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Taylor 214ce 200 Series Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar

Piezo Pickup, Koa Body

Written by

Jed Van Wyngaardt

The Taylor 200 series of acoustics have been a great choice for musicians that need a premium quality instrument at a price that most people can afford. Made using the very popular Grand Auditorium body known for its versatility this 214ce guitar works great for both fingerpicking and strumming styles.

Brilliant Design

Taylor are known the world over for their ability to make high end acoustic guitar and the knowledge that goes into this and has bled down into the great value 200 series. Using Taylors signature Grand Auditorium design you manage to get a beautifully balanced sound that can easily cut through any mix. This makes the 214ce the perfect acoustic for those with so set style or sound and just need something that sounds great every night.

Wood Choices

To make sure you get the most out of the many hours of research and development that went into designing this guitar Taylor have made sure the woods are top notch. Made with Koa laminate back and sides with a solid sitka spruce top this guitar sounds huge! It resonates and projects wonderfully with a classic folk acoustic tone that plenty of you will love.

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. Taylor's electronics team 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.

Taylor moved the pickup 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. What this means is you get a warmer, richer sound. You can dig in and still sound great.

The ES2 features the same volume and tone control knobs as previous versions. 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.


  • Series: 200
  • String Type: Steel
  • Number of Strings: 6
  • Body Shape: Grand Auditorium
  • Body Style: Single Cutaway
  • Left-/Right-handed: Right-handed
  • Color: Natural
  • Top Finish: Gloss
  • Back & Side Finish: Satin
  • Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Back & Sides Wood: Layered Koa
  • Body Bracing: X-Brace (Forward Shifted Pattern)
  • Neck Wood: Sapele
  • Fingerboard Material: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Inlay: 4mm Dot Italian Acrylic
  • Binding: White
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Tuning Machines: Chrome (100/200)
  • Bridge Material: Ebony
  • Nut/Saddle Material: Tusq Nut/Micarta Saddle
  • Nut Width: 1.6875"
  • Body Length: 20"
  • Body Width: 16"
  • Body Depth:  4.625"
  • Electronics:  Expression System 2
  • Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light
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