1 thx712517 8 months ago I find myself without an acoustic guitar for the first time in many years. I've been doing some shopping around and have narrowed the field down to either the Martin Dreadnought Junior or the Taylor Academy 10.Problem is every Martin I've played has had a neck in need of adjustment and crusty old strings, while every Taylor I've tried has been spot on perfect. I really want to like the Martin as I dig the lower tension from the shorter scale and like the wider string spacing. There's also some snobbery in play here on my part. It's an all solid wood guitar. The Taylor has layered sapele sides and back, aka laminate wood. And yet they've consistently been more resonant vibrating instruments. Do I order a Martin on faith, hoping a setup and fresh strings will take it from the (assumed) 70% level I've been experiencing in person up to 100%? Or do I go Taylor knowing that I'm playing a guitar that's at 95-98% on every one I find? I've been to four different guitar stores in my quest so far and I've only found one Dreadnought Junior that was in decent shape (so seven that have been kind of rough) but four Taylors so consistent that they feel like the same guitar.