Two Titans Enter the Ring! 

When it comes to choosing the perfect acoustic guitar, discerning musicians often find themselves comparing top contenders from renowned brands. Today, we pit two exceptional guitars against each other: the Taylor 224ce-K DLX Deluxe - Koa - Shaded Edgeburst and the Eastman E8D-TC Thermo-Cure Acoustic Guitar - Natural. Both guitars offer unique features and impeccable craftsmanship, but how do they stack up against each other? Let’s dive into the details.

Taylor 224ce-K DLX Deluxe - Koa - Shaded Edgeburst

The Taylor 224ce-K DLX Deluxe is a visually striking guitar with a rich, warm sound profile, thanks to its all-koa construction. Known for its elegant design and reliable performance, this guitar is a favourite among many professional musicians in Musicmaker and beyond.....

  • Tonewoods Top, Back, and Sides: Koa - Koa is prized for its stunning appearance and balanced tonal qualities, offering a blend of brightness and warmth that improves with age.
  • Body Shape - Grand Auditorium: Taylor’s Grand Auditorium shape is known for its versatility, providing a balanced response suitable for both strumming and fingerstyle playing.
  • Electronics - Expression System 2 (ES2): This innovative pickup system captures the natural dynamics of the guitar, delivering a rich and authentic amplified sound.
  • Aesthetics - Shaded Edgeburst Finish: The shaded edgeburst finish highlights the natural beauty of the koa wood, giving the guitar an elegant and eye-catching look.
  • Playability Neck: Tropical Mahogany with a standard Taylor profile, offering smooth playability and comfortable action.


  • Stunning Visual Appeal: The koa wood and shaded edgeburst finish make this guitar a real showstopper.
  • Versatile Sound: Suitable for a wide range of musical styles.
  • High-Quality Electronics: The ES2 system provides excellent amplified sound.

More details about the 224ce HERE.

Eastman E8D-TC Thermo-Cure Acoustic Guitar - Natural

The Eastman E8D-TC is a dreadnought guitar known for its powerful sound and vintage aesthetics. Built with high-quality materials and Eastman's thermo-cure technology, this guitar offers a mature, resonant tone right out of the box.

  • Tonewoods - Top: Solid Sitka Spruce (Thermo-Cured)
  • Back and Sides: Solid Rosewood - The thermo-cure process accelerates the aging of the spruce, providing a more open and resonant sound.
  • Body Shape - Dreadnought: Known for its powerful projection and rich bass response, ideal for strumming and flatpicking.
  • Electronics - Optional: Not standard, but can be fitted with aftermarket pickups for amplification.
  • Aesthetics - Natural Finish: The natural finish highlights the wood grain and gives the guitar a classic, timeless look.
  • Playability - Neck: Mahogany with an ebony fingerboard, designed for comfortable play and smooth action.


  • Powerful Sound: The dreadnought shape and thermo-cured top provide excellent volume and tonal depth.
  • Aged Tone: The thermo-cure process gives the guitar a mature sound without the wait.
  • Classic Look: The natural finish and traditional design appeal to purists.

More details on the Eastman E8D Here.

Head-to-Head Comparison

  • Tone and Sound

Taylor 224ce-K DLX: Offers a balanced tone with a bright top end and warm midrange. Ideal for a variety of genres.

Eastman E8D-TC: Provides a robust, resonant sound with strong bass and clear trebles. Perfect for genres requiring strong projection.

  • Playability

Taylor 224ce-K DLX: The Grand Auditorium shape and smooth neck make it comfortable for both strumming and fingerstyle.

Eastman E8D-TC: The dreadnought shape offers a larger sound but might be less comfortable for smaller players or those preferring fingerstyle.

  • Aesthetics

Taylor 224ce-K DLX: The koa wood and shaded edgeburst finish make it a visually striking instrument.

Eastman E8D-TC: The natural finish and traditional aesthetics give it a classic, understated look.

  • Price and Value

Taylor 224ce-K DLX: Positioned as a premium instrument with a higher price point due to its materials and electronics.

Eastman E8D-TC: Offers excellent value for its build quality and sound, though lacks built-in electronics.

Both the Taylor 224ce-K DLX Deluxe and the Eastman E8D-TC Thermo-Cure are outstanding guitars, each with its own strengths. The Taylor excels in versatility, aesthetics, and built-in electronics, making it perfect for musicians seeking a high-quality, visually appealing guitar with great amplified sound. The Eastman, on the other hand, offers powerful projection, a mature tone, and classic looks, ideal for players who prioritise sound and traditional aesthetics over built-in electronics.

Ultimately, the choice between these two guitars comes down to your personal preferences, playing style, and needs. Whether you choose the Taylor or the Eastman, you’re sure to get a top-tier instrument that will inspire your music for years to come.

Check out more Eastman Guitars Here.

Check out more Taylor Guitars Here.

For what are you waiting!!! Come on in to Musicmaker and check these awesome guitars out for yourself. Play them, test them, become fast friends....... It's what you need to do. Dublin city isn't that far it.........?

I mean, if it is we can always post a guitar to you.

Until next time.