If you’re looking for your new guitar then welcome! In this feature, we’ll be guiding you through the wonderful world of Taylor Guitars. Taylor is a company synonymous with acoustic and acoustic-electric models that are suitable for all ages and abilities. In this guide, we’re going to take a closer look at five of the best Taylor guitar options and assess the pros and cons of each. We’ll then answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Taylor Guitars.
The company itself was founded in 1974 by Bob Taylor. Since then, Taylor Guitars has gone on to become one of the leading guitar manufacturers in the world, producing over 130,000 items per day.
They specialize in acoustic and semi-hollow electric models whilst using a number of innovative techniques and patented designs. These designs and innovations, along with the use of materials such as Oak and Mahogany mean that Taylor Guitars are considered very good quality.
Despite having product lines that sit both ends of the pricing scale, this quality is always guaranteed.
Whether you’re totally new to the guitar world or a seasoned vet, once you’ve read our guide you’ll know precisely which model is for you. Don’t forget that once you’ve decided on which model to get you can get advice on accessories you’ll need, guitar maintenance as well as amps and pedals, should you require them.
But first, let’s take a look at an overview of our five favorite Taylor Guitars.
You’ll probably have heard of Taylor before and maybe even played a couple, but have you ever really thought about what it is that makes them so desirable? In this section, we’ll talk in a little more detail about why exactly Taylor Guitars has become such a popular producer of acoustic and acoustic-electric models.
Whatever your preferred style of play maybe, you can be sure that there is a Taylor suited to you. Enjoy booming chorus lines, complicated licks, or need access to upper frets? There are multiple models built with those needs in mind.
Taylor Guitars has a reputation for producing instruments that have exceptionally comfortable necks. They actually describe it as the ‘most playable neck in the industry’! The necks on Taylor Guitars are straight and stable when compared with competing brands.
This means that they hold their shape really well and don’t warp in warm or humid conditions. Support is maintained on a Taylor Guitar all the way through to the 19th fret, again meaning that the longevity of these guitars is excellent.
This innovative neck design is a great example of some of the patented technology that goes into these products and is one of the many reasons people love them so much.
It’s always nice to emulate your heroes and if playing the same instrument as them helps you to achieve that then a Taylor could be for you. Some of the most famous musicians on the planet use Taylor Guitars including; The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews, Taylor Swift, RJ Thompson and Shawn Mendes to name a few. Great company to keep!
By this, we mean anyone who really wants to get the most out of their instrument. If tuning your guitar to perfection is important to you then some of the high-end Taylors could be right up your street.
Tonal quality and overall playability is key to the production process at Taylor and it really does shine through into their products. No matter your ability, these guitars will help you improve.
Like all the best things in life, Taylor Guitars get better and better with maturity. Thanks to the beautiful balance between the quality tonewoods and delicate production processes used by Taylor, the worst your guitar will ever sound is the day you buy it (so long as you take excellent care of it!). One thing to remember with Taylor’s, particularly the really high-end ones, is that the more you play it, the better it will sound.
If portability is a key element that you’re looking for in your next instrument then you’re looking at the right brand. Taylor’s ‘baby’ series are some of the best compact models on the market. Perfect if you’re on the go or on a budget, the Baby Taylors are perfect for those evenings by the campfire. We’ll take an in-depth look at one of our favorite Baby Taylors a little later on.
We’re diving straight in at the deep end here and taking a closer look at the 814ce. The 814ce is regarded as one of the best Taylor’s available and is arguably their flagship model. The price point reflects this but you really do get what you pay for.
The 814ce is essentially an updated version of one of Taylor’s original and best-loved models, the 800. Thankfully Taylor has done the classic guitar justice and has added a multitude of features that result in an instrument that retains the Taylor clear voice but also boosts the mid-range and thickens the highs.
Another key element of this fantastic instrument is that it is an acoustic-electric model. So, if plugging into an amp and turning up the volume is your thing then you’re in luck.
Next up on our list is another of Taylor’s premium models. The 614ce is another successful rehash of an older Taylor design, the 600 series. The 600 series is regarded as another classic Taylor that helped originally establish the brand. With the 614ce, Taylor has once again done their older guitars justice.
Traditionally, the best acoustic guitars have been made from Mahogany or Rosewood. Taylor broke from this tradition when designing the 614ce as they went with a Maple body. Despite this seemingly risky strategy this guitar has to be considered as one of the best Taylors available. It is on the pricey side but for your money, you’ll be getting a high-quality instrument that produces a clear, deep bass and is a joy to play.
The 141ce is a relatively recent release from Taylor having been brought out in 2018. It is one of their more versatile models and really caters to the musician who likes to experiment with multiple different playing styles and genres.
The sounds produced by the 414ce are as you’d expect, rich, balanced and true. There are also no notable overarching tones or dominating frequencies which is a major plus.
The combination of tonewoods used on this particular model helps deliver a broad, articulate and dynamic range. This range really adds to the versatility of the 414ce.
Like the previous models that have made our list, the 414ce is an acoustic-electric guitar so users benefit from the best of both worlds. If you’re a guitarist who values being able to adapt their sound then this versatile option could be for you.
The 200 series recently added to the range of Taylors has come as a welcome shift from tradition for many musicians. This is largely down to the pricing of this particular model and the fact that it comes in at less than half the price of the flagship 800 series.
The usually high prices of Taylor guitars is understandable given the quality of the workmanship and materials that go into each and every instrument. That being said, given slightly more budget-conscious buyers a solid option further down the scale is a very welcome move.
The 200 series by no means sacrifices feel or overall sound, instead it benefits from the deep richness that comes with all dreadnought style Taylors. The electrics, too, are designed and built in house to carry the same quality as the rest of the model.
The Taylor Baby Taylor, or BT2, is one of the brand’s ¾ size models. It is perfect for guitarists who need a little more portability from their instrument and serves as a great guitar for beginners who are learning the ropes.
Despite this appeal to beginners, this model should not be written off by the more experienced player. The smooth, mellow tones produced by this purely acoustic model are more than enough to be taken seriously as a ‘real’ guitar. The guitar itself is made from Mahogany which gives richness to the mellow tones this guitar produces so well.
This is another Taylor model that will appeal to those on more of a budget. It sits below the 200 series and provides an excellent option to beginners and seasoned guitar gods alike.
We get asked all the time about Taylor Guitars seeing as they’re one of the most popular brands on the planet. Here, we’ll outline the most common ones.
Answer: Ever since 1999, Taylor has used Elixir Strings on all steel-string models and currently use their ultra-thin NANOWEB design. In 2014 they switched from 80/20 Bronze to Phosphor Bronze on most steel-string acoustic models.
Answer: Yes, all Taylor guitars come with a manufacturer’s warranty. The length and terms of these warranties vary depending on where in the world you purchased your guitar. However, the standard length found in most countries is 2 years.
Answer: Yes, you can! You can visit the factory where the vast majority of Taylor Guitars are produced in El Cajon, California. There are factory tours run by Taylor that allows visitors to get a sense of the intricacies that go into modern guitar production.
Answer: To get the most out of your guitar and to ensure that it lasts a lifetime you will need to commit to regularly maintain it as often as possible. The do’s and don’ts of guitar care are worth an entire piece to itself so we recommend reading further about guitar maintenance here.
We’ve had great fun looking through some of our favorite Taylors. The brand has such a global presence for a reason – they make excellent instruments. For that reason, it was always going to be tricky to pick a definitive winner.
If you’re after a fantastic option as a beginner or at the lower end of the pricing scale and don’t mind the smaller size, then the Baby Taylor is pretty hard to overlook. As long as you are committed to looking after this model and maintaining it properly then you’ll have a lovely portable guitar for a very long time.
However, despite the allure of Baby Taylor’s style and simplicity, we simply couldn’t pick any other than the flagship 814ce as our overall winner. The 814ce comes with an elegance rarely found and produces some of the most gorgeous tones imaginable whilst remaining in tune for great lengths of time and being great to look at.
If you are happy with paying the premium price tag then you can’t go wrong. This is a real top-of-the-range instrument in every way imaginable.
Jodie is a trained classical guitarist. She is also a full-time blogger and loves to write about different types of guitars. Just give her 60 seconds of your time, and she’ll tell you all that you need to know about any guitar of your choice.
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