Here's a collection of my thoughts, back ground, experiences, and tips throughout my time owning the Taylor 110. There isn't a whole lot on the internet outside of Youtube, Amazon, and Musician's Friend reviews... so I thought I'd give a full-disclosure personal account after owning this fine instrument for a little over five years. *Disclaimer - These are subjective opinions, but I'm well-traversed ! (Rule #1... Always know where your towel is) Ok, This Taylor was made in Mexio, 2007. I bought it used from Guitar Center sight unseen in 2010. It features a (by now) darkened sitka spruce top, and sapele back and sides. I've seen some with a black headstock or black truss rod cover but mine appears to be fully rosewood. Rosewood fretboard on a very lightly finished (gloss) mahogany neck. There are some spots around the sound hole that have been worn away from whiskey-infused strumming. Overall, she's held up well in all categories. A brief summary of our relationship: I live in Wisconsin. I was visiting my brother and his girlfriend in Pheonix, AZ. We had plans to hike 9 miles into the Grand Canyon to an Indian village called Havasu Falls. It was a special time of my life and I wanted to mark it with something that I could carry with me for many years... How about an guitar!? So I went to their Guitar Center and plucked around on a few models to eventually settle on a Taylor Big Baby... But something was missing. I went back to their home and read reviews in which people suggested the 110. Relatively cheap and well recommended. I went for it. Damn glad I did. I've always considered this guitar amongst the easiest playing acoustic guitars I've ever picked up-- it still is. I enjoy the overall natural feel of the lightly finished guitar. Seems to "breathe" better or feel more "open". The appointments are just the necessities with nothing over-the-top or too minimal to be seen as possibly "cheap" or "toy-like". I've absolutely NEVER had a problem with tuning or neck warping while I've owned this guitar despite the climate of Wisconsin. However, she does show her boo-boos easily. To some this is a no-go, to me its a grow-grow. You'll hear people claiming that Taylor guitars are bright guitars. I've played many of them. That generalization is not so accurate. Some models are. This one is. The 114 is. The 214 can be. Until you move away from Sapele, you'll get a brighter sound. This isn't a bad thing. In fact, I find the Taylor brightness to be capable of conjuring the most beautiful guitar tones. Sort of like single coils vs humbuckers. We can't really bring it down to that sort of black and white generalization though... they simply sound different. Not any better or worse. In my opinion, I find it hard to match my voice to this guitar during singing/playing sessions. I find it easy to play this guitar by itself as if I were creating a National Geographic soundtrack to a sunset or moon-rise. I've always been content with the way this guitar arrived from the factory. And I've owned over 50 electric guitars and changed something with every single one of them... if that means anything. Everyone who plays it its startled by how nice it sounds with so little effort. Here are my tips to bringing out the absolute best in your Taylor 110. Elixir Nano or Polyweb Strings - Light-Mediums or Mediums will be your best bet. They're so smooth to play, will never amplify the sounds of your fingers running up a note slide. They aren't as aggressive as non-coated strings but I view that as a positive trait in a guitar that likes to produce all of the sounds you're making. I tried a set of .013-.056 (medium) non-coated strings and they utterly ruined the whole guitar for me. They were off in less than 48 hours. The coated strings make sliding, bending, and taming brightness very possible. They make a guitar feel and sound in it's "prime", and stay that way for months and months. I experienced way too much extra buzzing and resistance from non-coated strings on this guitar. Bone Nut/Saddle upgrade - I went with bone nut and saddle on my Taylor. The stock parts are essentially melted down scrap TusQ material called Nubone. I noticed an instant enhancement in clarity and increase in sustain when I moved to bone hardware. A $20 upgrade! Overall, I love this guitar and I'll never part with it. It's been with me from living in a cabin in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota to the beaches of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for my brother's wedding, and it's been with me for every song that I currently know. It's a part of me and even though it's not the best out there, it has a place in my heart. Wonderful guitar and I can't find one under $1000 that I like more than it.