The newest and perhaps greatest design innovation from Taylor Guitars has finally arrived in the form of the 814ce Dlx V-Class. We were floored by the power, responsiveness, sustain, intonation, and clarity this guitar brought to bear. Let alone its visual splendor, this is one tonal powerhouse not to be trifled with. Redesigned from the ground up, Taylor has made a new bracing pattern that brings forth the best in this wood combination.
Combining elegant aesthetics with tone-enhancing details, the 800 Series is Taylor's incredibly popular class of rosewood guitars. The 814ce DLX acoustic-electric Grand Auditorium features 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. If you're a guitarist who appreciates the robust lows and crisp highs of rosewood topped with Sitka spruce, you'll relish how well-mannered the overtones are as your notes bloom. While you delight in its beautiful tone, your eyes will savor the 814ce DLX's tasteful appointments and deluxe upgrades that include a comfortable radius-style rosewood armrest, rosewood top trim, maple binding and fingerboard/peghead purfling, precision 21:1 Gotoh 510 tuners, and a silky-smooth smoky ebony fingerboard with mother-of-pearl Element inlays.
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. Guitarists at Sweetwater are gobsmacked. But don't take our word for it — pick up the superb Taylor 814ce DLX and experience it for yourself!