Taylor 414CE Ovangkol GA Acoustic Electric Guitar
Players continue to discover solid African ovangkol's responsive, rosewood-like tone, which pairs well with Sitka spruce and can accommodate a range of playing styles. White binding applies a crisp counterpoint against the gloss top and mottled brown hues of ovangkol, while the Expression System wires these guitars for high-fidelity amplified acoustic sound.
Taylor's most popular and versatile body shape, the mid-size Grand Auditorium arrived in 1994 bearing refined proportions that fell between a Dreadnought and Grand Concert. While the bigger Dreadnought was traditionally considered a flatpicker's guitar and the smaller Grand Concert catered to fingerstylists, 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's overall presence tracks well with other instruments both in a studio mix and on stage, and singer-songwriters have embraced its utility both for composing and traveling with one guitar. Many people want a single guitar that can cover a variety of styles, which is why the GA continues to be Taylor's bestselling shape. If you want a great all-purpose guitar, the multi-dimensional GA won't let you down.
The Taylor Relief Rout
Taylor's patented relief rout is a tone-enhancing voicing technique in which a groove is carved along the inside edges of the top. This groove is similar in function to the re-curve on a violin - it "loosens up" the edges of the top, generating extra flexibility without sacrificing structural integrity. They first began using this groove in 2002. The result is increased bass and volume with a balanced tone.
An alternative tonewood that joined the Taylor fold over a decade ago. It's sometimes mistakenly referred to as African mahogany because it closely resembles the West African wood khaya, which is commercially known as African mahogany. Sapele is a highly sustainable, relatively fast-growing wood. Tonally, it does everything that mahogany does, with a little extra treble zing. They'll be able to offer it for a long, long time.
Goes Well With: Everything. Like ovangkol, it's a great all-purpose tonewood that will deliver a consistent, balanced tone in a variety of playing applications, from fingerstyle to strumming.
The Venetian cutaway is known for its soft, round lines. The sloping peak of the cutaway will vary depending on the shape of the guitar. The Grand Concert, Grand Auditorium, and Grand Symphony have a steeper slope, while the Dreadnought and Jumbo are a bit flatter. Taylor's Grand Concert nylon-string models also feature a subtle, flatter slope, while Taylor's 100 and 200 Series cutaway models incorporate Taylor's flattest slope.
- Grand Auditorium: Taylor's signature shape is the ultimate all-purpose acoustic.
- Forward Shifted with Relief Rout
- Ovangkol: A rosewood relative with many of the same tonal properties.
- Venetian: A popular, softly rounded cutaway.
- Expression System: Faithfully amplify the warm acoustic sound of your guitar.
- Shape: Grand Auditorium
- Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
- Electronics: ES
- Back/Side Wood: Ovangkol
- Cutaway: Venetian
- Case: Taylor Standard Hardshell Black
- Bracing: Forward Shifted Pattern with Relief Rout
- Neck Width: 1-3/4"
- Number of Strings: 6
- Fretboard Radius: 15"
- Top Finish: Gloss
- Tuners: Taylor Chrome
- Back/Side Finish: Satin