Janine Vincent, Variety is the spice of life! Many colors, many body styles, many necks and many string gauges is nice and spicey! The only problem this presents is.....how to pick which one you want to play! Nice problem to have. Enjoy the flock Janine!
===================================== One Alvarez in the hand is worth two Taylors and a Martin in the guitar store!
Congrats again, and thanks for the photos! That Taylor looks like a nice player, and I'll be curious to hear if you're using it more for fingerstyle vs. strumming (or both).
I remember you getting those red, blue, and burgundy S6, which were being closed out at ridiculous prices. You were also the one who turned me on to at least 1-2 Seagull closeout deals, including my old Maritime Mahogany (all Hog dread). Those deals were simply too good to pass up!
Yes, I remember! Several folks here got the Maritime Mahogany...I see from your profile that you no longer have yours? Back then we were discussing finding strings to brighten it up a bit...I've only experimented with Elixir 80/20 Bronze...haven't tried any others yet...didn't see where anyone else mentioned it again...would be curious to hear about other strings folks have tried. Maybe I'll bring it up in the Seagull board.
I see that you also got rid of you mini-jumbo? I love that body style...Seagull is making so few of them now...I would hate to see them disappear...I have an Entourage & an Excursion MJ...will never let them go...but then I have never let any guitar go...I guess I'm a guitar hoarder!!! lol
I see that you also had an Ibanez RG series? I have a 1983 Purple Roadstar II - the second guitar I ever owned...love it so much - a lot of memories...again, would never let it go!
Anyway, back to the Taylor...I'll be using it for both strumming & fingerstyle (which I consider myself a beginner at)...I know that they say that a smaller body style isn't a great strummer, but for just playing at home & not in a band, it sounds great to me. And just as you would expect, sounds wonderful playing fingerstyle...resonates/responds beautifully with even the lightest touch, as a small body should. For the price, it's incredible! As many have said in the reviews online, this model should not be called an entry level guitar (as Taylor is promoting it). I believe that anyone at any level would agree that it is way beyond that. I would love to compare it side by side to a higher end Taylor, but unfortunately, I have no guitar places around me that carry Taylors.
Thanks for your comment...good to hear from you again!
The Maritime Mahogany wasn't a good fit for me... too damp and dark for my tastes. I loved the MJ body size, but there was a harshness in the tone that I just couldn't shake... I gave it a year and sold them both locally. As part of my journey, I discovered that I'm partial to Rosewood guitars, so selling these made room for five new Eastman guitars (all Rosewood/Adi). I recently added a Mahogany/Adi dread back into the mix, and I might want to add a Rosewood/Sitka dread at some point.
The Ibanez was also my second guitar, which I received new for my 16th b-day. It had a long history and lived in exile for a dozen years... until I got it back, cleaned it up, and sold it. Sounds crazy, but I had to go through that process, in order to close that chapter. I have a Brian Moore i9, which I need to play more often, so I don't get the urge to buy a new semi-hollow or LP style solid body.
TonyKgull,Janine Vincent,Pura Vida, Defining what a guitar sounds like doesn't come easy to me. I can picture damp and dark when it comes to weather, but haven't learned to relate it to sound, not unlike flavor and color and all the other descriptions. Warm and/or bright I can associate with, another decade or two and I'll probably grasp it. My mahogany maritime sounds good but other than last night I haven't played it in weeks. I'm thinking compared to the artist studio the string spacing or something along those it what keeps me from playing it much, I don't believe its sound related. Keep in mind I'm a toddler when it comes to guitar knowledge. All 3 of my gulls have elixier 80/20 polywebs on them. Smooth, quiet, mellow and bendy suite me.