Taylor Acoustic Guitar Review! Cheap Taylor!
Taylor guitars are always amazing, but if you’re looking for a traditional-style guitar with class and versatility, you should consider the Taylor 314.
As indicated in the name (by the lack of a CE after the model number), this is an acoustic guitar with no cutaway.
The body is very similar to the traditional Dreadnought bodies, with a narrower waist.
This guitar has the look of that old-fashioned acoustic guitar your grandpa used to play, or that you see in cowboy movies where someone is strumming and singing a sad song next to a campfire.
Another great thing about this model is that it’s one of the less expensive Taylors on the market.
They’re not dirt cheap, by any means, but they are more affordable than the high-end guitars and still sound just as good!
The 314 combines some of Taylor’s most loved woods, a choice between a satin-finished Sapele body (sides and back) or one made of African mahogany, with a Sitka spruce top.
The fretboard and the bridge are both ebony, and the headstock is overlayed with Indian rosewood.
Tying all this together is a black binding that complements the woods nicely.
This is a good acoustic guitar for those who have a strong playing style and a passion for rhythm.
The woods chosen for the body gives a warm tone that effectively balances out the brightness that the Sitka top offers.
Together, you have a good middle-of-the-road sound that works well for several different kinds of music.
There is an almost delicate quality that’s really appealing to most.
One of the more common descriptions of the sound of this model is “dreamy.”
The only major complaint about this model that comes up fairly often is that there is more string buzz than with some guitars.
The lighter strings and lowered action contribute to this, but you can easily battle the problem with medium sized strings, or by raising the action (with the truss rod) somewhat.
It’s an easy fix, not something to deter most people from buying one.
Even though Taylor's 314 retails for around $1350, there are some great deals to be found if you shop around, and a common sale price for them is about a thousand dollars.
This “budget model” guitar is simple, but definitely worth a test run, because the sound is anything but budget.
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