While it's not built for the most aggressive playing styles?ó?é¼?Ç¥overloading the top results in a loss of articulation and detail?ó?é¼?Ç¥the 814ce would be just the right instrument for holding down bass lines and chord work in an acoustic ensemble. Its fullness and dynamic capability would also make it ideal for solo fingerstyle work or strumming vocal accompaniment. It is perhaps not the loudest guitar Taylor makes, but it is easily loud enough to hold its own in a group of instruments, and it projects beautifully, producing room-filling bloom and articulation.
The 814ce also comes equipped with the Taylor Expression System (ES). Designed in 2003 in conjunction with audio pioneer Mr. Rupert Neve, the ES combines an onboard preamp and three magnetic sensor pickups (one under the fretboard and two under the soundboard) to capture and convert the vibrations of the strings and soundboard. The system promises to deliver the guitar's true, natural tone, and I can report splendid resul