So I went to Dave's Guitar Shop with a budget in mind not to exceed $2500, but not to discard anything cheaper. So started on the Gibsons, and I really thought it was weird where they put their sound controls inside the guitar. I love the Robert Johnson edition for finger picking, but the classic Rock stuff with Rose River felt strange. Their Songwriter series was nice, I thought that was a possibility. Then a quick stop by the Collings Guitars... all wonderful, but $4000 was just too much. Over to Taylors, and I'm never been a huge fan. Kept trying different styles then one just was a "ohh"... the feel of the bass resonating my inside. The 716ce was it, but I didn't stop. I went to Martins, then back to the 716ce. Finally I asked for help, if I like this one, why and what else would they compare it to. The 7 indicated the level of expense of the wood, and 16 was their 2nd biggest body style. Tried a few more he suggested and then back to the 716ce... I did love the Americana retro sunburst too.
And here's what it sounds like finger picking: