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Our layered rosewood 200 Series models hone in on the fundamentals of a great guitar-playing experience to give you clear, balanced tone and great intonation. Choose from an optional cutaway and Taylor ES-T®electronics. If you crave an extra splash of visual style, don’t miss the all-black layered maple 214ce-BLK.


Shape                                                      Grand Auditorium

Number of Strings                               6

Back/Side Wood                                  Layered Rosewood

Scale length                                           25-1/2″

Top Wood                                              Sitka Spruce

Body Length                                          20″

Electronics                                             None

Body Width                                            16″

Cutaway                                                  None

Body Depth                                            4 5/8″

Nut & Saddle                                         Nubone

Neck Width                                            1-11/16″

Neck/Heel                                              Sapele

Bracing                                                   Forward Shifted Pattern

Fretboard Wood                                Ebony

Fretboard Inlay                                  6mm Dots

Headstock Overlay                            Indian Rosewood

Binding                                                White

Bridge Inlay                                        None

Bridge Pins                                          Black

Tuners                                                  Die-Cast Chrome

Truss Rod Cover                                 Black Plastic

Back/Side Finish                                 Satin

Top Finish                                             Gloss

Neck Finish                                           Satin

Pickguard                                               Tortoise

Case                                                         Hard Bag

Number of Frets                                    20

Armrest Binding                                   None

Back Config                                           Laminate

Backstrap Wood                                   None

Backstrap Finish                                  None

Brand of Strings                                   Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light

Buttons                                                   Chrome

Edge Trim                                               None

Fingerboard Ext                                    None

Fretboard Binding                                None

Heel Cap Binding                                 White

Heel length                                             3-1/2″

Peghead Finish                                      Satin

Peghead Inlay                                        None

Peghead Binding                                   None

Peghead Logo                                        Taylor Colorcore

Peghead Type                                         Standard

Rosette Mat.                                            Plastic

Rosette Size                                             Three Ring

Stain/Sunburst                                        None

Type of Neck Joint                                  Scarf

Wedge                                                        None


Grand Auditorium (GA)

Body Length: 20″ / Body Width: 16″ / Body Depth: 4 5/8″ 

Taylor’s signature shape embodies the ultimate all-purpose acoustic.

Our most popular and versatile body shape, the mid-size Grand Auditorium arrived in 1994 bearing refined proportions that fell between a Dreadnought and Grand Concert. While the bigger Dreadnought was traditionally considered a flatpicker’s guitar and the smaller Grand Concert catered to fingerstylists, the GA was designed to deliver on both fronts. The shape produced an original acoustic voice that was big enough to handle medium-strength picking and strumming, yet with impressive balance across the tonal spectrum, especially in the midrange, producing clear, well-defined notes that suited both strumming and fingerstyle playing. The GA’s overall presence tracks well with other instruments both in a studio mix and on stage, and singer-songwriters have embraced its utility both for composing and traveling with one guitar. Many people want a single guitar that can cover a variety of styles, which is why the GA continues to be our bestselling shape. If you want a great all-purpose guitar, the multi-dimensional GA won’t let you down.


Inside every Taylor guitar is an important source of its unique sound: bracing. Bracing exists to strengthen the top and back of the guitar, while also allowing enough flexibility and vibration to generate tone. Bracing patterns help “voice” a guitar.

Taylor guitars are known for their balanced tonal response, and our bracing plays a role in that. The way that each brace is shaped and positioned on the soundboard contributes detailed nuances that are so critical that even slight alterations of its design, profile or thickness can result in discernable differences in tone.

You’re likely to hear about “scalloped” bracing, which has become fairly standard on steel-string acoustics. Scalloping is a shaping technique that helps lighten the bracing to prevent it from being excessively bulky, which can restrict top movement.

X Bracing

All of Taylor’s bracing for steel-string models is a form of X-bracing. The “X” provides a continuous flow of strength from the upper bout to the lower bout, which provides rigidity in spite of the soundhole’s location in the middle of the soundboard. We currently offer several versions of X bracing:

Standard X (used on laminate models)

This is Taylor’s original X pattern, featuring scalloped braces. Standard X bracing is used on the Baby, Big Baby, GS Mini, 100 and 200 Series.

Standard II (used on the 300-700 Series)

This version shifts the X forward (closer to the soundhole) and incorporates Taylor’s patented relief rout (see description below). These refinements enable more of the top to vibrate, enhancing the tone.

Advanced Performance (used on the 800 Series)

As part of Taylor’s 2014 voicing refinements for the 800 Series, the bracing profiles and placement were customized for each body shape to optimize their inherent strengths. The bracing scheme also incorporates side braces, which add rigidity and help maximize top and back movement. The overall effect on all the shapes is greater warmth, midrange and sustain.

CV (used on the 900 Series and up)

This version incorporates the relief rout and additional refinements, including subtle contouring differences in the scalloping. In general, guitars with CV bracing sound fuller and fatter without giving up articulation. They are also slightly louder.

The Taylor Relief Rout

Our patented relief rout is a tone-enhancing voicing technique in which a groove is carved along the inside edges of the top. This groove is similar in function to the re-curve on a violin — it “loosens up” the edges of the top, generating extra flexibility without sacrificing structural integrity. We first began using this groove in 2002. The result is increased bass and volume with a balanced tone.


Sitka Spruce

Origin: Northwestern North America (Coastal Rainforests of Alaska and Canada)

Used On: Most models

As a guitar soundboard, or top, Sitka spruce is the tonewood standard of the modern era. It’s used on 85-90 percent of the guitars that Taylor makes. Its combination of strength and elasticity translates into a broad dynamic range, yielding crisp articulation and allowing for everything from aggressive strumming and flatpicking to fingerpicking. Sitka spruce is Bob Taylor’s personal favorite for an all-around great guitar.

Goes Well With: All styles of guitars and players.

Indian Rosewood

Origin: East India

Used On: The 700, 800, 900 Series Acoustic/Electrics, Acoustic 7, 8, & 9 Series, Laminate 200 Series

One of the most popular and traditional guitar woods of all time, rosewood takes the basic sonic thumbprint of mahogany (which has a strong midrange) and expands it in both directions. Rosewood sounds deeper in the low end and brighter on the top end (one might describe the treble notes as zesty, sparkly or sizzly, with more articulation). If you look at its frequency range visually, rosewood would appear to be more scooped in the middle, yielding less midrange bloom than mahogany. Like mahogany, rosewood’s vintage heritage has helped firmly establish its acoustic legacy. It’s a great sound in part because we know that sound. In some music circles in which preserving the traditional sound helps bring a sense of authenticity to the music — certain strains of Americana, for example — rosewood has an iconic status. Also like mahogany, rosewood is a versatile tonewood, which has contributed to its popularity. One can fingerpick it, strum it and flatpick it. It’s very consistent, so players can usually rely on it to deliver.

Goes Well With: Most applications. If you like a guitar with fuller low end and brighter treble (bluegrassers, for instance), rosewood will do the trick. Its high-end sizzle and clear articulation will benefit players with “dark hands”. If you’re looking for a traditional acoustic sound, a rosewood Dreadnought or Grand Auditorium is right up your alley.




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