This indeed is my second taylor. I've looked at Martins, but the new neck design, sound and feel of the Taylor 414-ce won me over. It's a very personal instrument that reponds well to skilled and not so skilled hands. You can view this guitar at www.taylorguitars.com
Model Year: 2001
Price: $1700.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Authentic Guitars
Made in the U.S.A. The 414-CE "6 string" features for the back and sides a warm african hardwood named ovangkol. Mahogany, rosewood and ebony makes up the neck and headstock. Solid sitka spruce is used for the top. Twenty nickle plated frets and grover tuners make up the hardware. The 414-CE Grand Auditorium comes with an attractive venetian cut and onboard Fishman prefix plus electronics. Large white pearl dots and white binding complete the look. There's a high gloss finish on the top and satin finish on the back and sides.
The action on the guitar is perfect for any fingerstyle player-Bar-none! It's also an excellent guitar for light strumming.
I play blues, rock, jazz, ragtime and classical on this guitar and it handles all genres beautifully. Keep in mind that this is a powerful instrument that offers deep soulful nuanced tones, and will in my opinion handle anything anyone can throw at it.
Due to the nature of solid wood and how it responds to atmospheric changes, you will need to humidify or dehumidify, depending on your location. In other words, don't forget to baby your baby. As far as the mechanics of the instrument, they're as perfect as day one. The only thing I've needed to change and adjust are the strings. If you take care of your Taylor, your Taylor will take care of you. Therefor I give this the highest rating.