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 very welcome.

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 controls. †

As to Playability this is excellent with a good comfortable action which is easy on the fretting hand even for barre chords

Specifications

Body & Bridge

Series: 100
Body Shape: Dreadnought
Back/ Side Wood: Walnut
Top Material: Sitka Spruce
Bracing:Forward Shifted Pattern
Finish: Varnish
Bridge: Ebony
Bridge Pins: Black
Scale Length: 25-1/2"
Neck & Fingerboard
Neck Joint: Scarf
Neck Width: 1-11/16"
Neck Finish: Varnish
Fingerboard: Ebony
Number of Frets: 20
Fretboard Inlay: 4mm Dot Italian Acrylic
Nut: Tusq

Electronics & Hardware

Pickup/ Preamp: Expression System 2
Tuners:Chrome (100/200)
Buttons: Chrome
Heel Cap Binding: Black
Pickguard: Black
Rosette:Three Ring
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
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