The Acoustic Guitar Forum  

Go Back   The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > General Acoustic Guitar Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 09-03-2010, 01:12 PM
55fmj 55fmj is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Colorado
Posts: 75
Default Who has the best prices on Taylor guitars ?

I am looking at buying a 314ce or a 414ce and am just wondering who has the best prices ? Right now, Guitar Center is having a sale and appears to have the best deal. Any other ideas ? Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-03-2010, 01:17 PM
NickSTL77 NickSTL77 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 256
Default

Check out GuitarRodeo.com. He's a forum sponsor, and has just about the best price out there. He also has a trade up program, you can send your guitar back to him for the full price you paid for it if you want to trade up to a higher model down the road.
__________________
2004 Taylor 314ce
2008 Taylor 414ce
2008 Epiphone DR-500M
2008 Taylor 714ce Fall Ltd. *sold*
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-03-2010, 01:22 PM
kscobie8's Avatar
kscobie8 kscobie8 is offline
Whippersnapper
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 6,709
Default

Yup, Guitar Rodeo. Wildwood Music has equally good prices. Both will have probably have better prices than what GC can give with a deal.

Bel isi,
-kyle
__________________
My neglected music blog:
www.kylescobie.com
Be sure to check out my brother's music:
www.kurtscobie.com
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-03-2010, 01:29 PM
wooglins's Avatar
wooglins wooglins is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 2,308
Default

Guitarrodeo.com is fantastic and the trade up program is amazing. Also dont forget http://www.laguitarsales.com/, they are super as well and have equally good prices but no trade up program.
__________________
2013 Taylor 514e FLTD European Spruce,Flamed Mahogany "Grace"
2014 Taylor 712 Spruce, East Indian Rosewood "Hope"
2013 Takamine Peak Ltd Edition New Yorker (sold)
2008 Taylor BTO GS Adirondack, Cocobolo "Camille" (sold)
2014 Gibson J-15 Sitka,Black Walnut "Beaver" (sold)
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-03-2010, 01:44 PM
Nick B n Kona Nick B n Kona is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 33
Lightbulb How to buy a Taylor

First of all, realize that guitar prices are negotiable to the point that if you see one store with a higher price you can usually get them to match a lower priced competitor. There is typically much less negotiable mark-up these days because the internet has made price comparisons easier.

Second, if there are two stores in town who carry Taylor, check them both out. Try to buy from one that is close to you, and from a Taylor dealer (i.e. pass on a used Taylor guitar sold at a non-dealer). Make sure you find someone you're comfortable with as you will be going back for service or a 2nd guitar down the road. Also, go ahead and buy new on your model; the warranty will be worth it. Don't diss GC if you like the people better there. Service varies across all stores, but people - not size of the store - will make the difference.

Last, play every possible guitar of the model you're looking for; sometimes there will be 2 or 3 of the same model in the store, both used and new. That will mean 4-5 between two models. That is plenty to try. You will find that 1 or 2 speak to you. Look at the wood grain on the back of the guitar, one may be more appealing than the other, however sound will be very close. If they are otherwise of the same model and you can't decide, but they both sound good, flip a coin as any difference is probably imagined.

Don't be afraid to pass on buying one if they are a stickler on the price or you don't find one you really like. Go back in 3-4 months and a big store will probably have new models in. On the other hand, don't let a good one get away.
__________________
'04 Taylor 310CE
Carvin LM12A
Older Boss Effects
Cube Street
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-03-2010, 02:02 PM
Masao Masao is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Sugar Land, TX
Posts: 956
Default

Just to clarify what others have already mentioned about Guitar Rodeo ... during my search Jim (GR) had lower prices and better terms than my local GC. But when you check his website you will not see prices. Just contact him via email or phone and he will gladly quote you a price.

I bought my Taylor from him and will buy my next one from him. Great price, knowledgeable person, easy to deal with, and great upgrade option. So big thumbs up for Guitar Rodeo.


Ken
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-03-2010, 02:20 PM
wb4yal wb4yal is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Mickeymouseville, FL
Posts: 80
Default

Guitar Rodeo, Jim will do you right!
__________________
JOHN
=========================
Taylor DN5 (2008)
Martin HD28
Recording King RAJ-27
Sullivan Festival Deluxe Banjo
Fender 1973 Strat
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-03-2010, 02:39 PM
55fmj 55fmj is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Colorado
Posts: 75
Default

Great info from everyone ! Thank you ! I did contact Guitar Rodeo and actually, Guitar Center was cheaper. And it is on a new 2010 model with the new ES system. I guess I need to go back down and play the guitar again and see if it is "the one." It appears to be the best deal. Thanks guys !
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-03-2010, 02:55 PM
Ed422 Ed422 is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Baltimore, Md
Posts: 3,264
Default

While I patronize plenty of online vendors, I'd throw in there... there is something to be said for patronizing and developing relationships with local shops. Very often they are within a few dollars of anyone else and if not, they will match any valid price. Many offer free setups. Even if some of the perks aren't there, it is possible to get to know the people who will potentially work on or set up your guitar and (more importantly) for them to get to know you and your preferences. This (in my experience) is tough to put a dollar value on.

Ed
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-03-2010, 03:01 PM
wooglins's Avatar
wooglins wooglins is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 2,308
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ed422 View Post
While I patronize plenty of online vendors, I'd throw in there... there is something to be said for patronizing and developing relationships with local shops. Very often they are within a few dollars of anyone else and if not, they will match any valid price. Many offer free setups. Even if some of the perks aren't there, it is possible to get to know the people who will potentially work on or set up your guitar and (more importantly) for them to get to know you and your preferences. This (in my experience) is tough to put a dollar value on.

Ed
I try to buy local whenever possible. I like to support the little guy, but then again Jim at GR is a mom and pop shop so I am supporting a local shop. Just not local to me.
__________________
2013 Taylor 514e FLTD European Spruce,Flamed Mahogany "Grace"
2014 Taylor 712 Spruce, East Indian Rosewood "Hope"
2013 Takamine Peak Ltd Edition New Yorker (sold)
2008 Taylor BTO GS Adirondack, Cocobolo "Camille" (sold)
2014 Gibson J-15 Sitka,Black Walnut "Beaver" (sold)
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 09-03-2010, 05:57 PM
lossforgain lossforgain is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 1,279
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by wooglins View Post
I try to buy local whenever possible. I like to support the little guy, but then again Jim at GR is a mom and pop shop so I am supporting a local shop. Just not local to me.
+1 on this. I don't do Guitar Center for new guitars, I do independent shops. I bought my 714ce-LTD from my local indie, and my new BTO from Jim at the Rodeo. Both are independent shops that need business to stay alive. I went with Jim this time because he is so familiar with the BTO process -- the local guy had never done one and was scared of it "too many things to get wrong" he said.
__________________
BK '12 Custom SJC African Blkwd/Italian Spr in progress
Eastman E10D
Eastman AC508M
Gibson LP Studio Ash
Fender '94 American Std Strat


Some are gone but not forgotten:
Taylor '10 Custom GA EIR/Adi -sold '12
Taylor '09 714ce-LTD Mad/Sitka -'12
Taylor '08 714ce-LTD Koa/Cedar -'10
Taylor '06 814ce-LTD Mad/Sitka -'07
Taylor '94 812ce -'02/'05
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 09-03-2010, 06:18 PM
Mike M Mike M is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Southern Nevada
Posts: 74
Default

http://www.guitarrodeo.com/index.php Guitar Rodeo. Call them and see for yourself.
__________________

2010 Taylor 814 CE
2007 Ultrasound AG50 DS4
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 09-03-2010, 06:30 PM
ifcowscouldfly ifcowscouldfly is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 139
Default

After shopping around for my guitar, I've found that Jon and Sharon at myfavoriteguitars.com have slightly cheaper prices than Jim Guitar Rodeo or Wildwood. The difference is about $50 - $100. His shipping prices to Sydney were also around $50 dollars cheaper.

Because I don't live in the US, the extra USD $100 - $150 was worth more than Guitar Rodeo's 100% tradeup policy. I'd never use the policy. However, if I lived in the US, it would be a much harder choice.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 09-03-2010, 06:34 PM
hflsmg17317 hflsmg17317 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Where the sun don't ever shine.
Posts: 365
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 55fmj View Post
I am looking at buying a 314ce or a 414ce and am just wondering who has the best prices ? Right now, Guitar Center is having a sale and appears to have the best deal. Any other ideas ? Thanks
Ebay, ebay, ebay. or craigslist or whatever floats your boat. I got my 410ce (since no price discussions) for an unbelievable deal.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 09-03-2010, 06:49 PM
lossforgain lossforgain is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 1,279
Default

I meant to ask: how much better a "deal" was Guitar Center, and was it based on price, or some "warranty" that they claim to offer? Was this a new guitar -- did you check the serial number to be sure?
__________________
BK '12 Custom SJC African Blkwd/Italian Spr in progress
Eastman E10D
Eastman AC508M
Gibson LP Studio Ash
Fender '94 American Std Strat


Some are gone but not forgotten:
Taylor '10 Custom GA EIR/Adi -sold '12
Taylor '09 714ce-LTD Mad/Sitka -'12
Taylor '08 714ce-LTD Koa/Cedar -'10
Taylor '06 814ce-LTD Mad/Sitka -'07
Taylor '94 812ce -'02/'05
Reply With Quote
Reply

  The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > General Acoustic Guitar Discussion

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Loading

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:09 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, The Acoustic Guitar Forum
vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=