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Taylor 214 Acoustic Guitar Review

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Taylor 214 Acoustic Guitar Review

This review was submitted by Guitar Jar contributor: Ben Clarke

After owning a few budget acoustic guitars I decided to purchase a quality guitar that would last me for a good few years. I was after an acoustic that I could play at church on a Sunday and still get funky when jamming with friends.

I spent a long time going round shops and looking online until I finally went to a shop and tried a 2003 Taylor 214-L3, which is pretty much the same as the standard 214 except for a few cosmetic changes.

The shop assistant informed me how Taylor changed the 214 in 2005 from having solid-wood back and sides to laminate. The pre-2005 214 models are the same as the current 314 models which are around £500 more expensive. After playing the guitar a few times it was apparent it was what I was looking for and after a bit of haggling, I purchased it.

Features:

  • Pre-2005 model:
  • Grand Auditorium body
  • Solid spruce top
  • Solid Sapelle back and sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fret board
  • Dot inlay
  • Black plastic bindings
  • ES blue pickup
  • Satin finish
  • Taylor hard case

Ease of use:

The Taylor 214 has a much thinner neck than most acoustic guitars. The action is low making it very easy to play and there’s nice spacing between the strings for finger picking. This is a light guitar meaning it’s pretty easy on your shoulders when playing for long durations.

Sound quality:

Grand Auditorium bodies are traditionally more suited for finger picking and this guitar excels at this style, however the guitar also really sounds awesome when strummed, which is how I play at church. You can really get a great range of sounds out of this beauty. It’s not often I plug this guitar into a PA but the few times I have its sounded good.

Reliability:

Nothing has gone wrong in the time I have had it.

Overall rating:

I think this guitar gives you so much value for money as it sounds and feels like a guitar costing twice the price. It’s simple yet classic looks will still grab your attention and I am so happy with mine – I recommend it to everyone.

This review was submitted by Guitar Jar contributor: Ben Clarke

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  • Thanks for the contribution Ben. I saw a good range of Taylors at PMT in Bristol the other day. They sound really good and I’m seriously tempted!

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