Submitted December 26, 2019 by Jason Dozier in Indianapolis, IN
"Best guitar I've ever purchased, or played!"
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So, I waited a few weeks to write this review, as it's the most expensive guitar I've ever purchased, and it was a HUGE financial decision. I went back and forth between Martin and Taylor (much like I would deciding a Les Paul vs Strat). I leaned toward Martin due to the name, but there were just too many options with Martin in the price range I was looking for that it made it more difficult finding the 'right' one for my use. Taylor has only a few options, each with their specific use, which made it a little easier. I play small bars and venues as the only guitar player in a duo and a trio. I liked the 114 when I played it at a local guitar shop, but the extra $100 or whatever the difference was to go up to the 214 seemed to pull me in that direction - I figured if I'm spending this much, go for the little extra quality. I couldn't have been happier with my purchase. Ordering blind is always a risk, and I've sent back two other lower priced guitars to zZounds before finally deciding to go all in with the Taylor. I will NOT be returning this Taylor 214ce. It is now glued to my fingers and I have no intention of separating the two. The neck is so smooth and feels like velvet (maybe a bad comparison but it's mine and meant to be a positive compliment!) I've already played a gig with it within a week of purchase, and I can't wait to get back out to play more with it. Definitely my number one go-to guitar. The setup was incredible. Like butter. I'm a stickler about dirty or old string, but even though I've gigged already with this guitar, I still haven't even changed them! I'm afraid of the setup changing on me, but will be doing so in the next day or so. I also watched the Taylor video series on care for your acoustic, and found some things I've either been doing wrong for 40 years of string changing, and a few other great tips for cleaning.Finally, the 'semi hard' gig back they include is better than just a bad, and maybe even somewhat better than a cheap hard case. Easy open and close, but will eventually likely buy a hard case. Again, I plan to keep this beauty forever - no doubt about that!I'm now a Taylor man! And proud to show my guitar off to anyone that will look at it!
40+ years performer
Mostly classic rock - electric and acoustic shows.
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