Thanks to all who replied, even the grump who
wrote at 11:29 on Dec. 03.
I've played guitar for a lot of years, starting
with an old Vega with a hole in the side. Then I played
a homemade number with a lovely tone. However, it had been stashed in a closet for years, (I found it by accident) and
developed a fatal crack from being dried out. (It had had over
20 years in the closet.)
I acquired an Alvarez to play in shows like "Twelfth Night"
and "Hair". It was subjected to all sorts of conditions
like hot stage lights and abrupt transitions to cold
dressing rooms. It survived, (and so did I), but
the action was tough.
Now I am finally at a time of my life where I can
afford a fine guitar. However, I am finding a LOT of
conflicting info about proper care.
The Taylor website says not to loosen all the strings
at once when re-stringing. Frets.com says to take off all
Some sites recommend certain polish. Others say leave the finish alone.
Some sites say change the strings every third gig.... Etc. etc.
I'm just trying to get a sense of other people's
I play my Taylor every day, mornings and evenings. God! It has
a gorgeous tone.