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Title: Taylor's new American Dream Series guitars...
Post by: Mikeymac on July 30, 2020, 04:43:45 PM
...a Taylor I might finally get sucked into, the new American Dream Series. (https://www.taylorguitars.com/guitars/acoustic/american-dream)

I particularly like the Sitka/Ovankol AD17e (https://www.taylorguitars.com/guitars/acoustic/ad17e) with it's classic, understated look (pretty much mirroring the Pacific series guitars at about twice the price).

Anyone seen one of these in the wild, or played one?

Has the potential to be a  :nice guitar:


Title: Re: Taylor's new American Dream Series guitars...
Post by: ducktrapper on July 30, 2020, 05:39:26 PM
 :humour:


Title: Re: Taylor's new American Dream Series guitars...
Post by: Mikeymac on July 30, 2020, 08:59:55 PM
:humour:

LOL!

Only I know you're serious...


Title: Re: Taylor's new American Dream Series guitars...
Post by: eded on July 31, 2020, 01:29:31 AM
I loved my Taylor...  until I found my Larrivee parlor.  If Taylor ever comes out with  a 24" scale guitar, I'll be very interested.

Ed


Title: Re: Taylor's new American Dream Series guitars...
Post by: Mikeymac on July 31, 2020, 02:56:28 PM
I loved my Taylor...  until I found my Larrivee parlor.  If Taylor ever comes out with  a 24" scale guitar, I'll be very interested.

Ed

The GS Mini is pretty close (23.5" maybe - or is it 22.5"?), and I'm actually pretty impressed with how they sound, IMHO, YMMV, etc.


Title: Re: Taylor's new American Dream Series guitars...
Post by: ducktrapper on August 01, 2020, 12:13:18 AM
LOL!

Only I know you're serious...

Only semi. However, my heroes have always been cowboys. Aussies will do too. Even if he doesn't wear a hat.   :beer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_1axC-Q4kc


Title: Re: Taylor's new American Dream Series guitars...
Post by: DaveyO on August 03, 2020, 08:00:20 PM
I always thought that Brads larrivee sounded better to my ears
Than Tommy’s Maton
My opinion
Dave


Title: Re: Taylor's new American Dream Series guitars...
Post by: teh on August 06, 2020, 07:19:28 AM
That guitar caught my attention too. My son has a solid wood 214, a baby Taylor and a solid body electric however...

I have several guitars And each one has its own story and voice but my favorite is my D35


Title: Re: Taylor's new American Dream Series guitars...
Post by: Mikeymac on August 06, 2020, 07:43:13 PM
That guitar caught my attention too. My son has a solid wood 214, a baby Taylor and a solid body electric however...

I have several guitars And each one has its own story and voice but my favorite is my D35

A D-35 is a good choice - my first Martin was a lefty D-35. It was outgunned by a Martin J-40 I got a couple years later, so I sold it...somewhat sadly, since it was my first Martin.

I should get a chance to play some of these new Taylors this weekend while we're on vacation. Then I'll be able to decide whether they're really "all that".


Title: Re: Taylor's new American Dream Series guitars...
Post by: Mikeymac on August 10, 2020, 06:13:04 PM
I got a chance to play one of the American Dream guitars over the weekend while on vacation. The one they had in stock (just received a couple days before I played it) was the AD27 (https://www.taylorguitars.com/guitars/acoustic/ad27).

This is the "Mahogany" model, w/o pickup for $1,399 street (the pup model would be the AD27e for $1,599 street - see link above). It is actually Sapele b/s with "Mahogany" top - but whether that is Mahogany, Sipo, Khaya Mahogany or something else, I don't know.

The guitar was constructed flawlessly, and the woods and finish were top drawer. Set up was also very good (however, I'm a lefty trying out this righty guitar, but it still felt very good compared to other righty guitars I tried in the store that day).

The sound was very balanced with nice bass, but certainly not Martin "boomy". I compared it to two Grand Pacifics - same body shape and V-bracing; a 317 ($1,999) and a 517 ($2,999). Those two guitars, especially the 517, had a little "more" of everything in their tone - BUT - they were also both Sitka tops, so not an even comparison. In light of that, the AD27 (at $1,399 for US made all solid woods) held it's own very well.

This includes up the neck. I know it's partly just Andy Powers/Taylor marketing to say that the V-bracing plays in tune up the neck, and that notes don't muffle out or die - but it's actually true; very observable sustain and clarity on notes up the neck, including on the lower wound strings...making it a pleasure to play these guitars.

As a confirmed Larrivee and Martin lover, I have to say there was a lot to like about the American Dream model. Wish I could have tried an AD17 (Sitka top, Ovankol b/s); I'm tempted to order one of those blind if I can get a good price on it. Also, I'll order it without Taylor's pickup system; I'd much rather have a K&K or other under bridge transducer for amplification (and NO HOLES in the side of the body!).

Again - this model was very comparable to the Grand Pacific models - kinda like a Larrivee 03 Series compared to a 05 or 09 series - you're getting a lot for your dollars.

However, I do have something else coming this week... see my other post (I'm so hopeless)!


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