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I bought this incredible machine after playing and listening to about £50,000 worth of guitars over a year until I finally decided on the Taylor 814CE. I was quite torn between this and a Martin and I am sure there is no real reason to chose one over the other at the $3000 mark.
I first found out about Taylor guitars from my friend who is a professional, signed singer/songwriter/guitarist. She has the 314ce which she bought used and as soon as I heard it I was utterly amazed by the sound it made.
As for this guitar as soon as I picked it up it felt good, it even smelt good. I started playing and it felt and sounded amazing. I was amazed at its clarity and clean sound and it just felt so good to play. Just when I was thinking it couldn't get any better I plugged it into a Marshall Valvestate amp in the store and was just blown away.
I use this for gigs all over the place, and for practising at home or in the studio, it loves to be played and seems to sound better as it gets older. I performed recently at a pub and as soon as I started playing other musicians were asking me about my guitar. It is that obvious compared to other guitars priced for less. You really do get your money's worth. It even comes with an excellent case which fully looked after the precious cargo it holds, and was suitable to flying between UK and US.
This guitar is my pride and joy and after 3 years of ownership and proper use I do not regret buying it though it is still of my league (skill-wise)
A review should not sell a guitar, you must play it to really understand, I think that its definitely worth its money.