I was always a Martin guy. Been to the factory, etc. But Taylor looks at guitars in a different way. "Forget tradtion, how can we make the best guitar today" seems to be their philosophy, and it works. The bolt on neck is one example of what I'm talking about. No glue, so it would be easy to repair when the time comes. Taylors have a unique sound and the action is without equal. Plus, you get more for your money than with any of the domestic makers. I would say the closest in sound and features is a Larivee (which is another great "newcomer"). I regret not saving some more nickels and dimes and getting a higher end model. But the 310 is still great. It would stand up to anything you can dish out. The differences between it and the higher models is cosmetic more than anything. Taylor offers great customer support after the sale and the people there seem very friendly. I would recommend buying from a dealer that cares about good acoustic guitars,not merely making the sale.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $1099.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mountain Music
The 310CE is made by Taylor in San Diego. It is a solid wood gutar with a spruce top and Sapele Mahogany back and sides. The neck is Mahogany. Fretboard is unstained ebony, as is the bridge. It comes with Fishman saddle pickup. Finished with a UV cured gloss top and satin back and sides. The top finish is extremely durable, much more than the traditional nitrocellulose lacquer finish. The guitar has a cutaway, good access to all frets. Grover tuners. A very basic guitar,but with all the attention to playabilty and quality you would expect from Taylor. Very clean and well built, no flaws.
This gutar has an exremely thin neck, which makes it a pleasure to play. It is strung from the factory with Elixer Med. gauge strings. THese strings are easy on the fingers,and though not as bright as regular strings, there is no squeaking and they last a long time. The neck is easily adjusted with a truss rod. You can get all kinds of set up info from Taylor's website. The guitar is extremely playable. You must pay attention to humidity, however, because the action is so meticulously set. Taylors are noted for being easy to play, and they are.
Taylors are great guitars for fingerpicking because each note sounds so clear. I'm a bit disappointed with the sound of it flatpicked, as I like to bang it pretty hard, and the tone gets a little mushy compared to a Martin. But it still sounds great. Very loud and clear. Great trebles and a wondrously warm bottom end. Not boomy at all, but rich sounding. What a steel string should sound like. Taylor puts alot of thought into how a guitar should sound, and how to achieve that sound in the design process.
You have to be careful of humidity, but that is the sign of a really good instrumnet. One put together with such fine tolerances that microscopic changes in the wood's thickness makes a difference in how the guitar acts. No need to worry, however, as a humidifier costs a mere $10.00. Taylor knows how to make guitars on a production basis. That is probably their strong point. Quality is manufactured into the instrument. The intonation is the best I've ever heard. They do need adjustment now and then, but it is easy to do. Besides, if you can't do this yourself, you better stick with the cheaper stuff. As I said before, the finish is exremely durable.
I played all the major name brands before I settled on the taylor.
I would recommend this guitar to anyone.
My favorite aspect is the playablity and sound quality.
I honestly cannot think of anything bad about it.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $1200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music city mannassas
Made in USA
Top: Sitka Spruce
Back and sides: Sapele Mahogany
Neck: Mahogany 20 frets
Grover Tuning Machines heads
The action is very low for an acoustic and there is absolutely no fret buzz. Upon very close examination I can safely say that there is not one flaw on the guitar.
Pure rich sound quality. I have noticed that depending on the gauge of the pick you play with it changes from warm to rich to dark.
It is fairly new so I do not know.
See my other resources and reviews. Look at the Taylor 314-ce to get further Taylor comments.
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Never bought it...I own the 314-ce
Great sound. I have played Martins, Guildes, Deans, and many other major brands and have yet to find one that can rival even the least expensive Taylor.
Low Action. NO BUZZ! Perfect for long durations of playing.
Oh the sound! oh the sound!!!`
Solid wood requires care. See my comments on my 314-ce to understand why Taylor has a bad rep for durability. Just remember...any solid wood guitar needs the same care as a Taylor. Personally, I believe that Taylors are the best made guitar.