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Played a Taylor I really liked !

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And would you believe it was their cheapest offering ... Taylor 114

 

I once did own a 214ce but I moved it on as I felt it really lacked any real pesonality no matter what I tried.

 

I picked up the 114 today mainly to remind myself how Elixirs sounded, and was really suprised positively be this model.

 

So incredibly lively and full of beans, wonderful, responsive bass, so what Im not used to with Taylors.

 

I actually picked a DN8 or 814 next to it and believe it or not I prefered the 114. The DN8 was very rich, complex but just was sort of nice and without any real attitude.

 

This 114 even though it was kinda rough and shaggy just had a great tone, lively, warm.

 

I was really postively impressed.

 

Just wanted to share that with you ... speaking as a Gibson guy.

 

btw: should I have my ears examined .. ??

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That happened to me at Gryphon's the other day....I picked up one of their low end Taylors....and was amazed by the sound that came out. I've never liked the Taylor "sound" generally, but this was exceptional. Same with Larrivee.....never liked that sound much either, but played my friend's and WOW....one of the best I've heard....just goes to show....you have to kiss a lot of frogs.....

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Played a Taylor I really liked !

And would you believe it was their cheapest offering ... Taylor 114 . . . . So incredibly lively and full of beans, wonderful, responsive bass . . . . I was really postively impressed.

 

btw: should I have my ears examined .. ??

 

No exam needed. Taylor makes some great guitars.

 

 

I've got a friend with the higher end 814CE. Of course I've got time in on it. [biggrin] - great sound - very even.

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Nothing wrong with Taylors. They make some very sweet guitars. Not the tone I'm drawn too, but the quality of a Taylor is typically pretty darn good. Got two good friends who each own a Taylor. I usualy kid them that Taylors are Martins without testicles. They laugh, although I don't know if they would laugh on the Taylor Forum..Anyway, Taylors are good guitars.

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Hey...I agree. My local store in town carries Taylor as thier only high end brand so I try a Taylor or two when ever I go in for supplies. They have a Taylor Autumn Limited Edition with Koa B/S. Really great sounding guitar. Before playing it I thought for sure the Koa would only accentuate the Taylor brands tendency to be very bright, but while it was bright ....it also had EVERYTHING ELSE !!

 

Twice I nearly got out my Credit Card to take it home, but instead I ended up buying a Martin 000-28EC.

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I recently purchased a Taylor 814 and I love the sound. I also have a J45 True Vintage which I also love. I would say the Taylor is like a grand piano, beautiful sound but lacks soul. The Gibson is like a Honky Tonk piano, it got a sound thats unique. Not technically perfect, but it's got soul. Some songs sound great on a grand piano and some songs were just meant to be played on an old Honky Tonk piano. My two cents.

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My Taylor 12 string is one of the finest guitars I've ever owned. It is certainly the nicest sounding 12 string I've ever played.

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I hear a lot of them at open mics and have picked a few. Bob Taylor gets point for doing his own thing, not copying another brand. They are built well and play easy (particularly for players used to electric necks), but the sound is just... nice.

 

Nice. You know, like the gal at the party who is pleasant and sort of pretty, and kinda sweet but doesn't call a lot of attention to herself and blushes easily and is just, well, dammit, nice. Unlike, say the vivacious Gibson gal or the elegant Miz Martin. Nice.

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Totally agree with your general description of Taylors, thats why I dont own one. Also, why this one really made me notice as it had a ton of mojo, bass and attitude, not your standard politically correct Taylor.

 

I hear a lot of them at open mics and have picked a few. Bob Taylor gets point for doing his own thing, not copying another brand. They are built well and play easy (particularly for players used to electric necks), but the sound is just... nice.

 

Nice. You know, like the gal at the party who is pleasant and sort of pretty, and kinda sweet but doesn't call a lot of attention to herself and blushes easily and is just, well, dammit, nice. Unlike, say the vivacious Gibson gal or the elegant Miz Martin. Nice.

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I hear a lot of them at open mics and have picked a few. Bob Taylor gets point for doing his own thing, not copying another brand. They are built well and play easy (particularly for players used to electric necks), but the sound is just... nice.

 

 

I rarely see Gibsons (other than my Gospel) or Martins at the open mics I attend. I see more Taylors and to me they sound just great. I've played several different models in music stores and they don't all sound as good unplugged as they do plugged in, imo.

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Taylors .. to me .. sound just great.
Not disputin', you Lee, but how so, great? As in, special, as opposed to nice?

 

Case in point. This guy brought his 64 Epi Texan to our OM last November. Now that thing had a tone. Thick, full sound, yet with separation. And the mike was kissing that guitar. Smoked pretty everything else, sound-wise.

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I ain't a Taylor fan but I do like the lower end Taylors better than their higher price kin. Think it is that they are not so darn bright sounding.

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My Taylor 812CE is a fast, sleek and damn comfortable little filly. But my mahogany J-100 Extra is a bold, loud, brute of a stallion. They each have their place in the stable and in my heart.

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Not disputin', you Lee, but how so, great? As in, special, as opposed to nice?

 

Case in point. This guy brought his 64 Epi Texan to our OM last November. Now that thing had a tone. Thick, full sound, yet with separation. And the mike was kissing that guitar. Smoked pretty everything else, sound-wise.

 

It's like the old joke about art: I don't know art but I know what I like.

 

Tone is so subjective, that's why there are dozens of different guitar brands and hundreds (or thousands) of models.

 

Of the Taylors I played in the store, the 314ce was the one that was "special" for me. The others were just "nice." I love the sound of my Gibson Gospel reissue and wouldn't trade it for anything (ok, maybe a 314ce). [biggrin]

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It's like the old joke about art: I don't know art but I know what I like.

 

Tone is so subjective, that's why there are dozens of different guitar brands and hundreds (or thousands) of models.

 

Of the Taylors I played in the store, the 314ce was the one that was "special" for me. The others were just "nice." I love the sound of my Gibson Gospel reissue and wouldn't trade it for anything (ok, maybe a 314ce). [biggrin]

 

Fair eno'. No intent to sound you out in particular, just think it helps other readers when we can pin things down some. Cheers. Rambler

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I hear a lot of them at open mics and have picked a few. Bob Taylor gets point for doing his own thing, not copying another brand. They are built well and play easy (particularly for players used to electric necks), but the sound is just... nice.

 

Nice. You know, like the gal at the party who is pleasant and sort of pretty, and kinda sweet but doesn't call a lot of attention to herself and blushes easily and is just, well, dammit, nice. Unlike, say the vivacious Gibson gal or the elegant Miz Martin. Nice.

 

I guess nice girls finish last!

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I hear a lot of them at open mics and have picked a few. Bob Taylor gets point for doing his own thing, not copying another brand. They are built well and play easy (particularly for players used to electric necks), but the sound is just... nice.

 

Nice. You know, like the gal at the party who is pleasant and sort of pretty, and kinda sweet but doesn't call a lot of attention to herself and blushes easily and is just, well, dammit, nice. Unlike, say the vivacious Gibson gal or the elegant Miz Martin. Nice.

I agree with you on the fact that Taylor is doing his own thing. It seems like all of the new boutique builders are just making copies of Gibson and Martin established designs. Don't get me wrong as they are all amazing builders but they are missing a great opportunity to bring something new to the market. Just what is going to be the next new idea? I'm liking the new composite guitar ideas. I'm not a big fan of Taylor but he is bringing something new to the market.

 

Sometime remind me to tell you about the Taylor/Montana connection. You will be amused and surprised...

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