Up for sale, a 2000 Taylor 614CE in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Featuring a shifted X-braced Sitka spruce top and heavily figured big leaf maple back and sides, this Taylor has a dynamic, bright tone with a smooth midrange and taut, clear low end. It’s immediate and percussive with just a touch of warm growl, perfect for strumming big, chiming chords with snappy, mix-trumping cut, and there’s a certain sweetness and harmonic complexity that lends itself to melodic playing. The onboard Fishman Prefix preamp faithfully captures the natural sound of the instrument, with ample tonal sculpting options, combining a soundhole mic with an undersaddle piezo pickup. This Taylor weighs 5lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 12-53 bronze strings, easy-playing action, and optimal intonation.
The rock maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, measuring .845” deep at the 1st fret and .895” at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard features flower inlay, and the stock medium fretwire is practically perfect, retaining its full factory height with well-rounded crowns. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1 3/4“ in width. On the headstock, the stock set of gold Grover Rotomatic tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with a light dusting of surface patina.
On the body, the ebony bridge sits flush with the spruce top on all edges, and the compensated saddle has ample room for future adjustment, carved from bone. The action currently sits at 7/64” measured at the 12 fret on the bass side and 5/64” on the treble side. The soundhole sports an abalone rosette, and the serialized label is intact inside the body, dating this guitar to 2000.
The electronics function as intended; the active Fishman Prefix preamp, located on the bass-side rim, is powered by an easily-accessed 9V battery, with a bevy of controls to dial in the perfect tone. There’s a Blend slider to dictate the mix between the undersaddle pickup and the soundhole mic, with Notch and Volume knobs, and sliders to control Bass, Contour, Treble, and Frequency Response (10kHz to 250Hz). Additionally, the Prefix features a built-in tuner.
The gloss Transparent Blue finish is framed by multi-ply white binding and highlights the broad, deeply dimensional quilt figuring in the big leaf maple sides and three-piece back. The finish on top has aged to a darker greenish/gray hue, and the back represents the more saturated, true factory color of the instrument. The rims fall somewhere in-between, retaining more blue and a middle ground between the top and back. There is one very short, slender repaired split behind the bridge on top, and cosmetic wear on the finish includes a handful of minor nicks on the top and rims, one finish scratch behind the bridge on top, as well as a limited area of buckle worming on the back central to the waist. The neck profile retains its smooth matching gloss, with a scant few shallow marks along the profile length that have no impact on playability.
The original Taylor-branded hardshell case is included. All of the latches function, save for one.