp, and a Dynamic String Sensor which is embedded beneath the fingerboard that makes the Taylor 214ce guitar unique against its competitors.

All About the Taylor 214ce DLX – Ultimate Buying Experience And Review

Everybody who plays the guitar understands what Taylor does to their guitars. Not only are they well-known for the build quality of their guitars, but they are also constantly praised for the sound quality that their guitars produce.

The Taylor 214ce is considered as one of the affordable guitars by Taylor. The guitar is almost ready to play once you get it out of the box and has all the right features of a guitar just within the price range of guitarists today.

The playability of this guitar is considered exquisite, and it has articulated and full voice, the intonation is unbeatable right up to the neck and the top-of-the-line build quality of Taylor makes this guitar a star on stage and terror against its competitors. The total price comes with a hard-shell case for perfect protection and overall fit of the guitar.

Outstanding features of Taylor 214ce Deluxe

Although there are a lot of guitars in the same price range, a lot of people believe that the Taylor 214ce Deluxe is one of the best in the market today. A lot of guitarists and experts agree to this because of the different materials, body shape and features of this guitar. Here’s a detailed explanation of the 214ce Deluxe.

Build Quality of Taylor 214ce

For starters, the fingerboard of the Taylor 214ce Deluxe is made from ebony instead of the usual rosewood you’ll find in this price range. This enables the guitar to produce high quality, low and high tones better than the other guitars. Ebony is the type of wood that’s used in mid-class guitars because of its affordability and ability to produce great quality sounds.

The top of the guitar uses Sitka spruce, which is the most used and prevalent top wood in this era. Sitka spruce blends elasticity and stiffness to give a dynamic range and crisp articulation to the guitar. Taylor finished the top with upgraded gloss to give a more natural feel to the guitar.

The back and sides of the guitar are made from layered rosewood which creates a complementary platform to the vibrations of the strings and the sturdiness of the guitar. Although a lot of people think that “layered” can mean a bad sign to the guitar, the 214ce made sure that you still get that natural sound that you find in other solid wood guitars, but lighter and more affordable.

This layered rosewood is less prone to changes because of humidity and temperature, making it an excellent choice for people who like a guitar with supreme durability and perfect for traveling. They also used upgraded gloss finish for the back and sides which enables the guitar to create that mellow and rich sound.

The neck and heel of the Taylor 214ce Deluxe are made from Sapele which also contributes highly to the overall sound and durability of the guitar. Although some of the parts of the guitar have an upgraded gloss finish, the neck has been finished with satin in order to create a different tone and sound. This enables the guitar to reach both highs and lows without putting any effort.

It uses chrome (100/200) for the tuners and buttons. It’s equipped with Nubone for the nut and Tusq for the saddle which is great additions to the look and sound of the guitar. Lastly, it uses Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light for the strings right out of the box which is good quality on its own.

How Taylor 214ce Looks

First of all, the Taylor 214ce Deluxe has the Grand Auditorium body which is the most versatile and popular body style of Taylor. This is mid-size between the Grand Concert and Dreadnought guitars which are why it’s perfect for both flat pick and fingerstyle of playing.

The Grand Auditorium is the best-selling shape because it’s useful for traveling and composing songs. Plus, it can handle many different genres that many people love because it can handle versatility and has the right flexibility to cope up with everything that you put it up too.

To understand better the size of the Grand Auditorium, here’s a quick look at the different measurements of the 214ce Deluxe. The difference between this guitar’s measurement compared to other guitars is its ability to produce quality sound and its richness in tone.

The scale length of the 214ce is like other guitars that are just 25 ½”. Its length and width are 20” and 16” respectively, and has a depth of 4 5/8” which is the reason why it can produce mellow sounds that you often find in dreadnought guitars, but only richer. Plus, the guitar’s neck width is 1 11/16” and the heel length is 3 ½” to help support the guitar’s weight and pressure.

There are other features that you’ll find in the Taylor 214ce Deluxe. The fingerboard inlay comprises on small diamonds. The headstock overlay and the truss rod are made from Indian Rosewood. It has a white binding and black bridge pins. It’s equipped with Forward Shifted Pattern Bracing and tortoise pickguard. The cutaway style is Venetian which can accommodate different positions when playing.

The guitar has 20 frets and six strings overall. It has a Taylor Colorcore peghead logo, which is a Standard type and it has a scarf type of neck joint. The rosette is made from plastic and has three rings for the size. Lastly, the 214ce Deluxe also comes with a black Taylor Standard Hardshell case to protect the guitar.

Electronics

One more thing that makes the Taylor 214ce Deluxe unique against its competitors is its electronics. It’s equipped with the Expression System 2 which is a revolutionary pickup design that’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup that features three individually and uniquely positioned calibrated pickup sensors. These sensors enable the guitar to capture a more dynamic range of the acoustic sound.

Together with the “professional audio”-grade preamp, the Expression System 2 produces exceptional responsiveness and amplified tones. It blends the resonance and tone of the strings while doing an excellent job when it comes to replicating the acoustic tone of the guitar accurately.

The pre-amp section does not include a tuner (which is like other high-end guitars), but it features a simple three-knob control system to adjust the volume, the bass, and treble of the 214ce Deluxe. The Expression System 2 is powered by a 9V battery which is found at the bottom of the guitar making the top side looking smooth and sleek at the same time.

Sound Quality: The Taylor 214ce is one of the best

The Taylor 214ce Deluxe is not only famous for its looks and features, but it stands out the most because of the sound quality it produces. It creates original acoustic tones which can handle strumming with a balance on the tonal spectrum. Because of the Grand Auditorium body shape, it can reach the full depth tone like a dreadnought and also get a pronounced punch like tighter guitars.

A lot of people are fond of playing this guitar because it can easily play almost every genre that you can think of. Not only that but because of its shape, it’s very comfortable to play whether you sit or stand. Acoustically, the sound quality is one of the best in its price range. Not only does it sound excellent, but you can actually hear the pronounced tone of the guitar.

The highs of the Taylor 214ce Deluxe are well-defined and bright, but it seems to lack the harmonic touch that experienced guitarists hear when you put it under the microscope. You’ll hear the best performance of this guitar when you plug it in your amplifier. The tone and sound are solid and dependable which gives clarity and a form of adjustment.

Personal Opinion About Taylor 214ce Review

The Taylor 214ce Deluxe is truly a guitar to be reckoned with. At the price of under $1500, you can get a world-class guitar, which already includes a hardshell case. The sound that this guitar produces is incredible because it can accommodate both fingerstyle and strumming playing.

It can effortlessly reach both high and low notes. Plus, the sound becomes better when you plug it on an amplifier. With just a couple of adjustments, you can already play the guitar right out of the box.

The action of the 214ce Deluxe is great and very light which is incredible because it doesn’t create any string buzz. All guitarists appreciate a natural action because it will lighten up the effort of creating different chords.

The guitar features chrome tuners and buttons that let the guitar stay in tune for a very long time. It makes the guitar loved by so many people, especially those who have long gigs or those who are not fond of always adjusting the tuners.

You’ll appreciate the look of the 214ce Deluxe compared to the other guitars of Taylor because of its certain features and the woodwork that’s already a masterpiece of their craftsmen. The three knob adjustment is very helpful to adjust the treble, volume and bass quickly.

The Expression System 2 is also a technology that makes Taylor proud because they have become the pioneer when it comes to calibrating pickup sensors and the exceptional amplified tone and the overall responsiveness of the guitar. It’s very easy to use and is very helpful for those people who are fond of connecting their guitars on pre-amps.

Pros and Cons of Taylor 214ce Deluxe

Pros

Because Taylor manufactured this guitar, you can already expect great things from the 214ce. Here are some of the pros you’ll find in this guitar:

  • Whether the 214ce Deluxe is connected to a pre-amp or not, this guitar produces great audio that will make anyone listen to the player.
  • The chrome tuners and buttons allow this guitar to have the consistent sound and can stay in tune for extended periods of time.
  • The Grand Auditorium has a good feel when you play it which is why a lot of people are very fond of playing the guitar.
  • Lastly, because of the combination of the different woods, the features and the Grand Auditorium body style of the guitar, it produces a rich sound that can accommodate both highs and lows without missing a beat. You can easily play different genres, and this guitar won’t fail you in bringing incredible tone and sound.

Cons

Honestly speaking, you can’t actually find faults from the 214ce. Not only is it more affordable compared to the other guitars of Taylor, but it also produces the excellent sound quality that everyone will surely love. Although, there’s one thing that I found this guitar lacks.
The lack of harmonic touch when it comes to reaching the high tones when used as an acoustic guitar can sometimes be noticeable to the hearing of well-experienced guitarists, but this is understandable since this guitar can be connected to a pre-amp. Plus, once connected, the richness of the sound will be more powerful as ever before.

Comparing: Taylor 214CE vs. Taylor 314CE and Taylor 214 CE vs. Taylor 114CE

If you’re a fan of Taylor guitars, then you must have heard of the many series that they offer. Three of them are 100, 200 and the 300 series. For the first part, I’m going to compare the Taylor 214ce vs Taylor 314ce. Then, later on, it’s going to be a comparison of the Taylor 214ce vs Taylor 114ce.

First and foremost, there’s almost a $$$ difference between the Taylor 214ce and the Taylor 314ce, and the Taylor 314ce is the most expensive one. Both have the Grand Auditorium body shape, Sitka spruce for the top wood, Expression System 2 for the electronics and Venetian for the cutaway.

The Taylor 314ce use Sapele for the body wood, Micarta for the saddle, Tusq for the nut, Forward Shifted Pattern with Relief Rout for the bracing, Taylor Nickel for the tuners and Elixir Phosphor Bronze HD Light for the strings. The Taylor 214ce Deluxe has layered rosewood for the body, Tusq for the saddle, Nubone for the nut, Forward Shifted Pattern for the bracing and Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light for the strings.

These differences alone make a little difference in the overall built quality of the guitar. Although a lot of people say that it’s better off to buy the Taylor 214ce Deluxe at first to try out if you’re genuinely fond of playing Taylor guitars, after a couple of months or years, you will eventually look for a higher-end guitar when you’re already an expert. Spending an extra $$$ can make a lot of difference when it comes to buying almost the same build quality and sound quality of a guitar.

Now, I’ll compare the Taylor 214ce vs. Taylor 114ce. There’s around $300-$500 difference between both of these guitars depending on where you buy it. Both of the guitars have the Grand Auditorium body shape, Sitka spruce for the top wood, Expression System 2 for the electronics, and Venetian for the cutaway. They also use the same material for the nut and saddle which are Nubone and Tusq respectively. Plus, both of the guitars have the Forward Shifted Pattern for the bracing.

The Taylor 214ce Deluxe, however, uses different materials for some of its parts. Layered Rosewood is used for the body, chrome (100/200) for the tuners, gloss finish for the top, back and sides; and satin finish for the neck. While the Taylor 114CE uses layered Sapele for the body, die-cast chrome for the tuners, varnish for the top, back, sides and neck.

The finish alone makes a lot of difference when it comes to the sound quality of the guitar. The different finishes that were used for the 21finish alone make a lot of difference when it comes to the high quality of the guitar. The different finishes that were utilized for the Taylor 214ce Deluxe make it a versatile guitar that can accommodate both high and low notes.

If you’re confused on whether to buy the Taylor 214ce Deluxe and the Taylor 114ce, then it is better that you choose the Taylor 214ce because of the sound quality it can give you. A couple of hundred dollars will make a lot of difference when it comes to your playing ability, your recordings, and your overall performance.

Editor’s Rating on Taylor 214 CE review

The Taylor 214 CE DLX (Deluxe is truly a magnificent guitar in its price range. Here’s a quick look at the rating that I give to the features of the guitar:

Taylor 214CE Review
  • Hardware and Durability (Build Quality) - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Sound Quality - 9.7/10
    9.7/10
  • Value - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Impression - 9.7/10
    9.7/10
  • Features - 9.3/10
    9.3/10
  • Action, Fit and Finish - 9.7/10
    9.7/10

Conclusion

When you’re considering buying a Taylor guitar, and you’re looking for something that has great sound quality both on and off the plug, then you should check out the Taylor 214ce DLX (Deluxe). There’s no doubt when it comes to the build quality of Taylor guitars which is why you can be sure that this guitar will last for years and even decades.

There’s no question of sound quality either because it can perfectly balance both high and low notes. Plus, it covers a wide variety of players because it’s a great guitar when it comes to the strumming or fingerstyle playing. Plus, All the materials that were used in this guitar contribute highly to the overall performance and quality of the guitar.

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