26 Proteus 3 weeks ago Well...if you're just asking opinions, not considered advice, I personally have a strong bias against anything Taylor, no matter how well made, and a solid lukewarm shrugging ambivalence about Martin.I hear you say the Taylors are all very consistent, which is all well and good - but I don't hear you say you like what you hear. And that's my problem with them. They sound like solidbody zithers. All twinkle, no guts.I've played a couple of Martins I would have owned - notably, both were slotted-headstock 00s with 12th-fret neck joint - a slew I admit blasted like cannons (though I didn't care), and more that were just ehh, OK. Their main claim to fame (as I understand it) is a bright punchy full-bodied tone and (in a good one) volume and projection. I get the purpose for all that, especially in their native country-rhythm and bluegrass context, but it doesn't interest me.It took me decades to figure out, but I finally learned I prefer anything but a dreadnaught, and really warm up to the rich warm round tone of a plain-ol Gibson mahogany-and-spruce slope-shoulder. Donovan's and Pete Townshend's acoustic tones from their classic 60s records probably seduced me - that fat textured dark tone with all the string-to-string definition.It doesn't have to come from a Gibson - there are nice clones out there - but in my ear the tone of a J-45 (or if you're big enough) a J-200 just can't be beat.