I have a couple of Taks that I simply love playing when I am in public. Also have a Martin D-16 that I use at camp a good bit. I had a Seagull but have loaned it out to one of my students who could not afford a guitar at this time. Also have my old Sigma that I have had for close to 40 years. It rarely gets played but has sentimental value. The Taks are my primary guitars and when I pull them out, it makes the Taylor players in the audience droll a bit. If I could wish to own one other guitar, it would be a McPherson.
McPherson seems to be the worship guitar of choice these days. They're great plugged in and are very well made, but the ones I've played lacked the acoustic tone I expected of a $5000 guitar.
Stevo, I've played for some time and seen/played dozens of guitars but have never heard of a McPherson.
Paul Baloche plays McPherson. So does Amy Grant and quite a few Nashville players. I got to play Paul's when I was in his songwriting class many years ago and it was great. I have played others that I did not think were worth the price tag. Last time I checked, the McPherson that I was interested in had a $7,800 price tag. I prefer my Taks over anything else I have played and I agree with Stevo that we should be able to expect more from a guitar of that price. When the Senior McPherson retired and handed over the business to his son, I felt like a lot of the quality of the McPherson Guitars went with him. Junior just does seem to have the heart for acoustic music like his Dad did.
From a looks and construction perspective, they are to die for. They also have a superb action. And a lot of folks love them. But I played these against Lowdens, Collings and Goodall's and I really loved the tone of the Lowdens more and they were less money. I thin I'll stick with my Taylor 710BCE.
I have to agree - I've played a few now and really find them lacking. It's not really a reflection on their build or quality - they are just not what I look for in an acoustic guitar. Not the sound or feel that I like.
I keep buying, selling,and trading much more expensive guitars including a Gibson Songwriter Studio, a Gibson J200, a Martin X Series and Martin D28, but the one performance guitar that I keep coming back to is the Seagull M6 spruce.
Seagulls are a great value.
i play a Laraviee' dreadnaught that has some parabolic brace sanding done inside( similar to scalloping, but not as hard on the braces )..also, the bridge was sanded down to a tapered shape... i amplify it w/ an LR Baggs m3 pickup... it is strung with unsually gauged strings in order to accomidate a weird tuning. the lowest is a bass guitar string actually .075
my othe guitar is a hand made Hewett, 9- stgring OM from Hewett guitars.... 7- strings on the neck ( the 7th string is frettless), and the 8th and 9th srtings are drone/ harp stringzs... that has a K&K pure western contact pickup
I play a Simon and Patrick and Epiphone.
Oh yeah, the sound cannon! What do you thk of Bob Taylor's new model the Grand Synphony which is, what I'd say, a 15/16 jumbo?