gibson vs martini vs taylor


Taylor: amazing builds, most sustainable and amazing woods, beauty that is simpler but still awesome, only really expensive. You also need to compare these venerable workhorses to the older Gibsons and Guilds, which definitely stack up favorably. Taylors 400 series, in Rosewood, is only a little less than Martins D28s/HD28s; but they are not on the same level when it comes to build quality and tone: In my honest opinion. The Taylors play much better than the Martins. the Taylor custom shop models, the kind they make for MAM, prices approach the lower stratosphere, well beyond my credit rating Taylor didnt exist. As far as Taylor, I live within 10 miles from their factory. Been playing guitar for over 55 years since I was 12. By the way when I got my first Guild F50 in 1976 I crossed Martin off my list because I saw them as bluegrass guitars and I wanted something more diverse. less production more quality is Martins standard. By the wayyou mentioned Molly Tuttle two times before you started keeping track. Ouch! But being a po-boy I set sights on my Taylor, being more than I could really afford. Martin = Good Old Boy I own a Taylor 414ce and it is a great guitar, but if I had the money I would buy an HD-28. The action was lowered and I used light strings but my short fingers had a tough time getting around the neck. Thats the ticket! It is more efficient to do automation save money wood while the same cant be said for building buy hand. Its a matter of personal preference and nothing more. Just wood combinations after that to me.

A martini is a perfect cocktail because it can be precisely what you want it to be. You are spot on so far for rounds one and two. Maybe a Martin would be good to round out my small collection (which includes Gibson ES335 and Les Paul Standard in addition to the Taylor acoustics). action too high? Is Bob so adamant that hes not gonna follow Martin down that path? I have both.

I know, Im weird. I was, however, blown away by the Billy Strings and Molly Tuttle clips that you shared. They were so good to us, I doubt my daughter would look at another brand. One was a used 12 string with amazing bell tones, and then I bought a Martin D10E six string. His desired guitar was a Gibson. Between the 2 I have to say Martin. My vote is for Martin (disclaimer: I dont own either one these.) I saw a Taylor urban ash guitar in the store, beautiful!! She did not like that! I have 5 acoustic guitars, of which 3 are Taylors and 2 are Martin. I believe they use a little bit more hands on. Each one makes awesome guitars, and each one is best for what they do best; at least they are for me. 2002 New Hartford Guild F50r. I purchased a new Taylor 717e Builders Edition, but had to purchase a 1996 HD 28 Martin a few weeks ago, with the intent to sell the Taylor. They complement and challenge each other. John Prine is one of my folk heroes. I LOVE the idea of learning guitar online but I was fed up with the overwhelming, more is better approach that takes the fun out of learning guitarthis is my journey from 60 to 18,837 guitar students I guess it all comes back down to personal preference. Martin has been building guitars with Sapele, Sipo, Ovangkol, Myrtlewood, Sycamore, Madagascar Rosewood, formica and Richlite. So, lets hear your opine on Collings. And dont let anyone tell you those arent delicious! As always, you can watch Acoustic Tuesday at 10 am every Tuesdayin these four places: Instead of doing a recap for each segment on Acoustic Tuesday, Im going to leave you just with the links for the full videos, interviews, and factory tours. Taylor = Choir Boy. I think its beautiful. Definitely Martin in most categories. Want to explore more cocktails? Anything using a natural product like wood will vary- and it should. Taylor makes ready to play guitars with woods that have a future that maybe outstanding tones i.e, koa.lets see how the sc13e works out Im on the list. While at the same time, both companies are seeking out new, sustainable tone-woods to build tomorrows high end musical instruments. Lambert thinks the Gibson has always been waiting to be rediscovered, and that it already has a dedicated fan base. Not only is she brining her own onions in-house, but she is also using a combination of ingredients that elevates the garnish. Battles? I have played and owned 800 series Taylors. Taylor! Since then, my guitar money has gone to my grand kids guitars and essentials. Now I play a Taylor 312 ce and I also have a Taylor Big Baby which is the easiest to play. For sound which I like country and rock would be: 1 Gibson Tony i prefer martin because they have a more balanced tone to me but i do like taylor because some of theyre guitars have a brighter tone that seems to fit what i want to play, BTW where was the trivia question i generally rack my brain each week to figure it out but if i cant then i sometimes find myself pausing your show to google it. 39 in Chicago, agrees. To own/play a Martin guitar is to own/play the best!! I agree with others one is not better than the other, they are different in very good ways. Martin, Although I have not done a Taylor factory tour yet hopefully next trip to the US of A. I vote Martin. 6 parts gin/vodka to 1 part vermouth is a good starting point, but more gin/vodka and less vermouth = extra dry. Martin also has many dedicated robotic operations in their building process. I feel that history plays a big part in my decision not to mention artists how have played the instruments ie: one you forgot to mention Bob Dylan has also played his fair share of. Gibsons arent being served at most bars for two main reasons, which happen to feed off of one another: Not very many people walk into a bar and order a Gibson, so bars arent keeping cocktail onions in stock. Absolutely! By the way, I have a Seagull that I bought in a pawn shop that can hang in there with the Martin and the Taylor pretty well. So I just keep playing Takamines. Their guitars are the standard of excellence. The COOL part was when Paul played Love Me Do on acoustic! But I find it hard to say it was an innovation on Taylors behalf. The bartenders attempting to update and elevate the cocktail think so. Come along for the ride! BTW, I own one of each. https://youtu.be/ONB7n-WYTQg Watch me interview Chris Martin CEO of Martin Guitars! My Martin is an HD 28 Sunburst. In my part of the world, I constantly see large mature trees chopped down and thrown away constantly. When moving from there in 2012 is when I got my first Martin. Taylors driving the marketplace (brown/black stripped ebony fretboards, Koa as a material, the armrest, V-class bracing) shows that Taylor is clearly making the guitar of the future. They can be made dry, or dirty, or with all kinds of additives like pomegranate syrupor none at all. Not that it has to be entry level. Bottom line? They are a different company today since Chris has been at the helm and they build a guitar today that not only meets the needs of professionals of all musical genres, but for people of all skill and income levels. Martin all the way!! My personal preference is for Taylor, but thats just me. You made it look easy! Martin is the clear winner. Taylors consistency in manufacturing is a clear winner. I know its a lot to ask for but I never thought Id be able to afford a D28, and now I have one that I love dearly. I was surprised and disappointed by that. Sigh.post me in the Martin camp with much respect to Taylor. ( Now I will return to learning to play guitar.sighTAC.) I want a J45 and a Songwriter, but not bad enough to accept the obviously poor quality I have seen in the past 10 years. Now just since NAM I see Fender is following suit. Tony, just re-watched James Corden Car Karaoke with Paul McCartney. My question would be who cares? The closest thing I have ever played to date is a Larrivee LV-09. If I had the opportunity for another guitar I would definitely look at Martin. Looks good, feels good, performs exceptionally well and one other thing for the guitar price. My first serious guitar I owned was a Martin D-28. I still have my 1962 D-18 I got in 1965. Finally, consider the major players who play mostly Martins The subject of next weeks program, Bob Dylan, played mostly Martins and a few Gibsons. Martin gets my vote. It seems to be an easier guitar to play than Martin! They only use Fallen Koa trees from Hawaii and are really concerned about sustainability. I do enjoy all my guitars though. Martin has the pedigree..Martin all the way!! Resale prices diminish rather quickly. Acoustic Tuesday 192, How to Play Clawhammer Guitar Like Molly Tuttle Acoustic Tuesday 191, https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-ent-john-prine-coronavirus-20200329-bdoyk6pvpjgqrjqqvp3ostewau-story.html, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ6-i8hI3Gs, https://www.martinguitar.com/about/sustainability/. The tie is probably right. I own both Martin and Taylor top line guitars and they are collecting dust because I fell in love with Takamine.

I see Taylors as more bright and Martins more dull in the end its all personal pref!

Smell. Martin. And Taylor would be far down any list. Great show on Martin versus Taylor. Strumbing is a tie. Tried many over the years and when I finally could afford one, could never come to actually plunking money down for one. Please log in again. A Gibson martini is served with pickled cocktail onions. https://youtu.be/JRTWMH1T0zI A Martin History Retrospective, https://youtu.be/Eq86nmvrk0s Watch part 1 of my interview with Bob Taylor, CEO of Taylor Guitars, https://youtu.be/UKOiqQ9y0_8 Watch part 2 of my interview with Bob Taylor, CEO of Taylor Guitars, https://youtu.be/T5eGe_NB2Tk Watch part 3 of Tonys interview with Bob Taylor, CEO of Taylor Guitars, https://youtu.be/ZDZAHjFK1Gk See some of the sustainability initiatives within the Taylor factory, https://youtu.be/g7HtRsi-CCc See inside the Taylor guitar factory, https://www.taylorguitars.com/guitars/acoustic/series/overview Checkout Taylors standard model offerings, https://youtu.be/qwx7jv33hvk See one of Martins biggest innovations: The Dreadnought, https://youtu.be/_Hy6dy82l1M See one of Taylors biggest innovations: V-Class bracing, https://youtu.be/8bLWyvih60E Meet the Martin Custom shop, https://youtu.be/6kbWnWClsoE Watch John Moreland play his Martin D28, https://youtu.be/nu5gDk97pFQ Watch Billy Strings play a 1950 Martin D28, https://youtu.be/P__g0NWR0Y0 Watch Molly Tuttle play a 1941 Martin D45, My name is Tony Polecastro and Im an acoustic guitar geek.

I have a Taylor 224ce K-DLX as well, and I would not trade it. So pre conceived notions of the guitars had everything to do with my choice of guitar, nothing to do with data, history, synchronizing my skill at the moment. I prefer none electric guitars. I hope one day I get to choose between a Martin and a Taylor. I took it to the Martin Factory in Nazareth about 15 years ago and they did a little fine tuning on it and after when I played it for them, they said it sounded better they any guitars built today (their opinion). Taylor will keep Martin on their toes. Both great guitars. I cant afford it yet and I may never be able to but a Martin is what I want! The Martins emphasize the bass much more and the Taylors are more balanced. The Taylors are impeccable as far as workmanship is concerned. Martin. The GS Mini has become a dominant guitar in travel/parlor guitars of the future. Played it one day at a local store. I have found that commercial onionswhich aren't usually pickled but preserved in a salty vermouth solutionare astringent in a Gibson; especially when paired with dry vermouth and London dry gin, she says. I do not know how they let some of their guitars ship to dealers with manufacturing flaws that can be seen from across the room. CF Martin. Martin To own a Martin would be like dying and going to heaven, but then I couldnt take it with me. Why? To decide which company is better, Ive picked the following categories: At the end of this showdown, there will be only one winnerand I cant wait to hear what you have to say about it! I think Taylor actually has the edge in innovation in recent years and I think the artist preference is just a function of Martins longer history and place in music culture. How can that be? Despite that, guitars remain very individual two identical models from the same manufacturer will sound different, sometimes dramatically so.

Thanks for a most interesting show I really enjoyed it. I remember an ad way back when that said, Taylor, as good as Martin. I never heard Martin say, Martin, as good as Taylor. I own a Martin JB18, the first Jimmy Buffett model and a Taylor 816CE. So to me, Taylor does not get credit for developing the V pattern Martin already had it 4 times. At Dear Irving, Dorman has created one of the most eye-catching and tasty cocktail onions weve tried. I own both Martin and Taylor, but started with a late 1960s Montgomery Ward Airline Acoustic. But the Martins definitely have their own sound. My choice for winner is MARTIN Martin all the way for me! That being said, Ive been gassing for a Martin 000 Clapton model since you could buy one for $2,000. Tony!! The best guitar is the one that gets you to pick it up and play, lights your internal fire. I recently checked out a couple of small-body Collings guitars @ The Guitar Shoppe in Laguna Beach. More hand craftsmanship is apparent! You cant alienate either company by picking a favorite (but we anonymous Guitar Geeks can). plenty of non cutaway non electric models to be had, play ability and sound? If its hard enough for the average person to order a Martini with vermouth, its understandable why a Martini with an onion is the least popular variation on the classic cocktail. Again, its all about that tiny onion, she says. Tony its the wood Martin limits the wood so that the old martins value goes up. No.more like Ford, Chevy and Dodge against Ferrari and Lamborghini! I own a Taylor and Martin. Btw Blackhawks have the best jerseys, Taylor because of sustainability, amazing work on that front, I hope other manufactures learns from and it becomes the standard. Both have beginner models starting at $500, more $ than other brands from overseas Martin just feels and sounds better, quality is also off the charts. Your skills were amazing! You inspired many individuals, and a couple of generations of Singer-Songwriters.

Once you add the onion, it takes the flavor to a completely new level than a traditional Martini., Jess Lambert, the head bartender of Vol. There probably were others, but no one knew about them. I play a Martin HD28V and it sounds great for bluegrass and other stuff as well. Great show by the way. It had to be a tie, of course. Martin in the end, WINS Heres an issue Im looking to add a medium to high end no cutaway dreadnought into the stable and Taylor doesnt make one!

For her take on the classic, Lambert uses a vodka base, a half ounce of dry vermouth and a bar spoon of onion brine from their house made cocktail onions. I live in Raleigh, which has now become the epicenter of bluegrass music with the advent of the big annual 5-day IBMA extravaganza. The Guild has become my favorite guitar. I was hesitant to buy a twelve, but it carries a regular E tuning, and is all but impervious to changes in temperature and humidity. I fell in love with and walked out with a Taylor 914-CE V class. These three bartenders dont just give great insight into the Gibsonthey all serve their own modern interpretation of the classic. This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again. I would have limited the artists to those playing today and then develop a more inclusive list for your data set. Both have beginner ranges, but neither is the go to for a new guitarist,Guild, Epiphone, Washburn, Alvarez all do a better job of being though tof in the low end. Martins HD28, 0028, special edition SP000C16TR, and D16RTG. Is this a dream. I vote for Taylor. Next come workmanship and cosmetics. I drink and I sew things, and host #MakerHappyHourLive on Instagram because I believe EVERYONE is a maker. john. Many onions aren't that appealing to consume either, so I think the drink went out of style.. The Martin was lost in the move to Ft Worth TX to support WW2 manufacturing. I do own both a Martin and a Taylor and I am fond of them both, just a tad more of my Martin. Cookie information is stored in your browser and performs functions such as recognising you when you return to our website and helping our team to understand which sections of the website you find most interesting and useful. What guitar do I p/u when I just want to PLAY (practice/noodle)yes, the Taylorits playability is preferable for all the reasons we love Taylor. But if that were true, then appletinis and chocolate martinis wouldnt exist. When I play it, I wonder why I even play my other guitars. I have a 1938 000-18 Martin and owned it for only for 54 years. I have heard that Taylors are easier to play. Hey Tony, and fellow guitar geeks. I have one of each Also used to live close to Nazareth and have been to the factory Really really hard to get past the hands on very custom like feeling you get at the Martin factory but have not been to the Taylor factory I love to build things and was captivated by the craftsman I saw at Martin Each guitar has such a different sound I love both.. As for the winner, I see tradition vs Innovation each have their place in the competition. Paul is behind a curtain and Corden asks a patron to play something on the juke box. Why is the sweet dirty martini an obscure cocktail? At this level, both Taylor and Martin are pristine and pricey. Round 3, fair enough as well. It is truly beautiful and after playing the strings off of it for almost 2 years, it has opened-up with blooming lower mids, the upper mids and treble have developed chiming overtones and stronger bass than I ever thought it would ever have! For me, its the Martin D28. Back then, if you bought a Gibson you could rest assured that the quality, and tone, would be unquestionable. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. 00, 000, OM and D and youre there. I did not know Taylor guitar existed until recently, but have played a couple recently. Martin is the past and Taylor is the future. Not sure why they are not better known, given how incredible they are. Thanks again. I find the necks of Taylors are easier for my fingers to wrap around. You are greatly missed. How easy is it to play? Thanks random stranger! The playability is easy. So I am going to give my vote to Taylor. I topped it with olives and that became my signature drink. Each guitar has its best place. Question Collings Guitars. I have wanted one since I was 14 years old, and now I am 53. If someone gave me a Taylor or an incredible deal that I could not refuse I would probably take it but if I putting my money on the line for the best guitar and sound, Martin always wins. I loved the sound of my Martin D18 but finally found it another home because it was too hard for me to play. But they never sound as good to me as a Martin. Taylor is my choice. For me, there is no contest between the two companies. Both brands are doing their best at making sure that there will be suitable tone-woods for generations to come. Well send you our daily roundup of all our favorite stories from across the site, from travel to food to shopping to entertainment. Not as enjoyable to listen to when played acoustically. Plus I own three of them . Your family, friends and loved ones are in our prayers. Watch videos from the 40s, 50s 60s, 70s up to today. Those old eras never die as long as there are Martin guitars to bring them back to life for us. Taylor has been using Tropical Mahogany, Sapele, Ovangkol, Tasmanian Blackwood, Sassafras and they are a world leader with Koa (and other Acacia woods). Youd these would be the biggest rounds. I have a D12-28. Take the dirty martini ingredients, and switch out the dry vermouth for sweet vermouth, and now youre speaking my language. We are using cookies to give you the best experience on our website. So I added some of the olive juice in, shook it up, andit tasted better. They are not in the same league with Martin, Taylor, or the new Guilds of Oxford. It takes great care and attention to detail. but it was said that the greatest guitar is the one you cant put down. The tone is rich, and for me, when I compared the Martins and the Taylors, I found the sustain in the Martins just continued to sing. D18, D18GE. I really liked the clips that you shared, but it was very limited and focused on artists that you like. I would give the edge to Martin. It is the one that comes from Nazareth. Dorman opts for a red pearl onion instead of a white one and uses Champagne vinegar, spices like coriander, and a touch of sugar for her brine. Meanwhile Martins have always had more character and better sound- but Taylor has made strides there, producing some models like the Koa model- that actually have warmth versus the thin but clear sound Taylors were victim of in the past. I truly wish Gibson would get their quality back up to standards like Taylor and Martin have. Martin- They were the pioneers. Thanks Tony, always a great show. I also always look forward to the latest edition of TAYLORS Wood & Steel which is unmatched (in my opinion) by MARTIN. Recent improvements in commercial onions that are available and the interest of bartenders being selective about the onions they use[as well as] the gin and vermouth combinationhas increased the Gibson's popularity, she says. I have two guitars, a Fender basic guitar, the CD60E cutaway, and a Martin DX12E 12 string with the Spruce top and laminate body, bought used.

All that wood used to go to waste because everybody in the guitar world wanted/expected the pure black ebony. Thanks to the internet, we have a much more educated guest that shows up to the bar informed and curious., Cruz agrees.

Taylor by their woods, manufacturing and various models and designs. Im grateful to have both, but my favorite is MARTIN!!! The Sweet Dirty Martini An Obscure Cocktail, How to Shorten Yoga Pants in only 10 Minutes, Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine: Winter Spiced Hibiscus Tea. When I purchased my D35 I must have played a dozen before finding the one that sounded the best. Why not the top 3, 5, 7 or what ever best value high-end guitars?

We suggest using equal parts water and vinegartry Champagne vinegar, rice vinegar or apple cider vinegarwith pickling spices like juniper, bay leaf and coriander (sometimes we even like to throw in a Thai chili for a little heat). If youre not dedicated enough to make your own cocktail onions from scratch, a simple hack is to buy decent quality cocktail onions from the store, dump them from the jar, wash them thoroughly with cold water in a colander, and re-brine them. Being naive and not knowing much about alcohol, I figured it would be the same thing, right? How come no tone or playability categories? But as a small woman with small hands it was a bear to play. I think it is a matter of personal preference and nothing more. But somehow, the idea of pitting Martin against Taylor is sort of like pitting a Chateaubriand against a Bistecca alla Fiorentina..both the ultimate expressions of what to do with a huge, thick steak! Acoustic Tuesday 203, Technique Check: Hammer-ons and Pull-offs 101 Acoustic Tuesday 202, The Guitar Heroes Behind Your Favorite Movies Acoustic Tuesday 196, How to Develop Speed on Guitar Like A Pro Acoustic Tuesday 195, Why Every Guitar Player Needs to know THIS Song Acoustic Tuesday 194, Top 10 Best Acoustic Blues Albums Acoustic Tuesday 193, Fingerpick Like Elizabeth CottenCan You Even? If youre a real Martini lover take note: The Gibson is the Martini you should be drinking. How about neither? I figured I could get a brighter sound on the Martin if I wanted by using an amplifier. From my experience of playing Martins and Taylors in the music store, I have always felt that Martins have even sound across bass, midrange and treble frequencies. I have a good friend who signed up and really likes it. Both are amazing. I was 18 Years old( now 75 )I played a Martin owned by the then young , unknown Paul Simon , fell in love with it , But poor could not afford one , now own three also have 2 Taylors but no contest MARTIN. When I shopped for a guitar to celebrate my 65th birthday, it came down to two, a grand concert Martin acosutic/electric and a similar sized Taylor acoustic/electric. This website uses cookies so that we can provide you with the best user experience possible. I guess the standard answer would be that Martin caters to the traditional guitarist, while Taylor is looking to move the guitar manufacturing business into a modern, sustainable, and more profitable business. Im going with Martin And while this version, called the Gibson, doesnt get much love these daysit should. I have to say that most of those 7 categories are not the topmost ones in your mind when youre choosing an instrument. All I know is this: We travel full-time the last year found us spending time in Montana, Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming you get the picture. But its all so subjective. Martin just has the history and the track record reflected by the long list of owners. Check out these links from Martins web page: https://www.martinguitar.com/about/sustainability/ I think its as least as committed as Taylors. When you look at Taylors more elaborate series, i.e. Tommy Coomes Nashville, Ooo, Very Hard. Ive owned both. Any idea how a Taylor V-Class guitar ages over time? . Can we actually say which guitar is the better instrument, when whats better is so darn subjective? The login page will open in a new tab. Watched your segment on best guitar and saw (no surprise) it was a tie. Here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ6-i8hI3Gs. Had a Taylor once, but now have 6 Martins. Martin is more balanced and the tone is the best. Mine is a Breedlove. The drink was popular enough at one point to make it into classic cocktail books and bar menus, so will these modern interpretations help to restore it to its former glory? It had just arrived at the store and hung on the wall for just over a hour. To bad you didnt include Gibson. P.S.

Martin. Ya know when I joined Acoustic Life a couple years back, I bought a nice Martin that I perceived as something that I would have to learn to play up to . 2 Martin Play hard with Taylor. They are all different and I love them. I enjoyed this episode but I think it misses the mark. So if and when I can, I prefer that. First, make sure to choose a vermouth that pairs well with the flavor of the onion and its brinepreferably one that is more savory and vegetal like Noilly Prat or Vermouth Routin Dry. And if you do happen to stumble upon a random bar that has a jar of cocktail onions in the back of the fridge, those onions are probably close to 50 years old and shouldnt be consumed by mortals. Innovation, consistency, and carving out their own sonic niche. The Martin model Im looking at the 000-15m also looks amazing. Even if bartenders are trying to elevate the cocktail onionand the Gibson in turnthe question that still remains is whether or not anyone cares. Recording Artists primarily all own Martins. Having owned 2 vintage Guilds, a Takamine, Ovation and others I now own 2 Martins. I have a great appreciation for both Martin and Taylor, however I feel it is my burden duty to do a write in. My opinion based on music I have heard and whether or not they disclose who or what they are playing. Yes Taylor gets my vote. Unplugged this is still Martins world. You didnt address the 3 criteria that I think drive a decision to buy Martin vs. Taylor sound, playability and price. Guess what, my daughters prayers were answered. I agree about it being a matter of personal preference. Whether portraying a unique vodka or gin, the variety of vermouth, or the amount utilized makes a huge difference. I love the long history and deep tradition of Martin. Martin Vs Taylor #137: The Winner is! Taylor and Martin, both great companies with impeccable instruments, which I cant quite afford. In fact the salesman even grabbed a Taylor costing 3x the money for comparison, and my Martin sounded richer. Here, we attempt to find out what has kept the Gibson under the radar, how bartenders are reinventing the classic recipe, and when the cocktail is poised to make a comeback (hint: it already is). Hope Im not too late. When you say the word Martin around musicians they know that Martin means quality no questions asked maybe not so sure about Tylor made guitars. Sweet sounding & fun to play! Nice job on the match-up. Taylor makes good guitars. My first step up guitar was a Martin D18 dreadnought. especially because the one Taylor that I do own, the T5z Pro has a 12 inch radius. Hi Tony, Having said that, and being an owner of 2 guitars-both Martins, Im gonna say TAYLOR! I think its very cool that Taylor had the guts to introduce ebony fret-boards with figuring and blond stripes. I hope that everyone, that really wants a really good acoustic guitar, will someday be able to get one (or as many as they can afford) of their choosing; whatever make and model it might be! In the local shop: The sound and playability cannot be matched. Now having said that, I disagree, there does not have to be a winner.