Martin vs. Taylor


Martin and Taylor look like two acoustic super brands nowadays.

It’s like Fender and Gibson in the world of the electric guitars.

At least this is my personal humble opinion.

So if you are shopping for the high end acoustic or semi-acoustic guitar sooner or later you will end up with this dilemma.

Martin or Taylor.

I tried both and all I can say: as usual, it depends.

The Martins have more mellow and warm tone.

I would name it “Jazzy”. But it’s my own perception.

As for the Taylor, its sound is more bright in comparison with Martin.

It sounds more suitable for the rock ballads and anything quite expressive.

And the following relates to both of them.

I don’t know how they do it, but even most inexpensive Mexican made instrument has a beautiful reach sound.

And saying inexpensive I mean the instruments with the solid top and laminated sides and back.

As for making the choice, ideally I’d like to have BOTH. Even the most inexpensive.

And as I play mostly the blues I’d probably start with the Martin & Co.

And how about you?

Well. small update.

Finally I decided to choose the patriot path.

I have purchased the Canadian brand.
It’s Norman ST 40 of Godin family.

Very happy with it so far.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nigel
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 21:03:54

    “It’s like Fender and Gibson in electric guitars.” Gibson also makes some mighty fine acoustic guitars; ever hear of the J-200? And Guild (owned by Fender) also makes some of the best acoustic guitars out there.


    • admin
      Jul 22, 2012 @ 10:37:52

      Agree. And I truly believe there is a lot of wonderful acoustic instruments made by multiple companies in many countries. I just used it as an example, of what first came to mind. Thanks anyway for the input.


  2. Bobby Bryant
    Jul 22, 2012 @ 12:42:31

    I own a Taylor 314 and Larrivee LV03. I have played for 40 years and have owned many different guitars. I can say I agree with you about the tones and richness of the sounds of most guitars. My Taylor is older with the fishman pickup and my Larrivee has the LR Baggs pickup. The Taylor is much more mellow and I love it for open tuning songs. The Larrivee is bright and as biting as I want it to be but still has a great bottom end for finger style. As far as preferences, it all boils down to the hands. One players hands will fit the Martin, the next player will love the Taylor the next, Larrivee and etc. I agree with Admin. I love having both Taylor and Larrivee. I don’t care for Martin personally but it’s all about choice.


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