Price paid: $ 836
Purchased from: Gold Coast Music, Southport
Sound — 9
First thing people notice with this guitar is the volume. It is a very loud guitar. A sound as smooth as silk that makes your level of playing sound a whole lot better with out doing anything different. People take notice of this guitar even if they know nothing about them. I play a lot of '70s rock and Folk style and it suits perfect. I am sure you could do much more with it. It makes you want to play better every day. I have played for 15 years and never before have I been so keen every morning to pick up an insturment.
Overall Impression — 9
I would buy from Taylor again, all my mates are out to get one after seeing mine. Go try one out in a store for yourself. I tested it against Fender and other top name brands and this won out over all of them.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I don't play live anymore but I would be very happy to walk out on stage with a 10 under my arm. It's never broke a string. It is sensitive to changes in temp though. I live in Australia and use air-con a lot so most days I have to re-tune it before playing after a temp change of 10C (50F) or more. It looks the same as the day I bought it. No signs of wear and tear like my other insturments have.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
It is an easy guitar to keep looking clean. I have owned mine for well over a year and have never cleaned it ever. It's finish does not show finger prints at all. In fact when you put it beside my other 4 glossy guitars it makes them look cheap. Which is cool as it is my flagship guitar after all. It has no fancy decals, the fact it is so basic to look at but packs so much punch is part of the reason I love it. You know you spent your money on pure sound quality rather then some fancy paint finish on a second rate sounding guitar. It's a very light guitar, partly due to the fact there is no internal braces as found on cheaper instruments. It is quite amazing to look inside the sound hole and see nothing on the back of the guitar at all other then it's contour.
Features — 9
The Taylor 10 came with a very nice looking gig bag that gets comments before I even take the guitar out of it. The 10 is a very back to basics guitar with no picup or electronics on board, which is exactly what I was after. It has 20 frets, with a nice thin neck that your hand will not cramp up on after a few bar chords.