I went to the petting zoo tonight.
For guitars, that is. The Taylor Road Show was in town and -- despite the best efforts of traffic to keep me away, which included a wreck that blocked I-290 inbound and clogged every north/south route in the area, plus two wrecks that I drove past on surface streets on the way there, one of which was bad enough to get its own mention on the radio traffic report -- I made it there.
It was a good presentation. I got a chance to lay hands on a couple of the new maple-bodied guitars and determined that they had some lovely characteristics, but they weren't the right guitar for the way I play. And I was shown a 710 model with a Martin-like V-shaped neck that helped remind me why I like Taylors. :)
There was one gorgeous custom guitar with cocobolo back and sides that was sold during the presentation before anyone could get their hands on it. Obviously, there is an advantage to having money and knowing what you like.
But I am all guitared up -- for now, at least.