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Taylor Guitars Unveils Builder's Edition Model Featuring V-Class Bracing

Taylor Guitars Unveils Builder's Edition Model Featuring V-Class Bracing

A new innovation that that dramatically improves an acoustic guitar’s volume, sustain and intonation

El Cajon, CA (January 26, 2018) -- ​Among Taylor Guitars’ exciting new model releases for 2018, the Builder’s Edition K14ce leads the charge as one of four new guitars featuring the all-new V-Class bracing system — a groundbreaking innovation that dramatically improves an acoustic guitar’s volume, sustain and intonation to deliver an extraordinary playing experience. Taylor master guitar designer Andy Powers, who developed the V-Class bracing scheme, conceived of the Builder’s Edition to celebrate the V-Class launch, creating the equivalent of an enhanced “director’s cut” edition, matching the improved sound with an emphasis on elevating the playing comfort and aesthetic appeal. The result is a guitar that incorporates ergonomic features never before offered on a Taylor guitar, along with fresh aesthetic details.


The first offering from the Builder’s Edition collection is a cutaway Grand Auditorium K14ce featuring Hawaiian koa back and sides paired with a torrefied Sitka spruce top. Torrefaction, a special roasting technique, helps coax a played-in sound from the guitar and darkens the wood’s complexion to add visual warmth. Together with the V-Class bracing, players can expect a dynamic and responsive voice, rich sustain, and a more harmonious relationship between every note on the fretboard, helping chords sing with cohesive beauty.

A central design emphasis of Builder’s Edition is enhanced playing comfort in the form of ergonomic new body contours. Details include a beveled armrest, beveled body edge treatment, and a reshaped cutaway that flows smoothly into the heel and incorporates a finger bevel where the cutaway meets the soundboard. This creates a more fluid path to the guitar’s upper-register notes for your fretting hand.

“When players have comfortable features on a guitar they tend to feel more relaxed,” Powers says. “As a result they tend to sound better. “These guitars will be noticeably more comfortable for a player’s strumming arm and fretting hand.”

Other refined touches include “silent” satin finish, which helps quiet the incidental noise against the guitar body, and a gorgeous new Kona burst that highlights the natural beauty of the figured koa back and sides and adds a splash of vintage visual warmth. Inset koa/paua top and back trim adds a beautiful sparkle that complements the new Spring Vine fretboard inlay. In every way, the Builder’s Edition K14ce embodies the ultimate player’s guitar and testifies to the benefits of innovative Taylor craftsmanship.

The Builder’s Edition K14ce will also feature a black graphite nut found only on V-Class guitars, along with a new guitar label featuring Powers’ signature. Street Price: $4,999

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