Taylor 114 vs 214 Acoustic Guitars Compared

If you’re looking to buy an authentic Taylor acoustic but without breaking the bank, then the the 114 and 214 models are your best bet. The iconic Grand Auditorium shape makes these models very comfortable to play with and gives them a clear and articulate tone.

But what is the difference between these guitars?

In this article, I’ll directly compare the two most closely match guitars, the 114e and the 214ce, to help you decide which is the best acoustic guitar for you.

The Quick Answer

The Taylor 114 has walnut back and sides whereas the 214 has rosewood back and sides. The 214 is more expensive and has some upgraded features including the pickguard design, body inlays, gig bag and tuning machines. Both guitars have a spruce top and grand auditorium body shape.

Here is a list of the differences between the two most closely matched models which are currently available, the 114e and the 214ce.

SpecificationTaylor 114eTaylor 214ce
Back and Sides MaterialLayered WalnutLayered Rosewood
Neck MaterialMapleMahogany
Heel Cap BindingBlackWhite
Body and Neck FinishVarnishSatin
Tuning MachinesChrome (100/200)Chrome (Die-Cast)
PickguardBlack PlasticTortoise
Body Edge TrimNoneBlack and White
CaseGig BagStructured Gig Bag
Taylor 114e vs 214ce acoustic guitars

Taylor 114e

Taylor 214ce

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Tone Comparison

There are two main differences between these guitars which impacts the tone:

  • The 114e has layered walnut back and sides, whereas the 214ce has rosewood back and sides
  • The 214ce has a cutaway whereas the 114e does not have a cutaway

First let’s discuss the wood.

Rosewood is a notable upgrade on the 214ce as it is typically regarded as a better wood than walnut and is often seen on higher-end guitars. Rosewood is more expensive because it is harder to export and get into the USA.

In terms of the tone of rosewood, it is often described as sounding dark and rich as it is dense in overtones. It has a scooped mid-range and has a lot of bass-emphasis making it sound quite “boomy” when strumming.

Walnut has a fairly balanced tone with more mid-range than rosewood. It sounds brighter and more “shimmery” compared to rosewood as well.

The second difference we need to address is the cutaway. The 214ce has a cutaway which makes it favour treble-frequencies slightly more giving it brighter and more articulate tone. The 114e does not have a cutaway which gives it a warmer and darker quality with more bass response.

Okay so what about when we consider the guitars as a whole?

To my ears, the 114e sounds a bit brighter than the 214ce which sounds a little warmer. There’s not a great difference between the two though as the difference between the back and side woods is offset by the presence of the cutaway on the 214ce.

Feel and Playability

These guitars both have the same necks, the only significant difference in terms of playability we need to consider is that the 214ce has a cutaway and the 114e doesn’t.

The cutaway on the 214ce helps to aid upper fret access which is very useful particularly if you are taking full advantage of the fretboard. The 114e is a comfortable guitar to play, but if you are looking to use the upper register, it’s probably not the ideal option.

It is also worth mentioning that the 114e has a gloss neck and the 214ce has a satin neck. The satin finish on the 214ce feels a little faster to play on since it isn’t quite as “sticky”.

Other Differences

The 214ce is a step up in price compared to the 114e, hence it has a few extra features to make it a bit more premium besides the use of rosewood on the back and sides.

Here are the other differences between the 114e and 214ce:

  • The 114e has a maple neck whereas the 214ce has a mahogany neck
  • The 214ce has upgraded tuning machines
  • The 114e has a black pickguard and the 214ce has a tortoise pickguard
  • The 114e has black heel cap binding whilst the 214ce has white heel cap binding
  • The 214ce has a black and white body edge trim whereas the 114e does not feature any trim
  • Both guitars come with a gig bag, but the quality is improved with the 214ce’s


Here’s a list of similarities between the Taylor 114e and 214ce:

  • Spruce top
  • Grand auditorium shape
  • Ebony fretboard
  • X-bracing
  • Expression System 2 pickup
  • 25.5″ scale
  • Neck shape, fretboard radius and width
  • Heel length
  • Stock strings
  • Micarta saddle
  • Rosette design
  • Peghead logo
  • Black plastic truss rod cover

Full Specification Comparison

Here is a full list of the current specifications for the Taylor 114e and 214ce as of 2022.

SpecificationTaylor 114eTaylor 214ce
ShapeGrand AuditoriumGrand Auditorium
Top MaterialSolid Sitka SpruceSolid Sitka Spruce
Back and Sides MaterialLayered WalnutLayered Rosewood
Neck MaterialMapleMahogany
Fretboard MaterialEbonyEbony
PickupExpression System 2Expression System 2
Body Length20”20”
Body Depth4.63”4.63”
Lower Bout Width16”16”
Waist Width9.63”9.63”
Nut Width1.69”1.69”
Fingerboard Radius15”15”
Heel Length3.5”3.5”
Heel Cap BindingBlackWhite
Body and Neck FinishVarnishSatin
Tuning MachinesChrome (100/200)Chrome (Die-Cast)
StringsBronze LightBronze Light
PickguardBlack PlasticTortoise
Truss Rod CoverBlack PlasticBlack Plastic
Rosette3 Ring3 Ring
Peghead LogoTaylor ColorcoreTaylor Colorcore
Body Edge TrimNoneBlack and White
CaseGig BagStructured Gig Bag
Taylor 114e vs 214ce acoustic guitar specifications

If you’re interested in either of these guitars, make sure you check the current price on Guitar Center. Here are the links:

Check out my comparison between the Taylor 110e and 114e.


Hey, I'm Heather. I started playing an electric guitar when I was given a Squier Strat for my birthday around 15 years ago. I now own an acoustic guitar and several electric guitars including my personal favourite, a PRS SE Custom 24.

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