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Taylor GS8 Series Rosewood/Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar

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The solid Sitka spruce top on Taylor's GS8 guitar belts out a lot of volume with tight bass and pronounced, crisp highs supported by the gorgeous Ind...Click To Read More About This Product

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Bold, bright tone from a real looker!

The solid Sitka spruce top on Taylor's GS8 guitar belts out a lot of volume with tight bass and pronounced, crisp highs supported by the gorgeous Indian rosewood back and sides. Comely cosmetics include gold-plated tuners, ivoroid body and fretboard binding, abalone rosette and microdot fret markers, bound ebony fretboard, and ebony bridge.

Bob Taylor personally designed the Grand Symphony body style for a unique sound. The higher, wider waist and a rounder lower bout you get in the GS8 guitar result in distinctive tone with deep piano-like bass, rich mids, and clear, balanced highs”all with plenty of volume.

FEATURES
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Ebony bridge
  • Abalone rosette and dots
  • Gold-plated Taylor tuners
  • CV bracing (Sitka Bracing w/ relief rout)
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • 16-1/4" body width
  • 20" body length
  • 4-5/8" body depth
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TaylorGS8 Series Rosewood/Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 19 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best sounding acoustic in this price range by far!

I highly recommend this guitar to anyone wanting a great acoustic guitar with above average sound and performance. Play other models and brands first, then try this one. I think you'll see what...Read complete review

I highly recommend this guitar to anyone wanting a great acoustic guitar with above average sound and performance. Play other models and brands first, then try this one. I think you'll see what I mean when you do...or rather, you'll hear what I mean.
I love the balance you get with the crisp sound of the solid spruce top combined with the warmth of the Indian Rosewood sides and back.
I've played plenty of other guitars including other Taylors, Martins, Breedlove, etc and I've yet to find one the has the tonal qualities of this guitar. The harmonics in this guitar are amazing. My last guitar was a Martin D35. It's a great guitar too but seriously loses the high and mids unless you have a brand new set of strings on it nearly every time you play. I had the action adjusted on My GS8 and usually play with either light or medium guage strings. I do a lot of finger picking and flat picking and am never dissappointed with the sounds coming out of my GS8 especially with the Taylor Expression system and it's warm sound. I highly recommend this guitar
Best sounding acoustic in this price range by far!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Overrated Guitar at best, sorry Taylor fans.

I played several Taylors, Martins, Gibsons and others. The GS8 is a nice looking guitar but looks do not always equate to great sound. I rate it average for features simply because it's...Read complete review

I played several Taylors, Martins, Gibsons and others. The GS8 is a nice looking guitar but looks do not always equate to great sound. I rate it average for features simply because it's an acoustic guitar 1st and it works as an acoustic. However, I think Taylor is more committed to making an acoustic guitar that is plug in ready than a great sounding acoustic guitar.The build quality is very nice. But, again, build quality and looks don't always mean great sound.Because of the price (nearly any Taylor) I've got to rate the guitar a little under average. A guitar at this price point really needs to excel more at sound than looks. Overall, this guitar fails--like so many Taylors and Gibsons. I'm not here to flame Taylor exclusively. Heck, it's not blasphemy to knock an inanimate object. Bottom line? Taylor is over rated. That being said, I wouldn't buy an import because they define horrible sound. I'll buy the best--Martin.

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5.0

Best sounding acoustic in this price range by far!

By Roger Crow

from Oregon - Pacific NW

Comments about Taylor GS8 Series Rosewood/Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar:

I highly recommend this guitar to anyone wanting a great acoustic guitar with above average sound and performance. Play other models and brands first, then try this one. I think you'll see what I mean when you do...or rather, you'll hear what I mean.
I love the balance you get with the crisp sound of the solid spruce top combined with the warmth of the Indian Rosewood sides and back.
I've played plenty of other guitars including other Taylors, Martins, Breedlove, etc and I've yet to find one the has the tonal qualities of this guitar. The harmonics in this guitar are amazing. My last guitar was a Martin D35. It's a great guitar too but seriously loses the high and mids unless you have a brand new set of strings on it nearly every time you play. I had the action adjusted on My GS8 and usually play with either light or medium guage strings. I do a lot of finger picking and flat picking and am never dissappointed with the sounds coming out of my GS8 especially with the Taylor Expression system and it's warm sound. I highly recommend this guitar
Best sounding acoustic in this price range by far!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

For me, the GS8 is THE ONE!

By Oakville Dave

from Oakville, Ontario, Canada

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Pros

  • Balanced sound, great note definition, BIG voice
  • Beautiful, understated aesthetics
  • Comfortable to play for hours!
  • Consistent
  • Fantastic Playability
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Perfect for finger style to heavy strumming
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune
  • World class construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everything an acoustic should do, the GS8 does!

    Comments about Taylor GS8 Series Rosewood/Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar:

    I've been playing for 39 years. I've owned (and in some cases still own) Takamines, Yamahas, and 3 different Stonebridge/Furch guitars. I spent a year looking for my legacy guitar. I played dozens of Martins, Gibsons, Bourgeois, Breedlove, Larrivee, Collings, Stonebridge, Taylor, and other high end guitars. I found a 2011 GS8 at the 12th Fret in Toronto when I brought in my Stonebridge D35AR for consignment. I played at least a dozen guitars that day and the GS8 outplayed all those guitars, including many that were many times its price. It's sound, construction, and playability completely match my playing style. I played it for over 4 hours on New Year's Eve at a jam party and many people commented on how beautiful it sounded. After 4 fours I was ready to keep playing, it's that easy to play. For me, this is the guitar I've been searching for, and to paraphrase Charleton Heston, "They'll have to pry it from my cold, dead hands"!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Guitar Ever for this price!

    By RecordingArtist

    from Victoria, TX

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    Comments about Taylor GS8 Series Rosewood/Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar:

    Before I bought my GS, I had the chance to compare it to many other high end acoustic guitars. I put the GS up against Martin, Guild, Gibson, Breedlove, and the entire Taylor line. I was in the acoustic room for many hours trying to find a guitar that could come close to the GS's sound! It's tone is full and has a wide range. The lows are deep and clear, mids are never close to muddy, and the highs are bright! As far as I'm concerned, you can't find a better guitar under 8K. Sounds too good to be true, but I spent many hours with guitars both below and above that price range, the cheapest model being a Martin D-41, and None came close to the GS! I bought it and have only fallen more in love with it since I've had it at home. I don't think you can go wrong with this guitar! The only guitar that I've played on that sounds better is an Olson! It's the best sounding guitar that I own, and might be the best I'll ever play.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Takes some getting used to

    By Pops-Sh_Uo

    from Arkansas

    Comments about Taylor GS8 Series Rosewood/Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar:

    The first year I owned this guitar, it mostly set in the corner and I seldom played it. I just didn't like something about it and couldn't quite figure out what to do about it. Last winter, with spare time on my hands, I started working on the action and neck adjustment. It took me a while to overcome the " too high and so low it buzzes" issues, but I kept at it until this baby is just right for my finger picking style.Now, I love this guitar and the great tone and playability it has and it has become the guitar I reach for first. All the guys at the jams I attend swarm around it and love the sound.It was worth the time it took me to adjust it to my liking.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    something to compare to martin and gibson

    By Chad-tg5JC

    from charlotte

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    Comments about Taylor GS8 Series Rosewood/Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar:

    everything taylor did to this guitar was nicely done.the look,the tone and the playability.i've own several gibson and played abunch of martin and if you take taylor logo out and put the gibson or martin name on the gs8 than you'll have the other two.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very Pleased

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Taylor GS8 Series Rosewood/Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar:

    I was never really a Taylor fan because I thought they were too bright, so I always played Martins and Gibsons, but the GS8 has an amazing balanced tone. I actually went through buying and returning several high end guitars before I found this one. Without rambling on too long, this guitar is a beautiful marriage of clear high end with rich resonate low end, and the ES system sounds great live and in the studio. I actually sold my 710CE after I bought this one. It is expensive and part of that is the name recognition, but you really do get a great guitar that will serve you well for years.

     
    5.0

    GS8 Garners More Praise!

    By Oakville Dave

    from Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

    Comments about Taylor GS8 Series Rosewood/Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar:

    This is an addendum to my previous review. I played my GS8 at a house party recently, in trio, duo, and solo settings and several people commented on how beautiful it sounded! A few people there were players and they coommented on how impressed they were by the GS8's rich, big, yet balanced and articulated sound, when finger picking or strumming. So, it's been christened as The Beast! The GS8 is discountinued, but if you ever find one, grab it! You won't regret it.

     
    5.0

    Awesome Guitar!!!

    By Billy Blaze-wcfNR

    from Weatherford, TX

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    Comments about Taylor GS8 Series Rosewood/Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar:

    Bought this with the Expression System installed and a tortoise shell pickguard.This guitar is the best in my opinion out of all the four wood combinations, the bass is fantastic with retaining the mids and high end clarity.The notes sustain! Even fretted chords sound as rich and unhindered as open chords.If you don't like the fact that most Taylors lack in Bass response try this guitar, but you better have some cash cause you will want one.The cases for these guitars are super plush including chocolate brown alligator (simulated) hide and gold hardware with a 3 digit combination lock and strap hooks, inside the case are headstock pillow and neck joint pillows with a generous sized compartment for storing the essentials.

     
    5.0

    The greatest guitar ever !

    By Mr B

    from Malaysia

    Comments about Taylor GS8 Series Rosewood/Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar:

    I've just pick up on one of the greatest guitar ever! My first encounter with this baby was stunning! This guitar has a killer look! one glance on her, makes you want to cry!Besides the look, she sounded great!

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not impressed

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Taylor GS8 Series Rosewood/Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar:

    I bought the Taylor 415 and was blown away by the volume and tone. I'd never heard anything like it before. I had some issues with it so I returned it to get another but it was back ordered 2 months. I saw the videos up on Taylor website for the GS and read the reviews so I wound up canceling my re-order for the 415 and bought the GS. What a disappointment, very medium sound across the board. While yes it sounds good. There is absolutely no character. Sounds like any other acoustic with new strings. If it came with the expression system I might have kept it. Going back to the Taylor 415 ce. Cheaper - Expression system and better sounding.

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar - Here's Why . . .

    By Stephen-KaS9q

    from Indiana

    Comments about Taylor GS8 Series Rosewood/Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar:

    I have been playing guitar on and off for 20 or so years, sometimes gigging and sometimes hobby, and am very picky about tone. I have had a Taylor GS8 with ES for about a year now. I originally was looking to purchase an 814ce but ended up with the GS8. When I first got GS8 home, although it sounded great to me, I took it back and got the 814. I strummed the 814 one time, acoustically, and just about cried because it didn't sound nearly as good as GS8. I took it back and got GS8 and have been happy since.Since then, I've read a couple of product reveiws saying the GS8 was average, overrated, etc . . . There is no way. I have, and continue to look for a better acoustic guitar and if I find it I'll buy it. I've played, and continue to play, many high end acoustics and none have the sound of the GS8. Also, I'm into songwriting and haven't found a better guitar for that either.The only thing I can conclude about the couple of comments about the guitar being mediocre is that they're looking for a particular sound that the GS8 doesn't provide. If you're looking for a solid, all around acoustic guitar, this is it.

     
    5.0

    The GS Is Awesome

    By NMREDRAIDER

    from Farmington, NM

    Comments about Taylor GS8 Series Rosewood/Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar:

    i was not a Taylor fan until I purchased this guitar today. I have been playing it in a music store for a couple of weeks and decided I couldn't live with out it. The neck is silky from top to bottom. The bass to bright range is exceptional. I like the bright end that the Sitka Spruce produces. This is definitely a keeper! Buy this guitar and you won't be disappointed.

     
    5.0

    taylor gs8

    By one happy customer

    from Honolulu, HI

    Comments about Taylor GS8 Series Rosewood/Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar:

    i searched all over for the right guitar, i wanted something with big volume and i heard about this guitar so i checked it out. It looks way more beautiful in person (pictures never really do justice for guitars) and this guitar is loud. I compared it with high quality martins and other taylors but always went back to this one. Taylor does have a very distinctive sound and i must admit im not a huge fan of it but this series sounds different. I Cant describe it but trust me, it's something good. I actually got the cedar/rosewood because i thought the sound was warmer and its better for fingerpicking but i must say that the spruce top/rosewood did have more volume and it was very bright. It just depends on your syle and what you like

    (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Overrated Guitar at best, sorry Taylor fans.

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Taylor GS8 Series Rosewood/Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar:

    I played several Taylors, Martins, Gibsons and others. The GS8 is a nice looking guitar but looks do not always equate to great sound. I rate it average for features simply because it's an acoustic guitar 1st and it works as an acoustic. However, I think Taylor is more committed to making an acoustic guitar that is plug in ready than a great sounding acoustic guitar.The build quality is very nice. But, again, build quality and looks don't always mean great sound.Because of the price (nearly any Taylor) I've got to rate the guitar a little under average. A guitar at this price point really needs to excel more at sound than looks. Overall, this guitar fails--like so many Taylors and Gibsons. I'm not here to flame Taylor exclusively. Heck, it's not blasphemy to knock an inanimate object. Bottom line? Taylor is over rated. That being said, I wouldn't buy an import because they define horrible sound. I'll buy the best--Martin.

     
    5.0

    Heaven on Earth

    By ccfinder

    from Arlington, TX

    Comments about Taylor GS8 Series Rosewood/Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar:

    Very fast neck, incredible action, UNBELIEVABLE tone, utterly amazing. After I picked up this guitar and played it, I couldn't put it down until I had put down my debit card to make it mine. Shape and size were a little different than I am used to but I wouldn't change one thing with this incredible instrument. I'm no longer in the market for an acoustic or even window shopping. There isn't anything out there that I don't now have in this guitar.

     
    5.0

    WOW!!

    By Worship Guy

    from Tacoma, WA

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Taylor GS8 Series Rosewood/Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar:

    I went to my local guitar shop to try one of these out... I am now considering selling my car and walking to work, it is that nice, really! I am not a big fan of the Taylor sound, too brittle most of the time. I am really not a Martin fan, too muddy with no definition all of the time. But what if someone made a guitar with the clarity of a Taylor and the character of a Martin... BOOM!! You have the GS. The only one they have locally is this model and it kicks serious a**... I cannot overstate the importance of this guitar in anyone's collection. It is far more than any Taylor you have palyed or heard and kills the lacquer on a Martin. This guitar is a must-have for any avid acoustic player. I heard this has an option for the ES system... do it. Or spring for an LR Baggs with the Para DI. That setup would kill anyones acoustic rig out there, hands down!No, I do not work for Taylor... if I did I would have one of these!!

     
    5.0

    Taylor GS8

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Taylor GS8 Series Rosewood/Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar:

    I got this guitar last night. I have never played a nicer guitar. I have played every martin and taylor, alvarez, yamaha, gibson, fender acoustic within a 20 mile radius of my house. All of guitar centers collection and all of my local acoustic shop. This guitar is the best guitar i have ever heard. This pic doesn't do it justice, go to TAYLORs website. If you buy this you will play guitar every second you have available.

     
    5.0

    Taylor GS8 is superb

    By Studebecker

    from Cincinnati

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    Comments about Taylor GS8 Series Rosewood/Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar:

    I'm a long time player (38 years!). "Old Guild" and Martin have been my favorites. I had compared many high end Martins and this had the biggest, most balanced tone of all. Neck is very similar to a quality Martin. A little better. The 1 3/4 nut is a plus for fingerpicking. Finger picking style (especially with finger picks) is great with this guitar as far as sound. The 13's are a little heavy but do provide a great boom and sustain that lasts a solid 10 seconds! Putting 12's does take away from some of the impact...Better to use 13's and tune down 1/2 step. I have to admit the Elixer strings are the best choice for this guitar! (I usually use Dean Markely) I have the Expression System that I'm very happy with.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good note definition; poor overtones

    By KenW in Portland, OR

    from Portland, OR

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    Comments about Taylor GS8 Series Rosewood/Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar:

    Being slightly smaller than my Tacoma JR55 jumbo (same woods),I thought the Taylor GS8 would give a sligtly brighter sound than my Tacoma JR55 jumbo six-string, but otherwise compare. My Tacoma jumbo could stand to be just a bit brighter, but has a lot of rich overtones. When I found a store with a Taylor GS8, I was surprised to find that the Taylor has very good note definition, but appears much lower in tone complexity / overtones. I perceived that the instrument could be good as instrumental back-up in a song, without the overtones "clouding up" the voice range. However, I felt that I would get bored of the bright tone without the richness I get with my jumbo. The GS8 is not a jumbo instrument and does not give the jumbo sound. Another instrument to consider would be the Larrivee D03-R rosewood/spruce dreadnaught six-string (which I also have). It gives good note definition, but has more overtones than the GS8. The price is 5/8 of the Taylor GS8, making the Larrivee a good price point for sound versus money. I prefer the sound of my Larrivee over the sound of the GS8. Perhaps this is still an instrument to consider, but I strongly recommend playing one live before buying. Do not go by the advertising catchy phrases.,, "piano like bass" appears to be misleading. Sound is subjective; check it out for yourself. Note: The strings on the Taylor appeared to be new. Some music stores have dead strings on their higher-end instruments, due to the slower sales of expensive guitars. If the Taylor you test sounds dead in the bass, the strings are probably too old.

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