[QUOTE=Warfish;3998373]Taylor, hands down, if you like a flexable great sounding instrument.
Martin, hands down, if you only play fingerstyle.
Stay away from Gibson, they're trash these days from top to bottom, no quality control poorly made crap. Sad demise for a once great company.
If you want to go less-known brands, there are literally dozens of great small-run and custim builders out there, but you;d really have to do so research on each in turn, and it's alot harder to find their work to play in advance in many cases.
Taylors are great..I have a 714 myself just one thing about them is the Elixer's do make up a major part of their sound.
Martin's just for fingerstyle? Don't know the D-28 and D-35 are great strummers as well.
He's right on Gibson..very sad, went through a few Songwriter Deluxes in a very short time due to poor QC..
You may want to take a look at a few Larrivee guitars. Canadian but great. Collings are great too.
I say go in for the kill..Go for a custom Froggy Bottom Guitar!!!!!!!!!!:yes: