Just thought I’d let you know how much I love Taylor and share my Taylor story.
Back in 2014, my parents could no longer manage their steel narrow boat (U.K. canals) and sold it, with some of the proceeds coming to me and my brother.
Flush with the cash, I went on the search for a high-end acoustic with a Takamine or Martin mostly in mind. My first port of call was Sounds Great near Manchester (sadly now gone), where I tried a few guitars and was immediately struck by the rich tone and volume of a Taylor 814ce (2014) they had. I tried a few more makes and then left it for a week until I could do the same at PMT Salford. They had a much bigger range of all makes, but none grabbed me like the 814ce did.
So, back to Sounds Great I went, and fortunately the guitar was still there to be secured and was still as rich and loud as I remembered it. It’s a stunning guitar that I love and will keep for my lifetime, not only because it is so good but also because it will remind me of my father, who is now unfortunately very ill.
So began my love affair with my Taylor, loving every minute my 814ce is in my hands and looking forward to devouring Wood&Steel when it drops through the post. So, when I saw another 800 Series Taylor come up secondhand, I just had to give it a try.
Driving to meet the guy selling it, an 810 LTD from 1997, I was initially pretty lukewarm on the idea, wondering why I was bothering, but seconds after playing it, my mind was made up. Again, a stunningly beautiful looking and sounding guitar that I am told was made for and sold at a show in the U.S., then brought over to the U.K. with the original owner.
So, now I have another beautiful old guitar in addition to my youngster, and I’m never going to sell either. I’ll be 60 next year and hope to enjoy them both for a few more years to come.
I love Taylor as a company, and you make amazing guitars. People may say high-end guitars are not worth the money, but the joy and pleasure my Taylors give me and the richness and ease of the playing are worth every penny.
Keep up the good work.