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Just got a Taylor 214!

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
I just had to tell someone because I am so excited! I just got a Taylor 214 from the FedEx woman! It sounds really sweet. I used to have a Big Baby Taylor (well I still technically have it) but it got really banged up when I moved across country (in 2003) and our moving truck flipped over a few times... not fun. Before you guitar diehards tell me that I should have bought a used pre-2007 because they are all wood, I already know that. I came really close to buying a "near mint 2004 Taylor 214" on ebay but I just couldn't do it. I wanted a new guitar. Don't ask me why... I really like the way it feels. I am a really small person (5'2") so I needed a Grand Auditorium and some guitar with a small neck. I have always loved Taylors! Anyway, I am really happy.

Maybe I can finally learn to properly play the guitar now!
post #2 of 20
Doh...I hope that last sentence was a joke....hehe. Taylors are nice, way out of my budget for steel string acoustic. Congrats man.
post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
Hmmm.... no joke. Whenever I would practice on my banged up Big Baby, it would make me remember the move and make me sad and angry. Then I wouldn't feel like practicing. Now, I am happy and want to play my new guitar all the time. But, really, I am not very good at the guitar and can only play a few simple songs... it is time to get better! That was my motivation for buying the new guitar... start fresh.
post #4 of 20
Congrats on the nice guitar, enjoy the strum and pick!
post #5 of 20
If the 2007 and later guitars are not all wood, what are they? Congrats on the Taylor, BTW.
post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 
Oops, I meant they are not all solid wood like the pre 2007 version. The sides and back are made of laminate rosewood. The top is sitka spruce.

Still sounds fantastic though and is drop dead gorgeous!
post #7 of 20
Laminate on the sides and back isn't as bad as on the top. For a beater guitar that you take around with you without a case, it's preferable. I'm real happy with my guitar situation right now. I've got a Gibson SJ200 in quilt maple, a Brazilian Rosewood Candelas Classical, a Larrivee Koa Parlor and a Koa Baritone Uke by Kamaka. All very different from each other and all great.

See ya
Steve
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by bigshot View Post
Laminate on the sides and back isn't as bad as on the top. For a beater guitar that you take around with you without a case, it's preferable. I'm real happy with my guitar situation right now. I've got a Gibson SJ200 in quilt maple, a Brazilian Rosewood Candelas Classical, a Larrivee Koa Parlor and a Koa Baritone Uke by Kamaka. All very different from each other and all great.
Wow, that's a nice selection of tonewoods... Between maple and koa, you have most of the spectrum covered. I picked up a Kamaka brochure at the airport right when I arrived at Hawaii, and I saw their instruments in several stores around the island. The cheapest price was around $600, so out of my budget, but I always thought it would be cool to own one of their pineapple-shaped ukeleles.
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by shellylh View Post
I just had to tell someone because I am so excited! I just got a Taylor 214 from the FedEx woman! It sounds really sweet. I used to have a Big Baby Taylor (well I still technically have it) but it got really banged up when I moved across country (in 2003) and our moving truck flipped over a few times... not fun. Before you guitar diehards tell me that I should have bought a used pre-2007 because they are all wood, I already know that. I came really close to buying a "near mint 2004 Taylor 214" on ebay but I just couldn't do it. I wanted a new guitar. Don't ask me why... I really like the way it feels. I am a really small person (5'2") so I needed a Grand Auditorium and some guitar with a small neck. I have always loved Taylors! Anyway, I am really happy.

Maybe I can finally learn to properly play the guitar now!
IMO the lower numbered Taylors are a much better buy than the pricey high numbered range. You made a good choice, my friend. I also really like the Larrivee 03 series. I used to have a D-03 Rosewood and it was deadly good. You do not need to spend major coin to get top notch instruments these days. Good times.
post #10 of 20
Nice find. My acoustic guitar is a vintage Alverez puchased 2nd hand.

post #11 of 20
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... a Larrivee Koa Parlor ...

See ya
Steve
Would love to see a picture, would you please post one. I own a solid mahogany back/sides w/ spruce top in satin finish and it sounds gorgeous. It is not only great sounding but much easier to just grab and go than my larger/heavier Heritage Sweeet 16. Thanks.
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Wow...nice guitar. I purchased a humble Walden (Chinese) D550 a few months ago. I then signed up for guitar classes at a local community college and they taught fingerstyle, so I had to purchase a classical guitar (Rodriguez C-3). I've had so much fun, but it's also pretty challenging. I think the entire 12-week semester cost me a whopping $34. Might be worth it to check out to see what the local colleges offer. Much cheaper than spending $35/hr for private lessons.
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I've had so much fun, but it's also pretty challenging. I think the entire 12-week semester cost me a whopping $34. Might be worth it to check out to see what the local colleges offer. Much cheaper than spending $35/hr for private lessons.
$34 for a semester?! I wish there were opportunities like that around here. Before I was in the school of music at my college, I had to pay the guitar instructor $50/hour. It was a very expensive learning process indeed. Was this some sort of summer program, or was it a course?
post #14 of 20
It was a course at a local community college that I took last fall. I'm also taking an 8-week course for the summer semester. The class was only 1.0 unit, but it met for 3 hours per week for 12 weeks. Tuition for CA residents is only $20/per unit + misc. fees. The professor assigned so much homework, I probably practiced 1.5 hours per day just to keep up with the class. Even if your local college charges 2-3 times that, it's still probably much cheaper than taking private lessons. The only downside was that we never really learned how to play with a pick, but my instructors told us that if you can learn fingerstyle, then it's easy to pick up a steel string guitar.
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
$35 is incredibly cheap! I don't know if they have anything like that around here but I'll look into it when I find the time. Thanks for the tip.

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Originally Posted by BrookR1 View Post
Wow...nice guitar. I purchased a humble Walden (Chinese) D550 a few months ago. I then signed up for guitar classes at a local community college and they taught fingerstyle, so I had to purchase a classical guitar (Rodriguez C-3). I've had so much fun, but it's also pretty challenging. I think the entire 12-week semester cost me a whopping $34. Might be worth it to check out to see what the local colleges offer. Much cheaper than spending $35/hr for private lessons.
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