Great fit for everything!
First let me say thanks to Jason Koons and his crew for all the great service and products they give each time. Excellent. Wonderful every time. Now to the guit. I've had it for a few months now, and I must admit, if I had to only choose one acoustic, this would probably be it. The last acoustic I bought from Sweetwater was a Martin OMCPA1+, which was awesome, especially for lead/soloing. Each note was so punchy and clear, it was beautiful; however, it lacked bass. This Taylor 814ce Grand Auditorium is that perfect middle ground between my orchestra model Martin and my dreadnoughts. It's not an overbearing bass, but definitely enough if you want to jam out and pound some bar chords or whatever (which was kind of missing on the smaller Martin). Also, if you want to play some lead everything is crystal clear and articulate, it really jangles. For some reason, I really feel the vibrations on this Taylor much more when playing finger-style as compared to the Martin. Not sure if it's just the thickness of the top or what, but it just feels and plays beautifully. It almost makes me wonder what the Martin GPCPA1 would have been like, as I can't say what their Grand Performance would be like compared to Taylor's Grand Auditorium. All I can say is, this Taylor plays awesomely and looks absolutely beautiful. I would recommend this guitar (not just brand, but body style as much or more so) to anyone looking for an all around acoustic, something that can both solo and just outright hammer on. It will truly meet your every need. Can't forget the setup as well. For some reason my Martin's action was too high and had to take it in to adjust it after I received it, but this Taylor came in the mail perfect. Took it out and the action was just right, played like butter right out of the case. Awesomeness. Can't wait to buy another guitar from Sweetwater.