2013 Taylor 414ce Spring Limited


Granadillo’s rosewood-like tonal properties yield a broad spectrum of sound, with clear articulation and an additional bell-like sparkle that enhances the sustain. Paired with a Sitka spruce top, the Grand Auditorium 414ce-LTD makes a great all-around guitar, accommodating range of styles and applications. Unique features include a granadillo bridge and headstock overlay, rock maple for the binding, rosette and Progressive Dot fretboard inlays. All models in this series feature satin-finish back and sides with a gloss finish top, a Venetian cutaway, and Expression System electronics.

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The star ingredient of this series is granadillo, a Central American tonewood that boasts a rich musical heritage. Historically sourced from Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula region, it’s considered a type of rosewood, although the species we procured technically doesn’t bear rosewood’s Dalbergia family name. The wood has been the object of our desire for some time, but it hadn’t been available in any quantity with proper legal documentation until fate dropped a batch into the lap of our wood buyer, Chris Cosgrove. A reasonable price allowed us to offer it in our 400 Series price range. There’s no telling when we’ll have this opportunity again.

Sonically, granadillo is comparable to Indian rosewood, but it’s harder and denser, yielding an additional bell-like ring and long-sustaining notes. The wood traditionally has been used for marimba bars because of its clear, chimey tone. Classical guitar makers later borrowed it and have been using it for at least 50 years.

Visually, this granadillo exhibits hues that vary from set to set, ranging from pomegranate reds to copper browns, in some cases with more variegation and wilder grain than Indian rosewood. For this series, we also chose to bring the granadillo to the front of the guitar, using it for the bridge (with rosewood bridge pins) and headstock overlay.

The appointment package also borrows from the wood-centric design aesthetic of the classical world, featuring rock maple for the binding, rosette and progressive dot fretboard inlays. Four body styles are available, and all models feature satin-finish back and sides with a gloss finish top, a Venetian cutaway, and Expression System electronics.

Shape:  Grand Auditorium
Number of Strings:  6
Back/Side Wood:  Granadillo
Scale length:  25-1/2″
Top Wood:  Sitka Spruce
Body Length:  20″
Electronics:  Expression System®
Body Width:  16″
Cutaway:  Venetian
Body Depth:  4 5/8″
Nut & Saddle:  Tusq
Neck Width:  1-3/4″
Neck/Heel:  Tropical Mahogany
Bracing:  Forward Shifted Pattern with Relief Rout
Fretboard Wood:  Ebony
Fretboard Inlay:  Progressive Dots Rock Maple
Headstock Overlay:  Granadillo
Binding:  Rock Maple
Bridge Inlay:  None
Bridge Pins:  Rosewood
Tuners:  Taylor Chrome
Truss Rod Cover:  Granadillo
Back/Side Finish:  Satin
Top Finish:  Gloss
Neck Finish:  Satin
Pickguard:  None
Case:  Taylor Standard Hardshell Black
Number of Frets:  20
Armrest Binding:  None
Back Config:  2-piece No Wedge
Backstrap Wood:  None
Backstrap Finish:  None
Brand of Strings:  Elixir Light
Buttons:  Chrome
Edge Trim:  None
Fingerboard Ext:  None
Fretboard Binding:  Rock Maple
Heel Cap Binding:  Rock Maple
Heel length:  3-1/2″
Peghead Finish:  Satin
Peghead Inlay:  None
Peghead Binding:  None
Peghead Logo:  Taylor Maple
Peghead Type:  Standard
Rosette Mat.:  Rock Maple
Rosette Size:  Three Ring
Stain/Sunburst:  None
Type of Neck Joint:  Scarf
Wedge:  None


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