Author Topic: Taylor 414ce vs Martin OMCPA4 rosewood  (Read 11542 times)


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Re: Taylor 414ce vs Martin OMCPA4 rosewood
« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2014, 11:40:02 AM »
I don't know if it's still happening, but for a long time Indian Rosewood was so inexpensive, it was used for concrete forms in Asia especially Japan. I believe India is becoming more insistent on in-country milling.
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Re: Taylor 414ce vs Martin OMCPA4 rosewood
« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2014, 03:52:15 PM »
Thanks for the reply, and the referral link.

I agree that 400 series Taylors are great, I have one. At that price, I might just grab a 714ce with Cedar, for the instantly played in sound that particular guitar evokes. I see them barely used around the same price as the 414ce LTD, which kind of duplicates my 422R in sound.


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Re: Taylor 414ce vs Martin OMCPA4 rosewood
« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2014, 05:15:07 PM »
I have a 2001 vintage 414ce which spoke to me while travelling on a business trip.  I bought it on the spot and left it at that dealer until i could get back (not on the airlines) a few weeks later.  I like the ovangkol tone a lot, and the color / figure on my particular guitar looks like somewhat plain koa.  Since I play a lot of Hawaiian music, I am really into koa for guitars and ukes.  Several players have offered me even up trades for D-28's and HD-28's, but why would I go backwards?  I have also let a couple of pro's play it at guitar camps, and gotten reactions like, "Hmmmm.... I should probably reconsider Taylors".  And that is saying something when that player has his own signature model Martin......
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Re: Taylor 414ce vs Martin OMCPA4 rosewood
« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2014, 05:11:45 PM »
I made a similar comparison of GPCPA4 rosewood with 414ce LTD (they are practically the same woods/shape) but the 414ce won out with its sonic identity in the 800 series. The GPCPA4RW was not bad sounding either, and I would take it over a vanilla 414ce simply because of the EIR and its full sound which I am partial to.
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