2014 Taylor Fall Limiteds are IN! Taylor Guitars never cease to amaze me, with all their fancy innovation and wild building techniques that redefine what an acoustic guitar is supposed to like. Take for instance, this new 2014 Fall Ltd 714ce that we just got in the store.
Sassafras! They used Blackheart Sassafras for the back and sides. I've never seen (or heard of) a guitar made out of Sassafras but here it is and after playing, I wonder why it isn't used more for a tone wood. To me, it has a similar look to Myrtle but with a honey cream color. At first look of this instrument, the ebb and flow of the variations in the grain are mesmerizing and beautiful. The high gloss finish really brings out how gorgeous this wood really is.
But it's not all about looks. What I get out the tone of this guitar is that Sassafras has a quality similar to a maple but with more balls. It has clear tonal highs, though unlike maple, the low-mids and lows are very present even while finger picking the guitar. It has a fairly quick decay which might make it perfect for a fast lead or when you don't want your chords to bleed into one another. One cool spec for the 700 limited is that it has Taylor's Advanced Performance Bracing in which a protein glue is used. Protein glue is a better bonding agent because, I've heard, it actually fuses the glue and wood into one. They trim this instrument out in in Rosewood for the binding, edge trim, backstrip, heel cap and around the abalone rosette.
This is, by far, absolutely one of the most beautiful guitars we've had in the store in a while. If you're at all interested in checking out what's new and fun in Acoustic Guitar Land, you have to come down and play this. It's awesome.