Often, Taylor limited edition guitars are an opportunity to try out an exceptional or unique set of tonewoods, and that’s the case with this 814ce LTD. Built with back and sides of stunning blackheart sassafras, this Grand Auditorium’s organic beauty and vibrant tone demand attention. A solid Sitka spruce top delivers its characteristic presence and shimmer, pairing beautifully with sassafras’ unique sonic profile: the focused clarity of maple, the midrange warmth of mahogany, and the top-end sparkle of rosewood. Its chameleonic nature means it’s very player-reflective, so your individual style will elicit a unique sound from this 814ce LTD. Aesthetically, this model shares some appointments with our standard 800 Series lineup, including rosewood edge trim on the top and mother-of-pearl fretboard inlays in our Element pattern. It also features West African ebony binding and backstrip, ES2 electronics, and a Venetian cutaway, and ships in a deluxe hardshell case.
Used On: Limited Editions, Custom Models
Goes Well With: A variety of playing styles. It can be a bit of a chameleon in that its tonal personality tends to reflect the player. A person might bring out more of a mahogany sound, or rosewood, maple, walnut or something else depending on the playing approach and the body style of the guitar.
Blackheart sassafras is an exotically beautiful variation on the more common sassafras tree that’s native to Tasmania. The “blackheart” distinction refers to dark, dramatic striping in the otherwise blond-colored wood, which is caused by fungi that form in the heartwood of the tree. Its tonal properties give it a truly unique sonic personality compared to other tonewoods. It blends some of the dry, woody response of walnut or mahogany; the note separation and focus of maple or myrtle; and the top-end overtones of rosewood.
- Body Shape - Grand Auditorium
- Top Wood - Sitka Spruce
- Back & Sides Wood – Blackheart Sassafras
- Pickguard - West African Ebony
- Binding – West African Ebony
- Bracing - V-Class Bracing
- Frets - 20
- Scale length - 25.5"
- Neck Wood - Tropical Mahogany
- Nut Width - 1 3/4"
- Fretboard Wood - West African Ebony
- Inlays - Abalone
- Tuners – Smoked Nickel
- Nut - Black Graphite
- Bridge - West African Ebony
- Saddle - Micartah
- Bridge Pins - Ebony
- Taylor ES2 System