Great guitar; very visually appealing. Tight grain sound board with much bear claw; very comfortable body and neck (screams 'play me'). I use a lot of open tunings and the open strings really ring out well. Neck inlays are striking - nice relief from the diamonds and dots. Set up was great out of the box. Volume is very good - not quite the OM or 000 level, but very adequate for a smaller guitar. I have 9 other similar guitars (Rosewood 00/OM/000) and this Taylor compares well with the best of them.
Appearance-wise, this is a beautiful and elegant, yet understated guitar. I'm not sure if the back is technically book-matched, but it certainly appears that way. The dark rosewood is BEAUTIFUL. I am a fairly small-framed person and this guitar feels excellent in my lap. Sound is beautiful right out of the box-- not quite as jangly and bright as many newer Taylors I've played. It gives every indication of developing even more with age and play. With a light/medium strumming attack, the tone/sustain/volume are great, especially considering the small body size. Although my flat-picking and fingerstyle technique need work (the reason I got this guitar) the note separation and clarity are superb. John provided great service and was very responsive to my many questions. Thanks Shoreline!
Fantastic guitar for all types of music. Excellent for finger picking and a sounds great. Switched to 80/20 strings and the guitar even sounds better.