The Taylor 810 is the Martin D 28's number one competitor in the US market for a full sized, solid wood construction, rosewood and spruce guitar. ....and I don't care what the Martin nuts, or anyone else says about Taylor guitars - they DO compete, and they do it very, very well.
I do NOT consider this guitar to be a copy of a Martin D 28, it's dimensions are different, and Taylor has it's own unique bracing system, and so their guitars are voiced differently than are Martins, and they do have their very own unique tonal characteristics (as do, in fact, every single last guitar ever made...) - and folks like myself can actually hear the difference between a Martin and a similar or competitive model by Taylor.
I've known about Taylor guitars for quite some time - longer than this guy who's put together this website that I'm going to link you to, but I do like his site, and ....basically, I just already like people that like acoustic guitars!
What you need to know is that though older guitars - played guitars, broke in guitars - always sound better than they did new, and that all Taylor guitars have always sounded great to begin with.....Taylor DID change their bracing pattern....to provide even more volume than they already provided. Taylor guitars, and I do mean this - are built for volume, tone, and clarity - they also happen to be beautiful. Have a bit of a listen:
Now, I truly like this little clip up above, this guy is playing a fine old traditional blues tune that lots of folks play, but is especially associated with Doc Watson. This guy isn't showing off himself at all here, he's playing at a very reasonable temp, playing loud and clear. I think he's showing off his guitar, and as awesome as his Taylor 810 sounds - hell, I'm showing off his guitar too!
Now the Taylor 810 is a rosewood body, spruce top, and mahogany neck dreadnought of all solid wood, fourteen frets clear of the body - and with various and sundry combinations of rosewoods and spruce available - but as is standard for D 28 style guitars these days, we're primarily talking about Sitka Spruce, and East Indian Rosewood.
You can always identify a Taylor guitar by their distinctive pick guard shape, and by their trademark head stock shape - very fine instruments, one and all.
On the net I'm pricing these first rate studio or professional and serious amateur level dreadnoughts based on the Martin D 28 theme, but not the D 28 design used for around $1,300.00 - $1,900.00
I'm finding new ones for just under three thousand dollars. Most Taylor guitars come with Fishman electronics - basically, they're ready to plug in, or play acoustic.
Obviously, if you find an older one that is Brazilian rosewood, or one that was custom ordered with a rare species of spruce for a soundboard - the prices will go higher.
Whenever someone asks me about buying used guitars - I tell them to find the ugly scratched up one that's got a straight neck, and sings like an angel - I'm into tone and play-ability -cosmetics or beauty on an instrument is just icing on a cake.