Taylor K24ce V Class Bracing (2018) #1112087076
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Koa is a special tonewood indeed. Sonically occupying the middle ground between the crispness of Rosewood with the thick and solid midrange of mahogany, this wood, found only on th... read more
Manufacturer's ID: K24CE
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Koa is a special tonewood indeed. Sonically occupying the middle ground between the crispness of Rosewood with the thick and solid midrange of mahogany, this wood, found only on the Hawaiian Islands, has an impressive amount of power and projection.
Taylor have harnessed this unique and appealing wood in the construction of this K24ce acoustic guitar. Built with a soft Venetian cutaway for easy upper fret access, the top, back and sides of this handsome beast all sport tremendous looking pieces of solid Koa.
Visually, this Grand Auditorium model is incredibly beautiful and really distinctive: Koa has a fantastic figure and unusual grain that, when book-matched as it is here, give the guitar a uniquely dramatic look.
Inside this guitar lies some revolutionary ideas: V-Class bracing. Freshly developed by Taylor’s Master Builder Andy Powers, this innovative new style of bracing addresses the issues of achieving sustain and tone without sacrificing volume. The V-Class bracing allows the guitar’s top to move and vibrate in a more stable manner, allowing more focus and response from the wood. This control means more volume and projection.
The ‘V’ of the bracing travels the middle of the guitar, maintaining rigidity and lending sustain and resonance to your notes. On top of that, the guitar will intonate better due to the vibrations causing less interference that can sound times make the occasional note sound ‘out’. V-Class bracing means a louder, richer sound with better intonation and response.
The fretboard is a thick slice of dark Ebony with a striking and intricate Vine inlay running down its length. This complements this Shaded Edgeburst finish over that lovely Koa.
This stunning looking and sounding instrument has an equally impressive pickup in the form of the Expression System 2. Transparent, accurate and dynamic, the ES2 pickup will serve your guitar properly in a live situation: every note and inflection is preserved and translated to your audience. This instrument will turn heads wherever it goes.
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.