- Inspection and Set-up
- Humidity Care
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Every guitar player needs a versatile workhorse guitar, and if it includes the beautiful sounds and visual appeal of Hawaiian koa, even better. The 214ce-K is a Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric guitar made with layered back and sides of Hawaiian koa and a solid Sitka spruce top, a reliably balanced, warm and articulate tonewood combination that also offers the structural durability that comes with layered wood. Aesthetic touches include crisp white binding, 4mm dot fretboard inlays, a faux tortoiseshell pickguard, a three-ring white rosette, and a full-body natural matte finish. A perfect option for new players and experienced guitarists alike, the 214ce-K includes built-in ES2 electronics for quick plug-in-and-play utility and ships with a structured gig bag.
- Grand Auditorium
- Taylor's signature shape embodies the ultimate all-purpose acoustic.
- Sitka Spruce
- The soundboard choice for most guitars, Sitka spruce produces a broad dynamic range and accommodates a versatile range of playing styles.
- Hawaiian Koa
- A koa top's visual beauty is instantly inspiring, while its sonic rewards unfold over time, as warm, sweet overtones gradually emerge.
- Expression System® 2
- The Expression System® 2 captures more of a guitar's dynamic properties using a breakthrough behind-the-saddle design.
- Venetian Cutaway
- The Venetian cutaway is known for its soft, round lines. The sloping peak of the cutaway will vary depending on the shape of the guitar.
- Forward Shifted Pattern
- Scale Length: 25-1/2"
- Nut & Saddle : Nubone Nut/Micarta Saddle
- Bracing : X Bracing
- Truss Rod Cover : Black Plastic
- Pickguard : Tortoise
- Number of Frets : 20
- Tuners : Die-Cast Chrome
- Case : Structured Gig Bag
- Brand of Strings : Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light
- Body Length : 20"
- Body Width : 16"
- Body Depth : 4 5/8"
- Binding/Edge Treatment : White
- Top Finish : Satin
- Back Config : Layered
- Backstrap Finish : None
- Rosette Size : Three Ring
- Bridge Inlay : None
- Back/Side Finish : Satin
- Armrest Binding : None
- Backstrap Wood : None
- Rosette Mat. : Plastic
- Stain/Sunburst : None
- Wedge : None
- Armrest : no
- Neck Width : 1-11/16"
- Fretboard Inlay : 4mm Dot Italian Acrylic
- Fretboard Binding/Edge Treatment : None
- Heel Cap Binding : White
- Type of Neck Joint : Taylor Neck
- Neck/Heel : Tropical Mahogany
- Fretboard Wood : West African Crelicam Ebony
- Neck Finish : Satin
- Heel Length : 3-1/2"
- Peghead Finish : Satin
- Peghead Binding : None
- Peghead Type : Standard
- Peghead Purfling : None
- Headstock Overlay : West African Crelicam Ebony
- Peghead Inlay : None
- Peghead Logo : Taylor Colorcore
- Bridge Pins : Black
- Buttons : Chrome
- Fingerboard Ext : None
- Edge Trim : Black/White/Black
At Easy Music Center, we care for our instruments from the moment they arrive to when they ship to your door. All instruments are stored in a climate controlled environment and put through a 12-point inspection checklist before being shipped.
First, we check the finish of the instrument, carefully inspecting any blemishes on the surface. Next, we check the playability and setup by inspecting and adjusting the truss rod (if available), bridge, nut, and frets to manufacturer factory specifications. Any request made outside of manufacturer factory specifications can incur additional charges for parts and labor. If the instrument has electronics, we test all of the electronic components to make sure they are functioning properly.
After a thorough inspection, we then move on to maintenance. We start by lubricating any moving parts on the instrument, such as tuning machines. We then move on to cleaning and oiling the fretboard along with the frets.
Once maintenance is done, we stretch and tune the strings and play test the instrument. After this, we do a final inspection and clean/detail the instrument before packing it up for shipment.
We’re excited to be a part of your instrument buying experience.
Acoustic guitars and ukulele are made of wood, and wood is sensitive to changes in climate. Shifts in temperature or relative humidity can affect your instrument in multiple ways, some of which can lead to costly repairs if you’re not careful. Solid woods in particular are especially prone to the effects of climate fluctuation. For example, extended exposure to low relative humidity (below 40% RH) can dry out the wood, causing it to shrink and run the risk of cracking. Similarly, excessive humidity can cause the wood to absorb moisture and swell, potentially causing other problems. Without adequate humidity control (especially in drier local climates), acoustic instruments can crack and their necks can warp, causing problems with fretting, intonation and playability.
So how do you prevent this kind of damage? Easy: by keeping your guitars and ukulele properly humidified (ideally between 40-60% RH). The easiest way to do this is by storing your instruments in a case with a case two-way humidifier inside. A two-way humidifier will slowly absorb or release moisture inside your case, maintaining humidity to help ensure your instrument doesn’t suffer damage. Using a digital hygrometer can help you monitor humidity levels around your instrument.
Symptoms of a dry acoustic instrument:
- Low action. Strings are very close to the fretboard.
- Hump on the fretboard where the neck joins the body.
- Sunken top across the soundboard between bridge and fingerboard.
- The back of instrument looks very flat when it is dried out.
- Sharp fret ends extend beyond the edge of the fretboard.
- The plane of the neck angle on a dry instrument hits above the top of the bridge.
Symptoms of a wet acoustic instrument:
- High action. Strings that are unusually high off the fretboard, making it difficult to play.
- Unusually swollen top
- Unusual warp on the top, back or both at the end-block
- Improper neck angle. Sighting the neck to the bridge, the frets will appear to hit below the bridge.
Using patented technology, the D’Addario Two-Way Humidification System features disposable, moisture-filled packets with a breathable membrane that provides two-way humidity control, meaning it can either release or absorb moisture to consistently maintain a predetermined relative humidity (RH) level of 45-50 percent.
Music Nomad the leader in equipment care products, has developed an easy to use, no mess, and low maintenance Ukulele humidifier. The Humilele rests securely on top of the strings to safely and evenly hydrate your Ukulele to avoid these problems.
Final Notes on Humidity Control
To monitor the amount of humidity your instrument is receiving, we recommend the purchase of a digital hygrometer, a device that gauges and provides a read-out of humidity levels. It can be kept in the room where you store your instruments, or, better yet, in a central location inside the instrument case, preferably Velcro’d to the outside of the accessories compartment (facing the heel). The optimal range for your guitars and ukulele is 45-55% RH.