Taylor 514ce review

Another new wood joins the Taylor stable: let’s introduce red ironbark to the world of guitar tone! But what does it bring to the table?

Taylor 514e
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

That it works so well as a sofa companion, a strummer in the band, or picking out sensitive ballads at the open mic night, is the result of great design and commitment. And if a guitar can be ‘ethically’ built then this one does its best. A very fine instrument.


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    Taylor’s flawless build.

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    Superb playability.

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    A range of totally convincing sounds.


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    Though compatible with its competitors, it’s a tad expensive.

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There surely isn’t another large guitar manufacturer that does more to look after the environment than Taylor, in either discovering new timber species for guitar building, or conserving stocks of rare ones. 

Witness its careful management of koa in Hawaii, the conservation of Crelicam ebony in Cameroon, and the discovery of ‘urban’ woods from within the cities of California, such as urban ash, and this new one on us, urban ironbark.

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Neville Marten

In the late '70s and early '80s Neville worked for Selmer/Norlin as one of Gibson's UK guitar repairers, before joining CBS/Fender in the same role. He then moved to the fledgling Guitarist magazine as staff writer, rising to editor in 1986. He remained editor for 14 years before launching and editing Guitar Techniques magazine. Although now semi-retired he still works for both magazines. Neville has been a member of Marty Wilde's 'Wildcats' since 1983, and recorded his own album, The Blues Headlines, in 2019.