Martin guitars have been my favorite acoustic/electric guitar for many years now (I purchased my first Martin, a DC16-GTE Premium, in 2005). Having recently read that Martin's new Road Series GPCRSGT guitar won the award for "BEST in Show" at the 2015 Summer NAMM, I decided to head to the local Guitar Center to give it a whirl. The new Road Series line has a slightly smaller (and more comfortable, for me) body size, a very comfortable neck shape, and a very simple, but effective, Fishman Sonitone pickup system. After A/B'ing both of Martin's Road Series guitars with the Taylor 300 series guitars, I observed this: Martin's compound neck radius feels more comfortable in hand Martin guitars are PLEK'd; Taylor guitars are not PLEK'd Taylor's "voice" is sparkly, with average volume, while Martin's "voice" is chime-y, with lots of volume Taylor retails for twice the $$$ as either of the Martin's Long story short, I sold my Martin DC16-GTE Premium and bought the new Martin GPCRSGT. I loved it so much that I ordered the new Martin DCRSGT to go along with it (gotta have a dreadnaught in the fold). I grabbed both on sale, each for under a grand - and could not be happier!