Taylor 914ce V Class Bracing (2018)
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Apart from Custom made instruments, the 900 series is Taylor’s ultra premium range. Supremely elegant and full of beautiful details, these museum-quality instruments are an acousti... read more
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Apart from Custom made instruments, the 900 series is Taylor’s ultra premium range. Supremely elegant and full of beautiful details, these museum-quality instruments are an acoustic guitar player’s dream come vividly true. With detailed abalone inlays to Rosewood binding and hand-carved armrests, the 900 series is a collection of Spruce and Rosewood guitars that go beyond Premium.
This stunning Taylor acoustic is the 914ce Grand Auditorium. This medium-sized acoustic has a very rich, full-bodied sound with a lot of depth and expression. There is an appealing brightness and resonance that belies the size of the body: this is no doubt helped by the specially developed V-bracing. You'll notice the extra volume, projection and resonance: an all round improvement on an already exceptional sound.
This series includes a collection of distinctly upmarket details such as: Ebony binding with Koa purfling, Abalone & Mother of Pearl inlay work (including 'Ascension' fingerboard inlays) and a distinctive hand-sculpted Ebony armrest. The level of workmanship is incredibly impressive.
Taylor have included their justifiably celebrated Expression System 2 pickup/preamp to accurately capture and translate the 914ce's beautifully nuanced tone to your audience. This is a masterpiece of guitar-making.
Introducing V-Class Bracing
Bracing is the internal framework that helps shape the sound of an acoustic guitar. V-class bracing is a groundbreaking new Taylor design - a new sonic "engine" - that transforms the way an acoustic guitar top vibrates to dramatically improve the sound. Developed by master guitar designer Andy Powers, it marks a bold departure from traditional X-bracing, producing notes that are louder, longer sustaining, and more in tune with each other.
How V-Class Works
While traditional X-bracing has stood the test of time for over 100 years, it creates an inherent trade-off between two key elements of an acoustic guitar's sound: volume and sustain. A guitar's top (the soundboard) contributes to both. Volume comes from the flexibility of the top, while sustain comes from stiffness. The trade-off is that when you make something stiffer, you reduce it's flexibility, and vice versa. With an X-braced guitar top, increasing one comes at the expense of the other. V-Class bracing changes that. Now an acoustic guitar top can be both stiff and flexible in ways that produce more volume and sustain. And as it turns out, this innovative bracing design also improves the intonation of the guitar.
V-Class guitar bracing controls the top's flexibility, creating a more orderly rocking motion across both sides of the top. The controlled flexing movement produces greater volume.
V-Class bracing maintains stiffness along the middle of the guitar, in the driection of the strings. That rigidity keeps the strings in motion, producting notes that resonate longer before fading out.
V-Class bracing makes the top more in tune with the vibrating string. This eliminates much of the interference that causes some notes to waver and sound slightly out of tune. As a result, notes and chords played anywhere on the neck are more consistent and in tune with each other.
The ultimate goal of V-Class bracing is to give players an inspiring tool that does a better job of helping them express themselves in the context of the modern musical world. More than ever before, guitarists are playing alongside precisely tuned digital instruments, and into microphones, computers and other recording gear that magnify the guitar's every sonic detail. With a design that brings the guitar's strings in tune with the top and body, V-Class bracing also puts the guitar in tune with the surrounding musical landscape. It will spark new songwriting ideas, make recording easier, sound better in a performance setting, and give players the fresh musical discoveries they crave.
How to Spot V-Class Guitars
Since guitar bracing is hidden inside the guitar, we've included a distinctive black graphite nut (with a new formula for smoother tuning) and a new interior label, a design that features Andy Powers' signature for the first time.