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Taylor GA Cutaway Acoustic Electric Sitka Spruce Top Walnut Back w/Hard Bag - 114CE

Taylor GA Cutaway Acoustic Electric Sitka Spruce Top Walnut Back w/Hard Bag - 114CE
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The Taylor 114ce

Grand Auditorium

Taylor’s signature shape embodies the ultimate all-purpose acoustic.

Body Length: 20" / Body Width: 16" / Body Depth: 4 5/8"

Taylor's signature shape embodies the ultimate all-purpose acoustic.

  • An original Bob Taylor design introduced in 1994

  • Full in the lower register, present in the midrange, and sparkling on the treble strings

  • Our most popular shape and a good place to begin your search

Sitka Spruce

The soundboard choice for most guitars, Sitka spruce produces a broad dynamic range and accommodates a versatile range of playing styles.

Origin: Northwestern North America (Coastal Rainforests of Alaska and Canada)

As a guitar soundboard, or top, Sitka spruce is the tonewood standard of the modern era. It’s used on 85-90 percent of the guitars that Taylor makes. Its combination of strength and elasticity translates into a broad dynamic range, yielding crisp articulation and allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking. Sitka spruce is Bob Taylor’s personal favorite for an all-around great guitar.

Goes Well With: All styles of guitars and players.

Layered Walnut

Rich brown hues lend a pleasing aesthetic warmth to the guitars that showcase it.

Taylor uses layered woods for the back and sides of some of their guitars for their blend of sound quality, durability, and affordability. Layered wood construction also enables us to preserve tonewood resources. Although layered wood guitars won’t yield quite the same level of tonal complexity as an all-solid guitar, all are paired with a solid wood top to produce a rich, responsive voice that will continue to improve with time and extended play.
Layered walnut provides a strong backbone for Taylor's 100 Series, adding subtle touches of high-end sparkle together with midrange presence. An outer layer of walnut is overlaid onto a poplar core (with a layer of sapele on the other side). The layering process also allows us to bend an arch into the back for extra strength and produces a durable that travels well.

Expression System® 2

The Expression System® 2 captures more of a guitar’s dynamic properties using a breakthrough behind-the-saddle design.

The Taylor Expression System® 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. Together with Taylor’s custom-designed “professional audio”-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar.

Behind the ES2 Design: Rethinking the Piezo Pickup

For decades, piezo-electric transducers have been positioned under the saddle of a guitar based on the long-held belief that the string and top vibration cause the saddle to “bounce” up and down. But Taylor’s electronics team, led by developer David Hosler, discovered that the vertical movement is actually heavily restricted, and that the saddle gets “locked down” due to the string tension’s downward pressure. That’s why a traditional under-saddle pickup with piezo-electric crystals often responds with a sound often characterized as thin, brittle, brash or synthetic, especially with more aggressive playing.

The saddle’s natural range of movement as the guitar is being played is actually back and forth like a pendulum. That revelation led Taylor’s design team to relocate the crystals from under the saddle to behind it. The new positioning enables the crystals to respond more naturally to the guitar’s energy as it is transferred through the saddle. Three pickup sensors are installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, with three tiny Allen screws that calibrate the position of the sensors in relation to the saddle.

Like the original Expression System, the ES2 features the same volume and tone control knobs. The preamp is similar but with a slightly different gain structure. As a result it will be about 25 percent hotter, which is more in line with other pickups. This makes it plug-and-play friendly both for artists and live sound mixers.

Venetian Cutaway

The Venetian cutaway is known for its soft, round lines. The sloping peak of the cutaway will vary depending on the shape of the guitar.

Standard on all “ce” models in the 300 Series through the Presentation Series, the Venetian cutaway is known for its soft, round lines. The sloping peak of the cutaway will vary depending on the shape of the guitar. The Grand Concert, Grand Auditorium, and Grand Symphony have a steeper slope, while the Dreadnought and Jumbo are a bit flatter. Our Grand Concert nylon-string models also feature a subtle, flatter slope, while our 100 and 200 Series cutaway models incorporate our flattest slope.

X Bracing

X Bracing

The “X” pattern provides a continuous flow of strength from the upper bout to the lower bout, which provides rigidity despite the soundhole’s location in the middle of the soundboard. Our refined interpretations of this traditional bracing style have been adapted to produce pleasing volume, sustain and responsiveness, with signature clarity and balance across the tonal spectrum that has long been associated with our guitars. X bracing is used on our Baby, GS Mini, Academy, 100 and 200 Series.

Specifications - 114ce

Stock Code F101002111005151000
UPC 00887766099437
Number of Strings 6
String Orientation Right Handed
Body Shape Grand Auditorium
Bracing System X-Bracing
Cutaway Venetian
Color Natural
Electronics Expression System 2
Case / Bag Tan Structured Gig Bag
Top Wood Sitka Spruce
Back / Side Wood Walnut
Rosette White Plastic 3 Ring
Back Configuration Layered, 2-Piece
Body Binding Black
Armrest None
Top Finish Matte
Back / Side Finish Matte
Neck Wood Hard Rock Maple
Nut Width 1-11/16"
Neck Profile Standard Carve
Scale Length 25-1/2"
Backstrap None
Peghead Type Paddle
Fretboard Wood West African Crelicam Ebony
Peghead Veneer Wood West African Crelicam Ebony
Fretboard Inlay Faux Pearl 4mm Dots
Peghead Inlay None
Fretboard Binding None
Peghead Binding None
Neck Finish Matte
Peghead Finish Matte
Bridge West African Crelicam Ebony
Nut & Saddle White NuBone Nut, White Micarta Saddle
Bridge Pins Black ABS Plastic
Strings Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze Light (.012 - .053)
Pick Guard Black
Tuners Die-cast Chrome with Chrome Buttons
Strap Pin Chrome
End Pin Black