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With commentary and guidance from Taylor factory pros, the Where Do I Start series will help you find the right guitar according to price, sound, and playing style.

We talk to guitar players all the time, the common question is; “I got around $2,000.00 for a good guitar, where do I start?” That’s a great question. When looking at buying a guitar around $2,000.00 you really broaden up your choices. It is the entry point for all solid wood guitars, you get different body shape choices and you get Tonewood pairings that can flavor the sound for any solid music you are going to play.

Now let me show you a few guitars around $2,000.00 in that price point within the Taylor line.

This is a Taylor 314ce and notice the “c” and the “e” in the model number, “c” stands for cutaway, making this guitar easy to play up in the upper register and the “e” stands for electronics. This guitar is not built with the Taylor ES2 system. One of the most dynamic pickups on the market. This also comes with a Sitka Spruce top and a Solid Sapele back and sides. Mixedwood tailor innovative design and comfortable playability. This guitar is a bargain around $2,000.00.

Now the guitar I am holding here, still in the 300 Series is a 322ce 12-Fret. Now this one has a different Tonewood pairing than the one I showed you previously. This one has Solid Tasmanian Blackwood back and sides and a Solid Mahogany top. Notice I said 12-Fret, well, what is a 12-Fret? A 12-Fret is where the neck meets the body at the 12-Fret. This is Taylor’s smallest full-sized body shape making it super comfortable, super easy to play for hours on end.

Now this guitar here, back to a classic. The classic dreadnought body shape. This is a 410e-R, it has Solid Rosewood back and sides, Sitka Spruce top, great for standing up in front of a crowd, playing live, playing against other guitars. It will compete. It has got volume, it has got voice. This guitar is a killer-sounding guitar with all the classic features of a traditional dreadnought.

Here is a few takeaways from buying a guitar around $2,000.00:
Make sure it is all-solid-wood.
You have different body shape choices, find the one that is most comfortable for you; and
You have different Tonewood pairings. Make sure you get the guitar that sounds best for the style of music that you are playing.

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Where do I start if I’m buying a guitar?

People often ask us, how to properly buy a guitar, our answer; Whether you’re looking to purchase your first guitar or you’re an experienced player searching for your new favorite, Taylor has you covered. We build a wide range of guitars suited for players of all ability levels, so even if you’re just starting on your musical journey, you’re sure to get a good fit with Taylor. Of course, getting started can be the hardest part. Before you choose a guitar, it’s important to understand how a guitar fits with the person playing it. Guitars come in many shapes and sizes, and acoustic guitars can be particularly challenging for beginners due to their size and the high tension of the strings. However, if you’re looking to buy a new guitar and you love that warm acoustic sound, there are many guitars available that will help ease you into the instrument and make the learning process easier. The first step in the guitar buying experience should be to try several options so that you get a sense of how each guitar feels in your hands. A smaller guitar, like those built with our Grand Auditorium or Grand Concert body shapes, might be easier to handle as a first guitar. Other options available through Taylor include the GS Mini, which is a scaled-down, travel-ready guitar with a big sound, and the Baby Taylor, a ¾ size guitar perfect for children. It is also important to consider the longevity of your first guitar before you buy. In this context, “longevity” simply means how long the guitar will work for you before you find yourself needing to upgrade. Low-quality guitars sold for cheaper prices will not sound or feel as good as a higher-quality guitar: they tend to suffer from fret buzz and other maintenance problems in addition to just not sounding very good. However, a quality guitar like a Taylor performs well right out of the box, and will keep performing as long as you enjoy the way it sounds. As a beginner who is buying a guitar for the first time, you may not notice the sound difference. But as you learn to play guitar and you develop your musical ear, you will certainly notice the difference. You’ll be glad you went with the high-quality guitar.