The minute we unboxed this beauty we knew we were in for something special. Looks aside, there was a beast lurking beneath the hood and we were very excited to get our hands on her. What blew us away most was the outstanding midrange that revealed itself! Taylor is know for its amazing shimmering highs and its tight focused lows but sometimes, the kids have been left aside...well no longer. This piece of art has somehow brought a superbly balanced tonal landscape to bear and we are nothing less than thrilled. When played with a light attack or finger picking, the overtones would gently bloom out with a unique and steady compression to them. Once we applied a heavier hand and dug into the chords we were blown away by the sheer volume in this instrument. The sound also pushes dramatically further than we expected. We could not believe the huge differences in the tonal landscapes we were able to create within this one guitar.
Combining premium aesthetics with tone-enhancing details, the 900 Series is Taylor's flagship class of rosewood guitars. The 914ce acoustic-electric Grand Auditorium features revolutionary V-Class bracing, which boosts volume evenly across the tonal spectrum, increases sustain, and improves the natural intonation of the instrument by creating a more synergistic response from the soundboard. This fosters a more harmonious relationship between the notes you play, helping chords to ring out in cohesive splendor. If you're a guitarist who appreciates the robust lows and crisp highs of rosewood, you'll relish how well-mannered the overtones are as your notes bloom. The 914ce's premium features include a beveled ebony armrest for enhanced picking and strumming comfort, along with 21:1 Gotoh tuners for precise tuning. While you delight in its beautiful tone, your eyes will savor the 914ce's tasteful appointments, which include ebony binding, Taylor's paua-and-pearl Ascension fingerboard/peghead inlays, a paua rosette with koa and ebony purfling, and paua/koa body and neck trim.
Bracing is the internal framework of an acoustic guitar that helps shape its sound. Although X-bracing has been standard in acoustic guitars for over a century, it creates an innate conflict between two key elements of a guitar’s sound: volume and sustain. The guitar's top (its soundboard) contributes to both. The flexibility of the top generates volume (projection), while its stiffness generates sustain. And with X-braced guitar tops, here's where the trade-off comes in: when something is made stiffer, its flexibility is reduced (and vice versa).
V-Class bracing changes all that. 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 Sweetwater are gobsmacked.