When i decided to put some serious money into a new acoustic, i (like so many people) wanted to buy a Martin. I played a few here and there, and liked them, but was convinced to try as many brands as possible. I went to several stores, and played probably 50 different models of acoustics. I played many great sounding guitars, but felt that this was the best. In fact, i felt that overall, Taylor had better a better sound and value than Martin. The only guitar i felt that might have been better was the Clapton signature acoustic, but that was over double the price. I felt both were similar and both have great sounds. I do not regret the decision to buy this guitar one bit.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $1700.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Dealer
American made with a Indian Rosewood back and sides, a Cedar top, and rosewood fingerboard. Has a pearl inlay, and is a cutaway model.
The action is decent, not as good as some other guitars high end guitars i have played, but i think the tone is superior to most other guitars in the same pricerange, though. I always put medium gauged strings on the guitar while everyone else i know uses light or extra light, so maybe that's the main issue. I'm a sound over playability guy, anyway.
The sound is amazing, one of the best in the pricerange. I played almost every model available from Tayler and over a dozen Martins and Takemines, and I felt that this was hands down the best sounding guitar. This has the old expression pick up system, but i have no complaints about that. Still sounds wonderful.
Not the most durable guitar out there, but then again it is a solid wood acoustic, so there's not much that can be done about that. I keep a humidifier in the guitar during the fall and winter seasons, which is really a necessity.
I would definitely buy this one again if I needed a replacement, no doubt about it. I looked at Martins, Guilds, Larrivees and none - NONE compared - not even the Clapton signature Martin if you ask me.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $1850.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
I got a good deal because I'm an ASCAP member. It retails for $2700, most anyone can get one for $2000. I fell in love at first the first setting. Best guitar I've ever played. Indian Rosewood back and sides, neck; sitka spruce top, ebony fingerboard. Fishman electronic package includes under-saddle pickup plus microphone inside body and ability to blend the two. Cutaway, Grover tuners.
Absolutely the most perfect playing guitar I've every played. Most every guitar out there needs to settle for one or two less-than-perect playing spots on the neck. Not this one. Taylor makes it easy to adjust the action with their new neck technology. Plays perfect for my style, which is fingerstyle and folk rock. I use Martin SP4100 light guage strings. Taylor recommends Elixir, and they sound ok, but I prefer the Martins.
I use it for both live and studio applications. The main reason I purchased this one was for the studio because it plays perfectly. The sound is very full and warm. Best sounding guitar my studio engineer has ever heard. For live, I use a Lexicon MPX1 processor which seems to complement it very well.
I've adjusted the truss rod a couple of times since I've had it, but basically once I set it up for me I haven't had to touch it. I just use dampits on a regular basis, but as Taylor suggests, as long as you keep the guitar in the case, you won't have any drying problems. I live in the desert so that's important. I've owned this one for almost two years now, and it's just as pristine as the day I bought it.
If i had the money i'd buy it again if it were lost or stolen
Price: $2150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: music store
Made in u.s. 21 frets, fishman pickup, cutaway, grover tuners
Plays awesome, no flaws, all my friends love it too
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