I've owned Taylors, and decided to sell my recent Taylor to upgrade to this guitar. I actually bought it without ever playing it, and any expectations I could have had were blown away. Firstly, the guitar is BEAUTIFUL. It's very light, and very easy to play. The thicker neck feels much nicer than an ordinary neck on other guitars. The tone is warm but also has a nice bright punch to it. It is LOUD! This is by far the greatest guitar I've ever owned, and I don't foresee me needing any other acoustic guitar ever.