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Comment by Martin van Dooremalen on September 18, 2014 at 11:56am

Michael, congrats on your Taylor 150e! I've had mine for almost 4 months now and love it. Easy playability, no intonation issues, and it stays in tune really well. I loved the Taylor 12's I tried and for me nothing else really compared, but the 300 and 400 series I tried were not financially feasible or responsible for me. When I heard about the 150e coming out I waited patiently for 5 weeks after putting a refundable deposit on one after a Road Show in late April. It was a long 5 weeks but after it arrived and after about three strums I said, "Yep I'll take it."

May your new-found love of 12's bring you some solace after your loss.

Comment by Dave Fengler on September 18, 2014 at 11:04am

I'm sorry about your wife Mike. Mine is doing better.  It's going to be a couple of months without her pay and some physical and mental adjustments.

Comment by Ken Bellingham on September 18, 2014 at 10:42am


  I'm deeply sorry to read of your wife's passing.  I was aware some time ago - on another thread, I believe - when you announced that your wife had been given a serious medical diagnosis.  Although I watched for it, I never saw you make further reference to it.  I know that must have been a grievous period for you, but I hope your love of music is providing you with some solace and healing.

Comment by FloridaGull on September 18, 2014 at 8:50am

Welcome to the 12-string club, Michael!  My Giannini, Guild, and I salute you!  :-)

Comment by Mike Raeburn on September 17, 2014 at 5:38pm

Hi Michael, Congratulations on your new guitar! It is my experience that Taylor 12s are amongst the most easily played of all the 12 string guitars. Are you going to post a video of your new one being played on YouTube? You will find some photos of my W55 on the Taylor Forum. It is an awesome instrument, either played acoustically or via its pick ups.

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on September 17, 2014 at 5:21pm

Hi all. I am the proud owner of a new Taylor, my first, though I have owned other 12-strings. I have been looking at other Taylors much more exotic and pricey than mine when I read the article in the latest issue of AG re: Taylor 150E (12-string).

I don't know if any of you have had the chance to check one of these out but it really does sound great and plays very easily. I won't attempt to duplicate the subject article but I will tell you that everything that was written about this guitar was spot on - extremely trustworthy article. No intonation issues; plays like a 6-string; beautiful sound; etc.

I have a Yamaha 12-string that I bought when I worked at a music store in the early '80s. I paid employee dealer's price for it, about $700 dollars, and it is absolutely beautiful. All solid wood, abalone inlay all around the binding and sound hole, rosewood and spruce, etc. My Yamaha does not have intonation problems but is difficult to play... all those strings crammed together and a big neck. Because of that, I didn't play it much, actually not at all for the past 20 years or so. Still sits there.

This Tayor has gotten me into 12s again! A real pleasure to play. I find myself adapting various songs to it that were not written as 12-string pieces and many of them sound fantastic. I got a good deal on this one, far below even the street price mentioned in the article. Had to buy a hard shell case, though as the guitar comes only with a gig bag (albeit the best gig bag I've ever seen).

I'm sure all of you take much more seriously you fiduciary responsibilities than to read an article in a magazine and go out and find the guitar, try it, like it, and buy it. I'm sure none of you has done that. But I'm glad I did.

I would be very interested to hear if anyone else has tried this guitar. Thank you for your time.

Pee S: Dave: I sure hope your wife is doing better. I lost mine to cancer almost a year ago so I'm more than familiar with ERs and such.


Comment by Dave Fengler on September 11, 2014 at 4:11pm

HA!  I should be more like 180.  I was 155 when I got married 22 years ago, but I was thin.

I wish I had a guitar with me!  I'm stuck at the ER with my wife.  She's had a spreading rash and puss around the 5 openings from her surgery last week.  7 hours and counting!

Comment by myles k mckinnon on September 11, 2014 at 4:03pm

has anyone play the song on the 12 string call midnight moonlight by peter rowan

Comment by Martin van Dooremalen on September 11, 2014 at 9:56am


But I'll be working on getting down to 225 (I'm 6' 2-ish") before I turn 51 in April. My 30 additional pounds are definitely more round belly than muscle.

Comment by FloridaGull on September 11, 2014 at 5:34am

I usually hover between 212-216...probably would be best around 190...for you metric people, that's pounds, not kilograms ;-)


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