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A genuine Taylor guitar that working musicians can afford.
The thin, smooth neck on the Taylor 210 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar makes it easy to play. Expansive solid spruce top and rosewood back and sides combine for a warm tone with punchy response and the free, wide-open midrange you expect from a Taylor. The luxurious fretboard is a thick slab of genuine ebony.
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Reviewed by 18 customers
I just received my Taylor 210 today. It was not my first choice of guitar, but I have to say, I am happy with my purchase in the end. When compared to Martin's entry level 6-string D line, the Taylor looks more pleasing to the eye and sounds as good out of the box. I looked over the Martin with the HPL sides and back and it just gave me the creeps to thing that Martin would use such a material. It still sounded great. I just couldn't get past the fact that except for the top, it was made with a non-wood laminate that was covered with a film that was essentially a photographic image of wood. The Taylor 210 also has laminate sides/back -- but real wood laminate. The Taylor's white/black binding, rosette, etc. all give the 210 an understated yet sophisticated look. From a few feet away, I doubt most people would know my 210 from a Taylor DN3.Anyway, once I get her in tune and began strumming, it was evident that this guitar was a huge step up from my old Yamaha. I can't wait to become a better player so that I can play this the way it deserves to be played. Then, I can justify perhaps stepping up to an even nicer Taylor on down the road!Great guitar for the money from a great guitar company!
I bought the Taylor 210 two years ago after playing pretty much every acoustic guitar in the $500-$1500 price range. Even though I only had about $1000 to drop, I wanted to compare higher end models to what I was actually going to buy. I'm telling you right now, this is without a doubt the best sounding guitar in that price range. This thing is untouchable. It so warm, but also has quite a bit of volume to it as well. It will stay in tune for weeks at a time which is great too. My one complaint is the craftsmanship is a little shoddy, but you can't expect perfection when you're only spending this much. I don't regret this purchase at all, and suggest that anyone who is looking for a guitar in this price range, to take a long, hard look at the 210. I think you'll really like it.
I ordered the Taylor 210 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar after reading good reviews on it and visiting the Taylor web site. The guitar played well and sounded good, but upon examination of this guitar I was surprised at the construction method of gluing the headstock to the neck using a very visible tapered finger joint. The grade of sitka spruce used for the top was grade "B" at best and very displeasing to the eye. The top looked nothing like the pictures of the model 210 guitar on the Taylor web site. The Taylor site does not show a picture of the backside of the headstock. The satin finish on the sides and back of the 210 was nice, but I felt the satin top finish was too dull. Now don't get me wrong, I really like some Taylor Guitars, but this one was returned.
I just recieved my Taylor 210. I could not be happier; the first E I struck was just beautiful. After years of playing a very good Takamine, I was suprised at how much better this guitar sounded. Prior to buying a Taylor I tried out higher end Washburns, Takamines, and even Guilds, and this one is the best sounding and easiest to play (the action is great). Additionally, I play alot of drop-tuned music so naturally I dropped it to D and even C and couldn't get the frets to buzz or slap at all. The only slight flaw is in the finish, just the smallest blemish, so it's not a big deal at all. I would recommend this guitar to all levels of ability; if I had started playing on this guitar I have no doubt I would be better than I am now.
I just purchased the 210E. WHAT A GUITAR. I was wanting the GC series with Cedar Top and Mahogany Back and Sides, will have to wait a while. As far as trying other guitars before this Taylor, I have always been a Martin Guitar Believer and still am, however after playing many High dollar Martins, Guilds, Gibsons, and some recommended lower end Guitars like, Breedlove, Seagulls, Yamahas, and many others, a lot of it depends on your style of playing. The High end guitars sound great but as long as you dont go to far down the chain the lower priced Martins sound about the same. The lower end sound well to for the price, but for me its balance, and if you'll really listen close each guitar is unique in that no two guitars are the same. I believe that if balance is what your after Taylor is really hard to beat. My 210 is so balanced from the lows to the highs and the volume, its unbelievable. See for yourself, go and listen really close to each guitar you play, to me it has to have great tone before you plug it in. Otherwise you may be disappointed after the purchase. For the price I don't believe I could beat the Taylor's sound, quality, tone or volume.
I bought a washburn guitar back at xmas, and that was broken, so we exchanged it for a Taylor 210 Acoustic, and I personally think it was worth it. The neck is very finger-friendly. The guitar stays in tune for the most part. Overall, the guitar is pretty and is perfect for a young songwriter. the only problem with mine, is the 12th fret on the 3rd string is a little buzzy, thats only because the truss rod is a little flat. Other than that, its fine. Worth the money.
Basically, THE BEST acoustic guitar I have ever owned. The sound quality and crafstmanship is equisite. The choice of woods; wonderful. No more need to spend A LOT more for a Martin guitar when you can get a Taylor this good at a much more down to earth reasonable price. I am totally impressed. Bang for the buck!. GET ONE, you will not be disapointed.
I've had this guitar a very short time (six weeks, maybe). That said, I feel like I've played it enough to leave some initial impressions: For the price, this is a solid instrument. I compared it to some Epiphone Masterbuilts, a couple low-end Martins, and a few mid-priced Seagulls. I found the 210 to be the most finger-friendly and have the best projection; 'twas somewhere in the middle of the pack on tone (bright, maybe a little muddy when pushed with hard strumming). Soon after I took mine home, I discovered minor fret-buzz and called the folks at Taylor for advice. The friendly tech suggested a truss-rod adjustment and a string replacement, and if those tweaks were unsuccessful, a trip to the store where I made the purchase. I did return it to the guitar shop and they sent it off to be fixed and set-up. It took a couple weeks, but it was worth it: The buzz is gone, the tone is sweeter, and the action is low. I'm not going to tell you it's in the same league as my Martin D-35 (though it might be louder), but I would say it compares favorably to a Taylor 310. As far as appearance, I dig the understated look, and hope that the satin top will open up a little quicker than a glossy 310 top. We'll see in a couple of years. I also liked that it was constructed in the States with solid woods. (Note: I think the newest 210s have gloss tops and lam-rosewood backs and sides, FYI.)
I played many guitars from Ariana to Yamaha. They all sounded good. Within my price range the 210 had the best ring, tone, sustain to my ear. I purchased the 210 in March of 06 and have played it nearly every day since. Easy to play smooth and my playing is getting better.
The Taylor 210 is the best value for any acoustic guitar -- especially for those under the $1000 price tag. I compared it extensively with the 110 and the 310, as well as Martin's D-15 and the Tacoma DM9. The 110 was cheaper but with laminate back/sides and no back bracing. The 310 was a little nicer with gloss top and nicer tuners, but not $300 nicer. It's essentially the same guitar otherwise. I like the looks of the Martin D-15, but it sounds dull and lifeless. The Tacoma DM9 was close, but I felt that the 210 has better woods and had a little more bass and midrange.There's nothing fancy about the 210. That's what I love about it. It's all guitar and tone. The solide sapele back and sides give a nice balanced tone with enough bass to keep me happy. Part of that is the dreadnought size too. The solid sitka spruce top is high quality and the ebony fretboard and bridge (standard on all Taylors) are smooth and wonderful. The neck is fairly slim and fast. It comes with a nice, padded, black hardshell case.I opted to add a Fishman Natural II pickup afterwards rather than go with the 210E. I'm happy with that decision as well.The 210 is simply a great guitar and I would recommend it to any intermediate player looking to step up to a premium guitar or to anyone looking to add an extra guitar to their more expensive Taylor or Martin.Wonderful guitar. Very happy.
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