Taylor and Martin are the top guitar manufacturer for me. Every guitarist knows these two brands and they have already established that the guitars they do are high quality. That’s why having a guitar made by these two companies is really a dream for most of us.
Since they produced high quality guitars, it comes with a price. And some of us doesn’t have the money to buy those, so we have no choice but to stare at these guitars in our local music store.
But luckily, these two companies didn’t forget the people who have tight budget (like me) and made guitars that are a little bit affordable compared to what they usually do.
Today, let’s take a look at one of the most affordable guitar of Taylor, the Taylor 114E.
My Rating: 4.6 out of 5
– Low end tones are rich
– Very comfortable neck
– Built is Superb Quality compared to other entry level guitar
– Stock Strings are Elixir
– Comes with a Padded Gig Bag
Sound Quality of Taylor 114E is Top Tier!
This guitar is really on another level compared to other entry-level guitars. Its low end tones are rich which is not common. Whether you are strumming or fingerpicking, you will hear that this guitar is really top notch.
It is also very responsive and every changes in playstyle will be expressed in a top tier level. Rock, Pop, Country, Blues, or any other genre, I’m sure that this guitar will satisfy you. When it comes to AMPLIFIED sound, there are people who are satisfied as they say that the pick up sounds natural and good, but there are also people who are not satisfied with it because they say it sounds hollow and cheap. Well, it really is dependent on your ears. But everyone will agree that the unplugged sound is FANTASTIC!
Many people experimented and tried every string gauge. They also tested it in different places. There conclusion, there is no string gauge or place that this guitar never sounded good. They have the same reaction, “you will always love it wherever you are”.
The Built is High Quality
Taylor knows how to build a guitar. They know what works best that’s why they are one of the top manufacturers. The woods they choose is superb quality. Taylor 114E has Solid Spruce Top and Layered Walnut back and sides which is a good combination. It will sound better as it age.
The neck of Taylor 114E is really comfortable. There are no sharp spots and if you examine it, the detail is really good and you can say that it is done excellently. You can’t find anything better than this except at Taylor.
Some people aren’t happy with the action (The distance between the strings and the fretboard) because it is high, especially in the higher frets. But this is adjustable if you are not happy about it. There are lot of people saying that this guitar will SING when it is set to medium to high action.
Guitar players who are just starting out will not benefit from high action guitars because it will be harder for them to play.
But this guitar should not be your first guitar, find other lower priced guitar and study how to properly take care of a guitar before upgrading to this guitar or any other pricier guitar so that you will not waste expensive guitars due to improper handling.
Unplugged or Plugged, This guitar is something
Whether you are playing on stage or doing gigs, or you are a recording artist, Taylor 114E will be a good choice for you.
Although in recording, this will not be your dream guitar as you need to have at least 3 to 4 times of price to get those rich tones and character you hear on professionals. Especially if your song relies heavily on acoustic, you may find it a bit lacking in character.
However, if you are just using acoustic as a support instrument, then this guitar will really fit in your mix.
On stage, hands-off to this guitar. Personally, I like the sound that comes out of the pick-up. You can freely express your music without worrying to the sound quality. It will be up to your skills.
In spite of all of this….it comes with a price
I tell you honestly, it is a little bit expensive compared to other entry-level guitars but every penny you spend on this guitar is not wasted. You can’t compare this to beginner’s guitar at 300$ price range. Those guitars are decent but this guitar is on another level.
If you really want to get serious in guitar and wants to upgrade, then this guitar is for you. You will not regret having this guitar so I suggest that you take time and save for this.
Should you buy it?
Well, yes if you have the budget. I always have the principle that don’t buy the high end first. Buy first the lower priced but good quality in order to learn how to take care for it. Taylor 114E is a fantastic guitar but will be wasted if not properly taken care of.
So if you already have an acoustic guitar and wants to upgrade, then I highly recommend this. Taylor guitars are sure to made in high quality and set up properly. It might be pricier compared to some guitar and you might think that this is overpriced, but no. It is worth every penny you’ll spend.
Taylor 114E is an excellent guitar. It is affordable compared to other Taylor guitars but a little bit pricier when you compare it to other entry-level guitars. But you can never compare its sound and built quality to the other entry-level guitars. They will never be on par with this! If you want to get serious, this guitar will help you achieve greater heights in playing.
What do you think about this guitar? Please do leave a comment. I would really love to talk to you about this things.
The Taylor 114E Review- Tasting your Dream Guitar at an Affordable Price
Taylor and Martin are the top guitar manufacturer for me. Every guitarist knows these two brands and they have already established that the guitars they do