Owned: Bought New
I bought this in November 2000. It was a 'present' from my mother-in-law. She is a babe - that's the guitar!
I coveted a Taylor long before I was able to get one. My dad lives in San Diego (where they are made) and I managed to go on a tour of the Factory when I visited one time. There were only two people waiting for the tour - me and this other guy. He had his Taylor with him as his wife had cleaned the top with a scourer - badly scratching part of the top. He asked if it was possible for them to do something about it and they took the guitar from him.
He was expecting a long and costly job but when we finished the tour they gave him the guitar back - having polished out the scratches. He asked 'how much' but they said 'no problem' - like Rolls Royce, just part of the 'Taylor' service.
This guitar used to have a passive Fishman fitted as I wanted it to be as 'stock' as it could be. I used my Trace Elliot TAP1 acoustic pre-amp pedal when amplifying it so having everything 'off board'. This was the best option for me as it leaves the guitar as natural as possible - getting a great sound but without having a hole cut in the guitar for the battery housing.
However, in Feb 18 I fitted an LR Baggs Anthem as they got such good reviews. Still no battery housing - just a couple of bits stuck on the inside with 3M tape! And the sound is as natural as it can be. Now the sound coming from the amp sounds just like the guitar, only louder! no Piezo quack!
She has a Sitka spruce top with rosewood sides. I appreciate that some people don't like the fact that Taylor use plastic binding on these but the wood and the detail are great.
Oh, and I decided on the Taylor way before they became the Worship Leaders Guitar Of Choice!