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10 Taylor Guitar You Need To Check Out
CATEGORY: Product News
7/17/2019

A Taylor Guitar for Every Taste & Budget

Why write about one Taylor Guitar when you can write about 10? We recently had Marc Seal in the shop, and he was kind enough to run down 10 Taylor Guitars that you need to check out. Whether you are just starting out on guitar or are a seasoned touring musician, there is a Taylor Acoustic for you, and this list will give you a great cross-section to start (and finish?) your Taylor guitar shopping research. 

Without further ado, here are the 10 Taylor Acoustic Guitars You Need to Check Out!


1. Taylor 114ce

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Like the 200 Series, the Sapele 100 Series incorporates layered back and sides, which offer extra resilience to fluctuating climate conditions, and a slightly narrower 1 11/16-inch neck. It’s one of the best full-size guitars you’ll find for the money, especially with the availability of Taylor’s Expression System 2 pickup. It makes a viable performance tool, a great entry-level guitar, or a second utility guitar for alternate tunings


2. Taylor 224ce-K DLX

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Fans of Hawaiian koa will love the look, feel and sound of this all-koa Grand Auditorium. A shaded edgeburst elevates the vintage appeal of the solid koa top, which is paired with layered koa back and sides, while a gloss finish wraps the body in a rich sheen. The Grand Auditorium’s musical versatility makes this a great all-purpose guitar for both strumming and fingerpicking, and the hardwood koa top will even out a lively attack to produce a focused, linear voice. Player-friendly modern features include a cutaway and Taylor’s ES2 acoustic electronics. Among the distinctive appointments are a single-ring faux pearl rosette in an interlocking “fishbone” pattern, black binding, Italian acrylic small diamond inlays, and chrome tuners. The guitar ships in a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.


3. Taylor 362ce

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Our Grand Concert 12-string guitars have been a revelation to players who’ve otherwise avoided 12-strings due to their traditionally bulkier size. In addition to the compact cutaway body, the 12-fret neck and 24-7/8-inch scale length translate into a physically inviting playing experience with a supremely comfortable handfeel. Sonically, the smaller body produces a more controlled 12-string voice that sits beautifully in a mix for recording applications. With the 362ce, a hardwood mahogany top (paired with blackwood back and sides) lends a bit of natural compression to the response, helping to create a balanced output across the tonal spectrum while still capturing the 12-string’s beautiful octave shimmer. Visually, the shaded edgeburst top and all-satin finish conjure a dusky vintage look. The guitar comes equipped with Taylor’s ES2 electronics and includes a deluxe hardshell case.


4. Taylor 414ce-R 

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This popular cutaway Grand Auditorium entices players of all styles with an array of sonic delights, starting with the classic wood pairing of solid rosewood and Sitka spruce. The guitar is now powered by our award-winning V-Class internal bracing, which not only enhances the voicing with more volume, sustain and projection, but also improves the intonation along the entire fretboard, yielding greater clarity, consistency and harmonic agreement between notes. As a result, rosewood’s full-spectrum voice, featuring rich overtones, takes on an even more pleasing high-fidelity sound that translates into a more expressive response. It makes a fantastic guitar for virtually any application. The appointments strike a tasteful balance between style and restraint, featuring white binding, Renaissance fretboard/peghead inlays in Italian acrylic, and a full-gloss body. The guitar ships with Taylor ES2 electronics in a deluxe hardshell case.


5. Taylor 517e Builder's Edition

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With the debut of the Grand Pacific, Taylor master guitar designer Andy Powers has delivered on the promise of V-Class bracing as a powerful tone-shaping platform. The Grand Pacific demonstrates that with our V-Class architecture, Taylor can create a wonderfully diverse portfolio of musical personalities that will appeal to a wide range of players.

If you thought you knew the Taylor sound, think again. The new body shape, a round- shoulder dreadnought, adds a dramatically different tonal personality to the Taylor line. It will surprise and delight many players — including those not typically drawn to the Taylor sound.

In a dreadnought category known for traditional, legacy models, the Grand Pacific introduces a pleasantly disruptive and uniquely compelling new voice to the room. It combines warm, seasoned tone with modern Taylor playability, reliability and intonation. Andy has also used the V-Class design to eliminate the problematic low end woofiness often associated with dreadnoughts. With the Grand Pacific, players will experience clear power in the low end, whic h means a more musical, usable tone.

Building off the success of Taylor’s Builder’s Edition V-Class models from 2018, the Grand Pacific launches with two inspiring Builder’s Edition models made from the classic tonewoods rosewood and mahogany. Featuring an ultra-comfortable compound carve neck profile, rolled fretboard edges, chamfered body edges and more, these Builder’s Edition models showcase Andy Powers’ passion for crafting incredibly player-friendly guitars in both sound and feel. Grand Pacific


6. Taylor 618e

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Taylor’s Grand Orchestra is the guitar equivalent of a grand piano, boasting a big, complex voice with a wonderfully dynamic response. Our maple/spruce edition features a back bracing profile that’s optimized for maple and a torrefied top, which produces an aged tonal character with greater acoustic resonance. Protein glues and an ultra-thin gloss finish minimize dampening. A new, hand-rubbed “Brown Sugar” stain on the back and sides gives maple’s striking figure a beautiful violin-hued appearance without adding extra thickness to the finish. Featured appointments include grained ivoroid Wings fretboard inlays, an inlaid ebony backstrap, ebony binding with ivoroid purfling, an ebony/ivoroid rosette, and a striped ebony pickguard, along with Taylor’s Expression System® 2 acoustic electronics. The guitar comes with a deluxe hardshell case.


7. Taylor 717 Builder's Edition

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In a dreadnought category known for traditional, legacy models, the Grand Pacific introduces a pleasantly disruptive and uniquely compelling new voice to the room. It combines warm, seasoned tone with modern Taylor playability, reliability and intonation. Andy has also used the V-Class design to eliminate the problematic low end woofiness often associated with dreadnoughts. With the Grand Pacific, players will experience clear power in the low end, whic h means a more musical, usable tone.

Building off the success of Taylor’s Builder’s Edition V-Class models from 2018, the Grand Pacific launches with two inspiring Builder’s Edition models made from the classic tonewoods rosewood and mahogany. Featuring an ultra-comfortable compound carve neck profile, rolled fretboard edges, chamfered body edges and more, these Builder’s Edition models showcase Andy Powers’ passion for crafting incredibly player-friendly guitars in both sound and feel. Grand Pacific


8. Taylor 816ce DLX

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This deluxe edition 816ce expands on the playability, power, and aesthetic appeal of our standard Grand Symphony 816ce. Built with a solid Sitka spruce top (voiced with Adirondack spruce bracing) and solid Indian rosewood back and sides, the 816ce DLX yields a robust tone profile flavored by shimmering highs and rich low-end warmth, along with enhanced volume and projection. This edition is detailed with our finest appointments, including a radius armrest for extra playing comfort, premium Gotoh 510 tuners (featuring a 21:1 gear ratio for ultra-smooth tuning control), and a distinctive Venetian-style cutaway, making this a truly striking instrument for the stage and the studio.


9. Taylor 914ce

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10. Taylor K14CE Builder's Edition

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This stunning Grand Auditorium from our new Builder’s Edition collection features Hawaiian koa back and sides paired with a torrefied Sitka spruce top. The guitar was inspired by our groundbreaking V-Class™ bracing, which boosts the volume evenly across the tonal spectrum, increases the sustain, and improves the natural intonation of the guitar by creating a more orderly response from the soundboard. The result is a more harmonious relationship between the notes you play, helping chords sing with cohesive beauty. Another design emphasis of Builder’s Edition is enhanced playing comfort in the form of ergonomic new body contours. Details include a beveled armrest, beveled body edge treatment, and a reshaped cutaway that flows smoothly into the heel and incorporates a finger bevel where the cutaway meets the soundboard. This creates a more fluid path to the guitar’s upper-register notes for your fretting hand. Other refined touches include “silent” satin finish, which helps quiet the incidental noise against the guitar body, and a gorgeous new Kona burst that highlights the natural beauty of the figured koa back and sides. Inset koa/paua top and back trim adds a beautiful sparkle that complements the new Spring Vine fretboard inlay. In every way, this K14ce embodies the ultimate player’s guitar and testifies to the benefits of innovative craftsmanship.

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