jackr wrote:I am a dealer in acoustic guitars. Considering becoming a taylor dealer when i go to Summer Namm in 2 weeks. They have been after me for 3 years but I have been afraid to make the stocking commitments.
If you guys are considering guitars in the 2K range your choices can be overwhelming there are so many great guitars in the $1500 to $2K range. There is no doubt you'll get something really sweet. There are a lot of body styles, concert, jumbo, dreadnought, orchestra, cutaway etc. It is a much tougher decision spending that kind of money because at that level you have so many more high quality choices.
Everyone here will have love for a particular guitar, especially ones they own. One of the problems is that it is tough to "bond" with a guitar after a few minutes of playing it. You will know that you like it and it plays and sounds great but bonding with it is a different story. The good thing about buying a big name guitar - Taylor, Martin, Ovation etc is that if you wind up 6 months later realizing that you didnt really bond with it, you wont lose too much money and you'll be able to resell it.
If you want something new, I would suggest you go to Guitar Center and noodle around for a while and figure out exactly what type of acoustic you want. Then really shop because there is no doubt you can get a better deal.
If anyone wants a great deal on a Taylor and gets to me before July 11, that may push me over the top and become a dealer. Of course I would sell it at a very small profit for some one on this forum as I have done with many others here.
Anyway, good luck with your dilemma. I hope you have these kinds of problems more often.
playingdead wrote:Try to find a Huss and Dalton Road Edition OM or dreadnought ... they are under $2k new and one of the best handmade guitars out there for the money. They are made by the same folks turning out the $4000 dreads and OMs but more simply appointed. All the tone and craftsmanship is in there, though. I just toured their shop in Virginia. They turn out just a few guitars a week, compared to the large productions of Martin, Taylor, Alvarez, etc. Each guitar is made with care and according to what the wood is asking for, braces shaped by hand, tops sanded according to stiffness, no CNC parts. You can play 10 identical Gibsons and find two or three good ones, but Mark Dalton sets up and plays every H&D that they make, and if it's a dud, it doesn't go out. But they are never duds. If you want a true boutique acoustic, that's your best option pricewise, I think.
I'm a H&D dealer, but I only have lefties.
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