Taylor’s commanding craftsmanship knows no bounds
When it comes to pushing the boundaries of what the acoustic guitar is capable of, Taylor are no strangers when it comes to leading the way with regard to innovation. The Taylor V-Class bracing design is a departure from the norm, offering an improvement with regard to resonance and vibration, which in turn equates to greater dynamics and expressive timbre.
What is bracing?
Inside your acoustic guitar, the soundboard (body top) is reinforced using bracing to provide rigidity and stability without impeding its ability to resonate and vibrate. Traditional X-bracing has been the pattern of choice for over 100 years, owing to its exceptional reliability. Two supporting braces overlap or cross each other in the shape of an X, providing support across the belly of the guitar and around the soundhole. The stiffness of the wood is upheld, which is responsible for sustain. This is balanced alongside flexibility to maximise dynamic performance.
Breaking from tradition
Though X-bracing may be the tried and tested method used by many a manufacturer, Taylor’s master guitar designer Andy Powers wanted to improve the sonic capabilities of the acoustic guitar, without compromising on power or quality of sound. However, he found that by adapting the X-bracing method there was either a loss of power or drop in sustain. So, he struck upon the idea of leaving behind the traditional X and running with a new design, the V.
How V-Class works
Rather than having to sacrifice sustain for volume and vice versa, V-Class bracing affords the best of both worlds: increased stiffness and enhanced flexibility.
Thanks to the controlled flexing movement of the V design, the top moves and resonates across the belly and lower bout with vigour to generate a huge sound.
The direction of the bracing pattern maintains stiffness through the middle of the guitar, running in the direction of the strings. Subsequent rigidity allows the strings to resonate for significantly longer before the sustain fades out.
Another bonus of the V-Class bracing lies in its improved intonation. From the lower note to the highest fret you can perform intricate chords and phrasing, safe in the knowledge that every note rings out truly.
Who’s it for?
V-Class bracing doesn’t make X-bracing or any other non-X-bracing methods redundant, they all have their place. If you favour a guitar with a little less in terms of energy, then traditionally braced models are just what you need. However, if you want a guitar that sings and can do it with confidence, then a V-Class model may be just what you’re after.
With the prevalence of digital instruments, digital recording equipment, and digital audio files, the desire for precision acoustic instruments is more fervent than ever. Therefore, those who want an ever-faithful recording or live performance companion will love the V-Class models.
Get in touch
Check out our range of Taylor V-Class guitars on the Dawsons website.
If you have any queries, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Customer Service team via telephone on 01925 582420. Our in-store specialists will guide you through the wonderful world of acoustic guitars, just pop into your nearest Dawsons store.
Jon is a multi-instrumentalist with a passion for inspiring others to get involved in making music. After spending many years playing venues here, there and – pretty much – everywhere, he joined the Dawsons’ Music Web Team before progressing into his current role managing the Dawsons Blog.