I've always loved the way a Taylor plays, but I couldn't justify buying one because I had a low-end Martin DKX2 and I'm not a professional. Last year my daughter dropped my Martin and cracked the back straight up the middle. So, this was an opportunity to upgrade and am I glad I did. This guitar has a beautiful, warm tone and the action is perfect. I am also very impressed with the pickup, it is the best acoustic pickup on the market, I'd say. And, the finish is absolutely gorgeous. I mostly play for my and my families enjoyment. I do record occasionally. This guitar is exactly what I've wanted.