Taylor Builder's Edition V-Class K14ce
|Top wood||Torrefied Sitka Spruce|
|Back/Side Wood||Hawaiian Koa|
|Fingerboard||West African Ebony|
|Body Shape||Grand Auditorium|
The Builder's Edition K14ce showcases Taylor's new V-Class bracing system in a Hawaiian Koa/torrefied Sitka Spruce Grand Auditorium. The new V-Class bracing, conceived by Taylor's master designer Andy Powers, is one of the most significant innovations to hit the world of acoustic guitars, and you can't even see it (unless you put a small mirror inside the guitar). Though seldom seen by players, the top bracing is the sonic engine of an acoustic guitar, and most guitars have used established patterns developed a century or more ago. Taylor, true to their commitment to innovation, set out to make something better. Taylor makes some bold claims about their new design: that it has evenly boosted volume and sustain, is more balanced tonally, and that notes sound more harmonious and naturally intonated. Now that we've had some to try out here at The Fret House, we have to say they really seem to be on to something. If you want to see for yourself, we recommend coming down to the shop and trying a side by side comparison with a traditionally braced guitar.
The Builder's Edition also boasts a whole suite of other innovative features. A beveled armrest and beveled body edge treatment makes the guitar comfortable to hold and the beveled cutaway eases access to the highest frets. The "silent" satin finish reduced incidental noise against the guitar body and imparts a subtle smoldering beauty to the flamed Koa. Inset koa/paua top and back trim add to the beauty as does Taylor's new "Spring Vine" fretboard inlay. All this along with the exceptional craftmanship and aesthetics that have always been synonymous with the Taylor name.