The Taylor 914ce is one of those acoustics that guitar enthusiasts talk about with passion and excitement. Its craftsmanship, design, and detailed appointments have made it one of Taylor's most popular models — and for good reason. The 914ce features Indian rosewood back and sides with a solid Sitka spruce top for a full, expressive tonal signature that has to be experienced to be believed. A tropical mahogany neck with west African ebony fingerboard offers impeccable feel and response for both flatpicking and fingerpicking, making it ideal for a variety of genres. Detailed, high-end appointments on the 914ce include a west African ebony bridge, micarta saddle, black graphite nut, and V-class bracing — all of which add to the mind-blowing resonance and tonal enrichment of this amazing instrument. When you are ready to plug in, the 914ce features Taylor's Expression System 2 electronics for outstanding amplified acoustic tone. And to maximize comfort, the 914ce now features a Radius Armrest, offering a subtle contour that feels great whether you are sitting or standing during play.
Bracing is the internal framework of an acoustic guitar that helps shape its sound. With Taylor's V-Class bracing, an acoustic guitar top can be both stiff and flexible — for more volume and sustain. V-Class bracing provides stiffness parallel to the strings for more rigidity and hence sustain. Flexibility on either side generates the air movement necessary for robust projection. It's the best of both worlds. This groundbreaking innovation also improves intonation, not only producing notes that are louder and with longer sustain — but more in tune with each other. Guitarists at Guitar World have been blown away with the enhanced volume and sustain that this system delivers.
The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) built into the 914ce is a true standout in the field. Central to the ES2 are the three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors which work together to capture the most accurate, cleanest acoustic tone possible. In addition, a custom-designed preamp works in tandem with these sensors to further enhance the 914ce's natural tone. The ES2 is a favorite system among guitarists here at Guitar World.