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reverend mikey
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Jul 28th, 2018 01:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Above and beyond the Tele build that Eric is working on, I gave in on a good deal on Reverb:

It's a nylon string Taylor NS24e-G lefty...

I've played this particular guitar which has been sitting in a shop in Mankato, MN for a very long time - when I checked the serial number with Taylor's system (similar to Gibson's), it says this guitar was built in February of 2011!!! This is one "new OLD stock" guitar!!! I can't find any reference to it at all on Taylor's website (they've moved away from these model numbers completely, it looks like).

It's been tempting me for awhile, but I just couldn't justify it. Then I saw they put it on Reverb with their deeply discounted price and the "Make an Offer" button as well. The tag says MSRP was $1199, originally priced at $899, then discounted to $699 in the store.

I offered them $625 on Reverb, and they took it. Only downside was that, also living in MN, I had to pay sales tax...but it was still less than the $699 price.

The guitar plays very nicely - Taylor does do necks well, and it's nice to play a nylon string that is so easy to play. (I also have a Carvin CL450 that plays well, but doesn't have any sound at all unplugged - that one, and another full size classical I have, will be for sale on Reverb soon.)

The sound is fine, but certainly not like a regular classical. But I bought it to mostly play on the couch or plugged in - and it excels at plugged in!

I ran it through my old Fender Acoustasonic Jr. (a great sounding workhorse of an acoustic amp!), and after some minor dialing of the two tone controls on the side of the guitar, and the three tone controls on the amp, it sounded excellent. Got rid of the plasticky "plink" you can get from nylon strings, yet kept some high end clarity - perfect! I'm very satisfied in that department.

Build quality seems fine for what it is - a Mexican Taylor. It has a gloss top and satin body/neck. It uses Taylor's one piece kerfing (which just looks cheap to me) and three/four/? piece neck... but at least it doesn't have the old Frankenstein joint Taylor used for awhile at the headstock! It is what it is - it's well put together, the woods look nice, and it plays easily. Perfectly happy, and feel like I got a good deal on an old, old "new old stock" guitar.

Only other downside (besides paying state tax) - I drove over to pick it up yesterday afternoon, and when I arrived, they didn't have a case or gig bag for it. The guy working (who I didn't deal with on the phone; I talked directly with the owner) said it didn't come with even a gig bag. I find that highly unlikely for this level of Taylor - don't even their new Academy models come with a gig bag?

So I have an e-mail in to Taylor's customer support to see if it should have a gig bag, and if they can send me one (and I let them know where I bought it, and that they didn't offer a gig bag with the sale of a new guitar).

I also registered the serial number online last night, and I just got an automated e-mail reply congratulating me on becoming a Taylor owner (sigh...eyeroll). I also got a generic reply from customer service saying they received my inquiry, and someone will be getting back to me (that was Friday afternoon, so maybe I'll hear something next week).

This will probably be my only Taylor... the only time in the past I was ever tempted by Taylor's was when Chris Proctor and Leo Kottke were playing and endorsing them... but that passed when I discovered Larrivees...and more recently Martins...

Eye candy

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 03:46 PM, Jul 28th, 2018)

Leftee
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Jul 28th, 2018 02:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is beautiful. Congrats!

I have never played a nylon string.

LeftyMeister
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Jul 28th, 2018 02:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Love the woodgrain! Congrats!

reverend mikey
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Jul 28th, 2018 04:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Solid top, ply-back and sides.

Gotta love Taylor's marketing: they now call plywood b/s "layered back and sides."

I understand Bob's a good man, but his marketing is full of it!

Mick Reid
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Jul 28th, 2018 04:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Gotta love Taylor's marketing: they now call plywood b/s "layered back and sides."


They could have at least tried to come up with something original, like "Laminadium" or "Acoustically Enhanced Wood Plating".


Leftee
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Jul 28th, 2018 05:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mick for the win!

Come to think of it... I've4 never played a Taylor either. I understand that their play-ability is second to none.

reverend mikey
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Jul 30th, 2018 06:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, I'm disappointed in Taylor's customer support...here's the reply I got regarding the gig bag or case:

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Hi Michael,

Since this was new old stock and also sold through Reverb, the seller is not required to include a case unless it was mentioned as being included in the original listing. Sweetwater sells our cases at a discount with free shipping and two year warranty, and the bag that will fit your guitar is in the link below:

(Link to Sweetwater inserted here...)

Hope this helps!
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Actually, it doesn't help - and I wrote back to them and told them so. I also told them I was thinking about looking at a Taylor 600 Series maple bodied guitar next, but this experience has soured me on that... so saving $50-60 on this sale may cost Taylor $2,500-4,000 in the near future.

And I won't be shopping at that particular local guitar store anymore, either. Besides, the few times I've been in there, at first they've acted like I'm an idiot who doesn't know anything - until they find out I own several high end guitars... why are some places like that?

Okay - that's enough. There are lots bigger problems in the world, and lots more things to be thankful for.

;^)

LeftyMeister
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Jul 31st, 2018 07:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

:o(

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