What’s not to like about a nice-looking, simple-to-play Taylor with a great tone and powerful electronics? Even though most of the improvements over the original 214ce are aesthetic, there is enough substance to justify spending the additional money on the DLX version – unless you already own a 214ce, in which case you might be better off saving for anything in the 300 Series.
Natural 214ce Deluxe Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar The Grand Auditorium 214ce DLX is built with layered Indian rosewood back and sides, a Sitka spruce top, a full-gloss body, white binding, Small Diamond fretboard inlay, Venetian cutaway for a steeper slope, and easier access to the treble-side frets, Taylor Expression System electronics, and a Taylor standard hardshell case. The mid-size Grand Auditorium, Taylor’s most popular and flexible body type, debuted in 1994 with refined dimensions that fell between a Dreadnought and a Grand Concert.
While the bigger Dreadnought was traditionally considered a flatpicker’s guitar and the smaller Grand Concert catered to finger stylists, the GA was designed to deliver on both fronts. The shape produced an original acoustic voice that was big enough to handle medium-strength picking and strumming, yet with impressive balance across the tonal spectrum, especially in the midrange, producing clear, well-defined notes that suited both strumming and fingerstyle playing.
The GA was meant to offer on both fronts, whereas the larger Dreadnought was generally regarded as a flatpicker’s guitar and the smaller Grand Concert suited to finger stylists. The shape produced an original acoustic voice that was big enough to handle medium-strength picking and strumming while maintaining impressive balance across the tonal spectrum, especially in the midrange, producing clear, well-defined notes that were suitable for both strumming and fingerstyle playing.
Bracing with a Forward Shift For steel-string models, all of Taylor’s bracing is X-bracing. Despite the soundhole’s position in the middle of the soundboard, the “X” offers a continuous flow of strength from the top bout to the lower bout, providing stiffness. The 214ce K DLX incorporates Taylor’s Relief Rout, a tone-enhancing voicing method in which a groove is cut along the inside corners of the top to bring the X closer to the soundhole.