Submitted March 11, 2021 by Rick H in Georgetown, KY
"Great Sounding Guitar!!!"
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Ok, so after owning this guitar for about 2 weeks and to give everyone out there an honest review of this guitar I had to really think about how to write this review. First off I've been playing guitar for 33 years and have performed on stage and been in gigging bands. There are pros and cons to this guitar and the cons are really me nit picking on Taylors cost, marketing strategies , and materials used. So..let me say that the guitar is gorgeous, it really is striking to look at a well finished koa top and all the character that the grain has in it. The sound of KOA, lets just say that it's awesome, it's a very dynamic tone wood, strummed lite to medium and it's very characteristic of Mahogany with a very even tone, dig in and it sounds like it's been hanging out with the rosewood kids, very rich bass response, articulate, and loud. It's kind of like saying it's an all tube acoustic..lol if you get what I'm saying. The pickup system is very natural sounding. Not as good as my Yamaha FGX5 red label but still very good. I've seen some concern on this guitar that it has no back bracing. I don't think that this is an issue because the back and sides are layered koa and the back is arched, this should provide plenty of strength. Setup of the guitar is not as good as Taylor likes to boast, it's adequate, I had to file down the nut slots to .5 mm or .015 of an inch measured at the first fret, Taylors was set was in the ballpark of .030 at the first fret, no one likes playing an F sharp on the E sting when it's supposed to an F..lol, I lowered the action a bit and tweaked the trust rod to a proper a adjustment, this was because I put on 11-52 stings a lighter gauge than the guitar comes with. Also note this guitar prefers phosphor bronze stings over 80/20s. Fret board, and fret dress were perfect, fit and finish of the guitar were perfect. The Hardshell case that is included was ok, nothing special but it will work. OK now for the CONS..and these in no way effect the sound, playability of the guitar once setup or fit and finish. 1st, cheap plastic bridge head pins, REALLY Taylor REALLY, not to worry you can order ebony bridge pins with abalone dots for $18 from Taylor directly. 2nd gripe..the cheesy white painted Taylor logo on the headstock, this is a $1600 dollar Taylor made in Mexico for cost reduction, you could have put the mother of pearl inlay on the headstock, this to me hurts Taylors image. Now the Sapele neck...no reason for this not to be a solid peace of Mahogany, other than to make consumers pay a premium for there more expensive guitars to get a Mahogany neck ( This is a poor marketing strategy to sell more expensive guitars that come with these appiontments because it says Taylor on the headstock. 3rd it appears to have shallow neck bracing and a plywood internal binding so the back can attached to the sides, now neither one of these may matter at all in terms of sound or durability, this is just an observation. I'll update this review over the course of a year as far as durability goes. So to some up this is a Great Sounding Guitar with lots of dynamic range with a 5 star sound quality and for the most part very astatically pleasing to look at and really comfortable to play for long stretches. Is it gig worthy? Is it a keeper? The verdict is still out on those questions. But I'll update, good or bad over the next year.
33 yr Musician
Rock, Country, Folk
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