Taylor Guitars have introduced the 614ce Builder’s Edition to their V-Class braced guitars.
Premium appointments here include Gotoh tuners, arm rest, finger bevel and MOP inlays.
Tonewoods here are roasted Sitka top and Big Leaf maple body.
Also available in Wild Honey Burst finished top. These things are looking better each time for the premium price US3999 retail.
*photos from Taylor
Really interesting video, I’m looking forward to more in the series.
Interesting tone woods being used here. Walnut usually comes across as lacking character to me. But this video shows that with wood and tone, nothing is cast in stone.
Some beautiful grains on the flame walnut here. Wow.
*great video from Alamo Music
These comparison videos just keep popping up one day after another.
I’m not sure if it’s Taylor marketing or if this is what audience/guitar players requested, but these videos certainly are the next best thing to playing them yourself.
BIG announcement from Taylor at NAMM. Andy Powers has stated that this could be a game-changer as the new bracing produces more volume, more sustain, well… more everything.
Lauded by Taylor as the “new sonic engine”, the V-Class bracing, as the name implies, moves away from a more usual X-bracing and this transforms the way a guitar top vibrates.
The new bracing guitars find their way into top range Taylor models along with the new Builder’s Edition K14ce (pictured below).
The Builder’s Edition K14ce features a spruce top on koa body and premium appointments such as abalone bindings and Gotoh tuners.
Other models to receive the new V-bracing are the 914ce, K24ce and the stunning PS14ce with Sinker Redwood top and Ebony body (pictured below).
It is also worth noting that the V-Class models will bear an inner label with Andy Power’s signature instead of Bob Taylor’s signature that we’ve seen on all Taylor guitars until now.
It’s clear that the torch will be passed on to the new man.
The internet has been abuzz with mixed feelings towards the new bracing since it’s being announced a few days back, with some saying that it’s pure marketing and koyok, while others put ample trust and faith in Andy Powers and Taylor.
Regardless, Guitarbear is hopeful that new bracing will garner some benefits and it adds value to Taylor products.
*photos from Taylor