Taylor Builder's Edition K14ce Torrefied Spruce/Koa Grand Auditorium with V-Class Bracing Natural 20

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Owned since Oct 2018. Played so little I haven’t changed the strings yet! My playing has been limited due to arthritis. Beautifully figured bookmatched Koa. One small ding on the bottom (have to have the right light in order to see it-hard to get a good pic of it, in fact, I could hardly get it to show in my pic of the bottom - otherwise mint).

Plays and sounds superb.

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Taylor K14ce Builder's Edition Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:

Hawaiian koa back and sides; torrefied Sitka spruce top
Bracing: V-Class with Relief Rout
Beveled Venetian cutaway
West African ebony binding
Beveled armrest
Koa/Fiber/Paua rosette
Tropical mahogany neck with satin finish
West African ebony fingerboard and binding
Spring Vine fingerboard inlay
Headstock: West African ebony overlay and binding, Koa purfling, Spring Vine inlay
Black graphite nut, Micarta saddle
Truss rod cover: West African ebony
Scale Length: 25.5"
West African ebony with green abalone dot bridge pins
Gotoh tuning machines
Silent Satin top, side, and back finish

The Taylor K14ce Builder's Edition acoustic-electric guitar is a sublime expression of the luthier's art. This gorgeous Grand Auditorium features Hawaiian koa back and sides paired with a torrefied Sitka spruce top. The guitar was inspired by Taylor's 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.

V-Class Bracing: a sonic revelation

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. But don't take our word for it — pick up the superb Taylor K14ce Builder's Edition and experience it for yourself!

Enhanced playing comfort

Another Builder’s Edition design element is enhanced playing comfort in the form of new ergonomic body contours. These include a beveled armrest and body edge binding along with a reshaped Venetian cutaway that flows smoothly into the heel and incorporates a finger bevel where the cutaway meets the soundboard. This creates a smoother path to the upper register for your fretting hand. Other notable refinements include a new Silent Satin finish that helps dampen incidental sound against the guitar body, a black graphite nut that reduces string friction, and a stunning new Kona burst that highlights the natural beauty of the guitar's figured koa back and sides. Inset koa/paua top and back trim add a beautiful sparkle that complements Taylor's new Spring Vine fingerboard inlay. With this K14ce, Taylor has attempted to design and build the ultimate player’s guitar.

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Listed6 months ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more

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