Sound — 10
The tone on this guitar is incredible. If you play a chord, you hear all the nuances of it, rather than just the bass and some middle like on Martins. The sound is a beautiul mixture of full rich bass and just enough treble to cut through, without being unpleasant. I play Folk, rock, blues, and it's been good for all.
Overall Impression — 10
I love this guitar. It's got a great tone, great action, great versitility, great balance, easy to change strings, two access points for the truss rod, a great bridge, and once again, incredible tone. It sounds better than even the $2,400 Martins, and honestly, I can't justify spending $3,200 on a top of the line Taylor, because this one sounds just about as good for 1/4th the price.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action on the guitar is low and easy to play, the intonation's quite good as well. The fretwires are set in the fretboard with room allowed for wood swelling due to humidity. The finish isn't anything special, but if you take care of it, it's perfectly adequate. The neck has absorbed enough hand oil that I don't need to worry about sweat seeping in. I would recommend cleaning the neck after you play it until the wood becomes sealed though.
Features — 10
The Taylor 14 is a modestly priced, solid-wood guitar with tonal qualities and resonance approaching that of a premium acoustic guitar ? an incredible value. It's solid Sapele body, Sitka spruce top, and ebony fretboard and bridge makes the solid-wood Taylor experience more accessible than ever.