I bought this guitar thinking I would get something better next year when I have more money, but I've fallen so deeply in love with it, I can't imagine ever letting it go. I look forward everyday to playing it. It is a joy to listen to and inspires me to play better every time I pick it up.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $300.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Almight Guitar Planet -- Ventura
Made in Canada. Cedar top -- 800-year-old timber.
Easy to play, even with heavier-gauge strings. Great intonation.
This is the guitar's major strength -- it's a true, beautiful acoustic sound. And it's a huge sound. If you jam with other acoustic players, you'll need to learn to play quiter so you don't drown out the other guys. Ever since I got this guitar, I've been testing it against a variety of other models and brands -- only mid-range and higher Taylors and upper echelon Guilds can match this guitar for sound quality and resonance. It blows away even $4,000 Gibsons. I don't plan on "upgrading" any time soon, because I can't imagine doing better. I could only get prettier, not better sounding.
I've only owned it three weeks, but the craftsmanship just seems perfect. It's a solid guitar. I imagine it will hold up well and last a long time.