Taylor 110E Acoustic Review.
This is the first review of an acoustic guitar we have ever
had on this site as most of our reviews tend to focus on electric
instruments. This entry level Taylor was purchased recently
to replace an Epiphone Ej200 Jumbo as an upgrade in playability
and also so my young daughter could use it as she found the
jumbo too cumbersome.
The Taylor lies in a mid-range price point and competes with
models such as the Martin DX1. After research, consideration
and watching online demos I went for the Taylor for two reasons.
One: The Martin is made of some sort of reconstituted
wood product and has a rich-lite (man-made) fingerboard, it may well work and sound good,
but I prefer the traditional woods the Taylor is constructed
with Ė Siktka Spruce Top, Walnut back and sides with Ebony for the
Fingerboard and Bridge. Secondly the Taylor
comes with the quality gig bag which at this price point is
As mentioned the Taylor has a solid Sitka Spruce and Walnut
back and sides which are finished with a matt varnish. I was
unsure as to the visual look of this finish, but to be honest
it looks smart and does not attract unsightly finger marks.
The dreadnought non-cutaway shape is comfortable to play and
manageable both sitting and standing.
Taylor also make their own acoustic compatible straps which
fit over the combined output jack / endpin perfectly, always
an issue with many Electro-Acoustics. The guitar is at first
glance is very well put together with no discernible flaws,
paint overspray or inconsistencies.
Acoustically the guitar projects
well, loud but not boomy with a
good mid-range and sparkly treble. Plugged in the Expression
2 Piezo works well, Iíve both recorded with this guitar and
played an acoustic session in a TV studio with good results,
my daughter also used it for an outdoor school concert with
good results. †The controls for the pickup system are placed
simply as three knobs on the front arch of the guitar which
I think look better that the usual plastic box with the EQ
As to Playability this is excellent with a good comfortable
action which is easy on the fretting hand even for barre chords
Body & Bridge
Body Shape: Dreadnought
Back/ Side Wood: Walnut
Top Material: Sitka Spruce
Bracing:Forward Shifted Pattern
Bridge Pins: Black
Scale Length: 25-1/2"
Neck & Fingerboard
Neck Joint: Scarf
Neck Width: 1-11/16"
Neck Finish: Varnish
Number of Frets: 20
Fretboard Inlay: 4mm Dot Italian Acrylic
Pickup/ Preamp: Expression System 2
Heel Cap Binding: Black
Peghead Logo: Taylor Colorcore
Truss Rod Cover:Black Plastic
Case/Bag: Taylor Gig Bag
A great guitar
indeed, would especially recommend it for electric players
who want an acoustic for occasional use.
By Ernest H Slade