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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
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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

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

For me, the GS8 is THE ONE!

By Oakville Dave

from Oakville, Ontario, Canada

About Me Experienced

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"!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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

    something to compare to martin and gibson

    By Chad-tg5JC

    from charlotte

    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.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good note definition; poor overtones

    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.

    (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

    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

    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.

    (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

    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.

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