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Taylor 114ce Guitar Review
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Taylor 114ce Guitar Review

Shopping for an acoustic electric guitar that looks and sounds great on a budget that won't break the bank? In this review I will discuss the features of the Taylor 114ce acoustic electric guitar and why I chose it over Martin, Yamaha, Fender, and Ibanez guitars in the same price range.

My first acoustic electric was a Fender and for under $400 it was a great starter guitar. The guitar was good looking and fun to play. The quality of the parts on the guitar were what you would expect for the price. The first time I changed the strings on the guitar the nut fell off. Overall it got me playing songs and eventually I was able to pass that guitar on as a Christmas present.

Now that I had some chords under my belt, I was ready to buy my second guitar. I had hoped to bring home the iconic Martin acoustic electric for under $1000. I had seen some of their newer models in catalogs that were actually affordable. I tried all the Martin guitars in the store, even the expensive ones, and found the tone dull with uncomfortably high action. Martin has always had a great reputation for fine acoustic guitars so I asked the store manager "why do they ship these guitars with such high action?" he really didn't know why and commented that most of the guitars came out of the box that way.

The Taylor guitar company was new to me so I moved to trying all the models that were in the store. Immediately I could feel the quality. Most all of them played really well right out of the box. I narrowed my search to the 114ce and 214ce models. Both are made very similar but have subtle differences. I liked the 114ce. The 114ce has a satin finish on the top which gives it more of a mid-range edge, the 214ce has a gloss finish on top giving it more bass tone. The back and sides of the 114ce are Sapele laminate. Using a laminate for the back and sides is how Taylor can make the guitar more affordable. It's still beautiful and the black binding work is tight and even. The fret-board and bridge are made from ebony. The Taylor tuners are the same 18:1 gear ratio tuners that they use on their higher end models. The guitar stays in tune very well. This told me a lot about the companies integrity because I noticed many other brands in this price range will add wild colors to make their guitars look eye-catching but skimp on important parts like the bridge, tuners, and electronics.

The Taylor 114ce does not have all the bells and whistles the more expensive models have but this is a quality guitar you can rely on. The sound and play ability are a cut above the rest. I've been using mine to play live three nights a week for the past year and it has served me well.


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