Sporting an elevated set of visual appointments to set it apart from its standard counterpart, the 214ce Plus offers an appealing blend of tonal richness, power and versatility. A solid spruce top over layered rosewood back and sides generates a punchy midrange with remarkable clarity and balance, adaptable across different genres and playing styles. The Taylor Neck makes it easier to hold notes and chords, and the Venetian cutaway provides access to the guitar’s high register. The full-body gloss finish and black binding help give the 214ce Plus a stage-ready aesthetic, and with the built-in ES2 electronics, you’re all set for amplified situations. This model includes a durable AeroCase that’s less than one-third the weight of a hardshell case.
Taylor’s signature shape embodies the ultimate all-purpose acoustic.
- An original Bob Taylor design introduced in 1994
- Full in the lower register, present in the midrange, and sparkling on the treble strings
- Our most popular shape and a good place to begin your search
A rosewood veneer and layered construction present a beautiful aesthetic in a durable, affordable package.
Taylor’s layered backs and sides incorporate three layers of wood, featuring a middle core of poplar with a veneer on each side. While layered woods won’t produce quite as complex a sound as solid woods, they allow us to blend exotic looks with climate-resilient construction.
The soundboard choice for most guitars, Sitka spruce produces a broad dynamic range and accommodates a versatile range of playing styles.
As a guitar soundboard, or top, Sitka spruce is the tonewood standard of the modern era. It’s used on 85-90 percent of the guitars that Taylor makes. Its combination of strength and elasticity translates into a broad dynamic range, yielding crisp articulation and allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking. Sitka spruce is Bob Taylor’s personal favorite for an all-around great guitar.
Expression System 2
The Expression System 2 captures more of a guitar’s dynamic properties using a breakthrough behind-the-saddle design.
The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before. Together with Taylor’s custom-designed “professional audio”-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar.
The Venetian cutaway is known for its soft, round lines. The sloping peak of the cutaway will vary depending on the shape of the body.
A cutaway is the “scooped” indentation in a guitar’s upper, treble-side bout (near the neck), which allows access to the upper frets. Many electric players accustomed to having a cutaway gravitate toward the familiar feel of a cutaway acoustic guitar, especially if they play lead lines or chords in the upper register. Others simply like the extra musical range a cutaway allows. Cutaways are often favored as much for their aesthetic appeal as for their function. One common question is whether a cutaway diminishes the tonal output of an acoustic guitar in a significant way. The truth is not by much, because that particular portion of the soundboard doesn’t drive a lot of the tonal output. The taper of a guitar’s waist will actually have more of an impact on tone. Our opinion is that the access you gain to the upper register notes from a cutaway far exceeds the minimal reduction in tonal output. We offer two main cutaway styles: a softer Venetian (with several variations) and a sharper Florentine.
- Scale Length: 25-1/2″
- Pickguard: Tortoise
- Tuners: Taylor Nickel
- Strings: Phosphor Bronze Light
- Body Width: 16″
- Nut & Saddle: Nubone Nut, Micarta Saddle
- Truss Rod Cover: Black Plastic
- Number of Frets: 20
- Case: Aerocase
- Body Length: 20″
- Body Depth: 4 5/8″
- Binding Edge Treatment: Black
- Back Config: Layered
- Rosette Size: Three Ring
- Back/Side Finish: Gloss
- Backstrap Wood: None
- Stain/Sunburst: None
- Armrest: No
- Top Finish: Gloss
- Backstrap Finish: None
- Bridge Inlay: None
- Armrest Binding: None
- Rosette Material: Plastic
- Wedge: None
- Neck Width: 1-11/16″
- Fretboard Binding/Edge Treatment: None
- Type of Neck Joint: Taylor Neck
- Fretboard Wood: West African Crelicam Ebony
- Heel Length: 3-1/2″
- Fretboard Inlay: 4mm Dot Italian Acrylic
- Heel Cap Binding: Black
- Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
- Neck Finish: Satin
- Peghead Finish: Satin
- Peghead Type: Standard
- Headstock Overlay: West African Crelicam Ebony
- Peghead Logo: Taylor Colorcore
- Peghead Binding: None
- Peghead Purfling: None
- Peghead Inlay: None
- Bridge Pins: Black
- Fingerboard Ext: None
- Buttons: Nickel
- Edge Trim: Black/White/Black