Saturday, July 2, 2016
Martin's Still Lost, but Taylor Came Home
Taylor was able to come and join our family because of the generosity of one of God's people who anonymously donated a significant chunk of money in order for me to be able to purchase a new guitar in the wake of my loss. What a blessing! Also, a friend kicked in an old gift card he had that was collecting dust that enabled me to get this particular guitar.
I knew I'd be getting a replacement for Martin, but I wasn't sure what it would be. As I've said before, I have another Martin guitar, and I am very partial to the Martin brand. They make great guitars, so my first choice was to get another Martin. I went to ye olde guitar shoppe this weekend and tried out several that were in my price range. I played a few Martins and a few Taylors. Some sounded and played better than others. Finally, I decided on a Martin that was made entirely out of mahogany, had a great tone, and had a very deep brown finish. Then, the friend I took with me shopping told me to try the Taylor pictured above. I had already played an almost identical guitar, but with a different finish, and decided against it. The tone wasn't what I was looking for. This Taylor, however, was different - it played and sounded almost exactly like what I wanted. But there was a problem: it was a bit out of my price range. That's when he pulled out his old gift card and insisted that I use it to purchase this guitar. It was an incredibly kind gesture, and I'm grateful. I told the salesman to wrap it up - I was getting that guitar.
While not a Martin, Taylor guitars are also very nice, sound great, and look great, as you can see. I've never owned an acoustic guitar with a sunburst finish (one of my Strats has a sunburst, though), and the white binding on the edges makes it pop. I got it home and did some more noodling on it. I'm excited to play it more as time goes on.