Taylor 314ce
Taylor 314ce

314ce, Acoustic-electric Folk/Western guitar from Taylor in the 300 series.

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Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 17 reviews )
 14 reviews82 %
 2 reviews12 %
 1 user review6 %
Value For Money : Correct
heads on fire02/28/2012

heads on fire's review"Incredible instrument."

Taylor 314ce
MSRP $2,238
Shape Grand Auditorium
Top Wood Sitka Spruce
Electronics ES®
Back/Side Wood Sapele
Cutaway Venetian
Case Taylor Standard Hardshell Black
Bracing Forward Shifted Pattern with Relief Rout
Neck Width 1-3/4"
Number of Strings 6
Fretboard Radius 15"
Top Finish Gloss
Tuners Taylor Chrome
Back/Side Finish Satin
Fretboard Wood Ebony
Number of Frets 20
Neck Finish Satin
Scale length 25-1/2"
Fretboard Inlay 4mm Dots
Bridge Inlay None
Binding Black
Fretboard Binding Black
Heel Cap Binding Black
Sound hole binding None
Pickguard Tortoise
Neck/Heel Tropical Mahogany
Peghead Finish Satin
Headstock Overlay Indian Rosewood
Bridge Pins Ebony
Nut & Saddle Tusq
Brand of Strings Elixir Light
Buttons Chrome
Edge Trim None
Rosette Size Three Ring
Peghead Binding None
Truss Rod Cover Indian Rosewood
Heel length 3-1/2"
Peghead Purfling None
Peghead Inlay None
Peghead Logo Taylor Colorcore
Peghead Type Standard
Type of Neck Joint Scarf Wedge


Bob Taylor's company has been making great guitars for a long time. This is absolutely no exception. The 314ce is a masterful creation of an acoustic instrument. It has exceptional playability, a great look, amazing attention to detail in both design and workmanship, and the tone is fantastic, both unplugged and electrified. I really couldn't ask for much more from a guitar from a playability standpoint.


I'm giving this guitar a 10 on sound quality. It is an incredible instrument for tone - the sapele body has a bit darker timbre than a typical dreadnought, but the spruce top keeps the clarity there. The shape has a bit of a jumbo shaped bout, only smaller, with a tucked in waist, so it can project plenty of volume but retain definition on fingerstyle passages. Percussive-style guitar playing sounds great on here, with plenty of woody thump to accompany the bell-like harmonics. The ES system also excels in electronics for an acoustic, presenting the sound engineer with a highly accurate picture of what the guitar actually sounds like to the performer. It's great!


This is a wonderful instrument. The luthiers at Taylor have come up with a nice all-around guitar that is equally at home strumming, picking, shredding, or being gently tickled. It is a highly responsive axe that is sure to satisfy even the pickiest player. Being on the pricey side, it can put a serious dent in the wallet, but it is not priced inordinately high - this guitar is worth the dough. Very recommended.

iamqman's review"Nice intro"

Taylor 314ce
Taylor is in my opinion the best acoustic guitar manufacturer in the world. They build some of the best sounding acoustic guitars that have a distinct but yet a very percussive and great sounding instrument. This is a 314 CE series guitar which is one of the lower-level models. I believe it's the first model that is built in the United States. The 100 and 200 series I believe are built in Mexico where this is the first of the models that is built in the United States. Overall this is a cool guitar but there are other guitars out there that can get a better sound for the money.


Taylor 314ce Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:

Finish - Satin with Gloss Top
Type/Shape - 6-String Grand Auditorium
Back & Sides - Sapele
Top - Sitka Spruce
Soundhole Rosette - Wood Fiber
Neck - Tropical American Mahogany
Fretboard - Ebony
Fretboard Inlay - Large Pearl Dots
Headstock Overlay - Indian Rosewood
Binding - Black Fiber
Bridge - Ebony
Nut & Saddle - Tusq
Tuning Machines - Chrome-plated Taylor Tuners
Installed Strings - Elixir Light Gauge Strings with NANOWEB Coating
Scale Length - 25-1/2 Inches
Truss Rod - Adjustable
Neck Width at Nut - 1-3/4 Inches
Number of Frets - 20
Bracing - Scalloped, X-Brace
Cutaway - Venetian
Electronics - Taylor Expression System
Body Width - 16 Inches
Body Depth - 4 5/8 Inches
Body Length - 20 Inches
Overall Length - 41 Inches
Included Case - Taylor Hardshell


There's not a lot of features involved in this guitar but it has a great sound great tone for someone is looking for that expensive acoustic sound. This guitar has a nice lady tone that sounds pretty good and pretty much anything that you put it. Overall this is a great sounding instrument and if you're on a budget then I suggest looking elsewhere because these guitars around a hefty price. It has that nice deep mahogany wood tone that is very inviting and fun to play.


If you find a tailor 314 CE series new phone right around $1600. That's a pretty expensive price for a tasty guitar for most musicians but if you're wanting to step up to a nice solid acoustic tone then this is the best and first option that I would go with as far is Taylor guitars come. The 100 and 200 series don't really sound as good as the 314 series in my opinion but if you really want to step up to the great sounding guitar then I suggest going with 414 CE Taylor. I would not buy this guitar unless it was used somewhere. It has a good sound but not for the money. I would rather step into a smaller builder that puts more of their artwork into the build process of the guitar.
MGR/Derek Mok12/08/2008

MGR/Derek Mok's review"Taylor 314CE"

Taylor 314ce
This is a Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric guitar with a cutaway, and Taylor's celebrated Expression System electronics. It is finished in natural, with a spruce top, sapele body and mahogany neck. believe it came strung with Elixir strings

Primarily a singer, I've been playing guitar for about 10 years, been in a band (drummer!), and have continued to record and play with other musicians on a non-professional basis. My styles range from folk to hard rock, with heavy power-pop leanings -- Big Star, not Green Day.

I bought this guitar at Guitar Center in Sherman Oaks, CA for about $1700. I had outgrown my Martin DCX1E and was looking for an upscale acoustic guitar.

This guitar is a perfect summary of all of Taylor's strengths. It plays extremely comfortably, the sound is bright with much depth and projection, the fretboard and neck are as creamy on the left hand as they can be, and the string spacing are perfect for both fingerstyle and flatpicking. The Expression System electronics are a knockout live, sounding crisp and much more organic than any other piezo or magnetic pickup.

I find the cut of the Grand Auditorium shape more appealing than a dreadnought or a jumbo, reducing play fatigue yet still retaining volume and body. And the guitar comes with a very plush Taylor case with the softest interior I've seen on a case, and lots of storage

The particular guitar I bought has a "knot" on the top, a white streak that mars the figure of the guitar's top. I've seen this on other Taylors of this price range, and while the sound and feel still convinced me to go with it, I don't consider this cosmetic flaw a great thing for a guitar of this price. And this is a Taylor, known for bright and sparkly sounds rather than woody warmth. If you want a boomy bass and a very old-time woody sound, this guitar may not be a good match for you. However, since I prefer a more modern, rock-ish acoustic sound with good treble cut, the Taylor sound works for me.

Superb, except for the cosmetic flaw above. The neck is beautiful, as are the sapele back and sides, which have a satin finish that feels very snug to the player.

I'd dare say this was my dream acoustic guitar. It's one of those guitars that can improve your playing due to their superior design and build, an instrument that will last you a lifetime. If you like its basic sonic character, you won't need another acoustic guitar.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/D. M. Wood09/21/2004

MGR/D. M. Wood's review"Taylor 314CE"

Taylor 314ce
I bought this guitar from Strings and Things in Memphis, TN for $1349.00.

This guitar has an incredible, full sound. I liked the Grand Auditorium design, but the Taylor was the first one I played. The look and beautiful finish on this guitar made it stand out. There were other Taylors, Takamines, Ovations, and Martins in the store, but after playing them all, I came back to the 314ce because I just loved the sound. Also, it was equipped with a Fishman Stereo Blender preamp. I understand that most 314ce's came with the Fishman Prefix Plus prior to the new Expression System Taylor is now using.

The saddle tended to saw the recommended .010 gauge strings in half when I played vigorously. Switching to .013 strings solved the problem.

Mahogany sides and back, Sitka Spruce top. What can I say? It's a Taylor.

This a beautiful, great sounding guitar. I wish I had another just like it with the Expression System Taylor uses now.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

MGR/seathree's review"Taylor 314CE"

Taylor 314ce
Had a Martin DCME on layaway at another shop, and found this 314CE at Sigler Music. Had played a 314CE before, but this one just felt way too familiar. Cancelled my Martin, and paid $1300 cash.

Fishman electronics are state of the art, and this guitar plays like something costing twice as much. My first Taylor, but not my last.

So far, the only problem is not having enough time to play it.

It's a Taylor, period. Their reputation for fit, finish, and quality of construction is not a myth....they earned it.

They are expensive, and not advertized much. There are also other great manufacturers out there in similar price ranges. However, if you find a Taylor that speaks to you the way this one did me, buy it...........right then.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

MGR/Anonymous's review"Taylor 314CE"

Taylor 314ce
Acquired in September, 2000 at Diapasão (music store). Paid 440.000 PTS (taxes included).

Heard and read several comments about Taylor acoustic guitars but never played one. They are rare in Portugal, Diapasão only receives a few every year.

Fantastic tone and intonation, bass and treble very present. Excellent playability (everything sounds). Fishman preamp already fitted. Simple look and decoration. 1 3/4 with at neck makes it very good for fingerpicking.

After playing it for 2 months I'm completely satisfied. I have no comments against anything.

I'm not an expert but the fantastic intonation and the sound quality have much to do with the contruction.

It's not cheap, but it has everything I would expect from a quality instrument. I also tried the 414CE but like the 314CE sound much better.

this review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

MGR/Anonymous's review"Taylor 314CE"

Taylor 314ce
I made my purchase in store at the guitar center (NJ). I spent 1300.00 after tax

I found this model to have the sweetest tone and balance after playing the 414,614 both of which are considerably more money than the 314ce i purchased.


A well designed n solid guitar. It has all the attributes of a guitar costing much more.

Play it n you'll love it

this review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

soleil1960's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent guitar"

Taylor 314ce
Made in USA with cutaway and Taylor Expression amplification system


The handle Taylor is a very easy, the ebony fingerboard provides good comfort and softness.
The cutaway, in addition to being very ergonomic, is also very beautiful to my taste.
The sound is really great as well in picking strumming.


I play mostly American FOLK (Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash ...) and it is perfect. I just love the sound I prefer not amplify.


I use it for 3 months and I'm not tired. I had tried in a music store and I broke up with her for over an hour.
I had other guitars before as Simon and Patrick "Rosewood" Seagull "S6" and "Mosaic Artist", which is true, all very good guitars. But I think the Taylor 314 CE above the rest.
She has a very good projection and sound good at it, both round and warm, which is normally found on more tables in cedar, while the latter is spruce.
In addition, 900 euros used I can say it is a very good deal.
If my budget had allowed, I'll be gone for an EC 414. Unfortunately, she never coast below 1200 or 1300 euros used.
So at this price, I do it again the same choice with pleasure.

Axlslash's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Exceptional!"

Taylor 314ce
All this is on the site Taylor ... I take 2 points for the expression system, we will return ...


The handle is a pure delight. I would have liked to test new, where access to acute is even easier, but already there ... And anyway, we go up to three hours!

Ergonomics, I find it beautiful, the handling is easy, short, brilliant.


I play a little of everything. Tommy Emmanuel majority, a little jazz, we just do everything with. It is more versatile than the martin in the same price range, this is definitely a guitar to do everything.

Forget reviews that say it is not great in fingerpicking ...

I play on a Roand AC60, I like the sound but it is not excellent. I intend to add an LR Baggs rosette to combine it with the expression system.

Main concern of the ES: its sensitivity. I have a little old house, and when the earth is not "optimal", it cracks a bit, you need a quiet environment ... I still put 9 because I am filled elsewhere.


It's been six months so that I play with Elixir Phosphor Bronze 11-52.

I took a day to choose from. I played the 214, 114, which have nothing to do. Not really like the 312 and 316 as well, especially aesthetically. I also tested the Martin in the same budget, but I much preferred. I think that it is mounted in-store with very good strings play a lot, I hate Martin strings.

Value for money ... I can not say I do not have enough experience on it. I remake this choice is clear.

But: pure acoustic version, just to save a little, and I go up one M80 LR Baggs.

I made a video that really makes her level, easily findable on the tube to help people looking for the next, because I did not find anything great when it was me who was looking for.

In any case, I love her, she is beautiful, nice and sounds beautifully ....

mattcoleclark's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Taylor is ... t"

Taylor 314ce
see description Ergonomics Taylor


perfect love! So delicately


point! The acoustic sound is superb. The dam provides a soft scallop with lots of bass. But forget to do with picking.

The prampli Expression System with two sensors under the table and the sensor in the handle is a disaster!! a death blow, especially on an EAR. On a SR is a little better. Exclusive remedy for attnuer: connect in symmetrical. Otherwise forget to use the studio ... Better to take the acoustic MODEL and the team a B-band style Pramper or AER AK15 +


I use it for 3 years is a superb acoustic guitar but once connected, you really do feet and hands to remove this breath of m. .. What took Mr. Rupert Neve for prampli also make a mediocre! Incomprhensible really ...