There are several different ways to find a used Taylor 814ce. First, you can look for used listings on places like eBay and Reverb. But you can also look at used markets within Sweetwater and Guitar Center. I actually bought my 2005 PRS CE 24 from Guitar Center online, which shipped from a physical Guitar Center location in Illinois. I've had that guitar now for about 12 years.
These retailers all have demo and b-stock options, depending on when you look. So we'll put all this together, and given you four places you can find the best deals on a used Taylor 814ce. If you're buying a guitar like that, such high quality, you should take all the discounts you can get.
Let's get started.
My timing here was convenient, because I was able to grab a screenshot above of a Taylor 814ce BOGO deal on Sweetwater. In this example, you get a second guitar - a Baby Taylor or Taylor GS mini - for just $99 or $199. Some of the GS Minis are around $1000, so this is an incredibly solid deal. Granted, by the time you're reading this, that deal will probably be gone, but Sweetwater is always running stuff like this. They also have a used market that you can check, and then just keep an eye out for B-stock and demo/floor model offers.
Reverb is my favorite place to look for used guitar gear. Now for the Taylor 814ce specifically, it obviously depends on when you look and what's available, but you can generally get pretty significant discounts on acoustic guitars and other instruments. Look for something around 20-30 percent off. You might get even better deals, in some cases.
3. Guitar Center
Guitar Center is like Sweetwater in terms of how they mix their new and used options. You can even see in the screenshot above where they have a price drop on a used Taylor 814ce mixed in with their typical new listings. Guitar Center is one of the last instrument retailers with physical stores (they might be the only one aside from small shops), so they'll have more used acoustics on trade-ins. Browse around, and if you don't see anything, set alerts and keep an eye on it.
Of my favorite places to buy a used guitar, eBay is probably my least favorite. I guess something about it just seems kind of shady. Plus, when I think eBay I think baseball cards or antique jewelry - not so much guitars. But my prejudices aside, you can certainly find good deals on a used Taylor 814ce, and pretty much any other guitar. Just make sure to read descriptions and be careful.
Places to avoid
With a guitar as nice as the Taylor 814ce, I'd recommend having at least some kind of reliable third party backing you up. Even Reverb and eBay provide you with recourse if something goes wrong. But places that don't provide that should be avoided. It's one thing to buy a $50 guitar pedal off Craigslist, but a completely different ordeal to buy a $3000 guitar.
Here are the places to stay away from:
- Facebook marketplace
- Pawn shops (usually overpriced)
Always use your discretion and do your research. But if you stick to the four places we've listed, you'll at least have a company with a good reputation that will help you out in the event something goes awry.
Conclusion and questions
These are the best places I can recommend to get a used Taylor 814ce. And I recommend them because I've used them all myself and have had really good experiences each time, even with eBay.
So hopefully it's the same for you, but always make sure to do your homework and get something that works well for you.
If you have questions, feel free to hit me up in the comments section below.
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