S MS Picker:
She’s a 2007 model so yes the bracing opened her up. I was surprised as when I seen it was a Taylor I remembered the sound of the Taylors of old, actually I kind of despised them over-all. Now don’t get me wrong, they were nice strumming instruments but were nothing even close to a bluegrass sounding guitar. With the forward shifted bracing I personally think this guitar can sneak into “bluegrass” music and fare decently.
To me this guitar is a “Singer/Songwriter” guitar that may want to play some lead lines or even be finger picked. The balance over-all is about as good as I have ever heard. Mid’s are bit much/pronounced a bit but it sounds fabulous on a strum, clean enough to play some lead, and will remind you how bad of a singer you are when you try to sing with it as in a strum you can hear all the notes and can really tell when your voice goes off tune!
My suggestion to anyone on this guitar would be for the ones that love playing a loud dread but they have yet to decide exactly what type of music or style they are going to pursue, you can play about any style on this guitar and get by. Guitar carries about a $1200.00 box store price tag but can be had for around $800-$900 on the used market. Previous owner took exceptional care of this one, looks like it had never been played.