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Matt -

it's -> its.

Oliver -

I have to say I've always been a bit of sucker, I've always had a electric and acoustic but I tend to play certain songs on one and certain on another and plus I find it's much better to compose on an acoustic.

John Cook -

Enjoy the guitar - Taylor make very solid instruments. You'll also find that the hard case it ships with is close to bullet-proof!

Reid Nantes -

hey its your god fathers son steven! nice website :)

Tom -

Get that beauty off the stand and into a case, preferably with a humidor, it will last forever that way.

Jim Hansen -

Congratz on the GS5. I have the same guitar equipped with the Expression System and I absolutely love it. I picked it up because I specifically wanted to be able to plug it in to my USB interface on my computer and do some recording to share with friends and family, and I didn't want to put a pickup in my Martin HD-28.

I love the feel of the Taylor. The 1 3/4" nut is slighly wider than my Martin, which makes it considerably easier to play. The sound is bright but well balanced. It handles finger style, strumming and flatpicking equally well. I'm very happy with it (and am almost ashamed to admit that it gets more play time than my HD-28).

Mark Wieser -

I recently purchased the same guitar albeit the acoustic/electric with Taylor's "expression system." I always love it when, after an expensive purchase, each subsequent day confirms one has made the right choice. I got the red cedar top/mahogany sides model after sitting in a store for almost three hours playing Gibsons (no like), Martins (already own D35) and various other (high-end) acoustics. I got the right guitar - The cedar is thinner wood and vibrates more putting out the classic Taylor brightness, but with a suprising mid range as well. Glad you love yours, as I do mine!

Judd Maher -

I recently became a grandfather for the first time and because my grand daughter lives in another state, Skyping has become the preferred method of communication. I have been a fairly avid guitar player most of my life but concentrated mostly on the electric guitar having been raised in the 60's and hence developing a passion for classic rock.

While I have always owned acoustic guitars, I have never owned a truly nice one. One evening while skyping with my daughter, she asked me to sing some songs to my grand daughter. Coincidentally, I had been spending more time lately playing my acoustic in the evenings when I got home from work and felt ready to deliver - my skype concerts soon became a weekly event.

While my Epiphone AJ-500 was a respectable low-mid line guitar, I soon decided that it was certainly not adequate for serenading my grand daughter over the internet (I needed some excuse to get a new guitar!) so I went to a couple of the local shops and decided to check out what was available these days in the acoustic world. I had never really been a big Taylor fan so I didn't even try them when I started pulling guitars off the wall. I listened to the Gibsons, Martins, Breedloves and several other well-respected brands. After a couple of visits to the shop I had become enamored with a high-end Breedlove and took it home.

After playing it for several days, I became disenchanted with the sound and the action and returned to the shop to be sure I had made the right decision. While playing the Breedlove against the others I had previously played, I figured I'm making a fairly large financial commitment here, I should at least pull down a Taylor or two and see if my opinions could be changed.

So I figured why not start at the top and I pulled down a 914ce ($4,000 street) and thought - this is why people pay four grand for a guitar. Beautiful sound and as easy to play as any guitar I have ever handled. Feeling like I might be headed in the right direction, I pulled down a 714ce (getting a little closer to my price range) and again, very impressed. Then it happened. I saw a GS5 (not knowing what it was at the time) and thought, let's give this one a try.

Wow, wow... Wow!

The sound of this guitar hit me right between the ears and I couldn't put it down. I couldn't believe I sounded better than I actually was (a big plus for me) and to top it off it was priced at around $2,200 (street).

All I can say is I have logged dozens of hours of playing time on my GS5 in the past couple of weeks and can't wait to get home at night to pick it up and start playing. Its rich, full-bodied sound is unlike anything I have ever heard in an acoustic. It's insanely easy to play and the fretted notes sound as good as the open strings! The resonance is superb, balanced and forthcoming. Not a shy guitar but still elegant sounding.

By the way, I returned to the music store this week for a reality check and I put it up against the runner-ups again and it was even more impressive than at first.

One huge plus for the GS5 is the ability it has to shine in almost any style of playing; finger picking, flat picking or strumming. This was important to me as I enjoy playing a wide range of styles. Everything about this guitar is first class, the fit and finish were flawless, the attention to detail is excellent. This is simply an unassuming yet extraordinary guitar.

I have saved this part for last. I have been a music producer for twenty-five years and have produced countless guitar sessions. I consider myself to have a far above average ear, which I think qualifies me to recommend this fabulous and unique instrument to anyone looking for a robust and versatile guitar that is made to last for generations.

Kudos to Taylor. Thanks for making the acoustic guitar enjoyable for me again.

Pete Young -

I recently purchased a new Taylor GS5, and I agree with the comments made by the previous review writers. I also have a Martin OMC aura that I love. I haven't played either instrument plugged in yet, as most of my playing is for worship at church and fingerstyle at home. Both instruments are good for fingerstyle, flat picking, strumming, and I believe either would record well. Since I played classical guitar for several years, I am very acquainted with cedar tops, but with steel strings cedar really shines. I couldn't be more pleased with the Taylor, and I have probably played close to 100 various high end acoustic electrics in the past two years.

I have owned Martins, Taylors, Washburns, Larrivee's, and numerous classical high end instruments. If I played in a band I might want a brighter instrument to cut through the mix, but this GS5 does it all for me.

I compared it to a Taylor GC8, a Taylor 914ce, a Taylor Kona special edition, a Taylor 814ce, and several Taylor 414's. While they were all good, I simply prefer the mellow, but with real sparkle sound of the GS5.

I never thought a mahogany guitar would appeal to me as I always thought mahogany was a "cheap" wood. I noticed that many professionals played mahogany guitars with cedar and spruce tops, and I decided I had better inform myself less I miss the opportunity of finding something I really liked. I did a lot of research on this wood and I no longer feel I am ignorant of the real truth. Mahogany comes in many grades, and Taylor buys the best.

In conclusion I can't say enough good about the GS5. An added bonus is the great new case design. Buy one and you will end your search for one great guitar. Do I like the Taylor better than the Martin? I can't make thIs choice. They are both great while different in shape and sound.

Peter Young

Bill Jarocki -

I purchased a GS5 in the Spring of 2008, so I've had over a year to play it and compare it against new and old models of acoustics. I've played several Taylors over the years starting with a Baby, then a rosewood 422r, a Koa, a 512, and a 410 ltd. rosewood. When I heard the GS5 I couldn't believe the sound, and the guitar is as versatile as the others have said. Recently I put 80/20 strings on it to brighten the sound and I've been thrilled at the dimension of sound. Most people think mahogany is a downgrade from rosewood, but it's really just different. The wood is in short supply and may soon be as rare as some other soundwoods. It isn't as dramatically "pretty" as the others, but it produces a sound that is perfect for a wide range of playing styles. The combination with the cedar top is excellent. I buy Taylors because of the quality, the innovation (NT neck) and the warranty. I don't know if this GS5 will be the last Taylor I buy, but if it is, I will have no reason to be dissatisfied -- thinking that I might be missing something. For me it is the cure for GAS.

Earl -

Thanks for the info on the guitar. By the way, the name Vertical Horizon isn't just a simple juxtaposition.... If you think about what it actually means - you know how people say "at the end of the horizon?" So, this is a vertical horizon. Meaning, the sky's the limit. It's actually brilliant. And they're an excellent band.

John Rogers -

I recently purchased a Taylor 614ce (Maple). My second guitar. I gave my Alvarez to my son. He loves it! I have been playing for about eight months with lessons and friends. I recently played my first time in church. The Taylor is an absolute joy to play. The Alvarez was okay, but no comparison to the Taylor. The $2k difference in price is no small number, but I just don't want to put it down. I highly recommmend the Taylor. Quality construction, great tone and playability.

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