Judging by the near perfect finish you'd think this 3 years old Grand Symphony model didn't get played. But the wood pickguard is quite polished in the center, and the frets have light wear, so we know it really did get played, just played very carefully. The sound is rich and warm with great sustain, as you would hope to hear from a rosewood guitar of this size, and while it responds to a light touch there's oodles of headroom for the player who likes to lean into an acoustic. And of course there's the Expression 2 pickup if you prefer to get louder by plugging in. The surprise of these Taylor Grand Symphony models is that the dimensions in a spec sheet are misleading: the much smaller upper bout and deep curve at the waist result in a large guitar that sits lower in your lap and feels smaller than a Dreadnought. Original case is equally clean.