The distinctive Taylor 200 Series Deluxe category is loaded with high-end performance appeal. The Grand Auditorium 214ce-K DLX features beautiful layered koa back and sides, a solid Sitka spruce top, a full-gloss body, white binding, Small Diamond fretboard inlays, Venetian cutaway and Taylor Expression System 2 electronics.
- Body Shape: Grand Auditorium
- Colour: Natural
- Finish: Gloss
- Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
- Back & Sides Wood: Hawaiian Koa
- Body Bracing: Forward Shifted X-bracing
- Binding: Pale, Non-figured Maple
- Neck Wood: Neo-Tropical Mahogany
- Fingerboard Material: West African Ebony
- Fingerboard Inlay: Small Diamonds
- Number of Frets: 20
- Scale Length: 25.5"
- Tuning Machines: Taylor Gold
- Bridge Material: Ebony
- Nut/Saddle Material: NuBone/Micarta
- Nut Width: 1.75"
- Electronics: ES-2
“Irrelevant of any sound implications, koa is a highly-prized, attractive wood, and with a full-gloss finish to the body - instead of the standard gloss top/ satin back and sides - this DLX model looks a whole lot more expensive. There are subtle touches such as cream, instead of white, edge binding and small diamond pearloid inlays over the standard models' dots.
But the major change that'll affect any gigging musician is the inclusion of Taylor's dual-transducer original Expression System, which has powered every Taylor guitar from the 300 series upwards for the past decade and hasn't been available on the 200s before - they've used the ES-T under-saddle system.
If you've never played a Taylor - where have you been? - this koa 214ce would be a perfect entry point. And for any players who might have been put off by Taylor's almost clinical precision, again this one's worth a look.
The satin neck finish is much more open-pore in feel, which lends a really organic feel to the neck. The profile is less slim than you might be led to believe, too; a hint of a V in the lower positions is really comfortable for thumb-around styles, and as you progress up the neck it rounds out a little for a fuller oval, but is not over-deep for thumb-behind lead lines.
Setup is typically good, too - light but not overly so, and intonation is excellent: high-fret notes meld with open-string drones without any adjustment. In fact, the perfectly serviceable generic enclosed tuners were rarely used apart from for detuning.
The grand auditorium is bigger than it looks, with the same length and width as Taylor's dreadnought; the difference lies in the more pinched waist that, certainly in its non-cut guise, seems like an OM that's been inflated.
With its cutaway - a flat Venetian-style used on the Mexican guitars, rather than the slightly upturned cutaway of the USA models - it assumes a more classic and modern Taylor-esque appearance, even though the cutaway almost references the classic Django Reinhardt Selmer-Maccaferri design. Kinda cool.
There seems to be a little more looseness than previous 200s we've played, too. Whether that's actually true is hard to quantify, but there's a give to the sound with a clean and clear tonality that's less pristine, perhaps, than some of the upper-level models. Think classic dreadnought with a bit more lower-mid definition and you'll get the idea.
Taylor's Expression System has its fans and detractors, but running through our LR Baggs Venue DI into a Line 6 Stage Source it's a pretty natural reflection of the guitar's acoustic performance, certainly in lower positions.
Taylor's grand auditorium is the definition of the modern electro steel-string, and this deluxe version is well aimed. With its upgraded pickup system, all-gloss exotic wood body and a hard case, while you can't call a four-figure sum a 'steal', in reality it is. It's superb.”
This Taylor 214ce-K DLX is in excellent condition. It has been used professionally on a regular basis, but has been well looked after. It has been set up nicley, and plays well in all positions.
It has a few minor marks but nothing significant. Very little fret wear. It is structurally sound, has been played in, and has a soul and sound all of its own.
Comes in its Taylor hard case in good condition.