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Rip VanWinkle 12-06-2017 10:36 AM

I'm 65...and as you see by my signature...I like them both for different reasons. (And Gibsons). Not to derail this discussion, but my understanding was that sometime in the 80's or 90's Bob and Kurt made the super smart decision to market heavily to the worship community, which really jump started the Taylor business.

RustyAxe 12-06-2017 10:37 AM

Why would anyone's preference in guitars be age-related?

muscmp 12-06-2017 10:39 AM

why be confused? it is all subjective and has nothing to do with age. i know people, young and not so young, who have a wide variety of guitars, and, like me, have no brand loyalty. a good guitar is a good guitar.

play music!

Moocheng 12-06-2017 10:43 AM

I like them both, if I had to choose just one it would be a Taylor.....or maybe the Martin, nope its the Taylor....though the Martin is a real nice guitar,

see what you done

guitar george 12-06-2017 10:48 AM


Originally Posted by ChrisE (Post 5559563)
Hopefully I can help clear this up. I'm 49 and I like both. I hope that helps. You're welcome.

Well, that's obvious. You're right in the middle.

shekie 12-06-2017 10:56 AM

I used to own a Taylor but when I recently turned 64, it was confiscated and I was handed a Martin instead. When I began to protest, I was told rulz is rulz...

L20A 12-06-2017 10:57 AM

Age does come into play in the Martin/Taylor debate.
Playing style and music choice also factors in.

People that play traditional Folk and Bluegrass tend to gravitate to Martin because of it's rich history connected to this music.
People that prefer Taylor guitars generally are not affected by this cult pressure.

I once overheard a discussion between two guitar players.
One liked the consistency of Taylor.
The other liked the idea of picking the Martin that sang to them.

markm2553 12-06-2017 10:57 AM

I find most Taylor guitars seem to be setup better from the factory than most Martin's. That is going to be a great appeal to new players, everyone really.

I will say I see this less and less, seems Martin has upped their game a bit.

I like both, but I tend closer to the Martin side of things.

age 52

Samogitian 12-06-2017 11:01 AM

I guess it makes sense that younger prefer Taylor. Your standard Martin is a classic dread, whereas your standard Taylor is their signature Grand Auditorium shape, which arguably looks/feels a lot more elegant and modern. Taylor is well ahead of innovation curve with stuff like TaylorSense which may not mean a lot to an old timer, but for a millennial like me who grew up in the age of tech gadgets - that's awesome.

Sagebrush Tom 12-06-2017 11:10 AM


Originally Posted by kcnbys (Post 5559623)
I've owned both, but ultimately am a "Taylor Guy" who began my love of Taylor's at age 25 (I'm 50 now). I've been to four Taylor "Road Shows" and each time most of the people in attendance are 45 and older - by far.

Most of the Road Shows have people in attendance that are 45 and older regardless of brand.

Every Store i go into that stocks Taylor's, every guitar has cutaways and electronics, a deal killer for me. I have two small body Martin's that are perfect for my style of playing (fingerstyle). My tastes might change down the road but i doubt it. YMMV.


Rodger Knox 12-06-2017 11:11 AM

Well, I'm 66 and have been playing for over 50 years. I've never owned a Martin or a Taylor, and I'll probably never buy a new guitar.

Hope that helps...

cotten 12-06-2017 11:22 AM

I like Martins, but I own Taylors. Why? Easy! Taylor has fewer letters and syllables and is easier to say.


Well, it must be that all the good players prefer Taylors. No, that's not right, either.

Maybe it's because after a lot of fine tuning my ears, hands, eyes, and pocketbook, I found that I really like playing my particular Taylors. Yeah, I know: weird!


Earl49 12-06-2017 11:25 AM

I'm 58, with seven Taylor's (four for sale but not actively listed - yet). I started off imprinted on Martin's and at one time had four, but they are all gone now.

In some ways, I slightly prefer the Martin tone, but their standard necks kill my left hand. Taylor necks feel wonderful, and their crisper "modern" tone has grown on me.

808K 12-06-2017 11:26 AM

I think the Taylor bling is attractive to newer players. Taylor does make some beautiful guitars, with pretty bling, for reasonable prices.

Iím guilty, bought four Taylorís, in part because of their beauty and bling. Now I have no Taylorís and a D18.

No judgement here, just my experience and opinion.

jim1960 12-06-2017 11:27 AM


Originally Posted by smurph1 (Post 5559560)
But in our discussion I discovered one guy who older than me likes Taylor's and another friend who is way younger likes Martins. So now I'm really confused LOL Thoughts?

Perhaps you're looking for a generalization where there is none.

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