i don't know what it was. Strings required an awkward amount of pressure to get the note through. Not sure if it was the guitar, the setup, or the strings.
Official Guitar, Amp, Pedals, and Gear Thread - Page 160
Taylors: Sound good in a live mix. Good pickup system. Most people find them easier to play.
Martins: Usually record quite well. Have a fuller sound than some other guitars. More of a traditional sound.
Gibsons: Not the best quality control. Often sound dead to me. Electronics are not the best. If you can find a good one, they can be quite good and are good singer-songwriter guitars.
Obviously there are exceptions to every rule. Different models/shapes will produce different results. But in general those rules apply to those brands more often than not.
Right now I play a Larrivee OM60 model. It was between that guitar and a Martin John Mayer model and the Larrivee sounded scarily similar if not identical. The price different made it a no-brainer. I've owned probably 8-10 higher end acoustics and it's all apples to oranges.
Taylors play well and sound ok, but they're brittle in comparison to the others, especially when comparing to vintage models.
If you have to buy new, don't buy any of these; buy a Lowden.
I'm not saying any brand is superior, I'm just saying that one man's "brittle" might be another man's "cut's through perfectly."
Never had a problem with a 5 piece band cutting through with a Martin (or my Fylde). An all mahogany Martin at that (my friend's, my Martin doesn't have a pickup). If you need more treble or mid to cut through, that's what an EQ on your mixing desk is for.
I see what you mean, but still, live is a totally different animal, and I would never ever buy a guitar that didn't sound good acoustically just because I thought it would cut through better. Besides, acoustics that run through pickups don't really sound like acoustics, and the added treble needed to cut through is part of the problem. Necessary evil.
Also, not all taylors are tinny. I had a GS model made out of KOA a few years ago that I gigged with a band. It was very full in the low end but had a great onboard EQ that was quite responsive when I needed to cut it.
In my experience, Martin's mic exceptionally well in the studio but certain models I've had in the past had poor EQ systems that left me high and dry when playing live. Damn sound guys. I've heard the higher end Martin's of late have upgraded systems.
ordered these. Go crazy.
I have played so many shitty gibson acoustics, however one of the best acoustics I've ever played was also a gibson. Bad quality control, I guess. When they get it right, it's pretty incredible, though.
I think more people should invest the ~$100 to have their guitars set up every so often...