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Taylor DN8 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar (2010 Model)  

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    Classic dreadnought design for powerful strumming with storied Taylor clarity of tone.

    The Taylor DN8 acoustic guitar is a true strummer that will impress in any pickers' circle. The DN8 has rich bass and articulate mids that dare you to dig in and challenge your flatpicking prowess. Features an ivoroid bound neck and body, Indian rosewood headstock overlay, ebony fretboard with Abalone dots, gold-plated tuners, and an abalone rosette.

    The Taylor dreadnought body style produces a focused sound with plenty of presence. The bracing used was recently redesigned for a more assertive sound. It's the traditional choice for the traditional player; the model to drive with a heavy pick. The Indian rosewood used for the back and sides con clarity, balance, sustain, and excellent bass response. When paired with a Sitka spruce top, it is an unstoppable tonal combination, especially in this assertive dreadnought body style.

    Features
    • Body Style: 6-String Dreadnought
    • Back & Sides: Indian Rosewood
    • Top: Sitka Spruce
    • Soundhole Rosette: Abalone
    • Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
    • Fretboard: Ebony with Binding
    • Fretboard Inlay: Abalone Dots
    • Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
    • Binding: Ivoroid
    • Bridge: Ebony
    • Nut and Saddle: Tusq
    • Tuning Machines: Gold-plated Taylor Tuners
    • Strings: Elixir Medium Gauge Strings with Nanoweb Coating
    • Scale Length: 25-1/2"
    • Truss Rod: Adjustable
    • Neck Width at Nut: 1-3/4"
    • No. of frets: 20
    • Fretboard Radius: 15"
    • Bracing: CV bracing (Sitka Bracing w/Relief Rout)
    • Finish: Gloss
    • Cutaway: None
    • Electronics: None
    • Body Width: 16"
    • Body Depth: 4-5/8"
    • Body Length: 20"
    • Overall Length: 41"
    • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell

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    TaylorDN8 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar (2010 Model)
     
    5.0

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    5.0

    Acoustic power with Taylor precision

    By gravityfree

    from Florida

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Full Dreadnaught power
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Pure audio pleasure

    Comments about Taylor DN8 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar (2010 Model):

    I own other Taylor guitars purchased while looking for that "Martin" I couldn't afford as a teen. After eight months of playing on light strings I felt ready for the medium gauged DN8 and it was a moment of passion when I first played it. There is so much power and rich tone in the 6th and 5th strings that I knew immediately that it was a keeper. If you are moving into intermediate level playing this guitar will light your fire.

    It is however more physically demanding for barred chords and if used by a beginner should be restrung and adjusted with light strings. The adjustable Taylor neck allows this and is a big reason to buy the brand.

    The quality level is second to none and the trim level is very pleasing without being overly decorated. If you are a home user like me and appreciate instruments for their looks and quality this will not disappoint. If you are a performer there are versions of the DN8 with Expression System sound, cutaway bodies and other options.

    I understand that all ears are different and our ears change with age so my choice is that this Taylor DN8 is better and less expensive than a Martin D28. Don't get me wrong I will still own a Martin someday.

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    5.0

    Flagship Guitar by Taylor

    By Taylor Groupie

    from Bay Area

    Comments about Taylor DN8 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar (2010 Model):

    This is the 6th Taylor I have owned and most recently I had a Taylor DN4e that I sold in order to help pay for this baby. I can honestly say that the DN4e was one of the best Taylors I had ever played/owned for the price, but considering that I sold it in order to buy the DN8 says something.They call the 800 series (particularly the 810) the "Flagship Guitar" by which to identify Taylor with and I completely agree. Nice tight bass response that growls without being all over the place. The mids are crystal clear and although they're indeed scooped they still remain evident and solid. The bass and the brights are really where this guitar shines. TREMENDOUS strumming potential that go great with vocals. I play primarily in 1/2 step down and I find that if you're looking for a traditional dreadnought sound with a lot more focus and clarity, this guitar is for you.I would have scored this guitar higher in the features section if it had the 800 inlays and ES, but the DN8 was not meant for that purpose. It is purposely understated in order to offer a super guitar at an honest price and so because it did just that, I have to say the features are good (full gloss, abalone rosette, gold tuners, high grade EIR) but not over the top.Excellent craftsmanship that can only be delievered by a quality guitar company like Taylor. I love the full gloss w/ satin neck because it allows for faster play without gumming up and getting sticky with sweat. The abalone rosette and minimal appointments leave this guitar with a very mature and understated look. It's definitely a serious player's guitar, without all the excess bling and bells/whistles normally used to hide tonal shortcomings.The only downside is mine didn't come with the ES. It was a huge jump in price and so I will be putting either a K&K mini or LR Baggs unit in soon.Overall SUPERB guitar, well worth the money. Highly recommended for the strumming flatpicker, but believe it or not it can handle fingerpicking farely well. Not as comfortable as a GA or OM, but no dreadnought is. This baby was meant to growl, snap and shine and it does all that with the quality and attention to detail that you can only expect from Taylor. Well done Bob!

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    5.0

    Great Dreadnought

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Taylor DN8 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar (2010 Model):

    I just bought the Taylor DN8 after trying all sorts of other guitars. It is less expensive than the 810 and all you seem to be giving up are some of the additional window dressing (inlays etc). But the guitar sounds incredible. It has a well balanced sound and it is incredibly easy to play.

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    5.0

    A simply wonderful instrument

    By Erik-bDQn2

    from Madison, WI

    Comments about Taylor DN8 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar (2010 Model):

    In my opinion, the DN8 was by far and away the nicest instrument I have picked up and played, that cost less than $4,000+. The balance, clarity, sustain, tone and over all sound are incredible. My first acoustic guitar was a cheap one (<$200) with a spruce top. It was my only acoustic before I picked up the DN8 because I could never find a guitar short of $2,000 that I would honestly say sounded better. I played dozens of guitars before finding the DN8 and when I played it, I knew it was the one. Yeah, it's a lot of money for most people, but this guitar will last me a lifetime. I gave it a 4.5 on the features because I'm not sure how one rates the features of an acoustic guitar. If it's by looks, I should have given a 5.

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    5.0

    As good as it gets

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Taylor DN8 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar (2010 Model):

    For me, this guitar is absolutely perfect. I spent a number of weeks trying out a lot of different models (numerous Martins and Taylors) before finally making the decision to up my price range to the DN8. I went into this thinking I would end up buying a Martin, but in the end the Martin sound just wasn't for me.The sustain on this guitar is amazing. I compared it to a lot of $4k+ guitars and honestly, it holds its own. The action on it is great, the medium gauge plays more like light. The balance in tone is what makes Taylor what it is. This is the ultimate strumming guitar. I can't imagine a guitar could sounding more clear. The bottom end bass is deep and has a wonderful tone. The highs ring clearer than I could have imagined a guitar in this price range could have. Don't get me wrong, it is a lot of money, especially for me, but this guitar leaves no doubt in your mind. It is a truly wonderful instrument that will only get better with time.

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