MGR/Gary in WV 11/05/2003

Taylor 614ce : MGR/Gary in WV's user review

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Last August while visiting family in New York City, I decided to go guitar shopping. I'd been entertaining the idea of getting a new axe for quite some time. I go to Sam Ash Music on 48th Street(music store row) and I'm like a kid in a candystore. Their line of Taylors caught my attention immediately. I'd never played a Taylor but had heard others on Taylor and liked their sound. Well, I was hooked straight away. Especially the 614ce with it's beautiful bigleaf maple back and sides and stunning finish. And, what a sound!
Just to be fair to myself (and all the other guitar manufacturers), I played about 50 guitars in two days but I kept coming back to the 614.
Day 2 at Sam Ash a deal was struck and I bought the Taylor for $2500 on their 6 months same as cash deal and had them ship it to my home in WV to save about $200


The 614ce has the sound that I have been looking for in a guitar all my life. It has the sweetest tone,unbelievable sustain, and every note and chord just sounds like liquid gold flowing from the soundhole. Good lows, crisp highs, awesome middle, and balanced throughout the range.
This Taylor is the easiest guitar to play that I have ever had. It feels kinda like playing an electric. Good smooth action, perfect intonation all the way up as high as you can get. I have never had a guitar with a cutaway and this has opened up a whole new world for me and acoustic guitars.
This guitar is just a pleasure to play. After a couple of days I realized that the Taylor had made a twice as good of a guitar player!

I can't think of anything that I don't like about this guitar. I thought that it would be nice if it had a little more bottom end, but after having it a few months now, it's really fine.
I started noticing a nagging buzz coming from different strings at different times and it was starting to really bum me out, but then I figured out that it was the pickup leads just laying in the wrong place and all it would need was a little shake to make it go away.

Taylors are amazingly well crafted. It's hard to believe that they are a production guitar. The abalone inlay on the fingerboard and rosette is incedibly beautiful. It's truly a work of art!

I have had Martins, Gibsons, and Guilds, but this is by and large the best sounding, easiest playing guitar I have had yet. Get a Taylor

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