“Its ability to suit everything from gentle fingerstyle to vigorous strumming would make it a welcome addition to any collection”: Taylor 50th Anniversary 814ce Builder’s Edition review

Taylor celebrates its 50th anniversary with some very special limited-edition instruments, including this superb Grand Auditorium acoustic

Taylor 50th Anniversary 814ce Builder’s Edition
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Obviously, price has to be taken into account... But factor in its status as a limited edition and, hence, a potential collector’s item, not to mention the superb fit and finish and those abundant flashes of luxury, and you might see the 814 as not only an investment but as a steadfast musical companion.


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    Superbly wrought acoustic.

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    Limited-edition appeal.

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    Luxury appointments.


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    Very little to declare – the price will probably deter many would-be purchasers.

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.