I chose this guitar, because of the neck profile and the price, with Canadian dollar exchange, particularly with the good deal on the B-grade Brazillian wood and extras compared to a Martin, which could be double the price, with the extras. As I see it, the problem lies with the too-wide, squared top bracing,and the lower two bottom back braces are too thick. Just two weeks after my purchase, Taylor came out with a limited edition MB (more bass) model dreadnought, with narrower bracing, in responce to what they claim was the only consumer complaint--not enough bass on some models. Taylor would not redo my bracing, even if I paid for it! Martin used to be stubborn and arrogant, but have changed to meet consumer demands, like slimmer necks, adjustable truss rods, intonated saddles and vintage bracing. I think that Taylor is set in their ways, by thinking that everyone wants a low-bass response guitar for recording purposes, not realizing that most consumers are not always aspiring to use the Guitar for recording. The better-sounding guitars that I have tried recently, at Dusty Strings, American Music and the Guitar Centre in Seattle, all had narrower, rounded off edges on their bracing, sometimes higher. One should not have to go to a Taylor jumbo size for decent bass and volume. A younger man, that was trying all the higher end acoustics at the Guitar Center store, thought the Taylors were "too bright". I would never buy a new Taylor dreadnought again, unless they changed the bracing profiles. I was quite impressed with the new Taylor "Jewel" artist series guitar, made with Satinwood back/sides, for fingerstyle playing only- it had a great tone at a good price, although most of the people that tried it, didn't like her name in such large letters, on the fingerboard. Strangely enough, I found that the Sawchyn brand of dreadnought (website-Canada) had more dynamic and woody response than mine, even though it had a mahogany back, at more than a thousand dollars less, In fact it sounded just as good as the Martin Jimmy Buffet model, at more than double the price, and it wasn't boomy. The Taylor I have lacks depth of sound, and some small body guitars can achieve that, with the right bracing. Does anyone have experience in having their bracing redone by the Parabolic bracing company in the U.S.?
Excellent extra-slim neck profile, with a rounded V shape. Fret ends too sharp. Very high tension, with 25 1/2 scale, with 13 to 56 med, strings. The best playability med/heavy strings on the market are Tomastic Plectrum, for acoustic guitars, with DR-Rare strings being close, with clearer and brighter mid range.
THE FLATPICKED SOUND IS VERY DISAPPOINTING. A RECENT "GUITAR PLAYER" REVIEW OF TWO TAYLOR EXPENSIVE ANNIVERSARY MODELS, SUMMED IT UP, BY SAYING THERE WAS "NOT ENOUGH BASS RESPONSE AND VOLUME." WITH CHORDS, THE FIRST AND SECOND STRINGS DOMINATE. THE LOW E STRING RESPONSE IS WEAK. NOT GOOD FOR BLUES OR BLUEGRASS. IT DOES SOUND VERY GOOD IN DADGAD TUNING, AND THE INTONATION IS EXCELLENT. fISHMAN #1 PICKUP WORKS WELL WITH A ROLAND 100 ACOUSTIC AMP.
RELIABLE INTONATION AND NECK NEVER SEEMS TO CHANGE ACTION RELIEF. TAYLOR RECOMMENDS KEEPING IT IN THE CASE FOR HUMIDITY CONTROL, BETWEEN USES, AND IT WORKS.