Really can’t help you to much with the new Taylor guitars with the V bracing but I do jam with a friend who has 2 of the older X braced.
A 3xx and a 8xx sorry don’t know the exact models. The 3xx is an all mahogany and is the only Taylor I’ve ever liked the sound of. It’s a killer guitar for drop D tuning. The 8xx to me is way to bright and not worth the price he paid for it.
He loves both of them but plays the 3xx way more than the 8xx.
Any of the Taylor 300 series and above are solid wood. 200 and below are laminate and made in Mexico.
With your budget there is a lot to choose from. I’d suggest going to as many music stores and play as many guitars in your price range and pick the one that speaks to you. Half the fun of buying a new guitar is playing lots of guitars.
I have a Taylor 224Kce-DLX and absolutely love it! It is solid Koa. The more it gets played the better it sounds.
A guitar playing friend, who is very knowledgeable, once told me: ‘You can’t go wrong with a Taylor’.
I tried many similar guitars by a number of popular makers. The Taylor seemed to have a more complete sound and the neck felt very comfortable to me.
However, everyone is different, so do try as many different guitars as you can.
thanks for your replies. I‘ m glad I found this forum and Justin‘ s course.
I think it‘ s awesome to talk to other guitarists and exchange ideas.
@ChasetheDream: I played the Taylor Grand Auditorium in a store once & I loved it.
My question/concern is - is it comfy to play it sitting on a sofa or would the Grand Concert be the better choice.
Another option I just found is the Yamaha AC5R ARE. Haven‘t played it yet but from what I heard and saw on YT it‘ s also a real nice guitar that sems to sound a bit woodier than the Taylors (even though I like their bright tone).
You would really need to sit with both to decide. Both of my Taylors are GAs so I cannot give you a decent answer. I will say I can sit on a sofa comfortably and play them. I am 5’6" with short arms and a bit of a belly (or maybe my arms are normal and the belly just makes them feel shorter )
The Strat looks gorgeous but I would say that its its a ringer for my MiM Roadhouse Deluxe bar the fact mines a trad SSS but has the 6-way on board pre-amp. And if you’re in Germany I have a strong suspicion it may have come from the same outlet !
Yes they are great guitars. People who like Taylor Love them My buddy has 2 and loves them both.
This is right from Taylor’s Website
: Taylor’s layered backs and sides incorporate three layers of wood, featuring a middle core of poplar with a veneer on each side.
Who ever told you that it was layers of Koa was misleading you. I’m not trying to put down your guitar, You obviously love it and it’s a fine instrument. I just think people should know what they are buying when they spend $1500 + on a guitar.
That’s a nice Strat you’ve got, hope to hear you playing something soon …
Re acoustic guitars, I’m also looking for my dream acoustic, and I also don’t know what it will be yet. The closest so far is a Taylor 322ce. Have you tried that one, along with the 312ce? I’ll be looking for your review on whatever you end up buying!