Taylor makes some gorgeous guitars, but...tonally I find them lacking. *I guess I'm old-fashioned in that I can't really take seriously an acoustic guitar with a bolt-on neck. *There's a lack of artistry there. *With a nice Martin D-28, 35 or 41, there's just something there. *I'm particularly fond of the pre-1970 Brazilian rosewood Martins. *There is a certain purity of the instrument that comes through in the feel and sound. *However, I'm currently a devoted Lowden fan. *They're incredible! *
Seagulls are great for the price, but again...bolt-on neck. *Same with most Tacoma's (at least the Chief and Roadking flagship models). *Taylor's are just fancier versions. *
There are benefits to both, I'm sure. *Just as there are benefits that a Strat or an RG have over a Les Paul or a PRS (and vice versa.). *It all boils down to personal taste, but...when it comes to acoustics, I
prefer a hand-set dovetail joint over a couple of screws anyday.
In either case...you get what you pay for. *There is a reason that a Martin D-28 can cost upwards of $2K. *There is a lot of work and man hours that go into the making of one. *However, I have a hard time justifying an even higher price for a comparable Taylor. *Once the neck and body are ready...two bolts are all it takes to complete the guitar. *
Just my $.02 worth though. *
(Edited by vaijem777 at 10:23 pm on April 18, 2002)