Taylor Guitars is shaking things up for 2018 (and beyond) with a completely redesigned bracing pattern called V-Class. Developed by Master Designer Andy Powers, this unique V-shaped bracing achieves two characteristics in acoustic guitar design: rigidity for sustain and flexibility for volume. The V-Class bracing creates strength and stability through the middle of the top, underneath where the strings run, while the sides are flexible and free to move.
The result is a Taylor guitar that sounds unique among its peers. low-end response is increased and the guitar is given a more rounded tone without sacrificing crisp detail in the high end. As of right now, Taylor Guitars is including V-Class technology on its flagship Grand Auditorium models, including those in the Presentation, 900 and Koa Series, plus a Builder’s Edition model. V-Class technology will be rolled out to other series throughout the year.
We were lucky enough to speak with Andy Powers on this new bracing pattern. Watch our video interview above to learn how inspiration for this idea struck in an unexpected place!