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Guitar straps and end pin jacks 12 Replies

Anyone else have problems fitting the guitar strap over the electric end pin jack on acoustic/electric guitars? I've asked music stores and strap manufacturers and neither seem to think it's a…Continue

Started by Downtown Freddy Brown. Last reply by Mark Chalupsky Sep 17.

Taylor expression vs older fishman prefix pickup... 3 Replies

So...   I'm looking at a few different used Taylors right now.   I've heard people argue both sides of this topic.  Some swearing by the old fishman preamp/pickup system, while others claim the new…Continue

Started by Mark. Last reply by Paul Stoddard Mar 21.

GS Mini video comparison ... Spruce top versus Mahogany 2 Replies

 CLICK HERE to watch a good Taylor GS Mini Video Comparison from The Acoustic Letter..Continue

Started by Jud Hair. Last reply by John J. Cebula Jan 14.

Taylor 12 fret guitars. Which model do you have or recommend and what do you like about them? 3 Replies

I am in the market for a Taylor 12 fret guitar and was wondering what experiences others have had with these.  I am leaning towards the 522e with a Western red cedar top, which would be the same as…Continue

Started by Hoosier Picker. Last reply by Michael Holmes Dec 7, 2013.

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Comment by Ken Rogers yesterday

Played a new 812 CE 12 fret Taylor at a local shop yesterday. Wow. Just... wow...

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on September 18, 2014 at 3:58pm

Mark - I've had the same problem from time to time on this site - too bad your complete original didn't post. Agree - the price is what will draw people to this guitar.

mark - Thanks for posting the video link. Love the other guitars as well, especially the blackwood.

m

Comment by Mike on September 18, 2014 at 3:10pm
Comment by Mike on September 18, 2014 at 3:09pm

Mark, Taylor was apparently shooting for just that reaction. That quality? That Sound? A Taylor? That price?

On a side note, I think I may need help. I may be addicted to the GS Mini's.

Comment by Mark on September 18, 2014 at 1:55pm

Well that's interesting.  I posted a long reply to Michael's post about the 150E .   I wonder what happened to it... 

Anyhoo.  The gist of it was that I saw that guitar in a Sam Ash ad and could not wrap my head around how a 12 string, let alone a Taylor would be so inexpensive.  So I went down to my local Sam Ash and played one.  Michael is right,  it really does play easier than any other 12 string I've picked up.  I handed it to the salesman and let him play it so I could listen to it.  Again, it sounded a heck of a lot better than I would think a guitar in that price range could ever sound.  Frankly I'm baffled,  That guitar just seems to be way under-priced for what it is. 

Comment by Paul Stoddard on September 17, 2014 at 11:59pm

Thanks to both Michael's for your interesting reviews.

Paul

Comment by Michael McBride on September 17, 2014 at 7:09pm
Congrats! Great choice. I've heard excellent things about the new Taylor 150 12-string. Thanks for posting your experience.
Comment by Michael S. Jackson on September 17, 2014 at 5:15pm

Hi all. Since I am the proud owner of a new Taylor, my first, I can now join your group. While I have been looking at other Taylors much more exotic and pricey than mine, 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.

Now... if my local dealer will only come waaaaaay down on the price of that gorgeous 914 hanging on the wall...

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

m

Comment by Michael McBride on July 27, 2014 at 11:03am

Ken R and Paul S: Sorry it took me so long to post my comments on the new Elixer HD Lights strings. I installed them a few weeks ago, but until last night I hadn't had the chance to really give them a work out.

I played almost continuously for about six hours yesterday with some hard playing friends and the strings performed as promised. I have arthritis so, for comfort, I install Elixer Lights on all my guitars and keep them tuned down a full step. But when I play hard, the wound strings fell slacky and buzz, and when I play soft they lack resonance. The Elixer HDs did not buzz, nor did they feel sloppy loose, whether I played soft or hard, and they rang beautifully even when softly touched.

Another thing I notice is the Elixer HD Lights are not as "bright" as standard Elixer Lights. This is probably due to the wound strings being of medium rather than light gauge. The tonal resonance also seems to be shifted toward the bottom end a bit. I like that a lot. I gives my GS7 a deeper growl. Of course, as with all Elixer strings, they play like butter.

I'll be putting Elixer HD Lights on all of my Taylors. I'm quite please with them. I see no reason why they won't last as long as other Elixer strings, but I'll report my results on that too. ~Michael

Comment by Mark on July 8, 2014 at 1:56pm

Hee hee....  so far I've managed to postpone the experiment.  but alas, it's inevitable .

 

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