My favorite Taylors are generally from 1995 to somewhere around the year 2002 or so - that was - until the new, re-voiced Taylors came out. Generally speaking, I don't hold too much stock in sound clips or video clips of guitars, but when I heard and saw the videos of the new 814, my curiosity was piqued. My son Daniel has been playing a 1996 Taylor 512 for about 5 years, which is a fantastic guitar, but he was really interested in getting a Taylor GA. After talking with Shoreline Music about the specs, we decided to order an 814C, no electronics and have a bone nut and saddle installed, which, BTW, is a really nice upgrade. It's the actual guitar that Brian is playing in the video clip.
I remember when the guitar arrived and my son opened the case. We all sat there in awe of the visual beauty of the 814C. The rosette is especially nice on the new builds. Since we already knew the build quality of Taylors, we weren't at all surprised that this was no exception. What was a surprise was how light the guitar was and the overall "custom" feel of the guitar. Then the most important part - the sound. Daniel sat down and began playing the 814C, and it was nothing short of spectacular. These new, re-voiced Taylors are really completely new Taylors. The lighter finish allows the top to move and vibrate so much more that right out of the box, the Sitka soundboard had an aged sound, akin to a Cedar topped guitar but with the headroom of spruce. You can feel the whole guitar vibrate, front and back as you play it, and it has that deep, rich, piano-istic bass response which compliments the sweet trebles but still retains the Taylor balance. The set-up was exceptional, without any adjustments being necessary, and it played, well - like a Taylor. If you're not a fan of Taylor Guitars, you may want to do yourself a favor and give the new, re-voiced models a try. I think you'll be surprised at what you'll hear.