Taylor 414CE V-Class Special Edition

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  • $4,299.00
  • Regular price $4,699.00
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Special bracing ensures better intonation, sustain and volume with beautiful appointments and solid electronics.

A truly special "Special Edition" instrument, this 414ce V-Class Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric features many custom elements artfully incorporated by Taylor Guitars' Master Guitar Designer, Andy Powers. Along with Taylor's innovative V-Class bracing, together, these features deliver much more than the sum of their parts. For everyone from pros to hobbyists, they make the playing experience more expressive, inspiring and fun. The volume, the sustain, the "in-tune-ness" of the instrument and its high-fidelity sonic detail combine to deliver a new level of player experience. Indian rosewood is one of the most popular and musically expressive tonewoods in the world, and paired with Sitka spruce produces a rich and detailed sound. Taylor's Grand Auditorium shape and rosewood's balanced, broad sonic range and complexity—and of course Taylor's renown playability—result in a guitar that will be a joy to play in a variety of scenarios for a lifetime.

The 414ce V-Class Special Edition Grand Auditorium instrument ships in a deluxe hardshell case made by Taylor for optimal fit and protection.

Grand Auditorium
A Taylor original, the Grand Auditorium helped establish the Taylor acoustic sound. The popular body style makes for a versatile guitar that yields ample volume in response to light fingerpicking, and reacts to medium strumming and flatpicking with a clear, balanced sound across the tonal spectrum. If you want a great all-purpose guitar, the GA is an excellent choice.

Tonewood Pairing
A guitar's top is the primary filter and distributor of vibrating string energy through the guitar, which means it has a huge impact on its sound. Sitka spruce is the most prevalent guitar top wood of the modern era. It blends stiffness and elasticity in just the right proportions which translates into broad dynamic range with crisp articulation. Solid Indian rosewood back and sides complement the Sitka top with sound that's made it one of the most popular tone woods ever. Rosewood produces the strongest bass response among the tone woods commonly used for guitars, with a slightly scooped midrange. Rosewood's sweeping frequency range—deep lows that assert a throaty growl with sparkling highs—rings out with bell-like, high-fidelity clarity. It yields a full-range acoustic voice with complex overtones and extended sustain.


Special Features
Premium features on this 414ce Special Edition Grand Auditorium include an abalone rosette, "Engraved Victorian" fretboard inlays with matching peghead inlay, Shaded Edge Burst (top), gold hardware, grained ivoroid binding and V-Class bracing. Taylor's V-Class bracing is a fundamental innovation in acoustic guitar design. It marks an important evolution beyond traditional X-bracing, introducing an entirely new platform for acoustic performance. It is essentially a "sonic engine" that optimizes the response of an acoustic guitar in three key ways: by boosting volume, sustain, and by largely resolving the intonation (in-tune-ness) issues that have long plagued acoustic guitars. V-Class bracing creates purer, more orderly notes that don't cancel each other out or sound "off". They have clearer, more consistent response, and the whole fretboard is brought into greater sonic alignment for a more musical playing/listening experience. Guitars with V-Class bracing are easier to tune; the pitch sounds purer and more solid, and electronic tuners can more easily locate notes for quick, precise tuning. Other benefits: harmonics ring more uniformly down the neck, notes are louder with more projection and sustain, and notes are more consistent, i.e., upper register notes don't get choked out or swallowed. Fewer "sour" sonic qualities exist with chords; a more agreeable relationship is created between notes as they ripen, bloom and decay.


Features

  • Abalone rosette
  • "Engraved Victorian" fingerboard inlays
  • Matching "Engraved Victorian" peghead inlay
  • Shaded Edge Burst top finish
  • Gold hardware
  • Grained ivoroid binding