Amazing Guitar, but there are some weird mistakes Taylor made
This is an incredible guitar, make no mistake. It's the prettiest guitar I've ever owned or played, and by far the best sounding. When you pick it up there is no doubt you are holding a very unique instrument with a superior sound. And it plays so smooth it's almost unbelievable. But there are a few impractical features if you plan to use it to play live, all centered around the battery. The battery for the electronic pickups is right by the back strap hook, and it's very near impossible to open. I broke three fingernails trying to get it out last night at a gig, when the battery died in the middle of a set. And why did it die? It was a brand new battery, but we were asked to take a break at this gig we were playing and I forgot to unplug when I set my guitar down. After 35 minutes the battery was completely dead. So now I'm trying to pull the battery case out of the guitar, I'm breaking fingernails, people are waiting for us to start playing again, it's a nightmare. I finally get it out and the battery is wedged so tight in the compartment I can't get it out. Finally I do, but I can't get the new one in. Overall, it took us almost 15 minutes to get a new battery in, and by then people were starting to walk out. And the saddest part of the whole story... this is the third time this has happened to me. I can't understand why Taylor would put so much into making this the most amazing guitar ever, and not work on making a simple thing like a battery change a little more accessible. That whole component just seems like it wasn't thought through by someone who used the instrument for live performances. So just be aware: You won't find a better sounding acoustic guitar... anywhere... ever. But if you plan to use it at live gigs realize that the battery runs through it's life REALLY fast, and changing it is a major, difficult process. Don't plan on doing it live or under pressure.