The guitar industry, like most, has its share of blowhards and "Mad Men". You know, those people that can spin anything and everything to their favor. That's why I found Taylor Guitar founder Bob Taylor's comments on his guitar's lack of acceptance by bluegrass players so refreshing.
Bob said, "Most people who play bluegrass don’t like Taylor guitars; they prefer Martin guitars. The fact is that the popularity of our guitars is very much associated with our sound, and that is because our sound was/is different than the traditional sound, and there are many people who prefer our sound. I once went to the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, and saw 51 contestants in the flatpicking contest and only one Taylor among them."
Bob did go on and explain that he thinks that more bluegrass players should try his 800 series, and is is justifiably proud of his products. But he acknowledged a fact, didn't try to "polish" it, and said nothing negative about Martin guitars, or the guitarists that play them.
Don't you wish our elected "leaders" would do the same?