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The Breathtaking K14ce Builder's Edition with V-Class Bracing The Taylor K14ce Builder's Edition acoustic-electric guitar is a sublime expression of the luthier's art. This gorgeous Grand Auditorium features Hawaiian koa...
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The Breathtaking K14ce Builder's Edition with V-Class Bracing

The Taylor K14ce Builder's Edition acoustic-electric guitar is a sublime expression of the luthier's art. This gorgeous Grand Auditorium features Hawaiian koa back and sides paired with a torrefied Sitka spruce top. The guitar was inspired by Taylor's revolutionary V-Class bracing, which boosts volume evenly across the tonal spectrum, increases sustain, and improves the natural intonation of the instrument by creating a more synergistic response from the soundboard. This fosters a more harmonious relationship between the notes you play, helping chords to ring out in cohesive splendor.

V-Class Bracing: a sonic revelation

Bracing is the internal framework of an acoustic guitar that helps shape its sound. Although X-bracing has been standard in acoustic guitars for over a century, it creates an innate conflict between two key elements of a guitar’s sound: volume and sustain. The guitar's top (its soundboard) contributes to both. The flexibility of the top generates volume (projection), while its stiffness generates sustain. And with X-braced guitar tops, here's where the trade-off comes in: when something is made stiffer, its flexibility is reduced (and vice versa).

V-Class bracing changes all that. With Taylor's V-Class bracing, an acoustic guitar top can be both stiff and flexible — for more volume and sustain. V-Class bracing provides stiffness parallel to the strings for more rigidity and hence sustain. Flexibility on either side generates the air movement necessary for robust projection. It's the best of both worlds. This groundbreaking innovation also improves intonation; not only producing notes that are louder and with longer sustain — but more in tune with each other.

Grand Auditorium body delivers exceptional presence

Taylor's beloved Grand Auditorium body style, featured on the K14ce Builder's Edition, employs the width and depth of the Dreadnought. However, its waist is narrower, which gives Grand Auditorium guitars a sleeker look, and more treble zing. The K14ce's Grand Auditorium body style helps to sharpen the definition of each note, balancing out nicely with the excellent projection of its Koa top. And now Taylor takes the Grand Auditorium to the next level of performance with V-Class bracing.

The sonic magic of koa

For the K14ce's sides and back, Taylor uses a very special tropical hardwood sourced from Hawaiian plantations above 5,000 feet. Koa's sonic alchemy combines the focused midrange of mahogany with the snappy high end of maple. Sweetwater tip: Due to the wood's density, koa guitars tend to start out sounding a bit bright; it's similar to maple in this regard. But the more you play your koa guitar, the more the tone opens up, expanding the midrange and rewarding you with sweeter, richer, more resonant sonority. Often times, guitarists unfamiliar with the tonewood purchase a koa guitar for its stunning visuals, don't play it enough to allow the wood to warm up, and mistakenly conclude that it's too bright. Fine koa guitars like the Taylor K14ce deserve to be played every day! With that said, koa's inherent brightness is ideal for finger pickers with a meatier touch and for studio layering where you need an acoustic guitar that cuts through the track.

Taylor K14CE Builders Edition Koa Acoustic Electric Guitar

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