first Taylor 12-string and 100 series
I'm very impressed with the instrument. I know what I expect from Taylor guitars so I had very high expectations. I was not disappointed.
Appearance: Very stock. Black binding, black pick guard, plastic bridge pins, no gloss. Very much what you'd come to expect from a 100 series, mini, or baby Taylor.
Playability: The action and speed of the Taylor neck is hard to beat and the 150e is no exception. Super smooth and easy to play from top to bottom of the fretboard. No buzzing despite very low action at the 12th and light gauge strings. Absolutely a ball to play. This is my third 12-string and hands down the best sounding one to date.
I made a few quick mods right out of the box. 1st I changed out the plastic bridge pins for ebony pins with pearl dots. 2nd I removed the pick guard. I love the natural look of an acoustic and because my 150e is less than 30 days old and case kept since leaving the factory, I had zero sun tan marks. Looks fantastic!
Overall I'd say I am very very satisfied with my purchase. I'd looked, played, and considered buying a Taylor 12-sting for years and years. Price was always a factor. I could never justify spending $2000 on a secondary guitar. $700 is an entirely different story. When my Taylor Magazine arrived on Tuesday I discovered they were manufacturing a 100 series 12-string. By Wednesday morning my Sweetwater order was in.
If you're looking for a quality sounding 12-string under a $1000 look no further.