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I drove down to the Edmonton South L&M this morning to pickup some strings. Of course I went into the acoustic room. I tried 4 Taylor XX4ce models (and another 322e 12 fret). The 414ce, 524ce, 614ce and 714ce. Also a similar spec'd and priced Martin Grand Performance model.

Now I have an idea (sort of) what the Taylor sound and Martin sounds are. It's like having a great Tele and a great Strat. Both sound wonderful, but you just have personal preference for one over the other (In this case, I'm a Strat guy) I'm drawn do the sound of the Taylor, particularly the mahogany topped ones. The 524ce was glorious. My second choice was the 714ce cedar top and Koa back/sides, with the Martin GP a hair behind. All sounded very good, despite the noticeable wood differences. I surprised myself at being able to hear the difference between woods. But there is just something about a mahogany topped guitar that stands out so far to my ear. I even heard the difference in some YouTube Vids (I have a decent set of powered digital monitors)

The 524ce costs $1100 more than the 322e. I walked out with two sets of strings.
 
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I walked out with two sets of strings.
Now you have a set of strings for that moment you bring both home!

Not to derail this thread, but right now is a terrible time for new guitar prices. Today, the 400 series Taylors are listed for about the same amount the 800 series were at 4 years ago.

Robert - perhaps you could find what you like in the used market. Taylors and Martin's are typically well cared for.

Btw.....in 1994 I played a $5000.00 Larrivee at a little acoustic shop in Spokane Washington. I walked out of there thinking I would never play electric again. I think the price/value for acoustics is much more justifiable than electrics. But it's still a bad time to be buying new.
 

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Now you have a set of strings for that moment you bring both home!

Not to derail this thread, but right now is a terrible time for new guitar prices. Today, the 400 series Taylors are listed for about the same amount the 800 series were at 4 years ago.

Robert - perhaps you could find what you like in the used market. Taylors and Martin's are typically well cared for.

Btw.....in 1994 I played a $5000.00 Larrivee at a little acoustic shop in Spokane Washington. I walked out of there thinking I would never play electric again. I think the price/value for acoustics is much more justifiable than electrics. But it's still a bad time to be buying new.
In 2014 I picked up a brand new condition 2013 Taylor 414ce for $1200, now its $2999+tax.
 

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So quit fuckin around and go by the guitar if that's what y'all want...lol
 

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We don't know why you keep torturing yourself but we also wonder why you keep "stringing" us along.:)
 
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I got my 414ce for less than 2k only a few years ago. Used prices now are higher than what I paid.
 
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I keep playing the (I think it's a) 322e at my local L&M. But at the price, I'm not that interested. As others have said, I remember when Taylors were pretty good bang for the buck, compared to 'The Big Two'. Not so much anymore. I suspect partially because of the Canuck Buck, but also because their reputation has increased a lot in the last decade. I think I heard recently that Taylor sells more acoustics than anyone else now.

I fondly recall that brief period in time when our buck was $1.10. I should have got a second mortgage and bought that Kingsley amp I want, that Taylor that I want, that Ceriatone that I want, etc. But now, with the future not looking good for sales / resales down the road, I realize it's just unnecessary gas and it will pass. I remain quite happy with my currently arsenal.


But I still like playing that damn 322e.
 

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Given that Cdn$$$ is only worth around 68% against the US$$$ compared to 3 to 4 years ago, it is not surprising how much the price of Taylors (and most other guitars) have jumped. Ibanez price increases are even worse.
 

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I think he is set on the mahogany top though.

If that had the cutout...
 

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I gave up my torture today and went and got a new guitar, tired of waiting for one to come up on this site or kijiji. First time I bought a new guitar in 10 years.
 
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