The 500 series by Taylor is a one great series in our opinion. Taylor used for this series tropical solid Mahogany for the back and sides, solid western red Cedar and Taylor's performance bracing. All of this with combination of the 514ce's grand auditorium body shape results in a loud, resonant guitar, with strong mid range characteristics which fits well to the solo performing musician. It is a well built instrument, a smooth player with solid looks. We like it!