REVIEWS

Taylor 314ce V-Class Electro Acoustic Guitar

Published 5 years ago on January 11, 2019

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

There’s more treble, more bass, more midrange, more sustain… more everything. Single notes ring with electric-like sustain, and the additional volume and projection encourage a much more dynamic playing approach.

Nick Jennison

MSRP (UK) £2219  (US) $1999

PROS:

Taylor’s exceptional new V-Class bracing at a competitive price point

Superb projection and sustain

CONS:

Nothing

SPECS:

V-Class Bracing

Sapele Back and Sides

Spruce Top

Ebony Fretboard

Mahogany Neck

Guitar Interactive star rating: 5 stars

Taylor 314ce V-Class Electro Acoustic Guitar

Nick Jennison reviews the latest instrument designed and developed by master guitar visionary Andy Powers, in the form of the Taylor 314ce V-Class. Featuring Taylor's V-Class bracing that's claimed to generate more resonance for greater volume and even better intonation all across the neck, but is it too good to be true? Let's find out.

We guitarists are a conservative bunch. When companies make sweeping changes to long-standing, cherished product ranges, we (as a community) generally don’t take it well. Think back to Gibson’s 2015 range, with the brass nuts, holograms and robotic tuners. So when legendary guitar builders Taylor announced all of their US-made guitars would be offered with their award-winning V-Class bracing, it was a bold move, to say the least.

Currently, it’s primarily Taylor’s Grand Auditorium models that feature the V-Class bracing, but they’ll be rolling it out across all their US-made guitars in coming months, and the 314CE is currently the most affordable model that features this feature. It’s also the most affordable Grand Auditorium guitar in Taylor’s range to feature all solid wood construction.

If you’re unfamiliar with how bracing works, it’s essentially responsible for the way a guitar’s top vibrates. Looser bracing makes for better projection but comes at the expense of sustain. Tighter bracing has the opposite effect, with long sustain but less volume. It’s a trade-off that the V-Class bracing addresses in a very clever way. It keeps the middle portion of the top (around the bridge and soundhole) very rigid to allow the strings to sustain, while the outer edges of the top are very loose and mobile - allowing for lots of volume on both treble and bass sides.

The result is pretty profound. There’s more treble, more bass, more midrange, more sustain… more everything. Single notes ring with electric-like sustain, and the additional volume and projection encourage a much more dynamic playing approach. It’s very rewarding.

Another unintended consequence of the V-Class bracing is greatly improved intonation. The guitar is notorious for its poor intonation when compared to other instruments, so anything that can help this is very welcome, and the new 314CE really excels in this area. Complex chords ring out with clarity and consonance, and notes are in tune all the way across the neck.

Taylor’s 314CE offers the kind of innovation that was previously only available on their super high-end guitars, but on a much more affordable model. Throw in Taylor’s superb expression pickup system and a deluxe hard case as standard and you have a very enticing prospect

For more information, please visit:

taylorguitars.com


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