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Last Updated on January 10, 2024 by Justin Thomas

Taylor Guitars are well-known for their high-quality construction, smooth playability, and versatility. But are they a good choice for beginners? Or are they maybe too expensive for people just starting out…?

In this article, we’ll look at the features of Taylor guitars to see if they’re a good choice for a beginner. The definitive beginner’s guide to Taylor guitars is here, so get ready to strum your way to success!

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Author: Teemu Suomala

I first grabbed the guitar in 2009. I started this website in January 2020 because I couldn’t do window installation anymore due to my health problems. I love guitars and have played dozens and dozens of different guitars through different amps and pedals over the years, and also, building a website interested me, so I decided to just go for it! I got lucky and managed to get awesome people to help me with my website.

I also got lucky because I have you visiting my website right now. Thank you. I do all this for you guys. If you have any recommendations, tips, or feedback, just leave a comment, I would love to chat with you. I have also been fortunate to produce content for several large guitar websites, such as SongsterrMusicnotesGuitarGuitar, and Ultimate Guitar.

I spend my spare time exercising and hanging out with my wife and crazy dog (I guess that went the right way…).


Are Taylor Guitars Worth it For Beginners?

Displays a Taylor acoustic guitar

First, about the versatility…

Taylor guitars are made of good-quality materials and are designed to produce a sound that is balanced, clear, and most of all, versatile. Taylor guitars are known for working well with rock, folk, and many other musical genres. Because of this, they are great for beginners who want a guitar that can fit their changing musical tastes as they get better at playing.

Playability is another key factor…

Most of the time, the necks of Taylor guitars are smooth and easy to play, and they were made with comfort in mind. As a result, beginners who struggle with hand and finger movements will usually find Taylor guitars to be really comfortable. You can usually jam on a Taylor guitar for hours without getting tired or uncomfortable.

What about the price?

Taylor guitars typically come in at a premium price point. So in layman’s terms, they are usually not cheap. However, the higher price is a reflection (most of the time) of the high quality of the instruments’ materials and workmanship. And high-quality guitar can last for a really long time. This is why a high-quality guitar like a Taylor can be a good choice for beginners.

But gladly, Taylor also manufactures some models which are more budget-friendly, and these guitars are usually the best options for beginners (soon we’ll talk about our recommendations for different price points).

Last but not least, Taylor offers a wide selection of models, ranging from small dreadnoughts to concert-shaped acoustics to full-sized dreadnoughts. This means that there is a Taylor guitar for every size, style, and budget, which makes it easier for beginners to find the right instrument.

In conclusion, beginners should consider Taylor guitars. They provide a solid foundation for anyone beginning their musical journey with versatile sound, comfortable playability, and high-quality craftsmanship. A Taylor guitar can be a great investment that will serve you well for many years to come.

If you have a budget large enough to fit in a Taylor, and you also love to play one, there’s no reason to say no. But if you are on a tight budget, brands like YamahaFender, and Epiphone offer better(and cheaper) beginner options.

Which Taylor Guitars Are Good For Beginners?

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Taylor Big Baby Taylor.

Taylor has many models suitable for beginner guitar players, but these 3 are our favorites.

Under 500 – Taylor Big Baby Taylor

If you are in search of a budget-friendly Taylor guitar, Taylor Big Baby Taylor is our top pick. It’s easily one of the best acoustic guitars under $500. It offers an awesome mix between the snappy highs of the maple and the ebony together with the high end of the Sitka spruce. All this is anchored to walnut’s midrange that can cut any mix. It also works surprisingly well for lead sections. Learn more about Taylor Big Baby Taylor here.

Under $700 & For Small Hands – Taylor Academy 12

If you are like me and have small hands, Taylor Academy 12 is easily the top beginner and budget-friendly guitar from Taylor. It offers a smaller size that is easy to handle, an armrest to reduce fatigue(you can play for hours), and low action & narrower neck and nut profile that works great for small hands. Learn more about Taylor Academy 12 here.

Under $1000 – Taylor 110e

If you have a bit more to spend, but still want to comfortably stay under the $1000 price point, Taylor 110e is our top recommendation. It’s a guitar that plays and sounds professional without the high price tag of a more high-end acoustic. Learn more about Taylor 110e here.

Check this article for the best Taylors under and around the $1000 price tag.


FAQ

Are Taylor Guitars Good In Quality?

Taylor guitars are known to be really good instruments when it comes to quality. The overall finish and build quality are usually spot-on and the woods and hardware are also top-notch quality.

Which Acoustic Guitar Brands Are Best for Beginners?

Almost every brand has their beginner-friendly models and line-ups. Yes, there are even great beginner Martin and Taylor guitars out there.

Here’s a list of brands that create exceptional beginner acoustic guitars:

Are Taylor Guitars Easy To Play?

In general, Taylor guitars offer really comfortable playability. The smooth neck of Taylor paired with a good setup can be a heavenly experience to play. Of course, you should keep in mind that setup matters a lot, so while your Taylor might have the most comfortable neck in the world, if the setup is done poorly, the playing can still be a bad experience.

But on paper, Taylor guitars offer comfortable necks with smooth neck and fret edges, and this is a good foundation to have when aiming for easy playability.

Check our full How to Choose The Right Taylor Guitar for You? guide here.

Is Taylor or Martin Guitars Easier to Play?

While both, Martin and Taylor produce smooth-playing acoustic guitars, the other brand is more focused on amazing dreadnought tones and premium craftsmanship, and the other focuses more on innovative design and second-to-none playability.

You probably already figured out which one is which?

Based on our years inside the guitar scene, we state that Taylor guitars are in general easier to play and handle than Martin guitars.

This doesn’t mean Martin guitars are hard to play. Nope. Taylor has just put more effort into creating extremely comfortable playing acoustic guitars.

On the other hand, nothing can match the full tone of a premium Martin dreadnought.

Both Taylor and Martin are excellent guitar brands. We recommend testing both if you can.

Are Taylor Guitars Worth The Money?

They are usually 100% worth the money.

  • The build quality,
  • professional features,
  • and their innovative designs

have really changed the acoustic guitar world for the better.

You can easily find affordable Taylor that rivals many guitars costing thousands of dollars.

If you are still not 100% sure if Taylor guitars are the right choice for you, check this article: “Are Taylor Guitars Any Good?

Do Taylor Guitars Sound Better With Age?

The short answer is “yes”. Although the back and sides are technically made with “layered” tonewoods that typically do not change much as the guitar ages. But the solid tops will dry and become more resonant with age.

Do Taylor Guitars Hold Their Value?

According to our market research, Taylor prices seem to remain fairly stable as far as holding their value. This seems to be the case for all Taylor guitars in all price ranges.

Where Are Taylor Guitars Made?

Taylor guitars are made in two different locations: El Cajon, California, USA, and Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. To learn more, check this article we made: “Where Are Taylor Guitars Made? – Not in China“.


Conclusion

Taylor guitars are one solid option for beginner guitar players. Taylor’s are easy to play, versatile, and sound great. They are not the cheapest options, but if you like them and can afford one, I see no reason to say no to a Taylor.

I hope this article helped you out. If you have any more questions, just leave a comment down below.

Go, my son, and rock!

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Teemu Suomala

I first grabbed the guitar in 2009. I started this website in January 2020 because I couldn’t do window installation anymore due to my health problems. I also noticed that most guitar websites don’t do a really good job, so I decided to just go for it! I got lucky and managed to get awesome people to help me with my website. I also got lucky because I have you visiting my website right now. Thank you. I do all this for you guys. If you have any recommendations, tips, or feedback, just leave a comment, I would love to chat with you. I have been fortunate to produce content for several large guitar websites, such as Songsterr, Musicnotes, GuitarGuitar, and Ultimate Guitar. I spend my spare time exercising and hanging out with my wife and crazy dog(I guess that went the right way…). Expertise: guitar learning techniques, electric guitars, and guitar amplifiers. You can connect with me on LinkedIn or just email me.
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Tyler Connaghan

My Taylor 214ce was one of the first acoustic guitars I ever bought from a pawn shop, and I love it to this day!