Taylor 314ce V-Class
This past year has been a big one for Taylor guitars with the premier of a new style of top bracing that departs from bar standard X-bracing. They are calling this new design V-Class as the tops are now braced with two large struts that resemble a V and have a new shape of bridge plate.
At first the new bracing was only offered on top shelf models such as 800 and 900 series as well as a builders edition and all koa models. For the past few months they have been thoughtfully carrying the bracing down the line.
It is only featured on their Grand Symphony body shape, their most common body shape (any model ending in a 4). This model here is from the 300 series, the entry point into a USA made all solid wood Taylor guitar. It features a 1.75" nut, sitka spruce top, sapele back and sides, hardshell case, 25.5" scale, expression system 2 electronics package, ebony bridge and fingerboard, gloss top and matte finish back and sides.
The V-Class bracing is simply something that needs to be tried in order to understand. In musical instrument land nothing is usually better or worse, things are simply different and come down to player and preference. The V-Braced Taylors tend to have an extra punch of volume, clarity in note and eliminate a lot of unwanted overtones that cause intonation issues.