Bought this Taylor about a month ago. still not sure I will keep it. Much louder or brighter than my Martin but I also like the tone. For the most part outshines my old Martin. However had problem with bass E. Buzzing. Replaced Elixir 13's with 12's and this helped a lot but it still can buzz esp on dreaded open F chord. I also don't like how the bass E sounds unfretted. (one solution, when I am picking is to hit string very lightly.) About to change to either Martin or D'Addario strings and see if that helps. Back to the positive side --for some reason my singing seems to have improved with the Taylor. Other positive --right off the bat it was v easy to play. btw this is not deluxe model. Other note --some reviewers dislike the fact it's partially composed of laminate.