The line between professional and luxury guitars is often very thin, and hardly noticeable to an untrained eye. This is because both types of guitar have many similar qualities, with the main difference being the price of the guitar. I do not assume to know the difference and neither am I trying to say that guitars above a certain threshold are too expensive to be professional. The Taylor 810ce Rosewood is one of the professional guitars that to some may seem luxury. Let’s see why.
The body of the guitar is dreadnought, as is expected of a guitar that aspires to create a powerful, strong sound with a bias towards the lower tones. This aspiration can be seen in every detail of the guitar, but we shall take it one step at a time. The dreadnought has a nice cutaway at its neck, which creates a rather appealing look for the guitar, which feels very unique for a dreadnought. Not something you see often.
The top of the guitar is a choice sitka spruce hardwood. This tonewood is something of a popular choice for many guitars. The brilliant emphasis on tremolos and the beautifully brought out mid-tones make it the number one choice for any guitar manufacturer looking to build a great sounding instrument. The back and sides of the Taylor 810ce Rosewood are, you guessed it, made of rosewood. This hardwood is dense and very sturdy, which makes the guitar on the heavier side when compared to its cousins. This is a trade-off for the lower register of the tones to be expressed in a deeper and thicker manner than you could get with any other tonewood. A trade-off worth making.
The bracing system on this guitar is a little different from what you might encounter on the market. The sides of the guitar have bracing, and the updated bracing for the rest of the body provide it with a very powerful, bright and vibrant tone enjoyable for anyone.
The neck of the guitar is a sturdy, tropical mahogany. It’s slenderness allows for comfortable reach onto the smoked ebony fingerboard, which makes the smooth fretboard so much more enjoyable to play.
The smoked ebony bridge of the guitar provides the slight bit of dampening to the sound that allows the bright tones to linger and feel more unique. The resulting sound you get out of the guitar is vibrant, with a hint of warmth brought out by this very bridge.
The nut is made of tusq, a synthetic material on part with bone in its use. The saddle is Micarta. This makes the guitar feel like it has no buzz whatsoever, so much so that you will wonder if this guitar is producing the cleanest sound you have ever hear in your life.
The taylor nickel tuning machine installed on this guitar is inspiring in its stability of tuning. A lovely addition to a lovely guitar.
This guitar sounds beautiful and very energetic, thanks to the amazing combination of every detail it is composed of. Bright, vibrant, lively with the ability to go slow and low, so that you will never have to worry about having to adjust your sound for any genre or event. The guitar is a mature instrument, with an outstanding sound to love.
All of these things make me wonder whether the guitar is a luxury guitar or not. While the price is definitely high, you need to remember: you get what you pay for. And when you are paying for the Taylor 810ce Rosewood, you are getting only the best for you buck.