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Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Sep 28th, 2015 05:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A Taylor 514c without a pickup is something of a rare guitar, as almost all of them leave the factory with one.

I first became aware of the cedar-topped 514 when I saw a video of one that has been named "Excalibur" because it's been used on 10 #1 songs, and it sounded terrific in the vid.

I saw another for sale somewhere on line a couple of years ago, but it had a very wide custom neck. Too wide for me.

This is just the 3rd one I've seen, so I grabbed it. It got lost in shipping, but then arrived unexpectedly (to the USPS, anyway...). It was filthy dirty and badly neglected, but underneath the crud was a gem, I'm very happy with it.

I'll put a K&K pickup in it, which is why I wanted the "no e" version.

I spent a couple hours yesterday "playing in" the new Elixers- she's a keeper!

Taylor 514c front

Ragtop
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Sep 28th, 2015 05:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It came with a real nice Taylor case, which was also pretty dirty.

I had the idea to try some Meguiar's auto interior detailer on it, which worked real well. The case looks pretty much like new.

And here's the back:

Taylor 514c back

HeavyDuty
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Not very bright but does lack ambition
Sep 28th, 2015 06:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very nice! I've always liked Taylors - sounds like you found a good one.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Sep 28th, 2015 07:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice guitar!

Glad to hear that the USPS got it delivered.

Ragtop
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Sep 28th, 2015 08:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

USPS Tracking showed that it was still in the original PO in LA from which it shipped when it landed on my doorstep 9 days later.

Not impressed.

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Wichita, KS USA

It's all gravy from here on...
Sep 28th, 2015 08:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Stuff always seems to take a lot longer to get to this part of the country coming out of Southern Cal.

Nice looking Taylor! Some things are worth the wait!

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Delco, PA

"I'll take a simple C to G
Sep 28th, 2015 10:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very nice! Enjoy.

wborys
OldFartBassPlayerWalt

Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Sep 28th, 2015 10:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got the 510-CE version. Pickup w Internal mic for
my 1998 version.

I'm thinking you will love this instrument.
Guitar is magnificent for fingerpicking.

amplified sound is OK. Seriously thinking
about adding a K&K, but I'm spoiled by the on-board
preamp. Fishman warns the K&K output would be
too hot for the current preamp to handle.

Enjoy!
oldFartSometimesGuitarPlayer Walt



Ragtop
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Sep 28th, 2015 11:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You're right, Walt, it is a nice fingerpicker. I haven't taken a pick to it much yet.

Check out the link to the "Excalibur" video, it's pretty interesting.

Excalibur

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El Californio

Sep 28th, 2015 12:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice. I also have a 510, a '97. It is one of the best sounding acoustics I've ever heard, let alone own.

Ragtop
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Sep 28th, 2015 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mine's a 2002, which I forgot to mention.

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Sep 29th, 2015 07:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just ordered a set of ebony tuner buttons for it.

The originals are a bit pitted, as this guitar has lived right next to the Pacific Ocean all of its life. I think the ebony will look nice.

Next up, a K&K pickup from Shoreline Music in Durango.

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So. Cal. USA

Oct 6th, 2015 10:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I just ordered a set of ebony tuner buttons for it."

I put ebony buttons on my 814ce. I really like the look. The 514 is a real sweetheart. Congrats.

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"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Oct 10th, 2015 08:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Love the x14 series. Mines my go to acoustic. It just fits so well for me. Everything is just where it needs to be for me. The neck falls naturally to my hand and the width of the string spacing is just right. If it fits well you can do everything so much easier.
They have a great shimmer to them as well. The under saddle pickup in mine is ok but I do have to tweak it a bit to dial it in but hey that's part of amplifying acoustic guitars. The k and k solution is a good way to go. Simple and unobtrusive .
Enjoy it!

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Oct 11th, 2015 05:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had a couple of weeks to play this new guitar, and it sounds glorious, I'm very happy with it.

It needs a good setup, though, so tomorrow it goes into the shop. Needs some nut work, I think; I get some buzz when forming an open C, and I'm sure it's not me. Also, my left hand gets tired after playing for a while, and I can crack walnuts with my left hand, so again it's not me. The guitar tech there is a new guy, so we'll see how he does; the old guy did a nice setup, but he's gone now, unfortunately.

And the ebony tuner buttons look great, very classy.

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