Taylor has redesigned their 600-series maple guitars, to much acclaim, and I'm the first to agree that this acclaim is totally justified. With torrefied (literally pre-baked) Sitka Spruce tops and new bracing for the maple backs, the only thing better than the tonal improvement is the cool new visual design changes. These include a gorgeous new stain for the back and sides—just check out that picture to the left—as well as new inlay and a striped ebony pick guard. I don't know why it took guitar builders so long to re-purpose their wood scraps into a beautiful design aesthetic, but the wood pick guards on Taylor's 800 and 600 series guitars just make so much sense.
While the smaller 612ce offers great balance and melody, I think the larger 614 does as you'd expect—it fattens up the tone nicely giving a little more guts to an already balanced sound. I think you'll like it.
- Grand Auditorium body size
- Torrefied Sitka Spruce over Hard Rock Maple
- Taylor ES2 onboard electronics
- Includes Taylor hardshell case