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Hammond101
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Jan 8th, 2018 12:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I made an offer on a 2008 Taylor 810ce Friday and the offer was accepted. Less $$ that I though I would have to pay for the guitar. It's clean, has ES1 (I don't like ES2) and it is a perfect match appointment wise to my 2997 814ce. I'm a Taylor fan so what the heck.

Unless a Martin just falls into my hands I'm done with dread shopping. I have a couple of guitars I really never play so I think I'll thin the heard a bit to make room in the guitar closet.

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Jan 8th, 2018 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A second....

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Pinetree
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Jan 8th, 2018 12:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You got any extra guitars just ship 'em my way.


That's a beauty.



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Jan 8th, 2018 12:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's a sweet looking guitar. Congrats.

Hammond101
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Jan 8th, 2018 12:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks man! I think my Taylor 312ce will go to my bandmate (at a killer deal for him). I have a MIJ Jazzmaster and an Am Deluxe Strat to pedal. I may sell the Seagull anniversary dread too. As I age I just don't need all this stuff!

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Smith, Wesson and me.
Jan 8th, 2018 12:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice Dread.

I'm down to just 2 acoustics, I had to downsize for retirement. :)

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Jan 8th, 2018 12:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow! That's a beauty!

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Jan 8th, 2018 03:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sweet. They are fine guitars, and they record extremely well.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Jan 8th, 2018 05:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Enjoy!

Hammond101
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Jan 8th, 2018 05:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been really happy with the electronics in my 814. I expect the same performance out of this one. Thick, woody and balanced with hopefully just a bit more low end plugged in or not.

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Jan 8th, 2018 06:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There is a reason Taylor has been very successful. It looks like you might just be a Taylor guy rather than a Martin guy. Nothing wrong with that. Enjoy that dread.

Hammond101
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Jan 29th, 2018 05:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Update: I received the 810ce on Friday the 12th and noodled just a bit in my office. The action is a bit high and some butt head has cut the saddle down for lower action. Not the way it should be done on a Taylor. The neck should be re-shimmed to get the desired action without the loss of volume cause by chopping the bridge saddle. If all you play is first position stuff it actually would be fine. It does have a lot more bottom and volume that my 814ce of the same year and the 814 ain't too shabby.

So when I plugged it in Saturday at home, the electronics are dead. Not really dead but no signal is getting through the preamp. It hisses but no guitar sound. Shutting off the body sensors I got no change so the issue is in the neck sensor or the dummy coil with a faint chance of a bad main board. Yuk. Ok so I got a great price on this guitar, I'm really not pissed.

Since the neck has to come off if the neck sensor has to be replaced I figure I'll take it to Taylor and have them shim it correctly, install a full height saddle and fix the etronics. I took them the guitar on Thursday the 18th. I was assisted by the actual tech that would be working on my guitar. Nothing will be lost in communication, a real plus. He said he would call on Friday the 16th with the final estimate. He did, $95 for the neck shimming/set up/refresh package and $15 for a shorted dummy coil. I had asked for the 810ce to be shipped back to me 'cause time is short for me mid week. Today the guitar is finished and it ships to arrive tomorrow.

The total bill was $140.60 and that included the shipping. They reset the neck & set it up, installed a new saddle, installed a new dummy coil, detailed the neck and buffed out the entire guitar I'm told. I was not charged for the saddle or the dummy coil and they put a free new set of Elixer mediums in the case pocket as I had new strings on the guitar. I am elated!

I can't wait to play it tomorrow night as I have a gig and it should ship overnight to Corona from El Cajon. Compared to the Martin stories I've heard lately these guys are amazing.

This is just over the top service IMO. Who gives buyers of used gear free parts and accessories? Taylor. This instrument is 11 years old!



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Jan 29th, 2018 06:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice score, congrats. I have a '94 812C. It plays and sounds great and has aged nicely. My only regret is, at the time, Taylor didn't make the 814. I would have liked the slightly larger body.

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Jan 29th, 2018 10:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a 2011 GC6e the concert body also. I really like it. Great for finger style. The concert bodies are like sports cars, very responsive with great handling.

I like my 814ce and it really is a Swiss army knife of an acoustic. It was one of those guitars I just had to own when I saw my first one. One look at the figured maple binding and I was hooked. Then I played it and adopted one a couple of weeks later. I can though overpower it with some hard strumming hence the dread fetish. It has gotten better with age, started yo open up at about 5 years and just keeps improving.

The GC6e replaced a 2005 612ce I had to sell in the tough times a few years ago. Fortunately I was able to hang on to the 814ce. I also had a GS5 that had to go. Ouch!

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Jan 30th, 2018 09:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So how does the guitar play now, after they shipped it back to you? How does it sound unplugged - did it lose any tone from the shimming & setup? Everything working now?

Hammond101
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Jan 30th, 2018 11:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They shipped it yesterday. It should be delivered sometime today. One day UPS service from El Cajon to my office in Corona.

I'm going out to set up a trade show and hopefully the guitar will be delivered on time. I have a gig tonight and want to play it! Full review to follow.

Chris Greene
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Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Jan 30th, 2018 03:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sitting here tapping my toe impatiently...

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