The Taylor 214ce doesn't really need much introduction—as the pinnacle of Taylor's Tecate-built guitars, it's a great combination of affordable design and great tone. Even though I'm surrounded by some of the finest guitars in the world here in the shop, at home, the acoustic I most often pick up is my son's 214ce. It does a great job for a guitar that sells under $1000.
I think the new Koa Deluxe model listed here does that guitar one better—or, perhaps, even two better. The Deluxe versions that Taylor introduced in 2014 feature a gloss back and sides and the standard Taylor ES, both upgrades. But the real difference here is in the koa. Solid koa tends to favor crispness and clarity over lushness and boominess, but I wasn't certain until I pulled this out of the box whether the laminate koa would bring the same magic. It does. As you can hear in our video, the koa gives this guitar a really enjoyable ring under either a light touch or heavier strumming. This one's a keeper.
- Grand Auditorium body shape
- Sitka Spruce over Koa back and sides
- Taylor ES2 onboard electronics
- Includes Taylor hardshell case