Taylor 200 Series
It doesn't always take a century-long history for a luthier to achieve greatness, and no company is better proof of it than Taylor. Although it was founded in 1974 - much more recently than many of its rivals - Taylor has shown its chops with revolutionary design elements like the proprietary Expression System pickups, and the NT neck which runs the full length of the fretboard. Their impressive attention to detail has allowed Taylor guitars to explode in popularity since they made their debut, and they're sought-after by musicians from coast to coast. If you're looking to get your foot in the door with an instrument that packs all that goodness into an affordable package, then the Taylor 200 Series is the perfect start.
All of the 200 Series guitars have solid spruce tops, on backs and sides that vary from rosewood to koa to sapele depending on the model. Choosing the right one for you is just a matter of finding the combination of specs that fits the bill: for example, if you want a nylon-stringed grand auditorium and you're a southpaw, the Taylor 200 Series 214ce-N-L Grand Auditorium Left-Handed Acoustic-Electric Guitar is probably the way to go. Or, for a right-handed, steel-stringed equivalent, check out the Taylor 200 Series 214ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar.
Maybe you'd like to take things up a notch with a few extra bells and whistles? In that case, set your sights on the "deluxe" versions, such as the Taylor 214ce 200 Series Deluxe Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar or the Taylor 200 Series 210ce Koa Deluxe Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar. These come with a few extra perks including a gloss finish instead of satin, an upgrade to the pickup system, and an included hardshell case to protect your investment while you're transporting it - which you'll probably be doing often, because it's likely you'll want to play your Taylor 200 Series guitar everywhere you go!
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