Taylor 314 6 String Acoustic Guitar (Discontinued)

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96 out of 100. Incorporating 30+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$1,699
Taylor 314 Acoustic Guitar

The Taylor 314 sports a solid top as well as solid back and sides. Its Grand Auditorium shape provides versatility for both finger picking and strumming.

This was on our recommended list starting in November 2016 when we named the 314 as the Second Highest Rated Acoustic Guitar between $1,000 and $2,000. In January 2018 we announced that it had become the 3rd highest rated in that category.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Grand Auditorium
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Body: Solid Sapele back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss - Satin
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Standard Taylor neck
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Radius: 15"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.75"
  • Nut: Tusq
  • Saddle: Micarta

Pros

Every single one of the customer reviews I read were positive. The adjectives used to describe the construction quality included "perfect" and "exceptional". The quality of the sound was variously described as "beautiful", "fantastic" and "full and rich".

Cons

I did not find any negative reports about this guitar.

Overall

This guitar is used by players of a wide range of styles but was particularly popular with blues and fingerstyle players.

Below is another Meta-Review of the Taylor 314

The Grand Auditorium is Taylor’s signature body style, and was actually introduced by Bob Taylor (this happened in 1994). The body style is incredibly versatile, featuring a strong low-end response, punchy mids, and a sparkling high-end.

This body style is great if you’re looking for a quality guitar that can cover a ton of different styles of music. The guitar is responsive enough for light and intricate fingerstyle work, yet loud enough to work well as a primary rhythm instrument in an ensemble or band.

The 314 also comes with Sapele back and sides. In this case, the Sapele gives the 314 an almost piano like voicing. The guitar is full of complex and rich overtones, and retains them regardless of the genre/style played.

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