Taylor 614ce. A trusted and True friend.
I purchased my '06 614ce 4 years ago, while still in college, and I am still blown away every time I play it. I still remember the day I purchased it. I went to the dealer and played Taylors from the 5,6,7 and 800 series as well as a few Martins and Gibsons. The 614ce seemed to beckon to me, from its effortless playability to it's balanced tone- just enough low end, as well as that treble zing of the maple. The maple is a gorgeous wood, and my particular model has an almost understated flame pattern to it, which is fantastic.
I have played this guitar hard now for four years, and the wood has opened up wonderfully. The sparkling top end is still there, but the mid and low range have expanded to give this guitar a wonderful and full sound. It came equipped with the original ES (AA Batteries, 2 body Sensors, and no LED) which sounded drop dead fantastic. About a year ago I played an outdoor gig on a covered stage, but it was a rainy, hazy, and muggy evening. Through the course of the night, some of that moisture must have gotten inside of the electronics and caused a short somewhere inside. The ES would cut out randomly, and for no reason, so when Tax Refund Time rolled around, I sent her off to Taylor for an ES Upgrade (9v, LED, 1 sensor). They also dressed the frets, reset the neck, and brought it all the way back to Factory Specs. They rushed the guitar back to me (as I'm on staff at a church) to have for Easter, and when I pulled it out of the box/case, it was my old friend, but she felt absolutely brand new. The new ES sounds just as good as the original, and having the LED plus the 9V operation are fantastic additions.
This is by far my favorite guitar I own (over my Taylor T5, American Fender Strat, and an Epi Les Paul). It almost can play itself, and it is so resonant. Harmonics seem to ring forever, and when amplified it cuts wonderfully through the mix at church. I highly recommend this guitar. It is definitely an investment, but for me it has been entirely worthwhile. If this guitar were ever to be stolen or lost, I would in a heartbeat (or as soon as I could afford it) get another one. Make sure to check one of these out the next time you are at your Taylor Dealer. You will not be disappointed at all!